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Author:  StratusMike [ 01 Oct 2021, 07:36 ]
Post subject:  Re: Fit for Booth? Post profiles here!

Hi kousiksurya93,

Thank you for sharing your path in such depth. What a journey so far!

While I was at Booth, I had a classmate that came from the medical profession. After he had spent several years becoming a doctor, he became interested in how business could help him expand his impact beyond his education and experience in medicine. Although this is less common, I believe you have considerable strengths as a candidate.

If you haven't taken any math-based curriculum (i.e. stats, calc) as part of your previous studies , I suggest that you take a quant course that will give you a transcript. One option is Berkeley Extension's Math for Management. A strong GRE coupled with an A from a structured course intended to prep for management will provide evidence that you can handle the quantitative workload.

Other than academics, I suggest ensuring your CV is 'business friendly.' Applicants coming from less traditional backgrounds often have jargon that is more industry specific. Spend some time making sure your CV and stories are in layman's terms. Lastly, I encourage you to think deeply about your future career aspirations and be specific on what you want to accomplish by combining your medical and (future) business experiences. If you'd like to discuss further, please set up a free consultation.

All the best!

kousiksurya93 wrote:
Hi! I was wondering if someone could evaluate my profile.

A medical doctor by background;
Undergrad in India MBBS: 3.92/4.0 - Gold Medallist
Started my career as a medical resident in oncology in Apollo Hospitals in India for 6 months before pursuing a research masters in regenerative medicine.
MSc in University College London - Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine GPA 3.8/4.0
Worked as a research assistant in UCL School of Pharmacy to creating a novel antibiotic for treatment - the antibiotic is currently in phase 2 trials. However, I am no longer involved in this.
During the same master's program, co-founded a spin-off for manufacturing novel urinary catheters and was accepted in an accelerator program. The company is continued by Kings College Medical Students while I remain in a medical consulting role.
Further to this, I was awarded a medical fellowship by the University Hospital Southampton Trust to rotate across Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, Respiratory Medicine and Acute Medicine. Was working in the emergency department in the UK when COVID hit. Was a member of the COVID emergency relief team and part of the team to establish guidelines for COVID triage guidelines for the West of England which was later adopted by other hospitals in the surrounding region.
During the same period, passed exams and interviews and gained internal medicine resident (ranked in the top 5% among 3500 candidates) at the University of Cambridge, Addenbrookes Hospitals. As part of the program, I worked across Palliative Care, Acute Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Transplant Medicine while treating COVID patients during COVID shifts.

The turmoil during the pandemic and my out-of-medicine experiences always drove me to pursue something regarding management to create an impact at scale. So, I have taken a year off from my residency program from Aug 2021 take a break from the hectic schedule and am preparing for GRE at the moment. My mock scores range from 315 to 322 currently and I have 22 days left for the exam.

Meanwhile, I am working as an engagement manager at Impact Consulting and have completed marketing strategy and consulting for a medical devices company.

Given my atypical background and non-existent quantitative math for the last 10 years since I began to pursue medicine, is there a good chance to get admitted into Booth?

Total work experience: 4 years and 6 months. If I were to include my role at Impact Consulting, it would be 5 years.

Author:  patopc [ 01 Oct 2021, 09:18 ]
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Please let me know what you think of my profile and odds

Background: Mexican
Undergraduate: ITESM (Top LATAM university)/GPA: 85/100 (top 20%)
GRE: 325 (165Q/160V)
Work Experience: ~65 months of full-time work experience by matriculation.
4.5 years of experience in private equity at a US$1bn + fund in LATAM (1 year) then left to co-manage a small VC fund (spent 1.2 years there; US$5mm AUM) in Mexico. Once that fund was fully invested left to join a starting PE fund worked for 2.5 years there (4 promotions across work history). Recently joined a energy start-up in the US to gain more international experience prior to my MBA.

Post MBA Goals: Start my own ed-tech company or work at a ed-tech startup (think Coursera)

Strong LOR (known former alumni) and Essays, also have support letters from alumni and current students

Extracurriculars
co-captain of Private equity fund football team
Spend 20 hours a year cleaning rivers and planting trees (not much free time in private equity)
in college spent over 300 hours helping a small organization focused on improving the quality of life in low income rural towns in Mexico (roughly spent 20 hours a month)

Author:  StratusMike [ 06 Oct 2021, 07:59 ]
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Hi patopc,

Looks like you have some strengths heading into applications here. I've added a few specific comments in-line in blue, which I hope is helpful guidance for you. Feel free to book a free consultation if you want to discuss further.

patopc wrote:
Please let me know what you think of my profile and odds

Background: Mexican
Undergraduate: ITESM (Top LATAM university)/GPA: 85/100 (top 20%) I'm curious your course of study. Since you went into PE after, I assume it's something along the lines of business, in which you had quant courses (i.e. Calc, Stats, Econ). If so, then academically you're in good shape. If, however, you didn't have any quant courses then you'll want to demonstrate your quant aptitude in other ways. That could be through recommendations (given PE/VC requires quant rigor), and/or through a transcript course such as Berkeley Extension's Math for Management.
GRE: 325 (165Q/160V) You're right at the average here. How many times have you taken the test? If just once, do you think you could do better a 2nd time around? Coming in with an above-average GRE will help strengthen your candidacy. Overall, between your GRE and Undergrad, you're in a good position academically, however my suggestions are really guidance IF you want to (and have time to) strengthen yourself in this category further.
Work Experience: ~65 months of full-time work experience by matriculation.
4.5 years of experience in private equity at a US$1bn + fund in LATAM (1 year) then left to co-manage a small VC fund (spent 1.2 years there; US$5mm AUM) in Mexico. Once that fund was fully invested left to join a starting PE fund worked for 2.5 years there (4 promotions across work history). Recently joined a energy start-up in the US to gain more international experience prior to my MBA. On the surface, this looks like very solid work experience. In your resume, make sure you're demonstrating your accomplishments and skills instead of just the areas you've been responsible for. I also like the career shift in order to gain international experience.

Post MBA Goals: Start my own ed-tech company or work at a ed-tech startup (think Coursera) I encourage you to break your goals out in short, mid and long term. Also, make sure this has logical connection to your past. Without knowing more details about your PE/VC experience, I'll make the assumption you have EdTech experience. Consider what goals/milestones you want to accomplish in this endeavor.

Strong LOR (known former alumni) and Essays, also have support letters from alumni and current students My guidance here is to just make sure. the recommenders have worked with you closely, ideally supervising your day-to-day work.

Extracurriculars AdComs are familiar with the demands certain careers place on candidates. Make sure you're adding the extracurriculars to your resume though, especially those from college since it was more substantial.
co-captain of Private equity fund football team
Spend 20 hours a year cleaning rivers and planting trees (not much free time in private equity)
in college spent over 300 hours helping a small organization focused on improving the quality of life in low income rural towns in Mexico (roughly spent 20 hours a month)

Author:  patopc [ 06 Oct 2021, 08:21 ]
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StratusMike

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your feedback. To answer some of your questions I studied Industrial and Systems Engineering, lots of calculus and linear algebra (not much business or finance). I've taken the GRE twice (scored 320 160/160 first try), but didn't study for either so there is a chance to improve my score (especially verbal since I didn't use flashcards or anything of the sort). I've heard that test wise, for a URM from South America (Mexico) my score is pretty solid but I could work to improve if necessary.

Work wise, I have seen a lot of education deals both brick and mortar universities and ed-tech in my experience and have closed 2 deals and supervised one (upwards of $150mm in equity value).

My recommenders know me well and worked with my on a day to day basis (small funds 8 employees approx). They are well known alumni to my knowledge and have strong relationships with admissions (interviewing, going to events with prospective students, etc.)

Don't have my ECs on my resume, but did add the fact that I was part of the student org for industrial engineering.

Can I also ask how you think my profile will match up to Haas and Stanford? Do you think it is strong enough?

Author:  StratusMike [ 06 Oct 2021, 09:07 ]
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Hi patopc,

Fantastic - thanks for the additional detail.

I wouldn't encourage you to retake the GRE given the engineering undergrad and already showing progress and improvement.

Regarding the recommenders and career aspirations, sounds like you're on solid footing.

Candidacy-wise, I think you're very competitive (including Stanford and Haas). These are all very competitive programs so I encourage you to put together a strong strategy that demonstrate your strengths as well as themes that are authentic to you as you move into the applications. Happy to discuss further if you book a consultation.

patopc wrote:
StratusMike

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your feedback. To answer some of your questions I studied Industrial and Systems Engineering, lots of calculus and linear algebra (not much business or finance). I've taken the GRE twice (scored 320 160/160 first try), but didn't study for either so there is a chance to improve my score (especially verbal since I didn't use flashcards or anything of the sort). I've heard that test wise, for a URM from South America (Mexico) my score is pretty solid but I could work to improve if necessary.

Work wise, I have seen a lot of education deals both brick and mortar universities and ed-tech in my experience and have closed 2 deals and supervised one (upwards of $150mm in equity value).

My recommenders know me well and worked with my on a day to day basis (small funds 8 employees approx). They are well known alumni to my knowledge and have strong relationships with admissions (interviewing, going to events with prospective students, etc.)

Don't have my ECs on my resume, but did add the fact that I was part of the student org for industrial engineering.

Can I also ask how you think my profile will match up to Haas and Stanford? Do you think it is strong enough?

Author:  robert97 [ 28 Jan 2022, 13:43 ]
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Hi All!

Can you please review my profile?

Thank you very much!

Background and nationality: Hungarian, male, 27 years old by the time I apply.

Undergrad Information: Law degree from a Hungarian university, GPA: 4,61/5 with a summa cum laude distinction, top 15% of the class. I have received national excellence scholarships (these scholarships are given to students who have particularly high GPAs and performed certain extracurricular activities) for three semesters and national merit scholarships for all other semesters from the Hungarian Ministry of Justice and have received a Dean’s Award as well.


GMAT: aiming for 760-770

Work experience and leadership: by the time I apply I’ll have more than three years of experience working as a transactional lawyer on real estate and m&a deals at leading international law firms in Budapest, including 200-400 million EUR cross-border deals, not much leadership experience as I’m still considered a quite junior associate in the legal environment, however I have regularly coordinated different sub-tasks of a larger matter, where I had to lead and coordinate the work of my colleagues who are even more junior than me.

Community and others: now this is definetely one of my weakest points, I do not have much community experience apart from being part of a college for advanced studies during my years at university, I also have won and placed well on a couple of national competitions and participated in an international competition as well and had several internships during uni as extracurricular activities.

Post MBA goals:
Short term: switch my carrier to investment banking, as I’m definetly more interested in the finance/business side of deals than the legal side
Long term: build on my experience gained as a transactional lawyer and an investment banker and establish an m&a/transactional advisory firm in Hungary

International experience: I have studied a semester abroad as an Erasmus student, but no significant international work experience

Author:  MBAPrepCoach [ 01 Feb 2022, 03:59 ]
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when do you plan to apply? there are a lot of really interesting good things in your profile, but it is a concern that you don't have a lot of community experience because you also don't really have a lot of leadership experience in your job. i found it a little difficult to work with lawyers because their job is more transactional rather than leading teams, solving problems, innovating things...so you will want to focus on that, building experiences that demonstrate leadership teamwork and problem solving. maybe start an employee resource group? do things internally that help put things forward?

and i would strongly recommend that you would involve yourself with some type of non government organization so that you have the opportunity to lead an initiative end to end. it's just going to legitimize your interest in business school a lot more. even if you're applying this fall i would recommend that you do that, figure out where you can make a positive impact that is adjacent to what you're already involved in. like don't go into a completely new thing but if you can do something like help those lesser advantage with legal representation do that, see what i mean?

if you fill this gap with regards to leadership, teamwork, and problem solving i think you'll be a very competitive applicant given that your gmat is in the neighborhood of the class average.

robert97

robert97 wrote:
Hi All!

Can you please review my profile?

Thank you very much!

Background and nationality: Hungarian, male, 27 years old by the time I apply.

Undergrad Information: Law degree from a Hungarian university, GPA: 4,61/5 with a summa cum laude distinction, top 15% of the class. I have received national excellence scholarships (these scholarships are given to students who have particularly high GPAs and performed certain extracurricular activities) for three semesters and national merit scholarships for all other semesters from the Hungarian Ministry of Justice and have received a Dean’s Award as well.


GMAT: aiming for 760-770

Work experience and leadership: by the time I apply I’ll have more than three years of experience working as a transactional lawyer on real estate and m&a deals at leading international law firms in Budapest, including 200-400 million EUR cross-border deals, not much leadership experience as I’m still considered a quite junior associate in the legal environment, however I have regularly coordinated different sub-tasks of a larger matter, where I had to lead and coordinate the work of my colleagues who are even more junior than me.

Community and others: now this is definetely one of my weakest points, I do not have much community experience apart from being part of a college for advanced studies during my years at university, I also have won and placed well on a couple of national competitions and participated in an international competition as well and had several internships during uni as extracurricular activities.

Post MBA goals:
Short term: switch my carrier to investment banking, as I’m definetly more interested in the finance/business side of deals than the legal side
Long term: build on my experience gained as a transactional lawyer and an investment banker and establish an m&a/transactional advisory firm in Hungary

International experience: I have studied a semester abroad as an Erasmus student, but no significant international work experience

Author:  blackyuzu [ 04 Feb 2022, 07:48 ]
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Hi everyone! Would love your thoughts on my profile.

Male, 22, American
University of Southern California - Majored in Econ & Intl. Relations (GPA 3.75)
Magna Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar

GRE Score - 337 (169V, 168Q, 6AWA)

Work experience - (about 2 years total)
Biz Dev Representative at a growing technology startup (1 year)
- Will be promoted to Account-Based Marketing Manager in March
- Reshaped the messaging process, was appointed to lead sales pipeline messaging operations
- On team of 7, I'm responsible for 60% of enterprise partnership opportunities

Campaign Director (2 mo.)
- Led a field campaign office in AZ for the 2020 Presidential & Senate elections
- Flipped the state blue in both races and led office to have the highest rate of voters reached per canvasser nationwide

Associate at a Public Affairs Firm (8 months)
- Drafted congressional testimony, landed placed media @ outlets
- Required research skills & project management in a high-volume, fast-turnaround workplace

Internships -
- A Middle Eastern Government
- Two national news channels (think CNN/NBC/ABC/CBS)
- Lead intern at the office of a CA Senator (who has now taken a more prominent role in US politics)

Volunteering Work - political organizing with local orgs + waterway clean-up projects

Quirks:
- Graduated both high school and college early
- Gay, Arab-American, from the South

I'm an avid writer and have very strong essays focusing on my desire to shepherd business into an era defined by increasing environmental responsibilities and a focus on serving communities at the margins of society. It makes a little more sense in context, because I'm interested in leveraging technology to enable social enterprise. I'm mostly concerned about my work experience, as it's limited and not overwhelmingly quant-oriented.

Author:  ExpertsGlobal [ 04 Feb 2022, 22:28 ]
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blackyuzu wrote:
Hi everyone! Would love your thoughts on my profile.

Male, 22, American
University of Southern California - Majored in Econ & Intl. Relations (GPA 3.75)
Magna Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar

GRE Score - 337 (169V, 168Q, 6AWA)

Work experience - (about 2 years total)
Biz Dev Representative at a growing technology startup (1 year)
- Will be promoted to Account-Based Marketing Manager in March
- Reshaped the messaging process, was appointed to lead sales pipeline messaging operations
- On team of 7, I'm responsible for 60% of enterprise partnership opportunities

Campaign Director (2 mo.)
- Led a field campaign office in AZ for the 2020 Presidential & Senate elections
- Flipped the state blue in both races and led office to have the highest rate of voters reached per canvasser nationwide

Associate at a Public Affairs Firm (8 months)
- Drafted congressional testimony, landed placed media @ outlets
- Required research skills & project management in a high-volume, fast-turnaround workplace

Internships -
- A Middle Eastern Government
- Two national news channels (think CNN/NBC/ABC/CBS)
- Lead intern at the office of a CA Senator (who has now taken a more prominent role in US politics)

Volunteering Work - political organizing with local orgs + waterway clean-up projects

Quirks:
- Graduated both high school and college early
- Gay, Arab-American, from the South

I'm an avid writer and have very strong essays focusing on my desire to shepherd business into an era defined by increasing environmental responsibilities and a focus on serving communities at the margins of society. It makes a little more sense in context, because I'm interested in leveraging technology to enable social enterprise. I'm mostly concerned about my work experience, as it's limited and not overwhelmingly quant-oriented.


Hello blackyuzu,

Hope this finds you well.

While the years of experience are on the lower side, the good news is that a portion of it is differentiated. Good to know you are an avid writer. Hopefully, that means that the dots in your story will be connected well and give you a good chance at receiving an interview call.

All the best!

Author:  SvelteNigerian [ 08 Feb 2022, 10:35 ]
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Here is a video of an admitted Chicago Booth student where she shares her admit profile it it helps

https://youtu.be/ncIKfKoBXas

Author:  av1985 [ 19 Feb 2022, 09:48 ]
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Hello All,

I am looking to apply to the executive MBA or evening MBA at Booth (only one school). Can you please look into my profile and let me know if this is good.

Background and nationality: Indian
Undergrad Information , NIT Btech mechanical engineering (8.25 gpa), UIUC MS Aerospace (3.5gpa), UIUC Masters Computer Science (3.3 gpa)
GMAT: EA in next 4 weeks, expect 150-160.
Work experience and leadership: 11 years in an automotive OEM in US, currently team leader with 8 team members.
3 years - technical operations, setup facility in china, India
5 years - developing engine products to meet performance standards
3 years - leading global team of validation engineers (US/India/China)

Community and others: Pre covid active in company community activities

Post MBA goals: Get broader assignments.

Anything else? Last 4 years helping my wife into a medical residency program.

I am planning to apply in this cycle, for EMBA starting in 2022, I know its too last minute, but have no choice. Have constraints of completing MBA by mid 2024. Thanks a lot.

Author:  MBAandBeyond [ 21 Feb 2022, 01:11 ]
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Hi av1985,

Thanks for your post!

First, I would like to say that you have an ample amount of relevant work experience, including some international experiences as well. So, in that case, there is no short example of professional accolades, technical prowess, project outcomes, and leadership since you are also currently leading a team of 8 members. So what I would like you to do is highlight relevant examples of all these points in your profile to make it more robust.

Now coming to your ECAs and Community services, Last four years in a medical residency program plus community services. Now I would like you to answer some questions like what were the new challenges? What was your overall experience? What relevant skill-set did you develop? What were your roles & responsibilities, and Mention any specific impact made by you?

Furthermore, you need to understand that Booth is a top-notch B-School, which looks for several unique values among candidates like those who demonstrate intellectual curiosity and possess personal maturity, leadership qualities, and competitive scores. So with the booth as your target school, you need to mold your essays and align them in accordance with the school values. Also, your post-MBA goal needs more elaboration. Hence, I would require you to add specificities like what kind of assignments, what you aim to achieve through these, and why do you think an MBA or EMBA from Booth will help you add value to your pre-existential work experience.

At last, I would like to say that you have a good profile. However, since you don’t have much time left to apply for this admission cycle, I would need more in-depth information about why you have decided to pursue an MBA after so long. What are the reasons and aspirations to further guide you in a better way! If you’d like, we are happy to hop on a call with you sometime this week to discuss your profile in length and further chances to the Booth. Feel free to book a free session with us as per your convenience.

Cheers!
Neha Hadke
Profile Analyst & Channel Manager, MBA and Beyond
Testimonials
Email: neha@mbaandbeyond.com



av1985 wrote:
Hello All,

I am looking to apply to the executive MBA or evening MBA at Booth (only one school). Can you please look into my profile and let me know if this is good.

Background and nationality: Indian
Undergrad Information , NIT Btech mechanical engineering (8.25 gpa), UIUC MS Aerospace (3.5gpa), UIUC Masters Computer Science (3.3 gpa)
GMAT: EA in next 4 weeks, expect 150-160.
Work experience and leadership: 11 years in an automotive OEM in US, currently team leader with 8 team members.
3 years - technical operations, setup facility in china, India
5 years - developing engine products to meet performance standards
3 years - leading global team of validation engineers (US/India/China)

Community and others: Pre covid active in company community activities

Post MBA goals: Get broader assignments.

Anything else? Last 4 years helping my wife into a medical residency program.

I am planning to apply in this cycle, for EMBA starting in 2022, I know its too last minute, but have no choice. Have constraints of completing MBA by mid 2024. Thanks a lot.

Author:  ExpertsGlobal [ 23 Feb 2022, 21:39 ]
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av1985 wrote:
Hello All,

I am looking to apply to the executive MBA or evening MBA at Booth (only one school). Can you please look into my profile and let me know if this is good.

Background and nationality: Indian
Undergrad Information , NIT Btech mechanical engineering (8.25 gpa), UIUC MS Aerospace (3.5gpa), UIUC Masters Computer Science (3.3 gpa)
GMAT: EA in next 4 weeks, expect 150-160.
Work experience and leadership: 11 years in an automotive OEM in US, currently team leader with 8 team members.
3 years - technical operations, setup facility in china, India
5 years - developing engine products to meet performance standards
3 years - leading global team of validation engineers (US/India/China)

Community and others: Pre covid active in company community activities

Post MBA goals: Get broader assignments.

Anything else? Last 4 years helping my wife into a medical residency program.

I am planning to apply in this cycle, for EMBA starting in 2022, I know its too last minute, but have no choice. Have constraints of completing MBA by mid 2024. Thanks a lot.


Hello av1985,

Considering you are planning to apply in this cycle, there isn't much time at hand. Therefore, it is best if you focus on putting forth a set of essays that focus on your career progression, international exposure, and achievements at work.

Overall, your profile is definitely worthy of giving Booth a shot. A lot depends on how the essays eventually turn out.

All the best!

Author:  av1985 [ 24 Feb 2022, 16:18 ]
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Thank you Neha from MBA and Beyond and Expertsglobal. I will focus first on my application. Any tips. Thanks.

Author:  yudhawastup [ 08 Apr 2022, 07:49 ]
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Hi All! I would like to get feedback from you guys.

Male, 30, South East Asian
Institut Teknologi Bandung - Majored in Computer Science (GPA 3.72)
Cum Laude

GMAT Score - 680 (Q47, V36)

Work experience - (about 9 years total)
Central Bank (5 years) - Payment System Policy Analyst
• Led team of 3 and collaborated with World Bank & Bank of International Settlement to develop a cross-border retail payment system that processes >$100bio annually
• Increased the transaction speed of the existing P2P transfer system that processed >$7bio annual payments by 2 times through implementing a national fast payment system
• Accelerated QR Payment merchant’s acceptance from 4mio to 15mio merchants in a year
• Led a team of 5 to boost local tax payments by 50% through integrating e-commerce and e-money provider with government taxing systems, and enabling easier & faster tax payments using mobile phones
• Digitized payment systems for >300 people who lived around the largest Lake in SEA.
• Delivered ~20 digital payment education seminars and gave speeches in >15 fintech seminars, reaching >100 thousand audiences.

Startup (1 year) - Product Manager
• Led team of >10 for “lifestyle” applications (impacting by >1 million app users), and the “service provider” application (>10k users).
• Reduced the app’s searching algorithm from 1 day to 15 minutes by improving its search algorithm and feedback features
• Contributed an increase of >$100k daily transaction by boosting its transaction volume by 100% mtm, leading to a positive operations margin

Global IT Consultant (3 years)
• Developed a digital strategy roadmap for the largest pulp & paper company in Southeast Asia, including an automated digital smart plantation system, executive dashboard, and AI-powered decision-making system
• Developed IT strategy roadmap and blueprint for Indonesia’s largest NGO (pro bono consulting)

Organization - National scale ICT Association, National Running Community

I am aiming to enhance my skills in negotiation, global networking and communication in addition with involved in global-scale fintech practices. Post-MBA, I am planning to go back to the central bank post-MBA to develop central bank digital currency and lead several National scale payment infrastructure projects in collaboration with payment industries.

Thank you so much

Author:  ExpertsGlobal [ 08 Apr 2022, 23:31 ]
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yudhawastup wrote:
Hi All! I would like to get feedback from you guys.

Male, 30, South East Asian
Institut Teknologi Bandung - Majored in Computer Science (GPA 3.72)
Cum Laude

GMAT Score - 680 (Q47, V36)

Work experience - (about 9 years total)
Central Bank (5 years) - Payment System Policy Analyst
• Led team of 3 and collaborated with World Bank & Bank of International Settlement to develop a cross-border retail payment system that processes >$100bio annually
• Increased the transaction speed of the existing P2P transfer system that processed >$7bio annual payments by 2 times through implementing a national fast payment system
• Accelerated QR Payment merchant’s acceptance from 4mio to 15mio merchants in a year
• Led a team of 5 to boost local tax payments by 50% through integrating e-commerce and e-money provider with government taxing systems, and enabling easier & faster tax payments using mobile phones
• Digitized payment systems for >300 people who lived around the largest Lake in SEA.
• Delivered ~20 digital payment education seminars and gave speeches in >15 fintech seminars, reaching >100 thousand audiences.

Startup (1 year) - Product Manager
• Led team of >10 for “lifestyle” applications (impacting by >1 million app users), and the “service provider” application (>10k users).
• Reduced the app’s searching algorithm from 1 day to 15 minutes by improving its search algorithm and feedback features
• Contributed an increase of >$100k daily transaction by boosting its transaction volume by 100% mtm, leading to a positive operations margin

Global IT Consultant (3 years)
• Developed a digital strategy roadmap for the largest pulp & paper company in Southeast Asia, including an automated digital smart plantation system, executive dashboard, and AI-powered decision-making system
• Developed IT strategy roadmap and blueprint for Indonesia’s largest NGO (pro bono consulting)

Organization - National scale ICT Association, National Running Community

I am aiming to enhance my skills in negotiation, global networking and communication in addition with involved in global-scale fintech practices. Post-MBA, I am planning to go back to the central bank post-MBA to develop central bank digital currency and lead several National scale payment infrastructure projects in collaboration with payment industries.

Thank you so much


Hello yudhawastup,

Thanks for writing in.

While there is much working for you on the profile front - including the leadership experience and startup exposure, you need to work on improving your GMAT score. Target a score upwards of 740 - the higher the better.

All the best!

Author:  MBAandBeyond [ 11 Apr 2022, 22:50 ]
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Hi, yudhawastup,

Thank you for your post!

First of all, I would like to say that you have a relevant profile in terms of relevant work experience and did a great job elaborating each aspect of your work experience. Now coming to your profile, you do have a good overall CGPA; however, your GMAT score is comparatively low for top MBA programs. Therefore, it would be best to target a score of 740+ that would definitely help cement your spot in top MBA programs.

Moreover, I really want to understand your stand on an executive MBA, as it seems perfect in your situation. You do have a ton of relevant work experience and sure would make a strong candidate for EMBA. Moreover, with experience in such diverse domains, you won’t be short on leadership examples. Hence, I would suggest that you go through our blog once, Top Executive MBA Programs. This would most certainly help clear any doubts and at the same time help understand all about top EMBA programs!

Also, I feel there is much work left for you on the ECA front - you need to include examples of leadership and startup exposure, the challenges faced, the impact created, and also need to work on improving and adding relevant accolades. Moreover, work on connecting your experience with your post-MBA goals, as you would need to convince the admission committee that your future goals are relevant and collinear with your past experience! All in all, you do have a relevant profile, focus on boosting your ECAs, which would, in turn, help you bring diversity to your application. If you’d like, we are happy to get on a call with you sometime this week to discuss your profile in length and further chances to the schools. So feel free to book a free session with us at your convenience.

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yudhawastup wrote:
Hi All! I would like to get feedback from you guys.

Male, 30, South East Asian
Institut Teknologi Bandung - Majored in Computer Science (GPA 3.72)
Cum Laude

GMAT Score - 680 (Q47, V36)

Work experience - (about 9 years total)
Central Bank (5 years) - Payment System Policy Analyst
• Led team of 3 and collaborated with World Bank & Bank of International Settlement to develop a cross-border retail payment system that processes >$100bio annually
• Increased the transaction speed of the existing P2P transfer system that processed >$7bio annual payments by 2 times through implementing a national fast payment system
• Accelerated QR Payment merchant’s acceptance from 4mio to 15mio merchants in a year
• Led a team of 5 to boost local tax payments by 50% through integrating e-commerce and e-money provider with government taxing systems, and enabling easier & faster tax payments using mobile phones
• Digitized payment systems for >300 people who lived around the largest Lake in SEA.
• Delivered ~20 digital payment education seminars and gave speeches in >15 fintech seminars, reaching >100 thousand audiences.

Startup (1 year) - Product Manager
• Led team of >10 for “lifestyle” applications (impacting by >1 million app users), and the “service provider” application (>10k users).
• Reduced the app’s searching algorithm from 1 day to 15 minutes by improving its search algorithm and feedback features
• Contributed an increase of >$100k daily transaction by boosting its transaction volume by 100% mtm, leading to a positive operations margin

Global IT Consultant (3 years)
• Developed a digital strategy roadmap for the largest pulp & paper company in Southeast Asia, including an automated digital smart plantation system, executive dashboard, and AI-powered decision-making system
• Developed IT strategy roadmap and blueprint for Indonesia’s largest NGO (pro bono consulting)

Organization - National scale ICT Association, National Running Community

I am aiming to enhance my skills in negotiation, global networking and communication in addition with involved in global-scale fintech practices. Post-MBA, I am planning to go back to the central bank post-MBA to develop central bank digital currency and lead several National scale payment infrastructure projects in collaboration with payment industries.

Thank you so much

Author:  MBAGuide [ 12 Apr 2022, 01:56 ]
Post subject:  Re: Fit for Booth? Post profiles here!

yudhawastup wrote:
Hi All! I would like to get feedback from you guys.

Male, 30, South East Asian
Institut Teknologi Bandung - Majored in Computer Science (GPA 3.72)
Cum Laude

GMAT Score - 680 (Q47, V36)

Work experience - (about 9 years total)
Central Bank (5 years) - Payment System Policy Analyst
• Led team of 3 and collaborated with World Bank & Bank of International Settlement to develop a cross-border retail payment system that processes >$100bio annually
• Increased the transaction speed of the existing P2P transfer system that processed >$7bio annual payments by 2 times through implementing a national fast payment system
• Accelerated QR Payment merchant’s acceptance from 4mio to 15mio merchants in a year
• Led a team of 5 to boost local tax payments by 50% through integrating e-commerce and e-money provider with government taxing systems, and enabling easier & faster tax payments using mobile phones
• Digitized payment systems for >300 people who lived around the largest Lake in SEA.
• Delivered ~20 digital payment education seminars and gave speeches in >15 fintech seminars, reaching >100 thousand audiences.

Startup (1 year) - Product Manager
• Led team of >10 for “lifestyle” applications (impacting by >1 million app users), and the “service provider” application (>10k users).
• Reduced the app’s searching algorithm from 1 day to 15 minutes by improving its search algorithm and feedback features
• Contributed an increase of >$100k daily transaction by boosting its transaction volume by 100% mtm, leading to a positive operations margin

Global IT Consultant (3 years)
• Developed a digital strategy roadmap for the largest pulp & paper company in Southeast Asia, including an automated digital smart plantation system, executive dashboard, and AI-powered decision-making system
• Developed IT strategy roadmap and blueprint for Indonesia’s largest NGO (pro bono consulting)

Organization - National scale ICT Association, National Running Community

I am aiming to enhance my skills in negotiation, global networking and communication in addition with involved in global-scale fintech practices. Post-MBA, I am planning to go back to the central bank post-MBA to develop central bank digital currency and lead several National scale payment infrastructure projects in collaboration with payment industries.

Thank you so much


Hello yudhawastup , hope you are doing well

With a wealth of experience in digital transformation and fintech space, you will certainly leap off the page provided you put in some good effort in polishing your essays and overall application. As pointed out in previous comments, the top 10 US schools give much importance to GMAT score, and therefore to be safe you should try to pull your score above the 700 threshold. The higher the score the better are the odds for making it. If you are not too keen on taking GMAT again I would suggest that you also consider applying to Berkeley Haas and some European schools (LBS/ INSEAD) as backup.

Best wishes

Author:  spite [ 12 Jun 2022, 19:24 ]
Post subject:  Re: Fit for Booth? Post profiles here!

Hello!
Please let me know what you think of my chances (or if it even makes sense) -

Background: Indian (Should get my Canadian Passport this year)

Education: Bachelors in Science (Biochemistry) - 70% average of 3 years. Realized then that investments & finance is what I like. Obtained Masters in Investment & Financial Analysis (basically self-taught) while working full time - 60%

GMAT: 660 (paid & booked exams, but lost motivation a month before exams. Decided to go write exams as I had nothing better to do that day). Preparing diligently now, targeting 740+

Work Experience: Overall ~11 years (before you recommend Exec. MBA, hear me out).
I love crunching numbers, so cracked entrance exam for a govt. bank and joined it right after completing bachelors (didn't know how to write a cheque on my first day at work :P). Self-taught banking (and finance and pretty much everything else required to do the job), and was promoted to credit analyst within a year of starting work. Worked there for 3 more years, obtained my masters degree while working, leveraged it and jumped ship to a private sector bank in same role (basically traded job security for better pay, stability and challenge). Worked there for 2Y8M, got Permanent Residency for Canada so decided to quit the job and make the move.

After coming to Canada, started working as a Financial Advisor managing investments for retail clients (still at it after ~4 years). That got fascinated with capital markets and decided to improve my skills & knowledge - realized that I needed CFA. Got my CFA charter last August (no redos were required, thank God!)

Post MBA Goals:
Short Term Goal - I have worked most of my life in retail banking, and I have come to realize that its not fulfilling (at least for me). The idea is to change careers and enter into Asset Management - leverage both CFA & MBA (and my passion for investing), starting as a research analyst for a buy-side shop (mutual fund/pension etc.). CFA gave the theoretical knowledge, MBA will provide the practical experience with oversight (hence targeting MBA schools with strong finance offerings). My life has changed drastically after coming to Canada, and I have to come to recognize my dream (and shortcomings that I need to work on to realize that dream), Exec. MBA will not plug those gaps.

Long Term Goal - Portfolio Manager with an asset management firm, and some day open my own boutique shop.

Recommendations - Can obtain one from my current manager (she acknowledges my ambition, and supports it - I hope)

Extracurriculars - Used to play sports in school and college, but not much after that.

Thanks!

Author:  MBAandBeyond [ 14 Jun 2022, 02:24 ]
Post subject:  Re: Fit for Booth? Post profiles here!

Hi spite,

Thanks for sharing your profile. Your profile looks good on the surface. First and foremost, I would advise you not to procrastinate or lose motivation this time and instead focus on achieving your desired GMAT score. All the best for that. On the work front, your work experience seems interesting, from India to Canada. Your role was mostly finance-related, and CFA will significantly boost your profile. You will need to talk about the roles and responsibilities you have undertaken, Impact you have had on the respective organization, career progression, and leadership skills. The school will be looking for students who can demonstrate how their MBA will help them advance in their careers, so show how your MBA will help you advance in your career. They want to know how an MBA from a specific business school can help you achieve your short- and long-term goals. Your post-MBA goals make sense. So, you must give a plausible reason for a career change. Why do you feel a retail banking sector is not fulfilling, and how can asset management help.

Overall, you have a good profile and a chance at top business schools. Yale, IESE, Haas, and Cornell can also be added to your list. However, your essays and GMAT score will play a significant role. Your essays will be crucial in explaining your motivation for an MBA, why not an executive MBA, and why you want to change careers. I recommend that you begin working on your application as soon as possible! What matters most in your application is how well you connect the dots and tell a compelling story. If you’d like, we are happy to hop on a call with you sometime this week to discuss your profile in length and further chances to top business schools. Feel free to book a free session with us as per your convenience.

Cheers!
Neha Hadke
Profile Analyst & Channel Manager, MBA and Beyond
Testimonials
Email: neha@mbaandbeyond.com



spite wrote:
Hello!
Please let me know what you think of my chances (or if it even makes sense) -

Background: Indian (Should get my Canadian Passport this year)

Education: Bachelors in Science (Biochemistry) - 70% average of 3 years. Realized then that investments & finance is what I like. Obtained Masters in Investment & Financial Analysis (basically self-taught) while working full time - 60%

GMAT: 660 (paid & booked exams, but lost motivation a month before exams. Decided to go write exams as I had nothing better to do that day). Preparing diligently now, targeting 740+

Work Experience: Overall ~11 years (before you recommend Exec. MBA, hear me out).
I love crunching numbers, so cracked entrance exam for a govt. bank and joined it right after completing bachelors (didn't know how to write a cheque on my first day at work :P). Self-taught banking (and finance and pretty much everything else required to do the job), and was promoted to credit analyst within a year of starting work. Worked there for 3 more years, obtained my masters degree while working, leveraged it and jumped ship to a private sector bank in same role (basically traded job security for better pay, stability and challenge). Worked there for 2Y8M, got Permanent Residency for Canada so decided to quit the job and make the move.

After coming to Canada, started working as a Financial Advisor managing investments for retail clients (still at it after ~4 years). That got fascinated with capital markets and decided to improve my skills & knowledge - realized that I needed CFA. Got my CFA charter last August (no redos were required, thank God!)

Post MBA Goals:
Short Term Goal - I have worked most of my life in retail banking, and I have come to realize that its not fulfilling (at least for me). The idea is to change careers and enter into Asset Management - leverage both CFA & MBA (and my passion for investing), starting as a research analyst for a buy-side shop (mutual fund/pension etc.). CFA gave the theoretical knowledge, MBA will provide the practical experience with oversight (hence targeting MBA schools with strong finance offerings). My life has changed drastically after coming to Canada, and I have to come to recognize my dream (and shortcomings that I need to work on to realize that dream), Exec. MBA will not plug those gaps.

Long Term Goal - Portfolio Manager with an asset management firm, and some day open my own boutique shop.

Recommendations - Can obtain one from my current manager (she acknowledges my ambition, and supports it - I hope)

Extracurriculars - Used to play sports in school and college, but not much after that.

Thanks!

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