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INSEAD/LBS/Columbia/Booth - Profile evaluation

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INSEAD/LBS/Columbia/Booth - Profile evaluation

Post Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:55 am
Dear all,

Can you please evaluate my profile for the following MBAs: INSEAD (Paris or Singapore), LBS, Columbia and Chicago Booth? Any advice much appreciated.

My profile:
- GMAT: 710 (expected)
- 5+ years of experience in Finance & IT, including 2 years as a Software Engineer for a niche ERP Provider and 3 years as a Management Consultant at E&Y
- French Male, currently working in Paris with a broad international exposure: worked in 15+ countries during my time at E&Y (US/South America/Europe/Africa/Asia)
- International exposure : in addition to my professional experience abroad, I have travelled to 30+ countries and have some ties with an African country I travel to on a regular basis
- Good academic record: MSc in Operational Research and Information Systems at a good French Engineering School
- Stellar profile at E&Y, with top ratings. Part of E&Y High Potential program. Soon-to-be promoted Manager
- French native speaker and fluent in English. Good working knowledge of Spanish (worked in Colombia a few years ago)

Objectives post-MBA:
- 1/ Return to a BIG 4 (in France or elsewhere) and moving up the ladder to Partner, for which an MBA would be a great asset
* Trying to break into MBB and the likes might be an option too. However, my gut feeling is telling me that I may not be a good fit. Additionally, in the end I can see no difference between Partners at Big 4 and MBB (we have former MBB at E&Y), while it seems much more competitive to me to make Partner at MBB
- 2/ Get a management role at a big Software Editor (e.g. SAP, Microsoft), with a focus on financial services (to stay consistent)

Looking forward to your feedback.

Many thanks.

Kind regards,
Nick

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Post Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:42 am
NickD wrote:
Dear all,

Can you please evaluate my profile for the following MBAs: INSEAD (Paris or Singapore), LBS, Columbia and Chicago Booth? Any advice much appreciated.

My profile:
- GMAT: 710 (expected)
- 5+ years of experience in Finance & IT, including 2 years as a Software Engineer for a niche ERP Provider and 3 years as a Management Consultant at E&Y
- French Male, currently working in Paris with a broad international exposure: worked in 15+ countries during my time at E&Y (US/South America/Europe/Africa/Asia)
- International exposure : in addition to my professional experience abroad, I have travelled to 30+ countries and have some ties with an African country I travel to on a regular basis
- Good academic record: MSc in Operational Research and Information Systems at a good French Engineering School
- Stellar profile at E&Y, with top ratings. Part of E&Y High Potential program. Soon-to-be promoted Manager
- French native speaker and fluent in English. Good working knowledge of Spanish (worked in Colombia a few years ago)

Objectives post-MBA:
- 1/ Return to a BIG 4 (in France or elsewhere) and moving up the ladder to Partner, for which an MBA would be a great asset
* Trying to break into MBB and the likes might be an option too. However, my gut feeling is telling me that I may not be a good fit. Additionally, in the end I can see no difference between Partners at Big 4 and MBB (we have former MBB at E&Y), while it seems much more competitive to me to make Partner at MBB
- 2/ Get a management role at a big Software Editor (e.g. SAP, Microsoft), with a focus on financial services (to stay consistent)

Looking forward to your feedback.

Many thanks.

Kind regards,
Nick
Nick, I think you look strong for INSEAD and that Paris makes sense. LBS also looks good. I think your potential at both CBS and Booth could be excellent also as both schools will value your international background and I think from Paris your application will pop a bit. But the odds at CBS and Booth are tougher and it could help to work with someone who knows these schools well and can guide you in the process of applying. We have counselors who are alums at both CBS and Booth and if you'd like to learn more how we can help, go to this link to set up a free consult: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com/free-consult/?utm_expid=4495878-4._HYNg1EgTsuwASp2LkrIug.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fstratusadmissionscounseling.com%2Ffree-consult%2F

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Post Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:59 am
NickD wrote:
Dear all,

Can you please evaluate my profile for the following MBAs: INSEAD (Paris or Singapore), LBS, Columbia and Chicago Booth? Any advice much appreciated.

My profile:
- GMAT: 710 (expected)
- 5+ years of experience in Finance & IT, including 2 years as a Software Engineer for a niche ERP Provider and 3 years as a Management Consultant at E&Y
- French Male, currently working in Paris with a broad international exposure: worked in 15+ countries during my time at E&Y (US/South America/Europe/Africa/Asia)
- International exposure : in addition to my professional experience abroad, I have travelled to 30+ countries and have some ties with an African country I travel to on a regular basis
- Good academic record: MSc in Operational Research and Information Systems at a good French Engineering School
- Stellar profile at E&Y, with top ratings. Part of E&Y High Potential program. Soon-to-be promoted Manager
- French native speaker and fluent in English. Good working knowledge of Spanish (worked in Colombia a few years ago)

Objectives post-MBA:
- 1/ Return to a BIG 4 (in France or elsewhere) and moving up the ladder to Partner, for which an MBA would be a great asset
* Trying to break into MBB and the likes might be an option too. However, my gut feeling is telling me that I may not be a good fit. Additionally, in the end I can see no difference between Partners at Big 4 and MBB (we have former MBB at E&Y), while it seems much more competitive to me to make Partner at MBB
- 2/ Get a management role at a big Software Editor (e.g. SAP, Microsoft), with a focus on financial services (to stay consistent)

Looking forward to your feedback.

Many thanks.

Kind regards,
Nick
Looks solid enough, possibly for all 4 schools but especially for INSEAD and LBS as they will value all that international experience the most, I think. What you would need, however, in order to make sure you secure a spot at those schools is some kind of distinguishing or interesting/unique angle, backstory or similar. While your profile is good, it is a bit boring (pardon me for saying so!) so you need to think about how you are going to give it that little special edge to really get you in the door. (Feel free to get in touch at[url] https://aringo.com/mba-process-registration/[/url] if you’d like to brainstorm a bit about what that unique point could be!)

But all in all, there is definitely potential for an admit here, for all 4 schools, if the application is done right!

Good luck!

JL

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