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by Sci45 » Wed May 24, 2017 11:31 am
Could someone give me some feedback on my profile?

INSEAD is my first choice. I am still exploring other possibilities but, generally speaking, I am interested in internationally-oriented top MBA programs geared towards entrepreneurship and/or rigorous quantitative component (which I suppose most of the programs have). Looking for recommendations.

Background:

- Nationality: First-generation American; Russian
-Gender: Female
- Age: 32
- Degree: BBA in Finance and International Business from a top (regionally) US state university, Diploma of Higher Education from a state university in Russia
- US GPA: 3.7/4 (Graduated with Honors), Russia GPA: 3.9/4, achieved while working full-time.
- Work Experience: 6 years
- Industry: Financial media (5 years); Investment Management (1 year)
- International Exposure: Currently self-employed in Mexico, born and raised in Russia, lived in 5 US states in the past 11 years; traveled to Guatemala to volunteer for a local business incubator
- Linguistic Skills: Fluent in Russian, proficient in Spanish, elementary French
- Extra Curricular activities: Obstacle course races, surfing, foreign languages

Post MBA goals: Investment management or entrepreneurship

Planning on taking the GMAT in the next 2 months

Thanks in advance.

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by Jon@Admissionado » Sun May 28, 2017 10:38 pm
Basically you have a very interesting and diverse profile that is exactly the sort of profile that INSEAD loves. Very international... lots of variety. You're also the right age. And female. :)

So all is good there as far as I can see.

The real question for me is: Work experience...

I only have a relatively vague idea of what it is you have done, and how successful you have been, and what your goals are.

As for B-schools. there are plenty you can go to, but once again it depends upon your goals. It's true for example that US B-schools for the most part are less globally oriented than European programs, but on the other hand, with a Top MBA diploma, you can easily get placed anywhere you wish.

In Europe I would for sure suggest looking into LBS, HEC, Oxford and Cambridge to begin with.

But once again, without more information from you about what you wish to do it's hard to say exactly.

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by Donna@Stratus » Wed May 31, 2017 4:59 am
Sci45 wrote:Could someone give me some feedback on my profile?

INSEAD is my first choice. I am still exploring other possibilities but, generally speaking, I am interested in internationally-oriented top MBA programs geared towards entrepreneurship and/or rigorous quantitative component (which I suppose most of the programs have). Looking for recommendations.

Background:

- Nationality: First-generation American; Russian
-Gender: Female
- Age: 32
- Degree: BBA in Finance and International Business from a top (regionally) US state university, Diploma of Higher Education from a state university in Russia
- US GPA: 3.7/4 (Graduated with Honors), Russia GPA: 3.9/4, achieved while working full-time.
- Work Experience: 6 years
- Industry: Financial media (5 years); Investment Management (1 year)
- International Exposure: Currently self-employed in Mexico, born and raised in Russia, lived in 5 US states in the past 11 years; traveled to Guatemala to volunteer for a local business incubator
- Linguistic Skills: Fluent in Russian, proficient in Spanish, elementary French
- Extra Curricular activities: Obstacle course races, surfing, foreign languages

Post MBA goals: Investment management or entrepreneurship

Planning on taking the GMAT in the next 2 months

Thanks in advance.
I agree that your strong international profile will fit well with INSEAD. Having a solid GMAT score will help solidify your options. You sound like you have had just a big of investment management experience- so that will help you to focus on that again after MBA. Be sure to look at schools with specific resources in this area and call them out in your applications. If you have not recently worked in investment management- the 1 yr MBA may be a bit more problematic so be sure to look for experiential learning opportunities as part of the program.

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by Dozie@VeritasPrep » Fri Jun 09, 2017 12:10 pm
You have the right international experience and a strong GPA with solid work experience so you could potentially be in play. Your GMAT will play a role in this so make sure you are hitting or exceeding the avg score to keep yourself competitive at INSEAD
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by Michelle@ARINGO » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:53 am
Sci45 wrote:Could someone give me some feedback on my profile?

INSEAD is my first choice. I am still exploring other possibilities but, generally speaking, I am interested in internationally-oriented top MBA programs geared towards entrepreneurship and/or rigorous quantitative component (which I suppose most of the programs have). Looking for recommendations.

Background:

- Nationality: First-generation American; Russian
-Gender: Female
- Age: 32
- Degree: BBA in Finance and International Business from a top (regionally) US state university, Diploma of Higher Education from a state university in Russia
- US GPA: 3.7/4 (Graduated with Honors), Russia GPA: 3.9/4, achieved while working full-time.
- Work Experience: 6 years
- Industry: Financial media (5 years); Investment Management (1 year)
- International Exposure: Currently self-employed in Mexico, born and raised in Russia, lived in 5 US states in the past 11 years; traveled to Guatemala to volunteer for a local business incubator
- Linguistic Skills: Fluent in Russian, proficient in Spanish, elementary French
- Extra Curricular activities: Obstacle course races, surfing, foreign languages

Post MBA goals: Investment management or entrepreneurship

Planning on taking the GMAT in the next 2 months

Thanks in advance.
I am missing a lot of detail here so it's hard to say for sure, but it does sound like you would be a good fit for INSEAD based on what you wrote. I would be more than happy to give you a more thorough evaluation if you want to share some more details about your work experience especially with ARINGO. You can do that here for example: https://aringo.com/mba-admission-chances-calculator/

Based on what I have seen so far I would say your main challenge will be to connect the dots between everything going on in your profile, including your post-MBA goal of course, but INSEAD is definitely a strong possibility for you with a good application.

I would definitely consider at least LBS and HEC besides INSEAD as well if I were you.

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