Victor Augusto Wallendzus Reis
IE Business School
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: A person faithful to himself and to his own principles
Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
Fun Fact About Yourself: My wife says I should have become a country music singer
Undergraduate School and Major: Business Administration at Insper – Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: I only worked at Cetip (Biggest Clearing House in Latin America) since Graduation. I started as an Intern on Derivatives Area and after 6 months I became a Junior Analyst. After one year I changed to Electronic Trading Area, and I’ve been working here for the past 4 years (today I’m a Senior Analyst).
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Being awarded with the CFA Charter by the CFA Institute
Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants? The first thing to do is to choose the business school where you want to study. It doesn’t make any sense to choose a business school that ‘fits’ your GMAT score and experience. After choosing the b-school, then study for GMAT for as long and as much needed and do as much activities as needed. Take as much time as you need for this – 1 or 2 years is nothing compared to the experience you’ll have. Your effort will pay off.
For the Essays and Interview: don’t overthink or over-prepare. Be yourself.
What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA? When searching for my MBA I had two things on my mind: cultural diversity and soft skills development.
On the cultural diversity side, European schools are the best. I searched for schools that would have high international student level and IE was high rated. Beyond that, the school spirit of integrating students and making them work together would maximize this experience.
For the soft skills development, I was looking for a school with a different focus than finance, which is a subject that I head already mastered. IE’s focus on entrepreneurship was perfect for my objective. I’m sure IE will give me much more development on soft skills than any other finance-focused business School would.
Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? It would be a product manager at Amazon. Amazon is a company that is always expanding, going into new businesses and is very competent on that. Being a PM of a company like Amazon would give me the strategic thinking necessary to develop any new technology-related business that I like.
What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? “Victor is very dedicated and he masters what he is aiming to do on his career.”
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