Aziz Lalljee

Senior Instructor

Career Protocol

Chicago, Illinois

United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

I’m Aziz, a wanderer who has found his calling.

I’m an immigrant from India, now in Chicago, with two degrees from Penn and an MBA from Booth. Over the past 13 years, I’ve worked in consulting, investments, and higher education; lived in four continents; and launched two startups (in wealth management and women’s mental health). My journey is replete with joy, failure, hard choices, and reinventions both personal and professional. It’s exposed me to a wide range of people making major business and personal decisions, at critical times, with a broad range of outcomes. It’s forced me to crystallize and articulate my own values and goals, and has taught me how to build authentic, profound connections with people who matter.

Above all, my journey has given me my life’s calling – to help others make decisions under uncertainty, and to find and tell their own epic story at their crucial moment. The MBA application exemplifies such a moment in my client’s lives, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to guide them through it.

P.S. I love playing and watching tennis; reading poetry, history, and evolutionary psychology; and traveling without an agenda or reservations.

Company Information

OK you’re smart, so you’ve probably read a lot of these. Here’s how we’re the same as some admissions consultants out there: in our elite school packages, we touch every single part of your application for your target schools as many times as we need to until the finished product inspires both you and us. We bring over a decade of expertise to bear, and we do all of this on a predictable timeline. Much more interesting, though, is what makes Career Protocol different. We’re not really consultants. We’re teachers. Career Protocol is a Professional Development Firm.

We think the MBA application process is a golden opportunity to uplevel your professional profile and executive skillset BEFORE you take the leap into the MBA. So instead of simply editing your essays, we use the MBA application as a training ground for new capabilities that will last you a lifetime.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

THE AUTHENTIC MBA APPLICATION PACKAGE

Think of the Authentic MBA Application Package (as we call it) as a nearly year-long course in executive-level self-awareness, communication, and relationship building skills tailored to your needs and experiences. We work with you on every aspect of the MBA application not only to maximize your chances of success but also to uplevel your executive skillset in the process. Your Career Protocol Instructor will teach you how to explore your values, tell epic stories, and build genuine relationships with your fellow humans in everything you do (yes, even when you’re just writing an MBA application!) so that you can have the impact you want to have in your career. Imagine how empowered you’ll feel the first day of class knowing that you used the whole year prior to your MBA building key leadership skills with an experienced teacher by your side.

If you want someone to edit your essays, work with friends and family. If you want to transform your ability to stand out for the rest of your career as the bright shiny unicorn* you are, work with us.

*We mean unicorn in the one-of-a-kind-unique sense, not in the instagrammy** rainbow sense.
** We do like instagrammy rainbow unicorns, tho. Especially the cupcake kind.

ONCE YOU GET INTO BUSINESS SCHOOL…
The fun doesn’t stop. We’ve got…

• The Interview Hero Coaching Program
• YOMO: You Only MBA Once (AKA Your Guide to Getting Your Best MBA Internship), and
• How to Be the Smartest Person in the Room (AKA The Consulting Case Interview Hero Program)

These are all affordable group coaching programs to help you target and get the internship and post-MBA job you really want, while – of course – building your professional skillset every step of the way.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Phone: 845-325-6368

Email: hello@careerprotocol.com

Website: https://careerprotocol.com/

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  • Above Expectations
    8 months ago
    Aziz's help was particularly important to me. When I got rejected from all my round 1 MBA applications (with another consultant), I thought I would never make it to a top business school. When I started working with Aziz in round 2 the results were above expectations. With a surprising come back I was admitted to two M7 and top European business schools. Aziz goes the extra mile in every aspect of the application process. He not only helped me build my story and goals but also pushed me to find meaning and purpose in them.
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Masterful Storyteller
    8 months ago
    From the outset of the application process, I was extremely unsure of my chances of getting into any program, let alone my dream program, and felt overwhelmed with the process as a whole. I started working with Aziz in hopes of applying to Round 1. Life and work got in the way and I eventually submitted all 9 applications in Round 2. Aziz was instrumental in helping me express my authentic self to admission committees and in guiding me in crafting stories that highlighted my values and experiences that made me a unique candidate. His working style is highly conducive to the rigor of the MBA application process and he is able to concisely identify and convey ideas that are hiding in the text of ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Grateful To Aziz!
    8 months ago
    I'm writing this review from the POV of a reapplicant. I purchased the 5 school application package and was paired with Aziz in my first year of application. I found Aziz's ability to synthesize and distill down my values and guide me through essay writing invaluable. I cried when I read my final draft of "what matters most to you and why?" on Stanford's essay because Aziz helped me see layers of what really matters to me (this was useful beyond the MBA application for me and into what I want my long-term vision to be). It was a heart and mind-opening exercise to write that essay as my first b-school essay and have that as the basis for all of my other essays. He ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Scholarship From My Dream School - Thanks To Aziz!
    8 months ago
    I cannot sing enough praises about Aziz as an admissions consultant, career coach and friend! The MBA journey was tough, but I’m so thankful he was in my corner. From cheering me on (and recommending a tutor!) during my GRE attempts, coaching my recommenders, providing essay revisions, to performing mock interviews, Aziz showed up for me every step of the way without judgment. Most notably, Aziz helped me dig deep in my self-reflection and discovery. This was crucial in uncovering and articulating my authentic story – pulling from early life experiences through my present-day career. From there, Aziz helped me translate my goals into a specific short- and long-term plan pre and post-MBA. For the first time in my career, I had a clear and actionable ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Aziz Is An Amazing MBA Consultant & Overall Person!!
    10 months ago
    Aziz was an amazing supporter during my entire application process! He helped me think deeply about my interests and career aspirations, which will be extremely valuable beyond my MBA. Career coaching was something I did not even know I needed going in, but what I am now most grateful for receiving. Aziz was always available, he is genuine and was truly invested in my success. There were times during the process when I was losing energy and Aziz encouraged me to keep pushing I am now confident that I submitted the best applications I could. Throughout the whole process, Aziz was inspiring, extremely positive, and very knowledgeable. I really enjoyed working with Aziz and looked forward to every conversation. I was accepted to 2 of the ...
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  • MBA Admission Consultant + Career Coach
    12 months ago
    When I first heard about Admission Consultants, I was unsure about if I needed an admissions consultant to help me with my application. It was an expensive choice that I wasn't sure would payout. As I evaluated and researched the different options, I was drawn to the way Career Protocol helped their clients. Their focus on being not just an Admissions Consultant, but a Career Coach for pre-MBAs, is the mindset that eventually sold me to work with Career Protocol and Aziz. I was the first person in my friends and family circle to get my MBA, and Aziz was incredibly helpful and patient as he guided me throughout this process. Aziz's focus on my professional and personal growth throughout this process, not only as an ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Amazing Coach & An Equally Amazing Friend
    12 months ago
    For the longest time, my goal was to become a doctor; I had no interest in going to business school. As my interests and ambitions changed, however, I realized I could make an equally meaningful impact in the corporate world. There was one problem - I had next to zero "formal" business experience, having spent most of my professional life in academic research labs. How could I possibly stack up against those who spent years as MBB consultants and investment bankers? Oh, and I struggled tremendously with the GMAT. I knew I'd need some help... From day one, Aziz made the MBA application process truly fun. There was always less emphasis on the applications themselves and more on internal discovery - what makes me "tick" ...
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    James Sugarman
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Your Most Supportive Champion & Coach
    1 year ago
    Working with Aziz is like having your own personal cheerleader and a stellar coach - who will both guide you to success and support you when the going gets rough. When deciding to apply to business school, I was seeking guidance with my story coming from a non-traditional background, to present my authentic self to schools, and to have grown from the application process regardless of the outcomes. Working with Aziz and Career Protocol not only helped me achieve all of those goals but also helped me learn so much about myself. Aziz is phenomenal because he truly gets to know you personally and deeply. He has a sharp intuition and will help you discover strengths and gems in your story you didn’t even know about. ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • More Than Just An Admissions Consultant
    1 year ago
    While the most important part of the MBA admissions process is the outcome, as cheesy as it sounds, the journey of self discovery was nearly equally as valuable to me. As someone who initially pursued an MBA because it was "what I was supposed to do to further my career", Aziz helped me truly understand my goals and passions. While deep self reflection is not always easy, Aziz patiently guided me through the process, helping me explore my motivations and aspirations. This ultimately helped me discover a career path that I am passionate about and can confidently pursue during and after business school. Aziz and the career protocol team went beyond cleaning up my essays or telling me what the admissions office wanted to hear. Aziz ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Success!
    1 year ago
    Aziz is amazing! I was drawn to Career Protocol's personal approach given that I was applying to business school with a very non-traditional background. Aziz helped me narrow down and identify my dreams and goals into something tangible. He was able to extract intrinsic characteristics in my life story and how they would be valued in business school, and then helped to connect the dots as to how they related to my goals. I was really able to show the admissions committees who I am as a person and what my values are. I never felt like anything was fake or forced- if a suggestion didn't feel right, I was comfortable having that conversation with Aziz. At the end of the day, he really cared ...
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  • Thank You, Aziz!
    1 year ago
    I worked with Aziz on a three application package after Career Protocol came highly recommended to me by a coworker who had worked with them previously. I had met with a few other consultants as well, but after my first conversation with Aziz, I felt a distinct sense of engagement and care for my story and my ambitions. I started the MBA application process concerned about how I'd make myself stand out coming from a typically well-represented pool of applicants (finance). Throughout the next several months, we deep-dived on my personal background, the choices I had made through life, and the goals and aspirations I wanted to put to paper in my applications. Aziz helped me put together applications that I felt were true to ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • The Career Partner I Didn't Know I Was Missing
    2 years ago
    I came to Career Protocol looking for a guide to help navigate wielding an unorthodox narrative in my pursuit of an MBA. More than that, I found one of the most genuine advisors and friends in Aziz, who helped me redefine my path and launch my future with astonishing clarity. Aziz is a deep listener and an honest communicator. He pushed me early on to dive deeper into my own motivations to develop a career path that was going to do more than signal 'success' to some outside scorekeeper. While I continually pounded my head against the pavement trying to optimize my career, my life, my goals - and solve the universal equation to success while I was at it - Aziz patiently redirected me to ...
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    Class of N/A N/A
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  • I Discovered So Much About Myself!
    2 years ago
    Working with Aziz was such a pleasure. He helped me discover and pull out things about me that I never thought were important enough to discuss or mention in essays/interviews. The whole process felt empowering and he kept me confident throughout the journey. Before applying, I felt that I had no idea how to write a good essay about myself but after the process, he turned me into a storyteller. If you're looking for a consultant who isn't just focused on the numbers, go to him!
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Thank You So Much, Aziz!
    2 years ago
    I was introduced to Aziz and Career Protocol through Forte's MBA Launch program. In a week of speaking with 5-6 admissions consultants, Aziz stood out to me above everyone else. Even though our pull-up was only 30 minutes, he was truly interested in who I am as a person and how he could help me showcase that in an application. This was incredibly different from folks who were focused on how to hide some of my weaknesses (undergrad from non-target state school, avg GPA). Once I started working with Aziz, I honestly felt more and more excited by the application process. First, Career Protocol's guide on story-crafting was so, so, helpful for me. I learned how to articulate my journey and values in a concise ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Much More Than An MBA Counsellor
    2 years ago
    TL;DR: Working with Aziz has given me a clearer outlook on myself, my strengths, where I'm headed, and whether an MBA is the right path. He's added so much value to me as a person and a professional, not just as an MBA applicant. I came into the MBA process more out of curiosity and with an expiring GMAT score that I thought I may as well use. I talked to most of the highest recommended admissions shops based on this website, and I felt that Career Protocol and Aziz were the most invested and interested in me as a person versus just as another applicant. Based on this I chose to go with them, hoping that I may also gain a little more value for ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • HIGHLY Responsible, Caring, & Capable
    2 years ago
    I worked with Aziz for my MBA deferred enrollment application, and I was surprised at the quality of care I received. I have had a consultant for my college application, and Aziz is just so so so much better in every possible way. If you are looking for a highly responsible, capable coach for your MBA application, then Aziz is your top choice. He would give you honest, powerful feedback and helped you grow in your MBA application process. English is not my first language, so I sometimes struggle to accurately express my thoughts in essays. Aziz helped me to piece my different ideas into a holistic story and made me have a better understanding of myself. MBA application is a lot more stressful and ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • BEST... COACH... EVER...
    2 years ago
    When I first started seeking an admissions consultant, my sole objective was to find a person who could teach me all the tips and tricks to sneak my way into one of the most prestigious programs in the world. I felt that my background was weak (white male, undergrad at a non-target state school, average GMAT score, and an impressive, but non-traditional professional background), and many consultants had me convinced that they held a secret formula to help me disguise these flaws. Then comes Aziz… By the end of our free intro call, my perspective on the application process had been flipped on its head. While many other consultants spoke of how they’d leverage their expertise and talent, Aziz spoke of how he’d leverage ...
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  • THANK YOU AZIZ
    2 years ago
    I was first introduced to Career Protocol through the Forte MBA Launch Program. After speaking with several MBA consultants, I chose Career Protocol because of their positive energy and their focus on finding your TRUE self. I am so glad that I worked with Aziz on my MBA applications. There were many times (COVID, job change, suddenly move back to Asia etc.) that I wanted to give up but Aziz was always there for me -- he inspired me and helped me come up with a concrete plan. Every time I got off the phone with Aziz, I felt so pumped and knew exactly what my next steps should be. I would not be able to complete this journey without Aziz. After submitting the application to my dream ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Admitted To My #1 School Because Of Aziz!
    2 years ago
    Before working with Aziz I had applied to business schools in the previous admissions cycle without any success. I was feeling completely defeated until I had my first call with Aziz. He was empathetic, honest, enthusiastic, and so genuine in every interaction we had. He made me feel like I was the only applicant he was working with. He took the time to carefully identify unique stories, and relate them to specific values at each school. After each essay draft, Aziz provided clear and impactful feedback and I was beyond happy and so proud of the final products. He pushed me outside of my comfort zone and provided immense support throughout the entire process. He defined a clear plan of action to tackle my weaknesses ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Thank You, Aziz!
    2 years ago
    I’m so so so appreciative of Aziz and his guidance throughout my application journey! He helped me in 3 key ways: 1. Understanding and articulating my specific goals: I started out using tons of industry jargon that painted a flowery, unclear picture of what I wanted. Aziz asked the right questions that pushed me to really reflect on my short- and long-term goals in a way that not only helped with my applications, but also strengthened my understanding of the specific role and industry I see myself in, what I envision myself doing on a day-to-day, and how I plan on getting there. 2. Highlighting how my unique strengths complement a school’s culture: Aziz is a wizard at active listening and quickly processing information. After I ...
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  • Perfect Your Story!
    2 years ago
    I started working with Aziz while preparing Round 1 and Round 2 applications. I appreciate what he and Career Protocol stand for and how they look at the whole person and not just your application statistics. He was there for me every step of the way. Coming from a non-business background he whipped me, and my story, into shape. It is truly invaluable to have someone who can give you honest feedback at every point. In a non-traditional application cycle because of COVID, it was really helpful to have someone to turn to and ask questions. From brainstorming my essays, practicing interviews, to deciding where to apply, I couldn't have done it without Aziz!
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Great Interview Prep
    2 years ago
    I connected with Aziz to prep for my Executive MBA interview. It was on a really tight timeframe and I had to prep fast. Aziz gave me honest and valuable feedback that was not only applicable to the MBA interview but also to other interviews moving forward. He also went out of his way to provide his personal contact information in case I had any questions before my interview. I was accepted into the CBS EMBA program!! After admission, he was also really helpful in providing tips on looking for scholarships/funding.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Aziz Is Extremely Dedicated And Insightful!!
    2 years ago
    There are so many great things to say about working with Aziz, that it’s hard to know where to start! When I first started the MBA application process, I really wasn’t thinking of working with a consultant because I was afraid that the interaction would be mostly transactional (since that is sometimes what I hear from friends), and that the consultant would not really bother getting to know me as a person. But through Forte Launch, I got to know the Career Protocol team, and then eventually had a conversation with Aziz, and I felt that his approach really resonated with me, and everything just felt “right.” I was also really stressed about the application process (remembering how stressed out I was during my college application process, ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Get Accepted AND Find Your Authentic Story With Aziz!
    2 years ago
    I was first introduced to Career Protocol through the Forte MBA Launch Program. After speaking with several MBA consultants, I chose Career Protocol because of their holistic approach to MBA admissions. I appreciated how they prioritized unlocking your joyful story (that speaks to your strengths, your unique story, and what makes you feel alive), rather than exploiting a more fearful narrative (that relies on false lies that you need to be a 'perfect' candidate in order to get into business school). Applying to business school is stressful enough -- I am so glad I found Career Protocol. Aziz was spectacular throughout the entire process. I started working with Aziz from May to March (almost a whole year!). We worked on 3 applications together. For the first ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Awesome Experience With Aziz
    2 years ago
    I worked with Aziz in 2020 to apply to three schools. I knew this would be a competitive admissions year and that my candidacy was iffy on paper, so I decided early in the admissions process that I would engage a consultant to help me refine my story and personal brand. What I liked about Aziz from the start was his candor and realism. Our first conversation was inspiring – I gained a ton of clarity on the application process and I felt motivated to get to work. Aziz was great throughout the entire process. He’s a witty and quick editor, a ruthless interview partner, and a strategic contingency planner. But where Aziz made the biggest difference for me was in career visioning. I had ideas ...
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    Class of 2023 Accepted
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  • Aziz Is The Perfect Partner For Your MBA Journey!
    2 years ago
    I started working with Aziz toward the end of June, by September I had submitted 5 round 1 applications, and in December I was accepted at Booth with a 90k scholarship (which he helped me negotiate to 100k). I could not have asked for a better partner than Aziz through the application process. From our first meeting, Aziz perfectly balanced extreme candor and knowledge of each school with contagious excitement and enthusiasm. I left each conversation with Aziz with a clear understanding of where essays weren't working, but never discouraged by the feedback I received. I never doubted that Aziz believed in me and was committed to doing everything he could to make my applications successful. Aziz reviewed countless essays, helping me work through as many as ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Honest, Inspiring, & Fun!
    2 years ago
    I worked with Aziz on my MBA application this year and I couldn’t be happier with the result! Nobody really enjoys or looks forward to the application process, but Aziz found a way to make it fun and inspiring. He’s a natural at identifying whether your target schools are a reach, match, or safety, and this really helped me narrow down my options whilst keeping my post-MBA goals in mind (figuring out the perfect mix). Even then, I was never discouraged from shooting for the stars, so I did end up getting into my top-choice school! One of Aziz’s biggest qualities is efficiency. There were several elements to my application and too many layers to my personal story, but he supported me in figuring out the ...
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  • Aziz - The Insight & Inspiration I Needed!
    3 years ago
    I never imagined I'd work with an admissions consultant, but when I moved up my application timeline by a year, I knew I needed help to pull everything together in two months. I chose Career Protocol because I wanted to work with someone who would help me communicate my story with confidence rather than fit me into a template or push me towards "safer" schools. Aziz delivered all of that and so much more! I applied and was admitted to Kellogg and Booth's Evening Programs, but more importantly, I feel much more confident and clear-eyed as I start business school. -Insight: Even in our first conversation, talking to Aziz felt like talking to a (very smart) childhood friend. Aziz quickly picked up on my key ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Aziz Is A Rockstar!
    3 years ago
    I worked with Aziz Lalljee on business school admissions and it was amazing. Without his guidance and insights – from preparing for the GMAT, understanding how my profile stacked up and writing essays I certainly would not have gotten into Ivey Business School. Over time, I went from seeing him as an admissions consultant to a mentor, coach, and friend. Furthermore, he already knew so much about my strengths, weaknesses, and how I best receive feedback that it helped me prepare for my job interviews while at business school. This helped me land a job at the Royal Bank of Canada. Inspires you to aspire: When I started the application process, I wasn’t sure how my profile stacked up. He helped me decide between a 1 ...
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    Arun Sharma
    MBA Class of 2013 Admit
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  • I Highly Recommend Aziz Lalljee
    3 years ago
    I was completing what schools to apply to, I narrowed it down to five schools, Booth, Fuqua, HBS, Wharton, and GSB. Aziz gave great insight regarding best practices to manage the application, on-campus visiting, and GMAT studying process. Aziz consulted me on my applications and we spoke and corresponded via email on many occasions throughout my application process. His feedback was extremely beneficial, pointed out areas he thought made me a strong candidate and methods to showcase my strengths in addition to potential solutions to combat my weaknesses. In the end, I got into and choose Duke! One of my top choices.
    Class of 2018 Admit
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  • Aziz - The Natural Consultant
    3 years ago
    I met Aziz through a common friend when I was applying to top tier MBA programs. My first preference was INSEAD because of its diversity and yearlong course duration. Just like any hopeful applicant, I scoured the internet for tips and tricks to distinguish my application but I didn't make much headway. Once I talked to Aziz, I knew working with him would be the right strategy. Instead of focusing on the application questions, Aziz patiently heard my story and asked questions which helped me reflect on the highlights and lowlights of my professional and personal life. Unlike most people, I didn't have a streamlined career path until that point - I had dabbled in the non-profit and corporate sectors wearing multiple hats. Aziz helped ...
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    Sonam Arora
    MBA Class of 2013 Admit
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