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Nicola Sandford Fortuna

Nicola Sandford

Expert Coach

Fortuna Admissions

New Zealand

Consultant Bio

Nicola brings deep expertise in recruitment, one-on- one career coaching and resume building to her Fortuna work. Passionate about student recruitment and outreach, she previously held the role of Assistant Director on the Career Services Team at INSEAD Singapore. Nicola was also responsible for managing Corporate Partnership Development with companies in the Finance and Social Impact Sectors across the APAC region.

Prior to her position at INSEAD, Nicola worked at Merrill Lynch in London, managing MBA recruitment from top business schools for both full-time and internship positions. She has also been responsible for managing international recruitment into the Middle East. Nicola holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Otago, New Zealand and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Company Information


Fortuna Admissions possesses unique insider knowledge of how admissions committees work, because we have been the gatekeepers in the admissions offices of top business schools. Our entire team comprises of former business school professionals from top-tier institutions including Wharton, INSEAD, Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, London Business School, Chicago Booth, NYU Stern, Duke Fuqua, IE Business School, and UC Berkeley Haas.

We have personally reviewed tens of thousands of applications from candidates all over the world. We have also shaped admissions policy, devised the application processes, and had the final say on who got in. We know the inside track – what goes on behind the closed doors of admissions committees, how your candidacy will stand up versus the competition, and how you can best maximize your chances of gaining a coveted place in a top MBA program.

Our experience and passion for coaching gives you a level of MBA admissions insight that you won’t find anywhere else. And with our passion for coaching, we can help you bring out the best in yourself so you truly shine in your application and interviews.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Fortuna Admissions offers two packages: Comprehensive School Packages (CSP) & Premium School Packages (PSP).

The Comprehensive and Premium School Package services both include:
Goal Development
Target School List
Application Strategy
School Interaction Strategy
Recommender Strategy
Essay Editing
Resume Review
Biodata/Application Forms Review
Interview Coaching
Decision Management

Comprehensive School Package (CSP): You will work with a dedicated expert coach throughout the entire process, from goal development right through to interview coaching and decision management, with input from our resume specialists and a mid-point review of your entire application by one of our former admissions directors. Our Fortuna coaches have held senior positions at the world’s best MBA programs and are uniquely qualified to help you maximize your chances of gaining a coveted place in a top MBA program.
Premium School Package (PSP): In addition to working with an expert coach, the Premium School Package includes tailored guidance by one of our former admissions directors at critical stages of the application process.

Special Package Rates:

One-School Package: $4,950 (CSP) / add $1,400 (PSP)
Two-School Package: $6,750 (CSP) / add $1,800 (PSP)
Three-School Package: $8,250 (CSP) / add $2,200 (PSP)
Four-School Package: $9,750 (CSP) / add $2,600 (PSP)
Five-School Package: $11,250 (CSP) / add $3,000 (PSP)

Other Services: We also offer other “á la carte” options such as: Early Stage MBA Planning, MBA Resume Review, Admissions Directors’ Evaluation, MBA Interview Prep, MBA Waitlist Strategy, Rejected MBA Application Strategy, and Hourly Consulting.

Please visit our website for more information and pricing.

Location: New Zealand

Email: info@fortunaadmissions.com

Website: http://www.fortunaadmissions.com

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Highly recommend my coach Nicola Stanford at Fortuna Admissions
    2 years ago
    I am from a non-traditional MBA background and believed a coach is necessary to help me navigate the highly competitive and complex process of MBA application. Thanks to Nicola, Matt and Caroline, the journey was instead really enjoyable. I chose Fortuna because of the recommendation from a good friend and the fact that, as ex staff from INSEAD, some of the coaches have deep insights about my dream school. Nicola and I are in nearby time zones across the Tasman Sea (AU and NZ, allowing the communications to be very timely and convenient. As I said, the entire process was very well planned with a clear timeline. I was able to focus on tasks in hand and knew everything was under control. There are specific ...
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    Jianlin Li
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  • Essential for MBA Preparation
    3 years ago
    As someone without any connection to MBA students or alumni, I had a difficulty in compiling my essays and the overall application process. After contacting several admission consulting services and comparing their service, responses towards my questions, explanations, and overall feeling to the consultant, I decided to choose the service from Fortuna Admission. For me, to be comfortable to the consultant is essential as basically they will be your mentor who will guide you through self-reflection and question your motivations pursuing MBA, which could lead to many personal sides of life! Nicola Sandford was really an amazing mentor. I felt like she genuinely want to know about my motivation and background, pointed out several of my strengths and weaknesses, then showed me how to make ...
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    - Irwing Antonio
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  • Excellent Consultation Experience for INSEAD, highly recommended
    4 years ago
    I was overwhelmed by the thought of facing the MBA application process. Especially for INSEAD, which continues to add more requirements each year and has one of the longest applications of any MBA program. Fortuna, and especially Nicola, really helped me get organized from day one, making sure I took adequate time to reflect on my background/motivations and develop a cohesive story, and then guiding me through each hurdle of the process. Nicola helped me gain the confidence that I was submitting an application that not only displayed my story in the best possible light, but was also directly targeted INSEAD. Because Fortuna has years of experience on both sides of the admissions process (both as admissions consultants and admissions gatekeepers), they really know how ...
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    Class of 2017 Anonymous
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