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Pascal Michels

Sr. Admissions Consultant

Menlo Coaching

Barcelona

Spain

Net Promoter Score: 10

Consultant Bio

Pascal joined Menlo Coaching from IESE Business School, where he was the Director of MBA Admissions, and prior to that, a Career Coach for Financial Services. His previous career included roles with Citi in London, where he was actively involved in MBA recruiting, working as an EU civil servant in Brussels, and an early career in financial auditing in Paris. Pascal is passionate about helping people reach their full potential and is currently becoming certified as an Executive Coach by Columbia University.

“I want to know what the admissions committee really wants.”

Of course, it helps that Pascal served as the admissions director at the IESE business school, the #2 two-year MBA program in Europe, where he made the final decisions on thousands of individual applications.

But admissions directors don’t make decisions in isolation, and they often ask their colleagues for input— like getting a career development officer to review a candidate’s career goal, or asking an MBA student ambassador about whether a student might fit in well on campus.

Pascal has experienced EVERY perspective in the MBA world.

  • He is an MBA graduate.
  • As a VP in Citi’s private bank, Pascal was very involved in recruiting and evaluated potential MBA hires.
  • As a career development officer, he helped rebuild IESE’s banking and PE recruiter portfolios, and coached hundreds of individual students on their job searches.
  • Finally, Pascal served as IESE’s Admissions Director, leading a team of 20 and chairing the admissions and scholarship committees

Pascal’s panoramic view will help you understand how you might be seen by any of the stakeholders in the MBA admissions process.

“I want a dedicated coach who is excited to coach me.”

During his six years coaching IESE’s MBA students on their job searches, Pascal delivered thousands of coaching sessions. Because he enjoyed coaching so much, he coached not only the students assigned to his vertical, finance, but many students who were seeking jobs in other industries.

“Thanks to Pascal’s coaching, I was fully inspired and encouraged. Through a mix of listening deeply and asking insightful and challenging questions at the right moment, he pushed me to introspection and built my confidence over time. The impact was amazing and truly helpful.”

Pascal has also completed the Coaching Certification Program at Columbia University, which is a joint offering between Columbia Business School and Columbia Teachers College that focuses equally on the career side of coaching and the humanistic, 1:1 teaching that underpins coaching methods.

You will not find another coach who enjoys coaching as much as Pascal.

“I want a coach who really understands my international background.”

Pascal’s experience spans the globe. He is a citizen of both France and Germany, and currently lives in Barcelona, Spain.

Earlier in his career, he has worked in Paris (as a financial auditor), Brussels (as a public servant for the EU, dealing with issues from countries across the bloc), Prague and London (as part of Citi’s leadership development program).

While at IESE, Pascal was responsible for worldwide recruitment of MBA students, and spent time traveling to Brazil, Japan, the United States, Singapore, China, and many other locations, meeting both the students there who would apply to IESE, and the corporate managers who supervised them and sponsored their studies.

Pascal speaks four languages fluently and knows exactly what it’s like to live, work and study in a new location outside your home country.

“I feel grateful for the opportunity of having Pascal as a coach – he empowers me to make decisions by asking the right questions. I particularly appreciate how he keeps challenging me whilst making me feel more confident at the same time… ensuring momentum is kept!”

Company Information

If you want to do everything you can to win admission to a top MBA program, and you are ready to do the hard work involved in building your profile and creating great applications, Menlo Coaching can help. We have high standards and will push you hard to uncover every detail that will help you to find your voice and tell your story in the most compelling way possible.

You will never have a blind spot when you work with us. We visit campuses, interview admissions directors (see our blog), and employ a network of students to give us candid feedback about their MBA programs. We know the things that aren’t always discussed openly, like how schools manage their rankings, the side channels through which schools receive feedback on applicants, and more.

Our services combine unlimited 1:1 coaching with a self-paced curriculum that allows you to learn the basics in a way that fits your incredibly busy schedule. We also bring you together with other applicants to build your MBA network and keep your motivation high throughout the process.

To ensure the highest quality of service, we accept only a limited number of clients each year so that we can keep a low ratio of clients to coaches. Contact us as soon as you have committed to pursue an MBA and want to maximize your odds of acceptance.

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We support applicants across all stages of an MBA application: planning your career goals, selecting schools that will help you achieve those goals, networking effectively with students, staff and alumni, identifying your personal story, and telling it across the many essays, application forms, resumes, and recommendations. Our structured approach means that you’ll always know the answer to the question “What should I be doing NOW to improve my odds of acceptance?”

Our interview preparation combines mock interviews, tailored to each school’s format, with communications training provided by former professional actors. You’ll overcome your interview nerves and will feel confident, authentic and relaxed on the day of the interview.

Even after the interview, we work with you to negotiate your merit-based aid. Although we cannot promise an award for any particular candidate, our clients have received millions of dollars of additional awards based directly on our negotiating strategies.

Finally, we love helping future-year applicants to build their MBA profiles through our “Early Birds” program because taking the right steps now will give you an edge in the competitive application process later.

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Location: Barcelona Spain

Email: Pascal@menlocoaching.com

Website: http://www.menlocoaching.com/

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  • Pascal Stands Out Above The Rest!
    2 months ago
    If you are on the market for an MBA consultant, look no further than Pascal of Menlo Coaching. I spent weeks interviewing various MBA consultants and could not be happier that I decided to work with Pascal. From my experience, the three key differentiators between Menlo Coaching and other consultants are the following: (i) personalization of the consulting process, (ii) time invested, and (iii) complementary resources. First, Pascal recognizes that every MBA applicant is different. As a female from a "non-traditional" sales background, Pascal encouraged me to lean into the parts of my life that make me unique. Throughout the application process, he so adeptly helped me create a narrative that highlighted these differences. Pascal ensures that the admissions committees are presented with a 360-degree ...
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    Emily Williams
    MBA Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Beyond My Wildest Dreams
    5 months ago
    Pascal is an extraordinary coach and consultant. When I started the MBA application, I was not in a great place. I came from an international, non-traditional background. I had an interesting career path, but my GMAT score and my GPA were not stellar, and I had little confidence in my application prospects. I interviewed several consultants and was disappointed that they tended to steer me towards "easy" schools. Speaking with Pascal and David for the first time, I felt that they genuinely believed in me, and cared about helping me craft the best possible application. I started working with Pascal in April 2020 for a Round 1 application targeting 8 schools. At first, I was uncomfortable telling my story. Pascal has a way of putting people at ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend
    7 months ago
    It has been a pleasure working with Pascal and Menlo Coaching. I started my engagement with Pascal in Mar 2020. I had access to byte-sized videos not only explaining the various aspects of the application but also providing valuable insights. Coming from a non-feeder industry, I needed someone to guide me through the application process. We spent a lot of 1-1 time discussing about my background, motivations and post MBA career options. Pascal is very good at putting pieces together and looking at the big picture. I really appreciated the honest feedback about my application strategy and countless essay drafts. As for interview prep, I think we have beaten it to death and the constructive feedback was very helpful. I ended up getting an offer ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Amazing - got into my top school (Top 10 program globally!)
    8 months ago
    I worked with Pascal for interview preparation and strategy for a globally recognized Top 10 MBA program (and my #1 choice). Pascal took the time to thoroughly understand my candidacy, identify the potential areas of weakness for me, and teach me how to professionally address them in an interview setting. He taught me what an admissions committee primarily looks for in a candidate and how I could shine a light on those areas in my profile. As a former admissions head himself, he knows the ins and outs of this game. Furthermore, he was instrumental in helping me craft my answers to not only the common MBA interview questions that matter the most, but also the tricky and curveball questions that one cannot expect. After ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Amazing - Got Into My Top School (Top 10 Program Globally!)
    8 months ago
    I worked with Pascal for interview preparation and strategy for a globally recognized Top 10 MBA program (and my #1 choice). Pascal took the time to thoroughly understand my candidacy, identify the potential areas of weakness for me, and teach me how to professionally address them in an interview setting. He taught me what an admissions committee primarily looks for in a candidate and how I could shine a light on those areas in my profile. As a former admissions head himself, he knows the ins and outs of this game. Furthermore, he was instrumental in helping me craft my answers to not only the common MBA interview questions that matter the most but also the tricky and curveball questions that one cannot expect. After ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Amazing Consultant!! Accepted to Wharton!
    12 months ago
    Pascal is a wonderful consultant that helped me prep 6 MBA applications, one of which I only had 2 weeks to complete! He is incredibly generous with his time, meeting with me at practically any time of day, and responds with feedback very quickly. He also helped me immensely to craft my story, a piece that I was most nervous about initially, to something I know is miles ahead of what I would have come up with on my own. We dug very deep into my background, my motivations, and the experiences that made me who I am today, a process that has been incredibly beneficial even outside of the MBA application process. All in all, he helped me craft an application that I am ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Accepted at London Business School
    1 year ago
    I was very happy with the overall process and support provided by Pascal. He gave me invaluable input on how to structure my essay and tweaked my tonality wherever needed and assisted me with the whole interview prep process. Besides the quality of his work what sets him apart from other consultants is his ability to take a personal interest in his clients cracking the application processes of top schools. Menlo coaching is a one-stop solution for prospective MBA students.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Pascal Helped Me Prepare For The Interview That Got Me Into INSEAD MiM !
    1 year ago
    Pascal helped me prepare for the interview that got me into INSEAD MiM. In only 3 days, he helped me become much more confident about the interview. He gave me really specific and detailed advice on what and how to improve. I would totally recommend Pascal to anybody!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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