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Candidate:

Mr. Consulting Dream

About Me:

I am a South African Chartered Accountant (Big 4), looking to use the expertise I’ve built from public accounting and mezzanine finance to help businesses develop their strategy to achieve their objectives (target MBB). I have lived in 4 cities across 2 countries (North America and Africa) over the past 10 years.

Details:

Undergrad School: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Undergrad Major: Accounting

GPA: 3.1

GMAT: 760

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: CFA Charterholder

School Name: CFA Institute

Extracurriculars: Captain (and founder) of an amateur men's soccer team, and involved in the City Sports Field Committee (parks and rec development). Volunteer for a soccer development program for youth in Vancouver. Pro-bono accounting and finance work for a charity based in Vancouver operating a soup kitchen in Africa.

Work History:

Title: Supervisor

Industry: Accounting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 1 mos

Big Life Wins:

Incorporated data and analytics into audit testing resulting in more directed testing and 25% time saving on sections audited. Developed a venture debt product as part of strategic product expansion.Technology investments account for ~4% of our current portfolio.

Post MBA Goal:

I would like to join a multi-national coronation to help guide its long-term strategy. In the short term I would like to join MBB to develop the skillset needed for my future role.

Schools:

Target School: INSEAD

Status: Open

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 57%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 65%

    Your international experience, having lived in four cities across two countries in North America and Africa will be very appealing to INSEAD. So will your 760 GMAT, well above the 709 class average. And the fact that you were captain and founder of an amateur men’s soccer team add to your candidacy. A Big Four background and, more importantly, your big win incorporating data and analytics into audit testing is a real advantage at a time when MBA programs are putting more and more emphasis on data analytics and more companies are demanding that skill in their hires. Plus, your post-MBA goal is ideal for INSEAD which places a sizable chunk of its more than 1,000 graduates a year in the consulting industry. I really …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hello Mr. Consulting Dream! Krista Nannery from mbaMission here.
    So firstly, in my experience, b-schools don’t get enough South African candidates. So while that won’t be the thing that gets you into b-school, it will help you stand out in this competitive process. (That along with that 760!)
    I have three worries for you:
    1. A one-school strategy with INSEAD is tough. I’d prefer if you had more options just in case this is the year that the whole world applies to INSEAD. (With more stringent US visa restrictions, this is a possibility.)
    2. Your GPA is lower than I’d like it to be. You’ve done the right thing in nailing the GMAT but if you have the luxury of time, consider completing Math for Management at the Haas …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 55%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson from Stratus Admissions. Lots of things to like in your profile! For starters, being from South Africa is a plus and living in other places adds to your strong global experience. Your high GMAT will serve you well at INSEAD and wherever else you apply. I love to see that you’re a supervisor because you can show not only technical financial skills but management and people skills as well. I’m sure you have stories to share about some of the challenges you’ve experienced managing people, which plenty of candidates don’t have yet. You might want to have your recommenders speak to your leadership ability with your direct reports to highlight these important skills. Be sure to explain how consulting will help …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 67%

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  • 75% | 2 years ago

    Your GMAT score of 760 is great to begin with! Also, your international experience of living in so many different places makes you an appealing candidate for INSEAD as you bring in diverse experience. Given your past experience and post MBA goals are aligned, making you an ideal candidate for such a school. Good luck!
  • 75% | 2 years ago

    Very strong technical background with international exposure. Your GMAT is very impressive and should help given your 3.1 GPA. One recommendation is to try and get pro bono strategy/consulting experience to better align your career goals and make you a stronger candidate for MBB when the time comes.
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