Ex Big4 senior associate in the application of international accounting standards in the context of complex transactions, mainly derivatives and M&A. Recently moved to the biggest Italian energy utility (Top 100 in the Fortune Global 500) as IFRS advisor in the context of complex transactions, mainly energy derivatives, debt issuance, and M&A.
Undergrad School: University of Roma Tre, Rome
Undergrad Major: Economics
Age: 28, Ethnicity: White
Other Degree/Certification: MsC in Finance (GPA 3.9)
School Name: University of Tor Vergata, Rome
Extracurriculars: Events entertainer (public, private and charity events), International travel and photography, Homebrewing
Title: Big 4 Advisor
Company: Top Firm
Length of Employment: 3 yrs
Title: IFRS Advisor
Industry: Power / Energy
Company: Fortune 500
Length of Employment: , 6 mos
Advised the constitution of the biggest group of local banks in Italy (€150 bn, 140 banks), being closely involved in the core values of cooperative credit. Recently moved to the Energy sector, making a big bet on my career. In few months I advised a €1,5 bn hybrid-bond issuance (writing a position paper about that) for renewables investments.
Coming back to my company as a manager and be an active part of the shift from carbon to renewables, leveraging the managerial skills and the relationships gained during the MBA in a top business school with an international exposure.
Target School: Columbia
Considering: London Business School, Berkeley Haas
Hi Mr. Italian Energy, this is Kristen from MBA Prep School. I think your recent job change makes you a more attractive MBA candidate. Accounting can be a tough industry to show leadership in, but you’ve advanced to a stage where you have handled more complex transactions and now you are using your finance skills within a more focused industry you are passionate about. it shows your willingness to step outside your comfort zone, a big plus! Another advantage you have is your international background; MBA programs don’t receive a lot of applications from Italian citizens so you would bring diversity to the class. One area to work on improving is your GMAT; bringing your score up by 20 points would really help you. Lastly, …
Hi Mr. Italian Energy, this is Kristen from MBA Prep School. I think your recent job change makes you a more attractive MBA candidate. Accounting can be a tough industry to show leadership in, but you’ve advanced to a stage where you have handled more complex transactions and now you are using your finance skills within a more focused industry you are passionate about. it shows your willingness to step outside your comfort zone, a big plus! Another advantage you have is your international background; MBA programs don’t receive a lot of applications from Italian citizens so you would bring diversity to the class. One area to work on improving is your GMAT; bringing your score up by 20 points would really help you. Lastly, make sure you highlight why you need an MBA if your goal is to return to your current company. Is your plan to move to a strategy/operations role? We would be happy to help you flesh out these goals if you are interested.
Hi there. This is Pamela Jaffe from The Jaffe Advantage and one-half of the #B-School BossyPants (check out our video on P&Q: https://bit.ly/2BWvofD). Okay so below is my assessment.
STRENGTHS: 1) LEADERSHIP: Fantastic leadership at work with relatively few years of experience. Accounting can often be a hard sell. Not only is it difficult to focus on impact in a relatable way, but schools want to see how the candidate can add value to the class – which is difficult as accounting isn’t a post MBA goal. However, your advisory role will enable you to both show your leadership capabilities, as well as to add a more macro perspective in accounting classes. 2) PRE-MBA CAREER SHIFT: One of the best moves a career changer can make is starting to work towards that shift before applying to the program. It’s one thing to state a goal; it’s another to show you have already made progress towards that goal. Furthermore it’s easier to make a function only change than a function / industry change. 3) POST MBA GOAL: Schools want to know that their students will have jobs after graduation. If you plan to go back to your company and they are willing to vouch for this (or at the very least your recommender can demonstrate they want you back) the school doesn’t need to worry about whether you will find a job. 4) PERSONAL: Depending on your degree and type of involvement, being an events entertainer is unusual and could really make you stand out.
WEAKNESSES: GMAT: CBS places a big emphasis (perhaps more than some M7 schools) on scores. The mid 80% range is 690 – 760. We are heading into an incredibly selective year and given two candidates with relatively similar profiles they (and most schools) will choose the one with the higher GMAT. Unfortunately, a fair amount of accountants apply to business school – so competing against this group with a low GMAT is a hard sell. If you can increase your score 20 – 30 points (or change tests – more on that below) your odds would skyrocket.
ADVICE 1) Depending on how much effort you have thus far put into the GMAT, consider taking the GRE. Often candidates with lower GMAT scores test really well on the GRE (with much less preparation). The test you take is less important than the score you receive. 2) If CBS is your first choice apply Early Decision (and as soon as possible). It is easier to gain admission to CBS if you can prove it is your first choice; plus you want to send in your application before they “fill” your profile (accountant, Italian).
OTHER Haas is a great school for energy!
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