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Candidate:

Mr. Wedding Music Business

About Me:

I lead a behavioural economics team at one of Africa’s largest financial services firms. Ran my own tutoring business where I employed a team of 5 people. Still run a wedding music business. Being sufficient since my 2nd year of study, I have always studied and worked simultaneously teaching me grit and appreciation. Past leader at two NGOs.

Details:

Undergrad School: University of Cape Town

Undergrad Major: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (triple major)

GPA: 3.7

GMAT: 710

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: Master of Commerce in Applied Economics

School Name: University of Cape Town

Extracurriculars: Chairperson of community NGO aiming at improving youth engagement in society, Treasurer for local branch of international social entrepreneurship organisation, Wedding music business

Work History:

Title: Lead Behavioural Economist

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Title: Behavioural Economist

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 8 mos

Big Life Wins:

Created space within my organization, and fast-track the leadership process to lead my team in the space of fewer than two years – all while completing my Masters. I was a leader for five years in community NGO in which I lead multiple teams of ±30 people. Despite limited finances, I persevered and ran multiple businesses to achieve my goals.

Post MBA Goal:

Short-term: Pivot from large-scale financial services, into either consulting, high-tech, or luxury retail. While I have considered my options, I am open to options that will allow me to be influential and do good in business. Long-term: Be part of or start an influential business that builds and incentivizes social cohesion across the globe.

Schools:

Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 15%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 15%

    So….by wedding music, do you mean you’re a DJ for weddings or is this a legit business with numerous employees and a good bit of revenue. That does matter, actually, though, your classmates would enjoy your spinning a few tunes at get togethers, for sure. But let’s deal with the facts. You graduated from a non-feeder university with a triple major and a respectable 3.7 GPA. You have a GMAT score of 710, 24 points below the Stanford class average of 734. But you do have an intriguing job in running a behavioural economics team at one of Africa’s largest financial services firms. That counts for a lot. But please don’t tell me you are only applying to Stanford because that is too risky a …

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