Once I successfully obtained my bachelor degree, I started working for Earnst & Young accounting office. However, while I enjoyed the intellectual challenge of dealing with complex accounting issues, I was missing the stimulation and dynamics that exist in other branches of the financial industry. I decided to pursue a professional dream of mine, a job in the private equity industry.
Throughout the last year in which I worked for KCPS & Company Private Equity Fund I have learned that this is the line of work in which I wish to continue my professional development. I find the private equity industry fascinating.
Therefore I have set my short term post MBA goal to join a global private equity fund as an associate. I believe that through this line of work I would have the opportunity to deal with much larger and more complex transactions, learn about different business models and build a profound intellectual basis in the field of investments. In addition, I could gain a wider international exposure, which I had initially enjoyed as a flight instructor for Aeronautics Ltd. working in various developing countries such as Ethiopia, Angola and Azerbaijan.
Looking even forward, I hope to be promoted and be in charge of a regional investment portfolio. I believe that though my country’s economy resembles other western economies, it still has some way to go in the private equity field. While our high-tech companies are commonly acquired by global companies, it was only recently that global funds such as Apax partners have made any non technology related transactions in my country and it is still done to a very small extent.
My ultimate dream is to help develop my country to be a global center of financial services. I believe my country offers several advantages such as strong human resources, entrepreneurship culture and cultural diversification. I would like to see my country stand in the forefront of the region financial industry much like Singapore managed to do in the Far East. By acquiring an important role in the private equity industry, I hope to be able to establish global investment funds which will make the dream come true.
I strongly believe that pursuing an MBA at Chicago University is the first stepping stone in my career plan. There is no doubt that Chicago GSB is a prominent academic institution. Chicago holds a strong positioning within the financial industry in general and a well known reputation within private equity funds in particular. The school’s long legacy and extensive alumni network could surely make a strong contribution to my career advancement. I have heard a lot on how the school’s career services have outperformed many other top schools’ services during the recent recession which provides me a lot of comfort in light of today’s market ‘s behavior.
I believe that while I have learned the basic theory of economics and accountings, Chicago’s full time MBA program could enhance my knowledge in those areas I want to gain further understanding. Thanks to the very flexible curriculum I could skip some basic courses and take more advanced courses such as Financial Statement Analysis or courses which I am interested in obtaining further education such as Economic Analysis of Major Policy Issues. Furthermore, my studies were usually conducted using a theoretical frontal learning method. I am eager to take part in the program’s lab courses, namely the Private Equity/ Venture Capital Lab, and learn firsthand about actual business challenges and opportunity evaluation.
I am impressed by the wide elective courses selection offered in the concentrations. I am already intrigued by the Analytic Finance concentration, namely the Advanced Investments and Fixed Income Asset Pricing courses. I find the LBO Modeling seminar an important opportunity to compare the models with which I am currently working with the ones used in global private equity funds. I am sure these courses could provide me with a cutting edge advantage in this highly competitive industry and have a strong impact on my ability to achieve my professional goals. I would also want to take part in some courses with an international orientation such as Finance in Emerging Markets which is offered on another concentration. Along with the Emerging Market Group I think I could gain important insights of and experience in this sector.
I think that much like other skills, leadership could also be strengthened by rigorous learning. I believe that Chicago Booth’s unique Leadership training program, LEAD, is a wonderful opportunity to practice important skills and enjoy the process. Other than fostering this soft skill, I am sure that the more experiences I will go through the better I will get acquainted with the local and international cultural standards.
Finally, I believe that a supporting environment is a crucial factor in order to achieve best academic and professional results. I have attended the two recent MBA fairs and used the opportunity to consult with admitted students and graduates of Chicago University. I was pleased to hear that they all indicated how great their MBA experience was and how exceptionally supportive the school’s faculty and fellow students were. In this context if admitted, I plan to arrive with my wife to be. As the most important support is that which one gets in his home, I find the Chicago partners club a significant element in my strong preferences towards Chicago GSB.
The Chicago Booth School of Business is consistently rated in the top echelon of MBA programs in the United States and is known for a strong intellectual community. This application is designed to evaluate candidates on their ability to handle the Chicago curriculum, contribute to the community, and grow in their careers.
Academic ability will largely be communicated through your GPA/GMAT, transcripts and other fixed data points, though intellectual curiosity can be demonstrated in the essays and the interview.
Along with academics, Chicago will be looking for demonstrated leadership, team building skills and community involvement, as well as your fit with Chicago Booth and the perspective you will share with your classmates.
It will be important to strategically work in leadership and work accomplishments into your application. If you choose an image from the options that focuses on professional topics you can work some of your own work examples into the essay.
If you decide to focus on some of the community or academic topics, you can use your resume and certainly the interview to describe your work accomplishments and goals.
View this collection of shared Booth moments. Choose the moment that best resonates with you and tell us why.
• Choose the format that works for you. Want to illustrate your response visually? Submit a slide presentation. Like to express yourself with words? Write a traditional essay. Use the format that you feel best captures your response, the Admissions Committee has no preference.
• Determine your own length. There is no prescribed minimum or maximum length. We trust that you will use your best judgment in determining how long your submission should be, but we recommend that you think strategically about how to best allocate the space.
• File Size: Maximum file size is 16 MB.
• Accepted Upload Formats: Acceptable formats are PDF, Word, and PowerPoint. We strongly recommend converting your piece to a PDF file prior to submitting.
• Multimedia Restrictions: We will be viewing your submission electronically and in full color, but all submissions will be converted to PDF files, so animation, video, music, etc. will not translate over.
The new Chicago Booth essay question gives you a set of photos and text describing and depicting a range of student activities at Booth – from students in India as part of a Global Social Impact Practicum to an MBA sailing race – and asks you to choose one that resonates with you.
Your first step is to do as much school research as possible on Chicago. Visit campus. Attend events. Speak to alumni. Read the admissions blog. Whatever you are capable of doing to experience the community for yourself before starting your application will be invaluable as you set pen to paper.
Chicago Booth’s open-ended essay format is daunting for most applicants. Whether you choose to write an essay or prepare a presentation, take a step back from the unique format and think about the question strategically. The format’s open-ended setup simply gives you the freedom to express who you are in words, images, graphics or some combination.
Keep in mind what Chicago Booth represents in the image you choose. Booth is a school with a tradition of intellectual rigor, non-conformity, and innovation. When discussing the image that resonates with you about Chicago Booth you can share almost anything from any context, from work to home to extracurricular activities.
It’s also important to explain why your chosen image resonates with you and to bring in important elements of your application strategy. Maybe the image of GrubHub founder Matt Maloney on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange resonates with you because you dream of an entrepreneurial career, and you can use the essay to describe more about your career goals.
If you decide to write an essay response, you have enough space to tell a story that describes something new about yourself. If you decide to prepare a PowerPoint in response to this essay question, refine your story to its key elements.
To keep a visual essay interesting and high-impact, consider how you will format. Can you use photos? Drawings? If you use words, keep them clear and focused. Take every point up a level, so you are communicating a vision rather than a thesis.
Is there any additional information that you would like the Admissions Committee to know? If so, please address in an optional essay. (300 word maximum)
This optional essay is a flexible question, allowing you to provide the information you need to put forward the best possible application. If you have any areas that need to be explained in your profile, such as academic issues or gaps in work experience, this is the ideal place to add more detail.
Because the essay is open-ended you can also use it to add any additional information you wanted to inform the admissions committee about. Anything from an interesting personal background to meaningful extracurricular could be relevant context to add to a successful application.
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