What will you do with your optimism?

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Mohama found success with GMAC
Mohamad Agusnadi
Target Schools:
HEC Paris in France and Germany’s
Mannheim Business School
MBA Applicant
Mohama found success with GMAC
Mohamad Agusnadi
Target Schools:
HEC Paris in France and Germany’s
Mannheim Business School
MBA Applicant

Home Country:
Indonesia

"I realized that my current knowledge was not enough. An MBA would help me to get one step closer to my dream."

MBA graduates are better prepared to address problems, assess risks, deliver solid proposals, and keep businesses running efficiently.

Goal:
To work at a multinational company abroad.

Background:
I’m an engineer rising through the ranks of Indonesia’s mining and metals sector.

What Will An MBA Do for You? 
An MBA will enable me to be have greater insights on practical business, finance, accounting, and marketing. I’ll also gain a global network, a broader range of opportunities and a level of maturity that would normally take years to develop.

Read more MBA applicant stories like this one and get tips on your business school application on BusinessBecause.

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David found success with GMAC
David Christian Angdi
Business School Detail:
Melbourne Business School
Enrolled in MBA Program
David found success with GMAC
David Christian Angdi
Business School Detail:
Melbourne Business School
Enrolled in MBA Program

Home Country:
Indonesia

"I really want to take part in the decision-making processes in firms whose decisions will greatly impact people’s lives."

The diversity in the classroom and the opportunity to work together with people from different backgrounds have been the most valuable aspects throughout my MBA journey.

Goal:
Transition from being a consultant in a leading professional services firm to a middle-level manager in the life sciences sector.

Background:
I am a management consultant studying a full-time MBA at Melbourne Business School in Australia.

What Will an MBA Do for You? 
An MBA will help me develop my general management skills and business acumen to ensure that I can contribute to the performance of the company.

Read more MBA applicant stories like this one and get tips on your business school application on BusinessBecause.

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Tara's headshot evokes confidence with her new MBA
Tara Priya Chandra
Business School Detail:
The London School of Economics
Executive Global Master’s in Management
Tara's headshot evokes confidence with her new MBA
Tara Priya Chandra
Business School Detail:
The London School of Economics
Executive Global Master’s in Management

Home Country:
UK

"Being an entrepreneur is ultimately about passion, solving a problem and getting paid for it."

I’ve learned that the word "business" is far more inclusive and varied than we think it is. I was resistant to thinking of myself as a "business person" – LSE changed that for me.

Goal:
After the feeling powerless as an artist in LA and the music industry, dependent on my management and attorney to make career decisions for me, I wanted to empower myself by studying more.

Background:
My undergraduate work was a BA from Columbia University.

Outcome: 
I am the co-founder of my startup, FLO “brilliantly organic” femcare.

Sales & relationship management skills are crucial; I pitch FLO almost every day, whether to a retailer, investor or consumer.

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Harrison found success with GMAC
Andrew Harrison-Chinn
Business School Detail:
Cranfield University of Management
Enrolled in MBA Program
Harrison found success with GMAC
Andrew Harrison-Chinn
Business School Detail:
Cranfield University of Management
Enrolled in MBA Program

Home Country:
South Africa

"There’s only so long you can spend doing the same thing every single day. I wanted change."

After working in the finance industry and going through the global financial crisis of 2008, I needed a backup plan.

Goal:
I want to build my transferable skill sets and try my hand at consulting.

Background:
I did my undergraduate work at the University of Herefordshire and am now working on my MBA at Cranfield.

What Will and MBA Do for You?

By doing an MBA, I will build my skill sets – not only in finance but across a broad remit of industries. That’s what I want to get: to hedge my risk in terms of, if this [the global financial crisis of 2008] was to happen again in the future, I have something to fall back on.

Read more MBA applicant stories like this one and get tips on your business school application on BusinessBecause.

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Fadzai found success with GMAC
Fadzai Chitiyo
Business School Detail:
University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business
Master of Commerce in Development
Fadzai found success with GMAC
Fadzai Chitiyo
Business School Detail:
University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business
Master of Commerce in Development

Home Country:
South Africa

"All adversity in life is encountered to set you up for your next success if you choose to see the opportunities it presents you."

The most valuable things I learned were how to absorb content and grasp concepts quickly, and to apply them in creative problem solving.

Goal:
I had hopes of a career in international diplomacy or public policy research. Ultimately with a view to be a leading influencer on the continent within public sector.

Background:
My first degree was a Bachelor of Social Science degree in International Relations and Economics at the University of Cape Town.

Outcome: 
I am now a Consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors.

At the firm, I am a Consultant with expertise in strategy development, research, market entry and product design, M&E and financial modelling.

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Adam found success with GMAC
Adam Johnson
Business School Detail:
University of Georgia, Terry College of Business
MBA in Business Strategy
Adam found success with GMAC
Adam Johnson
Business School Detail:
University of Georgia, Terry College of Business
MBA in Business Strategy

Home Country:
USA

"I grew up in a small town where every day was seemingly routine. It gave me a desire to impact the world and make a difference."

After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, I looked for an opportunity to transition to the next phase of my life. I quickly found that business school was the way to enter the business world.

Goal:
I entered business school with a desire to pursue either investment banking or management consulting.

Background:
I graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in Military Art & Science with a concentration in Irregular Warfare.

Outcome: 
I am a management consultant with Cognizant and my title is Senior Consultant.

As a consultant with Cognizant, I focus on digital strategy development and technology integration for corporate clients.

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Pranav found success with GMAC
Pranav Gupta
Target Schools:
London Business School (LBS) and INSEAD
MBA Applicant
Pranav found success with GMAC
Pranav Gupta
Target Schools:
London Business School (LBS) and INSEAD
MBA Applicant

Home Country:
UK

"Now is the right time to study an MBA and make a real impact, drive change, and challenge traditional business paradigms."

I am at a crossroad where the current trajectory would focus on a narrow scope. I want to solve problems across a breadth of industries, so I feel now is the right time to begin the transition.

Goal:
I want to be a visionary at the forefront of business transformation and an MBA will enable me to strengthen my foundations.

Background:
I work at Tata Motors European Technical Center, exploring disruptive technologies like driverless cars for developing nations.

What will an MBA Do for You?

An MBA will provide an unparalleled platform for accelerated and structured development for a career in management consulting—from hands-on exposure through the various clubs to industry insights through mentors, networking events and interaction with alumni networks.

I also want to integrate into one of the most diverse classrooms in the world and take part in real world applicable modules.

Read more MBA applicant stories like this one and get tips on your business school application on BusinessBecause.

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Ayla looks thrilled and ready to conquer the world of business with her MBA
Ayla Haddenhorst
Business School Detail:
ESMT Berlin
Master of Science in Management
Ayla looks thrilled and ready to conquer the world of business with her MBA
Ayla Haddenhorst
Business School Detail:
ESMT Berlin
Master of Science in Management

Home Country:
Germany/UK

"In addition to technical skills and knowledge, I truly feel part of a global network of academics and professionals."

Having started out as a scientist with a focus on physics, I never would have imagined pursuing a career in business. However, after my master's in management, it was a logical choice for me.

Goal:
I wanted to further solidify the knowledge I gained in my first jobs by pursuing formal business education.

Background:
My undergraduate work was a BA in Natural Sciences followed by a master’s at the University of Cambridge.

Outcome: 
I am a consultant at Ernst & Young, based in Munich, within the transaction advisory services practice.

I specialize in financial due diligence and market analysis with a focus on the insurance and banking sectors.

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Francesca found success with GMAC
Francesca Lopez
Business School Detail:
Alliance Manchester Business School
Master of Science in International Business and Management
Francesca found success with GMAC
Francesca Lopez
Business School Detail:
Alliance Manchester Business School
Master of Science in International Business and Management

Home Country:
USA

"Having the enthusiasm to learn and take criticism will turn difficult situations into growth opportunities."

When I was an undergrad, I took a class about the Digital Divide, which included a lecture on microfinance. I immediately knew I found my calling – a career in financial services.

Goal:
I grew up with the desire to contribute towards the eradication of poverty.

Background:
My undergraduate work was a BA in International Business, Finance and Economic from Alliance Manchester Business School.

Outcome: 
I’m currently a Senior Business Architect Consultant in the Digital Enterprise Transformation and Innovation at Ernst & Young. The most important key skill I’ve developed over the years is to seek out and apply knowledge simultaneously.

I hope to use my experiences in digital transformation at EY and as an Ashoka Globalizer to help both traditional and new financial services firms make lives easier for the impoverished.

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Christina found success with GMAC
Christina Noel
Business School Detail:
University of Georgia, Terry College of Business
MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Christina found success with GMAC
Christina Noel
Business School Detail:
University of Georgia, Terry College of Business
MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship

Home Country:
USA

"I had open heart surgery when I was 10, and from there I felt called to make a difference in the world."

After volunteering with a non-profit I became very interested in taking my career in a more creative, entrepreneurial direction.

Goal:
To work in the non-profit/social enterprise world solving challenging problems in the most strategic way possible.

Background:
My undergraduate work was a BA in Economics and Flute Performance at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Class of 2008.

Outcome: 
I am the Director of Community Engagement at The Redwoods Group — a Certified B Corporation that provides insurance to youth-serving organizations, including YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, non-profit summer camps, and Jewish Community Centers.

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Malika found success with GMAC
Malika Oyo
Business School Detail:
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
MBA in Finance
Malika found success with GMAC
Malika Oyo
Business School Detail:
University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business
MBA in Finance

Home Country:
US

Oh, what I wouldn’t give to travel and call it work!

I used the knowledge and skills acquired in business school to move from education to Wall Street and then ultimately to entrepreneurship.

Goal:
My life motto was always “Go. See. Do.”

Business School Details:
MBA in Finance—University of Maryland at College Park, Robert H. Smith School of Business, 2005

Outcome: 
Once I entered the workforce, I realized I didn’t need a business background to go to business school! Coming from a background of teaching, I could explain concepts from an educator’s perspective and not just a sales perspective.

Now I run a business and a foundation that combine my passion for travel with the idea that exposure to the world can be a catalyst for change.

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Carlo found success through GMAC
Carlo Rivieccio
Business School Detail:
University of Connecticut
MBA in Marketing
Carlo found success through GMAC
Carlo Rivieccio
Business School Detail:
University of Connecticut
MBA in Marketing

Home Country:
USA

"There was a club, and I wasn’t in it."

I’ve had a lifelong love of theatre and spent the first part of my career as an actor, writer, and producer.

Goal:
My dream career was to work for Disney Theatricals. It wasn’t until I was exposed to the financial side of the theater world that I realized getting my MBA was a major part of changing my narrative.

Background:
My undergraduate work was a BA in Theatre at Wagner College.

Outcome: 
I am a Senior Analyst within the Insights department at PMK•BNC. I provide reporting, analysis, and strategic recommendations to our client, a major international tech company.

My graduate degree, and UCONN, have opened doors that would not have been open to me before.

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Patti found success with GMAC
Patti Balbas
Business School Detail:
University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
MBA in Organizational Management & Marketing Strategy
Patti found success with GMAC
Patti Balbas
Business School Detail:
University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
MBA in Organizational Management & Marketing Strategy

Home Country:
US

"I am living proof that low income does not have to equal low academic outcomes."

I am the first in my family to graduate from an undergraduate or graduate program.

Goal:
To feel more fulfilled in my day-to-day work helping kids that are in similar situations as I was growing up.

Business School Details:
My undergraduate work was a BS in Psychology from Yale University.

Outcome: 
I am using the skills I acquired in business school to show kids in underserved communities that they too can earn a college degree.

I’ve come home to the Southside of Chicago to help others rise up by doing marketing and communications for LEARN Charter School.

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