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Real Humans of the IESE Business School MBA Class of 2025

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Nim Orlovsky, IESE Business School MBA Class of 2025

Age: 30
Hometown: Tel Aviv
Undergraduate Institution and Major: Reichman University (Business Administration & Economics)
Pre-MBA Work Experience (role, company, years): PwC – Sr Tax Associate (3 years), Operations Manager – EX.CO [ad-tech firm] (1 Yr)

Why did you make the decision to attend business school? Why now?
I’d like to segment my life as a sequence of adventures. An MBA is a professional and personal experience that caters to this belief. I want to keep on pursuing a path of self-improvement and growth. An MBA provides a platform to rub shoulders with the most competent young professionals and future leaders.

Why did you choose IESE? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
IESE’s reputation as a top MBA institution, backed by its consistent high ranking, was the first factor that got my interest. This was followed by the unanimously favourable experiences I gathered from alumni. I wanted an opportunity to perfect my Spanish speaking skills, so in this sense also, Spain and IESE met those requirements (with its free BSP course). Additionally, the prospect of living in Barcelona as a student was also a positive factor.

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the IESE Business School Class of 2025?
That’s a difficult question, there is such a diverse, intelligent, and kind group of people it really is hard to stand out from a crowd here, I am just trying to generate and reciprocate the kindness and professionalism my class has demonstrated. I would answer my diversity is a differentiating contribution. There were no Israeli students last year, and now we are three. I’m planning a trip to Israel for IESE MBA students in spring 2024.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that didn’t get included on your application:
During my lifetime, I have gotten attacked by a chicken, baboon, bull, pig, and hawk

Post-MBA career interests:
Strategic consulting, Wealth and Asset Management, Corporate Development.

Advice for Current Prospective Applicants:
–What is one thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process?
Speak to a diverse and big group of IESE students or alumni to best understand the MBA, and the application process and determine if you are the right fit.

–What is one thing you would change or do differently?
An MBA is a life-changing experience, I would apply as soon as possible to prepare for this endeavour, optimally in Round 1.

–What is one part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?
Writing my long-term goal. I am a curious person, and so many industries fascinate me, so I see myself following a few paths in the long-term future. The difficulty was really trying to find my professional north stay to really help me target my preferred career path.

What is your initial impression of the IESE students/culture/community?
IESE really tries to create a tight-knit sense of community. IESE strives for academic excellence, helping us achieve our professional goals and getting comfortable in our new lives, but it also puts effort into creating a strong and proud sense of culture and community amongst us. People are always willing to meet and socialize. There is a strong academic culture, too. People are very focused and detail-oriented in their assignments. You have to bring you’re A-game every day.

What is one thing you have learned about IESE Business School that has surprised you?
I believe the wealth of people from such an expanse of the world has truly showed me the intellectual capacity that is spread on our globe. You can learn so much from every individual on campus.

What is one thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
A ubiquitous anxiety amongst us is the goal of getting a summer internship in 2024. It’s a personal objective and course requisite to attain an internship; many of the available positions are highly competitive. Many internships are not structured, so it requires a lot of research and networking and interviews.

What is one thing you are most excited about in your first year?
The accumulation of knowledge and skills I intend to absorb, learn, and acquire from the variety of classes, case studies, extra-curriculum groups/professional tracks, and of course, the students and professors I met and will meet.

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