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Received test waiver from all schools im applying to. Completed MBA Math and pre-mba smartly courses. Completed undergrad in finance/business admin while serving in US Army. Have undergrad certificate in project management and lean six sigma - Greenbelt. 16 years of service, currently serving as HR director with 80 members under my leadership. Strong volunteering and community service background
Demographic: 27M, Nigerian-American
GMAT breakdown: 710 (Q49, V39)
Undergrad: Top 10 engineering college
-3 years as a petroleum engineer at a major oil company (had some field operations experience where I supervised teams during the pandemic which was a huge growth opportunity)
-1 year as a data analyst at an oil and gas startup
-1 year at MBB with an energy focus
-Leadership within engineering orgs and Christian ministry in undergrad
-Mentoring local college students from underrepresented minority backgrounds
-Active nonprofit that raises scholarships for students in Texas (scholarship committee member, mentor for scholars)
-Active in church (over the past year led Bible study for young adults, served in lower level church leadership)
-Diversity recruiting at MBB
Why an MBA: Since high school I’ve found myself attracted to business (did a business minor in college) and thought an MBA would be a cool thing to do down the road. While I appreciate having an engineering background, I didn’t see myself become a technical expert but rather using my foundation to solve business problems in commercial roles. An MBA will allow me to develop my business acumen and leadership skills so I can pivot to the commercial side and accelerate my career trajectory.
Why now: During the pandemic I decided to pivot towards sustainable energy after realizing how urgent the need to decarbonize and fight climate change is. I wanted to broaden beyond my petroleum engineering skillset before making a pivot, so I pursued roles in tech and now consulting that would allow me to see different sides of the energy industry. I’m now at a point where l’ve gained enough experience to contribute in a classroom and have learned enough about the energy industry to confidently make the pivot to sustainable energy.
Long term goal: Head of strategy for a clean energy company, with a focus on building energy infrastructure in Nigeria
College Major: Economics
Have not studied yet. Some schools waive this requirement because of my quant background and GPA. Should I still take GMAT?
Only looked at part-time so far as I’m already in tech & company is willing to pay for MBA
Selected to interview on 9/14, matched with interviewer on 9/15