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2. Full-time MBA, Class of 2009, London Business School ! 3. ! 1. - 2. 3. 4. 4. ! - 1 5. ! 2 Application Checklist 6. ! 3 Profiles HBS applicant INSEAD applicant Age:30 29 Field: Telecom Marketing Years of exp.10( incl.4 years of managerial exp.) 9(incl.3 years of managerial exp.) Summary: Senior telecom consultant with more than 10 years of experience in telecommunications and IT (above 50 projects in 15 countries on 3 continents) with strong analytical and problem solving skills. Good team leader and reliable team player, also capable of working alone. Well-educated and responsible expert in development of advance and communication strategies with a keen insight of budgeting, media relations and a rich experience in hosting and organizing high level events. 7. ! HBSWhat is your career vision and why is this choice meaningful to you? My career vision is to be a top manager in high tech industry or become a successful entrepreneur who develops or uses advanced technology to achieve competitive advantage. I have a passion for technology and I have shaped my life around it. My mission is to make technology serve people. I enjoy taking part in big and challenging technological projects from the beginning, when opportunities and available solutions are analyzed and implementation plan is created until the end when I can see and evaluate the results. Successfully completed projects encourage me to take on higher responsibilities and more complex and ambitious projects. Increased complexity and higher expectations allow me to fulfill my mission and help me to improve and develop as a person and professional. I have decided to move to top management or develop a business because of several reasons. Firstly, these activities provide much more independence, possibility to make strategic and tactical decisions and full control. Secondly, I have achieved everything that one can achieve in technical telecommunications consultancy: excellent reputation, noteworthy international experience and lucrative work opportunities throughout the world, including first-world countries, such as the USA and Singapore. Therefore I want to try and succeed in something different and more challenging. Finally, my learning curve in technology and leadership is not as steep as it was before.. 8. ! HBSWhat is your career vision and why is this choice meaningful to you? I have carefully thought about a career path that I should take to reach my objective. First of all I want to get solid foundation in management and entrepreneurship in a renowned business school. After getting my MBA degree I plan to become an operations manager to ensure that business operations are efficient or a business development manager to help in realizing business full potential inMY_COMPANYor similar high tech company. Then I will seek higher management positions such as program manager to control several related projects, country manager or key account manager to be country or account overall responsible. My ultimate goal is to become a chief technical officer to handle global technical issues, a chief operational officer to control and develop critical departments, or a chief executive officer to be responsible for overall operations and performance. Another attractive alternative for me is to fully concentrate on my own business which I described in my first essay. 9. ! HBSWhat is your career vision and why is this choice meaningful to you? What is the main idea of the essay? Does the essay answer the question? Is it well-structured? Is it logical? Is it supported with real-life examples? What about the style? 10. ! INSEADDiscuss your career goals. What skills do you expect to gain from studying in INSEAD and how they will contribute to your professional career? If I am accepted, upon my graduation I will return to Russia and try my best to become a part of one of the Big Three management consultancies teams in my country (McKinsey, Bain or BCG). I treat these three major strategic consulting companies as a solid foundation to get in-depth top-class practical experience in consulting. I believe that three to five years of such an experience would be quite enough to start up a venture of my own. The Business School of the World would give me knowledge and skills relevant both to the essence of business and ways how to efficiently start and run it.Management consultancy is a domain which I find extremely interesting as I am excited to find constructive business decisions and then watch their successful implementation. This is the very thing Dr. House does for his patients, he regards the human body as an integral system, throughout which all elements are interconnected and interrelated. Business is the same system for me and in the event of its inefficient functioning, the most interesting thing is to find and fix the causes.What I am doing now is marketing, which is only partly relevant to business administration. In this respect the INSEAD MBA would give me profound knowledge in strategy of business administration and the programs stress on international markets and settings is vitally important in order to become an expert in global business consulting. .. 11. ! INSEADDiscuss your career goals. What skills do you expect to gain from studying in INSEAD and how they will contribute to your professional career? .. During my professional activities after graduation, I would be thrilled to conduct research in partnership with Russian enterprises and teach in universities, helping them to raise respective academic knowledge and research to a new level. I am interested in intellectual leadership and that is why I am serious about sharing my knowledge, thus contributing to formation of a community of efficient and internationally recognized managers in the Russian Federation, who would lead their country to prosperity or at least to higher standards of living.That is why I am going to devote large part of my life to academics. I think it is a domain where I can make the mostdifference, even more than in senior management. I think that one should strive to pursue his career through his calling and not just try to become a CEO of a well-known company due to the popularity of such a path.So long as I want to make an impact, the Business School of the World is the very place to learn how to correctly do it. The diverse international backgrounds, represented at INSEAD from the entire globe, combined with the best academic traditions and practices offer unique opportunities and resources for immense self-improvement. The programs reliance on group work is extremely useful as interpersonal interaction would constitute a great part of my future activities. So due to contacts with INSEAD alumni established during education, this process would become permanent even after graduation. That is why I regard meeting such an intellectual challenge as a great possibility to successfully implement my career goals. 12. ! INSEADDiscuss your career goals. What skills do you expect to gain from studying in INSEAD and how they will contribute to your professional career? What is the main idea of the essay? Does the essay answer the question? Is it well-structured? Is it logical? Is it supported with real-life examples? What about the style? 13. ! HBSWhat are your three most substantial accomplishments and why do you view them as such? My first most substantial accomplishment is a profitable financial business that I have built during last several years. It started as a hobby but turned out to be very promising against all odds. This business uses latest technologies, such as C# programming language and fast data bases to analyze financial market inefficiencies and is based on trading correlated instruments to gain profits. I have always been interested in finance so I had several ideas about how to make money in stock exchanges. My contract income allowed me to start this venture several years back without external funding. I verified trading strategies on statistical data from the RTS stock exchange and used the most promising of them for real trading. After filtering out nonworking, I put considerable amount of my savings into effective algorithms and got excellent results in the RTS futures and options market. Then I rented servers for data storage and hired a programmer and a data base specialist who help me to build tools for trading and analysis of large statistical data to create and check other strategies. Currently I use working algorithms and I am further improving and expanding the business: devising new strategies, investing in development of a fully automated trading application and planning to start working in international stock exchanges. . 14. ! HBSWhat are your three most substantial accomplishments and why do you view them as such? .. My second most substantial accomplishment is my successful completion of more than 50 telecommunication projects in 15 countries on 3 continents and my current reputation of excellent professional. I have successfully implemented, optimized, supported and improved many telecommunications networks and services all over the world. For example, myTELECOM_PROVIDERswap project andANOTHER_TELECOM_PROVIDERmigration project were completed much earlier than planned with much less resources than usually and received special recognition from the top management. I often solved critical problems in operators and helpedMY_COMPANYto keep important customers and to avoid severe penalties. For instance in anONE_MORE_TELECOM_PROVIDERproject I took over the overall troubleshooting process and turned the failing project into successful despite being the youngest in the team. Most of the projects were extremely challenging technologically and often involved working with tough customers, such asANOTHER_TELECOM_