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Essay: Please describe why you are applying to the Ivey MBA program and describe how our program will help you meet your future goals. (500 words) Introduction – career objectives Intellectual curiosity and advancing the society are the drive of my life; having these in mind, accomplishing complex -challenging business projects to be proud of is the “fill conducteur” that leads me to where I am about to : Applying to the Ivey MBA program. I do believe that an MBA is the right thing to do when one has the ambition to lead organizations in an international environment, manage a business in various sectors - from investment banking to consumer products or media and telecom services - and to later on build his own business : these are my career goals. I want to be able to develop and transform business ideas into executable implementation plans ; more to ensure that these ideas will be the source of wealth and good for business partners and communities. I have several projects that I would like to mature few years during and after my MBA : such as creating a business for promoting and development of tourism and services in Morocco and start up or join a venture capital firm focusing on new business / investment opportunities in developing countries in various economic sectors. This is where I want to be within 5 to 8 years after my MBA graduation. I believe that a leader can really be successful not only for the shareholder but can be meaningful when the benefits are also for the society. I think that developing business for these countries is really helping a whole society to move ahead and progress to a better life. My needs vs. my career objectives In order to meet these objectives, I need to expand my competencies to areas like marketing, finance or strategic planning in order to be able to hold future executive positions. I also need to enhance my leaderships skills and my abilities of formulating strategies via a proven decision making process. I believe that a leader is not only a good manager but also a competent person able to analyze quickly various functional area experts’ issues and work across these various functions. On top of these skills, a leader must have values deeply rooted in honesty and ethical integrity. Career to date – background – fits with Ivey Up-to-date, I have been successful in my career and my responsibilities either at i) Procter & Gamble as department head of engineering and project management for several manufacturing initiatives or later at ii) CGE&Y as senior consultant in business & IT in both industrial and telecom services sectors. These positions enabled me to become familiar with many business issues and contribute to challenging projects and assignments. Although these experiences were highly enriching, I was having concerns about my career progress towards my goals and how I can make the move to senior executive positions. I soon realized that I need to expand my professional horizons and acquire a solid business education that would complete my technical-quantitative and project management skills. Currently, I am working on consulting projects for telecom and service providers helping them launching new services or ensuring
Essay: Please describe why you are applying to the Ivey MBA program and describe how our program will help you meet your future goals. (500 words) After working for Procter & Gamble as the engineering and project management director and now for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young as a senior business and IT consultant, I have successfully contributed to numerous challenging projects. Currently, I am working on consulting projects for telecom and service providers by helping them launch new services or ensure initiatives are designed and funded within the budget and in-line with corporate strategies. I daily use management, technical, leadership and communication skills, all of which I perfected at CGE&Y. I take part in business meetings, participate in strategic decision-making and manage teams. In parallel over the past five years, I have managed - especially during my father’s illness - a small family business. We specialize in sales and distribution of diet and sports nutrition and health care products imported from Europe and the Americas to Morocco. This experience added a tremendous experience to my life. Throughout nine years of professional experience, I have matured and learned a lot about myself: I learned where my strengths and weaknesses lie, that I am a passionate, committed and resourceful person; that I enjoy managing and leading challenging business projects and that I have a strong desire to participate in development of society and to advance the common good. Although these experiences were highly enriching, I have had concerns about my career progress and making the move to a senior executive position. I realized that I needed to expand my professional horizons and acquire a solid business education that would complement my technical-quantitative and project management skills. I have several projects that I would like to pursue during and a few years after my MBA, such as creating a business for promotion and development of tourism and services in developing countries, to create or join a private equity firm, a joint venture or a venture capital firm focusing on new business development and supporting local/international entrepreneurs in their business with these developing countries. As an example, with 32 million inhabitants, Morocco – my native country – offers several advantages and a great potential for development success thanks to its location south of Spain. Morocco has signed WTO/GATT agreements (customs barriers will fall out by 2010) and offers ideal outsourcing opportunities thanks to its young and bicultural (French-Arabic) educated workforce as an alternative to more mature European workers. These projects require business opportunities assessment via business and strategic consulting capabilities, joint venture creation skills with investment- venture capital and fund-raising capabilities, plus project management, engineering and organization consulting for on-site realization. Hence many business opportunities, in various sectors, will arise in these countries due to ever-changing business world needs during the next 10 years. Regarding my career goals, I want to be able to develop and transform these business ideas into executable implementation plans to ensure that these ideas will be the source of w ealth and good for business partners and communities. This is where I want to
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