I have 2 questions originating from the same basic problem:
1) I sumbled upon the "Tell me about a situation where you took an unusual approach."
kind of question. I thought about my life so far and found that it
is probably quite unusual to finance my studies and a backpacking trip with earnings
from playing online poker.
Generally I think online poker takes a great amount of skill in various areas that are
relevant in consulting. You need to be good with numbers, good with bankrollmanagement
and having a great understanding of the other players. Still the area
seems to have this dodgy image, especially in the older generation.
I read somewhere that in investment banking mentioning this would be a plus,
but what do you think about management consulting?
2) While studying in Asia (normally I live in Europe) I formed a team of 3 to tackle an interesting problem. We worked on evenings and weekends next to research for my master thesis during the day. After being back in Europe I also spend around 3 month full time on this working from home.
I was super motivated, it was my idea, I invested a lot of time and passion and learned at lot.
Normally this would make a good case for some answers to typical PEI questions.
The problem is that it was about sports betting on football and horse racing. Technically this info is not that relevant in the sense that it was mostly data analytics and machine learning and it could have been just as well about business data;
The problem with this one is that not mentioning it would also leave me with a 3 month gap in the CV.
How would you go about those 2 issues in a PEI?