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tier 2 (OW ATK RB) to M7 MBA

how challenging is it to get to a top mba program (m7) in USA from tier 2 firms (ow atk rb)?

especially from rb given that it has non-american origin and most casebooks dont mention the firm

how challenging is it to get to a top mba program (m7) in USA from tier 2 firms (ow atk rb)?

especially from rb given that it has non-american origin and most casebooks dont mention the firm

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Hi A,

MBA programs are generally looking for various types of "excellence" in their programs.

These include not just analytical excellence, but also creative, socio-cultural, cross-cultural, entrepreneurial or charitable excellence - many of these things are much less relevant for tier 1 consulting firms.

Having said that, if you're concerned that your career progression in consulting (and hence, likely your analytical excellence) coming from a tier 2-firm may not be projecting sufficient excellence to your profile for a top MBA program in the US, that may very well be the case - and I agree on the point that RB as a non-US firm probably has the least awareness of those tier 2 firms you mentioned among those programs.

However, your application to the top MBA programs will be judged based on the personal "mix" of excellence that you as a candidate bring to the table:

  • What else, beside your career, is special about you and your story?
  • How does this story match with the values the school your applying to is projecting?
  • What exciting plans do you have for the future after having received that prestigious degree?

Believe it or not, these questions matter a LOT in getting admitted to the top MBA programs - I have personal experience from receiving admission letters from 5 top MBA programs in both the U.S. and Europe - and by the way, I only joined consulting after my MBA ;-)

If you're keen to discuss your application to an MBA program, shoot me a message.

Best

Christian

Hi A,

MBA programs are generally looking for various types of "excellence" in their programs.

These include not just analytical excellence, but also creative, socio-cultural, cross-cultural, entrepreneurial or charitable excellence - many of these things are much less relevant for tier 1 consulting firms.

Having said that, if you're concerned that your career progression in consulting (and hence, likely your analytical excellence) coming from a tier 2-firm may not be projecting sufficient excellence to your profile for a top MBA program in the US, that may very well be the case - and I agree on the point that RB as a non-US firm probably has the least awareness of those tier 2 firms you mentioned among those programs.

However, your application to the top MBA programs will be judged based on the personal "mix" of excellence that you as a candidate bring to the table:

  • What else, beside your career, is special about you and your story?
  • How does this story match with the values the school your applying to is projecting?
  • What exciting plans do you have for the future after having received that prestigious degree?

Believe it or not, these questions matter a LOT in getting admitted to the top MBA programs - I have personal experience from receiving admission letters from 5 top MBA programs in both the U.S. and Europe - and by the way, I only joined consulting after my MBA ;-)

If you're keen to discuss your application to an MBA program, shoot me a message.

Best

Christian

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Hi,

Every office has his own policy and you can directly ask for it during the interview, but for sure you can join a Top MBA also coming from Tier 2 firms. OW, for example, offers an MBA scolarship that is even better than some offered by MBB.
Universities want to keep some "diversity" also in terms of firms represented, you don't have to worry about it.

Hope it helps,
Luca

Hi,

Every office has his own policy and you can directly ask for it during the interview, but for sure you can join a Top MBA also coming from Tier 2 firms. OW, for example, offers an MBA scolarship that is even better than some offered by MBB.
Universities want to keep some "diversity" also in terms of firms represented, you don't have to worry about it.

Hope it helps,
Luca

Hi Luca, could you elaborate on the OW MBA scholarship you mentioned? Will be joining in the fall — Anonymous B on Dec 14, 2019

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Dear A,

It's possible, but may be just a little challenging from MBB.

Best,
André

Dear A,

It's possible, but may be just a little challenging from MBB.

Best,
André

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Hi there,

From my experience with RB Dubai, most of our consultants opted for INSEAD. For the ones that focused on top MBA programs in the USA, yes, they did face a challenge because RB is not as popular there as it is in Europe, however, they still got accepted.

Feel free to reach out if you want more details.

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Khaled

Hi there,

From my experience with RB Dubai, most of our consultants opted for INSEAD. For the ones that focused on top MBA programs in the USA, yes, they did face a challenge because RB is not as popular there as it is in Europe, however, they still got accepted.

Feel free to reach out if you want more details.

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Khaled

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Hello,

Is nothing you should worry about, since many people from tier 2 companies get to MBAs (I am talking about Ivy League MBAs, that is what I know).

Universities look for having a diverse class in terms of nationalities, working background, companies... is not valuable to be surrounded only by american Mckinseys, for instance.

Hence, don´t worry about it. Leverage in the application how you would contribute with a "different profile", and it can even be something good for you!

Let me kenow if you need help with MBA application.

Hope it helps.

Cheers,

Clara

Hello,

Is nothing you should worry about, since many people from tier 2 companies get to MBAs (I am talking about Ivy League MBAs, that is what I know).

Universities look for having a diverse class in terms of nationalities, working background, companies... is not valuable to be surrounded only by american Mckinseys, for instance.

Hence, don´t worry about it. Leverage in the application how you would contribute with a "different profile", and it can even be something good for you!

Let me kenow if you need help with MBA application.

Hope it helps.

Cheers,

Clara

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Hi,

It's easy to get into 4-7. Top 3 will be hard and it's not about the RB brand. RB, in that case, is absolutely equal to any other consulting company. You need to have a story that will stand out (lifepath, extracurricular, etc) and outstanding goals. It helps a lot if you have a double profile (e.g. consulting + tech) So you should concentrate on that

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Hi,

It's easy to get into 4-7. Top 3 will be hard and it's not about the RB brand. RB, in that case, is absolutely equal to any other consulting company. You need to have a story that will stand out (lifepath, extracurricular, etc) and outstanding goals. It helps a lot if you have a double profile (e.g. consulting + tech) So you should concentrate on that

Best

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hi vlad, what else should a t2 consultant focus on to get to a good mba program? — Anonymous A on Dec 13, 2019

If you get the basics right in terms of a high GMAT, strong letters of recommendation and a good personal story you really don't have much to worry about. Plenty of folks from all backgrounds go to top 10 MBA programs — Udayan on Dec 13, 2019

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Hi,

I think these answers are way to focused on "From consulting to MBA". Most MBA students aren't coming from consulting, let alone from MBB. It's the other way around.

What's far more important is the overall story of you as a candidate. Do you have diverse experiences? Have you shown significant growth, development, and initiative? Have you submitted a powerful application (i.e. essay/video)? Do you have a high GMAT score? Forget about one job you've had, and think about your profile as a whole.

Hi,

I think these answers are way to focused on "From consulting to MBA". Most MBA students aren't coming from consulting, let alone from MBB. It's the other way around.

What's far more important is the overall story of you as a candidate. Do you have diverse experiences? Have you shown significant growth, development, and initiative? Have you submitted a powerful application (i.e. essay/video)? Do you have a high GMAT score? Forget about one job you've had, and think about your profile as a whole.

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Hi,
every year tens of tier-2 consultants from all over the world (including RB) join - with sponsorship - top MBA programs. To have an idea of that look on LinkedIn at these type of profiles (MBA with experience in tier-2).

Hope this helps,
Antonello

Hi,
every year tens of tier-2 consultants from all over the world (including RB) join - with sponsorship - top MBA programs. To have an idea of that look on LinkedIn at these type of profiles (MBA with experience in tier-2).

Hope this helps,
Antonello

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