Case Study 4: African Male Chemical Engineer working in Pharmaceutical Industry

During my application process for a top business school for fall of 2007, I was particularly concerned with the strength of my extracurricular activities/leadership and developing a streamlined personal brand.

During college, I had not held any significant positions in any organization to show my leadership strength. Since college, I had relocated many times, further preventing me from holding significant organizational positions.

Furthermore, I had a couple of prospects for post-business school but was unsure of how to address them in my application without appearing to lack clear direction.

Since graduating with a chemical engineering degree almost 4 years ago, I have worked for two of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. By joining a leadership development program that rotated its members through different positions, I had the opportunity to hold 6 different positions in three years, exposing me to different areas of the pharmaceutical business, at 4 different sites across the nation. After receiving a promotion to a production supervisor at a different pharmaceutical company, I have been challenged with managing 12 line workers at a production facility.

The Challenge: During my application process for a top business school for fall of 2007, I was particularly concerned with the strength of my extracurricular activities/leadership and developing a streamlined personal brand. During college, I had not held any significant positions in any organization to show my leadership strength. Since college, I had relocated many times, further preventing me from holding significant organizational positions. Furthermore, I had a couple of prospects for post-business school but was unsure of how to address them in my application without appearing to lack clear direction.

The EXPARTUS® Solution: Working with EXPARTUS® was invaluable in resolving my challenges. Having several detailed brainstorming discussions with my EXPARTUS® brand advisor and going through the EXPARTUS® consultation process helped me highlight significant leadership examples from my past experiences. The branding process was also highly instrumental in streamlining my future goals. Using EXPARTUS® services, I was better able to articulate all my essays as a cohesive unit that supported my future goals.

The Outcome: My success was beyond what I had imagined. I applied to 2 of the world’s best business schools and got admitted into both of them. To lure me into their MBA program, I was even offered a substantial financial fellowship from one of the top schools. As I embark on my journey through graduate school and seize the endless opportunities that will follow, I would like to thank EXPARTUS® for playing a major role in the process.

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