This is where I say a bit about myself (now updated!)…

I’m a British born and raised guy with 12 years experience in corporate and investment banking, most recently as a global relationship manager in the maritime and energy space.

My career has allowed me to work in several European countries (UK, the Netherlands and Greece) and with clients and other financial institutions throughout Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East.

I studied my Bachelor of Science degree at a leading UK college and got a 720 (phew!) in my first attempt at the GMAT.

Despite (or, maybe, because of!) my background and a lot of blood, sweat and tears going into my applications, I got dinged by five top US business schools in 2013/14.

I’m now preparing to (re-)apply to full-time MBA programmes in Europe and the US in 2014/15.

After a rocky start in the MBA application process I (re-)applied to three top business schools in the 2014/15 season, got accepted by two (INSEAD, MIT Sloan) and waitlisted by the other (Wharton).

I’m currently an MIT Sloan MBA student in the Class of 2017.

Read more about my motivation for this blog here, and more about me and my future exploits here.


9 thoughts on “About

  1. Love your site. It’s great seeing someone that is in the 30+ group like myself (applying for Fall 2017) get into a great business school. Also loving the Beatles references throughout your page, that’s the same exact way I would have done it, but I would have used more George Harrison references! 🙂

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  2. Bagcan says:


    This is Bagcan from Turkey. Came up with your blog by the help of GMAT Club. Before starting my MBA journey, I had a plan to start a blog in which I aimed to enlighten the road for prospective applicants. Although, I could not make this dream real, I am happy to witness that someone did it in the name of me 🙂 It seems we did not apply the same schools, but I read each of every posted article with the same excitement as you had. Currently, I am waiting for R2 admission decisions from Cornell and Darden impatiently. Lets see what will happen next. I would like to congratulate you for your effort and time to give an impression to people for this overwhelming application process.

    As a final word, I would like to ask a question. After getting 5 dings;

    1) How did you motivate yourself for a new start? I started to think that if i am rejected, I will not have enough power to roll the die once again. I am 30 years old and i feel that it was my last bullet in arsenal. Especially after my miserable GMAT score (620), I feel I have no power to fight with that beast again.

    2) How did you improve your candidacy since your last application? What did you do differently and got two acceptances and one waitlist.

    Best luck with your Wharton waitlist!

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    • Hi there. Thank you for the praise – it has not been easy at times to keep my blog updated but I’m glad you (and many others) found it useful.

      In answer to your questions…

      1) I had a firm belief in what I was doing and basically realised I’d made a ton of mistakes in my first season of applications (see here: https://topdogmba.com/2014/05/04/im-a-loser/) and wanted to prove those schools that dinged me after interview wrong!

      2) This is more difficult to pin down, but it had a lot to do with applying to realistic schools (bye bye Harvard and Stanford), taking a tough look at my strengths and weaknesses and addressing the latter head on, and working with great consultants who could help me differentiate between the two.

      I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming decisions and feel free to reach out if you want to discuss some more.


    • Haha. It is all relevant if you like the blog (for whatever reason!).

      Actually, she is a girl and very excited to be the subject of her own website. She has her stuff packed ready for Boston, Philadelphia or wherever, and is looking forward to getting a lot of attention on campus!

      Thanks PullingThatMBATrigger. It looks like you are working hard on your applications too. Best of luck!


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