Undergraduate School/Major: I attended Koc University and majored in business administration and economics.
Prior to Booth: I was a corporate finance advisory manager at PwC and worked on more than 20 cross-border deals in the EMEA region on mergers and acquisitions, privatization, and valuation projects covering various industries such as financial institutions, industrials, transportation, retail, and consumer. Before my transition to corporate finance in 2008, I worked for one year as a senior associate at PwC Transaction Services (TS) providing financial due diligence in an advisory role, mainly for financial sponsors. Prior to my switch to TS, I worked at PwC Audit for 1.5 years as an auditor in media, entertainment, and retail industries. During my time at PwC, I also earned my CPA designation.
Concentrations: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Strategic Management.
Activities: Co-chair of European Business and MENA Groups; member of the Investment Banking Group, Private Equity Group, and the Public Speaking Group.
Career plans: I will work at Credit Suisse IBD in London as an associate.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I chose Booth to learn the tools that I will really employ post-MBA. At Booth, you don't just learn from what others have done before. I also wanted to be a part of a truly collaborative culture and a global network and to have unparalleled access to opportunities worldwide.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Encouraging, great, and fun.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must-do" activity in Chicago? Chicago is an open architectural museum and it is truly a walkable city. An architectural tour is a must. Listen to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra thereafter. Must-visit places are Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Wrigley Field, The Art Institute of Chicago...you name it!
Ask me about...: Life in Chicago, starting business school with a spouse, recruiting as an international student and anything about Chicago.
Undergraduate School/Major: I attended the University of Chicago and did a dual major in economics and political science.
Prior to Booth: I was a management consultant at The Cambridge Group.
Concentrations: Accounting, Analytic Finance, and Finance.
Activities: Member of the Investment Banking Group, Energy Group, Leadership and Influence Group, and Net Impact.
Career plans: I am recruiting for investment banking.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? The academic rigor and intellectual challenge that Booth presented was the leading reason. The fact that all our faculty are active in teaching was very appealing - it offered a chance to learn the subjects from the very best. Also, it goes without saying that Booth isn't known just for its education and career advancing success, but also for the significant academic contributions. Additionally, I liked the flexible curriculum that nonetheless guides students to cover all areas relevant to business. I enjoyed the concept that I could challenge myself to my level when fulfilling the requirements of our core education, but also get exposed to each of the unique and important areas. Our school's strength in attracting recruiters not only from finance and consulting, but also other career fields such as marketing, entrepreneurship, and non-profit roles was the third important reason. Our school has a strong alumni representation across all fields of business, and offers a well-balanced education and a wide array of career opportunities.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Rewarding, thrilling, and fulfilling.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must-do" activity in Chicago? Listening to a live jazz performance, preferably in the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, but Andy's is also great.
Ask me about...: Ask me about starting business school as an early career candidate with a new family.
Undergraduate School/Major: I attended Bogazici University and majored in chemistry.
Prior to Booth: I was an account manager at Michelin and a business development director within our family corporation.
Concentrations: Operations Management and Strategic Management.
Activities: Member of the Business Solutions Group, Management Consulting Group, Risk/Gaming Club, and the Epicurean Club.
Career plans: I am recruiting for consulting.
Why did you choose to attend Chicago Booth? I thought Booth would be a very good school to balance my abilities and help me acquire hard skills that I found crucial, especially for working in dynamic, emerging markets. Its structured approach to education, the flexibility its curriculum provides, along with the incredible academic staff intrigued me very much--not only the fact that the professors are all rock stars and Nobel prize winners, but the fact that they approach all concepts in a practical business sense. Also, the school is very diverse. The social, professional, and academic environment it provides enables you to be versatile and strong at all fields. Last, but not the least, the students - from the friendly current students trying to chill me out before my interview to the dynamic classroom discussion I viewed during my campus visit - create a true sense of community and involvement.
Use three adjectives to describe your experience at Chicago Booth: Involved, flexible, and diverse.
What do you consider a "must visit" place or "must-do" activity in Chicago? A must do is the Architectural Boat Tour! After you have seen the amazing urban scenery, I believe a stroll at a contrasting neighborhood, such as Bucktown, would be pleasant. Vintage shops and cafes there are amazing. For foodies out there, I really recommend The Girl and the Goat (Contemporary), Le Coloniel (Vietnamese), Untitled (Contemporary American), Lou Malnati's (Chicago style deep dish pizza), and Aroy Thai (Casual Thai). And if you are into jazz, you must grab a drink at a jazz bar, preferably Andy's.
Ask me about...: Switching careers and recruiting for a job outside the US.