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Meet the MBA Class of 2023: El Yazid Areski, Georgetown (McDonough)

“A curious person who loves to learn new things and teach/train people once I have mastered them.”

hometown: Casablanca, Morocco

Fun fact about yourself: I enjoy having random conversations with people who think I’m my twin brother

Undergraduate school and major:

Dual degree engineer

Hassania School of Public Works – Civil Engineering (Casablanca, Morocco)

Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne – Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (Saint-Etienne, France)

Latest Job Title and Employer: McKinsey & Company – Business Analyst

What excites you the most about studying in Washington, DC? Living in a vibrant American city has a lot to offer, whether it comes to opportunities or the richness of its cultural ecosystem

Aside from your classmates and location, what was the major part of Georgetown McDonough’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? There are three main reasons to choose the Georgetown McDonough MBA:

* It is a program that scores high across multiple ratings.

* I have collected very positive feedback from conversations with alumni of the school about the quality of the program and the support the school provides (eg through career services).

*I appreciate the flexibility of the program, specifically through the electives that allow me to obtain a STEM classification, which aligns with my interest in technology.

What course, club, or activity excites you the most at Georgetown McDonough? Looking at my experience, I would say that the Georgetown Consulting Club is what interests me the most. I intend to be a member of the club and contribute with insights into what it’s like to work as a consultant. I also plan to train people for case interviews, which are an important part of the recruitment process in the consulting industry.

Describe your biggest career achievement to date: The biggest achievement of my career to date has been successfully supporting a client to design and implement a digital solution while working in ‘standalone’ mode. I had to co-lead (with my peer clients) a cross-functional team of 18 members from the Business, IT, and Data departments. It was a challenging setup, but I enjoyed this leadership opportunity and the learning that resulted: how to create alignment, prioritize initiatives, troubleshoot problems, and train junior members.

How has COVID-19 changed your view of your career and life in general? In my view, COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of two qualities that any person, team or organization should possess: adaptability and resilience. One must always be ready to adapt to changing circumstances and potential challenges. However, adaptability will not absorb all the variance you encounter; I firmly believe that it is inevitable to roll up your sleeves and simply get the work done.

What prompted you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? I chose to get an MBA because I consider it a career accelerator to prepare for leadership roles. I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about business direction and strategy, as well as build long-term relationships with my group.

After the MBA, I intend to rejoin the consulting industry (where I sponsor my previous employer, McKinsey & Company) as I would like to specialize in technology and process transformation. In the long term, and if conditions are right, I would like to start my own project, which will combine two topics I am passionate about: technology and education.

What other MBA programs have you applied to? I have applied to UCLA, Cornell Johnson, and INSEAD.

What advice would you give to help prospective applicants gain admission into the Georgetown McDonough University MBA program? My advice to future applicants is to first learn more about Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, its values, and its culture by networking with alumni and attending events. Then use what they have learned to bring out the best in their application (essay, video, and hopefully an interview) how their experiences and values ​​truly resonate with those of the school.

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