A Businessweek article reports on the increased phenomenon of helicopter parents…not at preschools, middle schools, or even colleges, but at business schools. "Helicopter parents," a term used to describe hovering parents, have taken an active role in their children's b-school application process. And when we say "children," we mean 20- or 30-somethings who have lived on their own for many years and who have years of experience in the workplace. A survey indicates that 33% of the 35 admissions officers surveyed say that "a pushy or overbearing parent has compromised an applicant's chance of admission." Many believe that these over-involved parents are leaving a "noticeable footprint on applications submitted to their schools."
A group of social entrepreneurs in India visited Yale SOM earlier this fall to take part in the Global Social Entrepreneurs course, reports a Yale SOM news release. The course, which is in its third year, is intended to encourage Indian social enterprises to address management challenges, while simultaneously affording Yale SOM students with an opportunity to examine the practical issues surrounding these enterprises. While the Indian representatives have already returned to their posts in India, Yale SOM students will continue to work one-on-one with the participants via phone and email through the rest of the semester.
Can't make it to an in-person MBA fair this year? Well here's your next best option: The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) will be sponsoring the GMATCH Virtual MBA Fair, scheduled to take place on November 22 and 23 online. More than 40 business schools will be participating in the online event including UCLA Anderson, UVA Darden, Georgetown McDonough, London Business School, INSEAD, Nanyang Business School (Singapore), and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The event will last for four hours each day and will enable prospective applicants the chance to speak with admissions directors, chat with alumni and current students, and "learn effective self-marketing strategies." Best of all, the virtual fair is FREE, but you do need to register, which you can do here.
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