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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2009, 10:07
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At what point should those hoping for Super Saturday invitations start getting nervous? Anyone have any idea how much time is left?



I have heard that most invites will go out by mid-december. Let's say December 17th-ish.

Aside: This could be completely false information.


That is definitely NOT true. A lot of invitations still go out after the Holiday break, all the way up until a couple days before the decision deadline (some people won't be invited to Super Saturday for various reasons, but it DOESN'T mean that their application is sub par in any way. It could be due to location, travel, space, and all sorts of reasons).

As for Essay #2, you can do it. I thought I couldn't get it down to 250 words when I "finished" my application the first time. When I came back to it after submitting two other apps, I was able to get mine all to within 260 words. Yes, going over by a few words is ok, but I don't know if I would go the full 10% over for such a short essay. It's pretty noticeable.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2009, 10:40
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aj1545 wrote:
Pook wrote:
At what point should those hoping for Super Saturday invitations start getting nervous? Anyone have any idea how much time is left?



I have heard that most invites will go out by mid-december. Let's say December 17th-ish.

Aside: This could be completely false information.


That is definitely NOT true. A lot of invitations still go out after the Holiday break, all the way up until a couple days before the decision deadline (some people won't be invited to Super Saturday for various reasons, but it DOESN'T mean that their application is sub par in any way. It could be due to location, travel, space, and all sorts of reasons).

As for Essay #2, you can do it. I thought I couldn't get it down to 250 words when I "finished" my application the first time. When I came back to it after submitting two other apps, I was able to get mine all to within 260 words. Yes, going over by a few words is ok, but I don't know if I would go the full 10% over for such a short essay. It's pretty noticeable.


kryzak, for essay 4 any advice? Like I can just go down the list, reviewed website, visited campus, talked to current students, talked to HSA member (YOU, :D). Or should it be more of a story of discovery...

Either way, I can make it readable but is it really like a check mark?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2009, 10:53
GoBruins,

I think you can do both.

"I have done X, Y and Z to learn about Haas. What really hit home with me was that I realized Z... (some story about Z or how it somehow relates to future goals)"
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2009, 11:00
I did my essay in a linear progression, and then focused on the pivotal information/moment that convinced me Berkeley was the perfect place for me.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2009, 11:32
So remain as a story. Okay... I was thinking that maybe I should break out of story mode for this one.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2009, 00:26
I approached it more as a semi-story. State the first interaction I had with Haas people, then go into some specifics and what I loved about them, and then conclude with why all those examples show it's a perfect place for me.

My goals essay focused more on why Berkeley is the best place for me in terms of my career goals. The two essays should be complimentary in the "Why Berkeley" part.

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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2009, 08:57
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2009, 20:24
One more week until the R2 deadline! Good luck to those still working on essays (like me) and to those waiting on interviews.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2009, 07:25
Does anyone know exactly how worried I should be about not having received an invite yet, as a R1 applicant?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2009, 08:22
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Does anyone know exactly how worried I should be about not having received an invite yet, as a R1 applicant?

Read kryzak's posts.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2009, 08:52
I'm in for R2. Gotta get to work on the essays...
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2009, 10:58
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2009, 08:53
Out of the Haas hopefuls, what are the industries you're looking to get into after your MBA? VC? Silicon Valley? Consulting? Banking? Trading? PE?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2009, 08:00
Ok, just sent in my Haas application. Now just sit back and wait and see...

That was definitely the toughest application I have worked on by far.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2009, 13:20
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Out of the Haas hopefuls, what are the industries you're looking to get into after your MBA? VC? Silicon Valley? Consulting? Banking? Trading? PE?


Consulting. But wouldn't mind transitioning into Silicon Valley.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2009, 17:30
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Out of the Haas hopefuls, what are the industries you're looking to get into after your MBA? VC? Silicon Valley? Consulting? Banking? Trading? PE?


Coming from a Tech background, i am definitely looking at Strategy Consulting ( which is what i wrote in the essays), but at the same time, i feel i would be interested in Product Marketing too ( won't know until i sit in some marketing classes and maybe go to some marketing case competitions).
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2009, 20:45
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Out of the Haas hopefuls, what are the industries you're looking to get into after your MBA? VC? Silicon Valley? Consulting? Banking? Trading? PE?


Consulting. But wouldn't mind transitioning into Silicon Valley.


Who are the main consulting recruiters? Bain? Oliver Wyman? I imagine the latter is good at aerospace consulting (apart from the usual financial services risk management).
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2009, 21:55
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Who are the main consulting recruiters? Bain? Oliver Wyman? I imagine the latter is good at aerospace consulting (apart from the usual financial services risk management).


I think Mckinsey has a business technology office although I have no idea if they recruit associates into this office at Haas.

On a side note, I did some research on the major tech recruiters like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, eBay and found out that MBAs usually recruit into Product Manager position, which is more aligned to the marketing track, which I can hardly relate to as I have no marketing background.

Sorry for a dumb question.. but what does Silicon Valley has to offer for MBAs? Mgt positions in tech start-ups? Or VC/PE type of positions?

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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2009, 22:33
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Who are the main consulting recruiters? Bain? Oliver Wyman? I imagine the latter is good at aerospace consulting (apart from the usual financial services risk management).


I think Mckinsey has a business technology office although I have no idea if they recruit associates into this office at Haas.

On a side note, I did some research on the major tech recruiters like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, eBay and found out that MBAs usually recruit into Product Manager position, which is more aligned to the marketing track, which I can hardly relate to as I have no marketing background.

Sorry for a dumb question.. but what does Silicon Valley has to offer for MBAs? Mgt positions in tech start-ups? Or VC/PE type of positions?



I don't think it's a dumb question, but I might reformulate it: what do MBAs have to offer Silicon Valley? I remember Steve Jobs having an extremely dim view of marketing folk, and I think it'd be hard to be taken seriously in Silicon Valley without being conversant in technological products. I have no idea what the VC scene is like.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2010 Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2009, 00:00
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Who are the main consulting recruiters? Bain? Oliver Wyman? I imagine the latter is good at aerospace consulting (apart from the usual financial services risk management).


I think Mckinsey has a business technology office although I have no idea if they recruit associates into this office at Haas.

On a side note, I did some research on the major tech recruiters like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, eBay and found out that MBAs usually recruit into Product Manager position, which is more aligned to the marketing track, which I can hardly relate to as I have no marketing background.

Sorry for a dumb question.. but what does Silicon Valley has to offer for MBAs? Mgt positions in tech start-ups? Or VC/PE type of positions?

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Main consulting recruiters are Bain, McKinsey, BCG, Accenture, and Deloitte. There are some other boutique consulting firms that recruit too, but you'll have to check out the employment report for details.

McKinsey hired a few of my classmates for the tech office in Palo Alto for full time.

Product Manager could be on a marketing track, but depending on the company, you may not do any marketing at all and it's more like a project management job. Even within the same company (e.g. Microsoft), a PM could be more external facing (marketing) or internal facing (project management). So it's hard to generalize what Product Managers do in tech companies. I have no marketing background and I'll probably go into product management that's more related to project management, and learn the product marketing side from there. Haas also offers some good classes to build your marketing skills up from zero. :)

"What does Silicon Valley have to offer for MBAs?" is quite a broad question. There are tons of job opportunities in the area ranging from doing marketing, project management, and business development for startups, all the way to all the corporate roles at bigger firms. As for Apple, they hire a LOT of MBAs, even if Steve Jobs originally disliked them. MBAs are pretty much in charge of working on and launching many of Apple's products, and quite a few of my classmates have interned there last summer and will most likely go back.

Hope that helps!
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