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Re: Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2014, 08:36
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Any reason why most of the threads have spelled 'applicants' as applicnts?

Doesn't go well with the reputation of gmatclub if it is unintentional. :|


I'm guessing it is because there is a character limit for the Topic Name. Most are probably a couple characters too long, hence the removal of certain letters.
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Re: Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2014, 06:54
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Any reason why most of the threads have spelled 'applicants' as applicnts?

Doesn't go well with the reputation of gmatclub if it is unintentional. :|


Hi Neo,

It's because of character limit. We can only put 60 characters in the title of thread. This limitation often force us to omit few characters to make room for other important details. i.e. Class & Intake year, university location, etc. (Update {Sept 4, 2014} :- Thanks to Neo for bringing this issue in the limelight. We have now increased character limit for topic title up to 70 characters.) :)

I have now removed the word 'all' from the title to make space for 'applicants'. :)

Anyway..... Good luck to all Haas applicants. Feel free to share your strategies/thoughts/interview & school visit experience with fellow applicants in this thread.

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Re: Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2014, 09:25
Hello Guys,

We recently got an opportunity to talk to Current Haas EWMBA student and Prominent GMATClub member - Packet82 - and get his insights on Haas MBA programs. Here are the excerpts from the discussion.

GPA, GMAT, Application Essays, Interview, Work Experience, and Extra Curricular. If you asked to arrange these parameters in the order of their importance at Haas– what would it be?

Packet82:- (1) Work Experience (2) Interview and Essays (3) GPA and GMAT
Extra Curricular is a bit of a wild card. It really depends on the specific applicant.



What advantage, if any, is there in applying in a specific round over another?

Packet82:- If you come from a common background, it's better to apply in round 1. However, Haas tends to admit most of the EWMBA class in round 2 and will waitlist the bulk of the R1 applicants until R2 is done. So, if you have a strong background and have a lot of competition, it's probably better to do earlier. Past that though, it doesn't really matter. Just try to get it in by R2. R3 & 4 tend to be much more competitive as most of the spots have been filled.



Are the on-campus and off-campus interviews treated equally or there is any preference to one over other?

Packet82:- Haas officially only does on campus unless there's an extenuating circumstance. I ended up doing mine via skype and got in anyways. If you can, make the trek down to Haas for the interview.



Do you recommend a school visit? Is it a must?

Packet82:- Not a must, but I'd highly recommend it. Haas is a very different place from other b-schools I've visited. Admissions really only wants to admit people that fit in to the mold of the type of leader Haas is trying to educate. So, visit the school and get a feel for it ahead of time. See if it's a good fit for you.



How important is the school visit for an applicant?? Does that really play any role in strengthening application?

Packet82:- It makes for some added color. No one is going to record that someone came in for a class visit or not, but it can definitely help you with ideas for your essays.



Can you comment on the Employment process of the school? What support do students get from Career Services dept, peers, and alumni? Which companies (and from which sectors) generally recruit in the school? How strong school’s alumni network is?

Packet82:- In the Bay Area, it's mostly tech companies and a lot of startups. All the other usual suspects that show up to other top 10 programs also show up to Haas.



Which student clubs or groups are in the school? What social and philanthropic opportunities and opportunities to get involved in leadership roles one can get in these groups?

Packet82:- The full list of clubs is available here: https://haas.campusgroups.com/club_signup



Is there anything related to Financial Aid worth a mention?

Packet82:- For part time students, there isn't much in the way of financial aid other than loans. There are a few token need based scholarships (I don't know anyone that has received this), and one small grant for people living outside of the bay area, but that's about it. Many people have some sort of sponsorship from their company though.



Can you think of a few good and bad reasons for applicants to reach out to current students? Eps. Before submitting an application?

Packet82:- If you want to find out some more information about what it's like to attend the school, great. Don't ask current students information that can easily be found on the website or things like what specific books they used for classes.

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Re: Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2014, 09:14
Has anyone seen what the recommendation letter question prompts are for Haas? If they are different from the other schools I am applying to I might use different people to reduce the burden.
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Re: Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2014, 09:00
FROM Haas Admissions Blog: Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Week 3
The Berkeley MBA Application Countdown Challenge continues into week 3!   

What is it?  We have outlined a suggested timeline for completing different elements of the application.  Each week we will reward you for completion of those elements.  You could win an exclusive opportunity to chat with the Executive Director of Admissions or a leather Haas pad folio.  Week 3 of our challenge encourages you to complete the Employment section of the application for a chance to win!

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Enter the Application Countdown Challenge for Week 3!  Once you have completed the Employment section of the application, provide the required information in the below form.

 

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How to Choose a Berkeley MBA Program [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2014, 07:00
FROM Haas Admissions Blog: How to Choose a Berkeley MBA Program
Berkeley-Haas has three MBA programs: Full-time, Evening & Weekend, and MBA for Executives.

All three share the same emphasis on innovative leadership, a world-renowned faculty, and a culture embodied by students who Question the Status Quo and have Confidence Without Attitude.

All three confer a degree that opens doors around the world.

So, how do you choose? If you decide you’d like to continue working while you earn an MBA, you still have a little work to do, comparing our two part-time programs. Or, we could do it for you:

Compare & Contrast: Part-Time MBA Programs at Berkeley-Haas
 

Evening & Weekend MBA

 

MBA for Executives

250, with cohorts of around 60 for the first 3 semesters

Class Size

70

Median student age:  31

Student Age

Median student age: 36

A median of 7 years in the workforce

Seasoned Professionals(Just how well seasoned?)

Typically a median of 13 years professional experience

85% of students live and work in the Bay Area; 15% in SoCal and elsewhere along the West Coast.

Friends from Near and Far

29% of students live and work outside of the Bay Area, with some traveling as far as from the East Coast and China.

You choose: Evenings: M/W or T/TH, 6 to 9:30 pm or Weekends: SAT, 9 am to 6 pm.

I'd Fit this in When Exactly? 

Classes are generally in 3-day blocks (TH-SAT), every 3 weeks.

On campus at Berkeley-Haas weekday evenings; alternating between Haas and our Silicon Valley campus on Saturdays.

Name the Place

On campus at Berkeley-Haas, just a short hop from the hotel where you’ll stay with your classmates.

3 years of non-stop mind expansion

Duration

19 months of drinking knowledge from a fire hose

When was the last time you took over an entire pizza joint with several dozen friends? That’s the kind of after-class socializing that creates lifelong bonds.

Living Social

Happy hour by the Claremont Hotel pool; Mission District dinners after block; lively Facebook interaction in between. Get ready to redefine “friend.”

Expand your global horizons and your professional reach. Test your wings in the Seminar in International Business and the International Business Development courses.  Both put you on the ground for 1 to 2 weeks in all corners of the world.

Go Global

Get an MBA and go globe-trotting. The program includes Immersion Weeks in Silicon Valley and Washington, DC, and Shanghai.

Hear from global leaders during our Dean's Speakers Series: New York Times Senior Editor Adam Bryant, Former Citigroup Chair Sandy Weill, and former Procter & Gamble India CEO Gurcharan Das.

 

Get Access

Connect with founders, CEOs, and policymakers. During Silicon Valley Immersion week, students met with 35+ founders and leaders, including Facebook CIO Tim Campos and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. In DC, they met with Fed Chair Janet Yellen and other policy makers.

Introduce your spouse, partner, and kids to your classmates at BBQs, tailgate parties, and picnics.

Bring the Family

Spousa-Palooza brings your family to campus to sit in your chair, tour Berkeley, and get to know your classmates.

Learn to analyze and leverage your existing connections, while fostering relationships that go far beyond being “linked.”

Get Networked

Your close-knit group of classmates blossoms into a network that reaches far beyond any one person’s, well, reach.

Dedicated career adviser

Complimentary shuttle service—with WiFi, of course—for students traveling from the South Bay and the Peninsula on weekday evenings

Courses videotaped for online viewing—just in case you need to miss a class

School Supplies

Hassle-free hotel reservations (we do it for you)

Dedicated career advising, with seminars and appointments at your hotel

 

THE VERDICT: Only you can decide which program is the best fit for you, but our Admissions Office would be happy to help guide you. 

We invite you to learn more about our Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBAand our Berkeley MBA for Executives Programs.

 

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Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Week 4 [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2014, 10:00
FROM Haas Admissions Blog: Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Week 4
The Berkeley MBA Application Countdown Challenge is in it's fourth week!  Plus, updates on prizes for our winners to date. 

This Wednesday, September 10, winners from weeks 1, 2 and 3 will be treated to an exclusive webinar with Assistant Dean of Admissions and the Full-time MBA Program, Stephanie Fujii.  Stephanie will share some personal insights about the application process and then take questions from the audience.  Winners will be notified by email with webinar details.  We hope you can join us!

Countdown Challenge - Week 4

We're entering into the home stretch!  Congratulations if you stuck with us through this entire challenge.  You're just a few weeks away from completing your application - we hope you're as excited as we are!

Week 4 of our challenge encourages you to upload your resume or pay the application fee.  Follow the link below to participate.  Lucky winners will receive a Haas leather pad folio - perfect for storing your shiny new resume!

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We are 3 weeks away from the R1 deadline. I hope the essays are going well and the final polish starts soon!

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Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Week 5 [#permalink] New post 15 Sep 2014, 08:00
FROM Haas Admissions Blog: Full-time MBA Application Countdown Challenge - Week 5
The Berkeley MBA Application Countdown Challenge is in it's fifth and final week!  

We're a few weeks away from our Round 1 application deadline and thus into our final week of the application countdown challenge.  Congratulations if you stuck with us through this entire challenge - you're in great shape for submitting your application on time!

Week 5 of our challenge encourages you to upload your essays or ensure receipt of your letters of recommendation.  Follow the link below to participate.  Lucky winners will receive a Haas leather pad folio - perfect for storing your shiny new resume!

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MBA Career Advancement: From Strategic Pricing to Sunpower Promotion [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2014, 09:00
FROM Haas Admissions Blog: MBA Career Advancement: From Strategic Pricing to Sunpower Promotion
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Iris Korovesi didn't necessarily expect a return on investment so early in her MBA studies.

But in her microeconomics course she discovered the true potential of the price tag. She credits this knowledge with helping her quickly advance at Sunpower—to global sales operations—during her second semester in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program.

Korovesi, MBA 16, previously worked as a sales analyst for the solar panel manufacturer, running financial models to estimate the economic value of solar energy and to yield the highest benefit for the customer. 

Now, she’s in charge of using the power of pricing to give Sunpower its global edge. “I gather competitive and market intelligence to look at our pricing strategy for all products, markets, and regions,” Korovesi says.

“The fact that I was watching for this kind of opportunity and that I found this job so interesting is almost completely due to my MBA studies,” she adds.

Ready to Move on...or up

Korovesi had been in her analyst position for about two years and was ready to move on or move up. She knew she could become a sales executive, but wanted to do something more strategic and more global. “I wanted overall exposure to our business and to other markets,” she says.

“A few months earlier I might have skipped right past this posting because I hadn’t realized the catalytic role pricing is playing in business strategy and brand positioning. It was at Haas that I learned how powerful value-based pricing can be for a company’s bottom line.”    

She began learning this in her first semester at Berkeley-Haas. “Microeconomics with Greg LaBlanc was one of my favorite first-year classes,” she says. “We did a lot around the pricing strategy of products, and I really saw how important that could be. I was excited to see the exploration of pricing continue in the Marketing course as well, picking up additional tools such as the conjoint analysis, used with the Intel Inside case, that enables companies to quantify the main value drivers of a product.”

Using Classroom Learning at Work--Immediately

She says her studies, and the network that came with the program, made her an even stronger candidate for this new role at Sunpower. “The hiring manager was a Haas alum and he knew I’d be able to immediately deliver what I was learning in class at work--and that I could also use what I was learning to shape this new position.”

“Just last month for example, I developed a model that helps us quantify certain product attributes our customers appreciate, coming up with the price premium we can justify in the market.”

This semester, Korovesi is looking forward to taking the Strategic Pricing elective taught by Haas Marketing Professor Teck Ho. She expects that the course will teach her the tools, analytical frameworks, processes, and policies that she will need to have in place to effectively identify pricing strategies that maximize profit for SunPower around the globe.

Strategic Understanding and Industry Visibility

“Everyone I have talked to says it is the best class they have taken at Haas,” she says. “My boss was also very excited that I would be able to attend Teck Ho’s class and he counts on the knowledge I will be able to transfer to SunPower”.  

Prior to joining Sunpower, Korovesi worked for an investment firm. Excitement about clean tech and renewable energy prompted her to move on. “It’s a cutting-edge industry that is radically changing the way we live,” says Korovesi, who wanted the chance to work in a less established, emerging sector.

“Ultimately, I want to advance to a more executive role. This position gives me a more strategic understanding of our industry and gives me more visibility with senior people at Sunpower and within the solar market as a whole.”

 

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MBA Career Advancement: From Strategic Pricing to SunPower Promotion [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2014, 11:00
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Iris Korovesi didn't necessarily expect a return on investment so early in her MBA studies.

But in her microeconomics course she discovered the true potential of the price tag. She credits this knowledge with helping her quickly advance at SunPower—to global sales operations—during her second semester in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program.

Korovesi, MBA 16, previously worked as a sales analyst for the solar panel manufacturer, running financial models to estimate the economic value of solar energy and to yield the highest benefit for the customer. 

Now, she’s in charge of using the power of pricing to give SunPower its global edge. “I gather competitive and market intelligence to look at our pricing strategy for all products, markets, and regions,” Korovesi says.

“The fact that I was watching for this kind of opportunity and that I found this job so interesting is almost completely due to my MBA studies,” she adds.

Ready to Move on...or up

Korovesi had been in her analyst position for about two years and was ready to move on or move up. She knew she could become a sales executive, but wanted to do something more strategic and more global. “I wanted overall exposure to our business and to other markets,” she says.

“A few months earlier I might have skipped right past this posting because I hadn’t realized the catalytic role pricing is playing in business strategy and brand positioning. It was at Haas that I learned how powerful value-based pricing can be for a company’s bottom line.”    

She began learning this in her first semester at Berkeley-Haas. “Microeconomics with Greg LaBlanc was one of my favorite first-year classes,” she says. “We did a lot around the pricing strategy of products, and I really saw how important that could be. I was excited to see the exploration of pricing continue in the Marketing course as well, picking up additional tools such as the conjoint analysis, used with the Intel Inside case, that enables companies to quantify the main value drivers of a product.”

Using Classroom Learning at Work--Immediately

She says her studies, and the network that came with the program, made her an even stronger candidate for this new role at SunPower. “The hiring manager was a Haas alum and he knew I’d be able to immediately deliver what I was learning in class at work--and that I could also use what I was learning to shape this new position.”

“Just last month for example, I developed a model that helps us quantify certain product attributes our customers appreciate, coming up with the price premium we can justify in the market.”

This semester, Korovesi is looking forward to taking the Strategic Pricing elective taught by Haas Marketing Professor Teck Ho. She expects that the course will teach her the tools, analytical frameworks, processes, and policies that she will need to have in place to effectively identify pricing strategies that maximize profit for SunPower around the globe.

Strategic Understanding and Industry Visibility

“Everyone I have talked to says it is the best class they have taken at Haas,” she says. “My boss was also very excited that I would be able to attend Teck Ho’s class and he counts on the knowledge I will be able to transfer to SunPower”.  

Prior to joining SunPower, Korovesi worked for an investment firm. Excitement about clean tech and renewable energy prompted her to move on. “It’s a cutting-edge industry that is radically changing the way we live,” says Korovesi, who wanted the chance to work in a less established, emerging sector.

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Re: Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2014, 03:38
Dot those i's and cross those t's. You're a week away from the deadline!!

If you haven't already, now is the time to pester your recommenders to submit those recommendations and give your essays that final polish.

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Re: Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2014, 04:08
Two days to the deadline!!
I hope you guys have submitted your application.
In case you haven't, its time to work that last minute magic!!

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Re: Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2014, 15:27
All essays are done. I'll have a last review and polish tomorrow but its time to give the recommenders a(nother) gentle nudge.
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Re: Calling Haas(Berkeley) Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2017 [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2014, 09:59
Just submitted my application! Re-applicant from India, good luck to all.
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EMBA Alum Opens Apple Mobile Wallet for JPMorgan Chase [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2014, 11:00
FROM Haas Admissions Blog: EMBA Alum Opens Apple Mobile Wallet for JPMorgan Chase
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Asked what he finds most rewarding about his career, Avin Arumugam sums it up in one word: scale. He’s talking about the complexity of his work and the scale of his impact—and he’s not kidding.

As Executive Director at Chase Digital for JPMorgan Chase, Arumugam, MBA 12, is leading Chase’s implementation of Apple Pay, a feature of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The massive rollout to all Chase Credit and Debit customers and Chase Merchants has taken the work of hundreds of Chase employees across 11 divisions.

"I needed grounding in finance."

An engineer by training, Arumugam was managing mobile payment products for PayPal when he applied to the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program (Berkeley-Haas now offers its own EMBA program). “I always had lots of ideas, and I knew they were sound, but I didn’t have the frameworks and terminology to articulate them persuasively,” Arumugam says. “I realized I needed grounding in finance and to build my presentation skills.”

He calls his business school experience both the hardest thing he’s ever done and the most fun. “I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy,” he quips, “and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

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implementation was to simplify and build his team. “In business school, I learned that things get really complicated with too many cooks, so I asked each division CEO to provide me with just one leader, one point of contact for each Chase division. I knew that together, this great team could solve any problems that would come up.”  

"I still use Peter Goodson's templates."

He then used analysis skills gained from his operations course with Sara Beckman to map everything this team would need to do related to credit cards, debit cards, marketing, legal, merchant acquisition, and more and developed processes and systems to streamline it all. 

 Arumugam has also used the business model canvas from Steve Blank’s Lean Launchpad course, and he credits Lecturer Peter Goodson’s Mergers & Acquisitions course with his success in clearly and persuasively laying out his plans for the Apple Pay initiative. “I still use a lot of Peter’s templates,” he says. “They crisply illustrate what you plan to do and how it will work.”

He also drew upon lessons in game theory From Professor Andy Rose’s Economics class to run two days of video-conferenced “war games” with several dozen participants from across Chase. “We spun out every ‘If they do this, then we do that,’ scenario we could come up with to be sure we understood how the industry could move,” he says. “Early in the project, I knew I wasn’t smart enough to solve all the problems myself, and the team told me that this is indeed what really got us over the hump.”

"My EMBA experience primed me to lead this effort."

Arumugam says his business school colleagues also played a role in preparing him for this opportunity. “I knew I could get this thing done,” he says of the massive undertaking. “I already knew the questions people would ask, because I got pushed in just that way by my most of classmates. I remember thinking at the time: if I can handle these top minds, I can handle anything.”

He also enjoyed how hard his Haas professors pushed students. “It wasn’t easy, but I loved it, and they were always there to bounce ideas off of,” he says. “I often wished that I could have talked to them about Apple Pay, but I since couldn’t, I just had to use what they taught me.”

Arumugam did reach out as soon as Chase’s partnership with Apple Pay was announced. He sent emails to Beckman, Blank, Goodson, and Rose, thanking each for preparing him to lead this project and noting, “I truly believe my EMBA experience primed me to lead this effort.”

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