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Has anyone used CareerLeader? [#permalink] New post 23 May 2007, 16:11
On mba.com, GMAC recommends using CareerLeader for self-assessment. Has anyone heard about it? Used it?
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 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2007, 18:07
I think it's one of the prereqs at my school before we meet with our career coach later this summer.
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I had to go through the tests as part of the pre-matriculation required activities. But the results will not be made available to me until orientation, where they will be used by the career counselor as a basis for discussion.

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 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2007, 18:31
I wouldn't pay for it. It's probably ok since so many schools use it, but you'll likely get it -- or something like it -- for free once you get to school. I don't like to pay for stuff I can get for free.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2007, 09:56
Bump. Has anyone else used it before attending an MBA program? Was it helpful and worth the money?
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2007, 10:46
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Bump. Has anyone else used it before attending an MBA program? Was it helpful and worth the money?


Some schools give it to you for free - Duke is one of them. I haven't done it yet, but plan to do so this week.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2007, 11:23
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Bump. Has anyone else used it before attending an MBA program? Was it helpful and worth the money?


I used CareerLeader shortly after taking the GMAT. I thought it was very useful in finding careers, I never gave Investment Management much thought before Career Leader and now I am seriously thinking about it. It is useful if you don't have a good idea of what you want to do post b-school.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2007, 12:53
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Bump. Has anyone else used it before attending an MBA program? Was it helpful and worth the money?


I used it a few weeks ago. I don't know if its entirely helpful for people who know what they want to do, but for those who feel unsure about certain paths , i think it can help validate or demonstrate alternate paths you may not have considered.

For instance, I knew, sort of conceptually, that marketing might be fit - when it showed up as a strong match in careerleader, it made me think that I should I give it a harder look. It also suggested sales, which I had never thought of (and probably wont). There were no major surprises for me, but it helped validate that what I thought would be a fit -- might well be a fit -- and what I thought would be a poor fit, was in fact, a poor fit.

If you KNOW you want to do X, and you plan on doing X no matter what, careerleader probably wont be helpful. If you are considering a few possibilities, aren't sure, or just need a little extra "validation" (albeit from a computer algorithm), it can be worthwhile.... depending on price.

Oh and - I got a lot of mileage out of the industry profiles.... you can see profiles for lots of jobs and industries - even ones you didnt score well in. They describe the industry, trends, etc... Its not like it just shows you your top 3 industries... it ranks you for ALL of them and you can go and see just how badly you fit with Ibanking or Consulting, or why it thought you were a poor fit for X or Y. That was helpful too.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Sep 2007, 14:26
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Bump. Has anyone else used it before attending an MBA program? Was it helpful and worth the money?


I used it a few weeks ago. I don't know if its entirely helpful for people who know what they want to do, but for those who feel unsure about certain paths , i think it can help validate or demonstrate alternate paths you may not have considered.

For instance, I knew, sort of conceptually, that marketing might be fit - when it showed up as a strong match in careerleader, it made me think that I should I give it a harder look. It also suggested sales, which I had never thought of (and probably wont). There were no major surprises for me, but it helped validate that what I thought would be a fit -- might well be a fit -- and what I thought would be a poor fit, was in fact, a poor fit.

If you KNOW you want to do X, and you plan on doing X no matter what, careerleader probably wont be helpful. If you are considering a few possibilities, aren't sure, or just need a little extra "validation" (albeit from a computer algorithm), it can be worthwhile.... depending on price.

Oh and - I got a lot of mileage out of the industry profiles.... you can see profiles for lots of jobs and industries - even ones you didnt score well in. They describe the industry, trends, etc... Its not like it just shows you your top 3 industries... it ranks you for ALL of them and you can go and see just how badly you fit with Ibanking or Consulting, or why it thought you were a poor fit for X or Y. That was helpful too.


Thanks guys! Seems like a worthwhile investment. I've got about 2-3 interests that are very diverse and I'd like some quantitative data to validate them.

Or who knows it might unearth a path I previously had not considered.
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