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Ready For An MBA...Or For The Next Big Thing In Your Life? Part II [#permalink]

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FROM Haas Admissions Blog: Ready For An MBA...Or For The Next Big Thing In Your Life? Part II
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We've previously chatted with Berkeley MBA students about how they knew they were ready for an MBA. But we were also interested to hear about how they knew they were ready for other major life changes. So, we explored that question with our students as well, first in Part I and now in Part II of our series on how you know you're ready for the next big thing. 

Sidney Reed, Full-Time MBA Program

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How did you know you were ready to become a parent?

"At first, I believed that I needed to finish school and be in a job for a year before trying to start a family. My husband was fairly strong in his belief that 'there is never a good time' and was encouraging me to consider alternate timelines. I came to realize, however, that school is a perfect time to start a family, particularly at a place like Haas. The program itself is very family-friendly, my fellow students are extremely supportive, and I knew better what I wanted out of my second year classes, which allowed me to focus on those things I really care about, both inside and outside the classroom."  

Robert Kazmarek, Evening & Weekend MBA Program
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How did you know you were ready to take a risk and change your career plans?

"Through coaching, traveling, project creation and execution, and personal conversations with family, friends and amazing Haas colleagues, I began piecing together what mattered most to me for my future and self-fulfillment. When I compared that with what I had in front of me at my former position, I realized there were gaps. The more I confronted my feelings about those gaps, the more I realized it was time to make a change. The change itself took a bit of a leap, yet it ultimately comes down to trusting yourself. No matter what happens, this change will be a success. One problem I won't have is regret. I'll pack up my things, tell the people I love that I'll see them in a few months, and I'll move forward open to outcome and ready to create something magical. "

I have always been passionate about turning ideas into reality...

 
Alejandro Maldonado, Executive MBA Program 
How did you take the leap into entrepreneurship?

"I have always been passionate about turning ideas into reality, regardless of the field, and I can remember seeking out opportunities to do this even before my undergrad. But for my first real company, focusing on design and visualization solutions for real estate, the process was just natural. I started being a freelance designer, working with a few clients just after getting my degree. I got together with two skilled people and we started growing, getting more and bigger clients, so the natural step was to start a company together. By this time we knew a lot about the industry, as well as our customer’s needs and how to solve them. Of course, this decision process is different for each person, but one thing I feel remains constant is the desire and need to start something you can call your own."

While we can't help with all your major life decisions, we can help you decide if now is the time for an MBA, with our free ebook Five Signs You're Ready for an MBA.

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Is anyone else's application still just "Received"?

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Re: Calling all Haas (Berkeley) Applicants: 2017 Intake (Class of 2019)!! [#permalink]

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Is anyone else's application still just "Received"?


Yeah, mine is still in the "received" stage...


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I moved to received and under review on Tuesday. Anyone know how long it takes until an interview invite takes after this stage?

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Stuck at received. :|

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Stuck at received. :|


Mine too. They are taking their time.


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I moved to received and under review on Tuesday. Anyone know how long it takes until an interview invite takes after this stage?


I got my "Ready for Review" email on October 20 and just got my invite yesterday evening, October 28.

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alphabeta4 wrote:
I moved to received and under review on Tuesday. Anyone know how long it takes until an interview invite takes after this stage?


Looking at others, seems like 5-7 working days. Sometimes longer, so account for that too.

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I was on the approximate same time line as a poster above. Got my application status change 10/18 and received my interview invite 10/28.

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Status still showing "Received". Are they even gonna process my app or not. :x

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Status still showing "Received". Are they even gonna process my app or not. :x


I just got the email on Thursday saying mine is now in review. Patience.

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i just spent an hour going through last year's GMATClub thread and people received interview invites 4 days before decisions were released!! -_-

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Does everyone's application switch to "under review" at some point? Mine has been at received for over a month. Or is it possible to just get dinged without ever getting the "under review" status?

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Does everyone's application switch to "under review" at some point? Mine has been at received for over a month. Or is it possible to just get dinged without ever getting the "under review" status?


Same Question.. Can anyone please provide some inputs?

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I think everyone's does. There are reports from last year, it turning to in review and then receiving a ding. So it'll flow through and should start to see in review soon.

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I just had my interview last night. It ended up being over the phone with a 2nd-year student. It seems like my situation was a bit unusual, and they are usually on-campus with 2nd-years, or off-campus with alums. Could be wrong though!

The interview was very relaxed and conversational, with a strong focus on fit. My interviewer spent about two minutes explaining her situation to give some context. The interview was blind; she only had my resume. As best I remember, her questions for me were:
- Walk me through your resume
- Why an MBA, and why now?
- Why Haas specifically?
- What groups would you participate in at Haas?
- Which of the defining principles are most important to you? Please link them to your experience and goals [no right answer here!]
- How would you like to be remembered or known by your classmates at Haas?
- What are my short- and long-term career goals

My interviewer also asked some additional questions specific to my situation. She really listened well to what I had already said and formed additional questions based on my earlier responses, and it was clear she was not just reading off a list. We had some open conversation based on my responses as well.

She also gave me the opportunity to ask her questions and gave very thoughtful responses to each. None of the questions were strictly behavioral, and most of what she talked about was related to the culture of the school.

Overall, a really pleasant and engaging interview. I imagine that the questions will vary depending on your interviewer but it wouldn't surprise me if the general theme (cultural fit) is the same.

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Does anyone know what is the latest date that Berkeley will review application ? My status is still "Received"...

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Does anyone know what is the latest date that Berkeley will review application ? My status is still "Received"...


They keep reviewing right up until the notification date (December 15). From their FAQ:
"Interview invitations are extended 4 weeks after the application deadline, and continue on a rolling basis until the deadline for your round. You will be notified by email if you are invited to interview."

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I just had my interview last night. It ended up being over the phone with a 2nd-year student. It seems like my situation was a bit unusual, and they are usually on-campus with 2nd-years, or off-campus with alums. Could be wrong though!

The interview was very relaxed and conversational, with a strong focus on fit. My interviewer spent about two minutes explaining her situation to give some context. The interview was blind; she only had my resume. As best I remember, her questions for me were:
- Walk me through your resume
- Why an MBA, and why now?
- Why Haas specifically?
- What groups would you participate in at Haas?
- Which of the defining principles are most important to you? Please link them to your experience and goals [no right answer here!]
- How would you like to be remembered or known by your classmates at Haas?
- What are my short- and long-term career goals

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Overall, a really pleasant and engaging interview. I imagine that the questions will vary depending on your interviewer but it wouldn't surprise me if the general theme (cultural fit) is the same.


Thanks for taking the time to post this! I'm interviewing next week and this was really helpful.

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My app status changed to under review. They go region wise. So Indian apps are being reviewed now.

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