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FROM MBA For Tech: Duke Fuqua Interview and Dartmouth Tuck Invite
Got an invite to Tuck (November round)! Feels so great! Really love the school and the people there. I spoke with quite a few alums, they were really among the most responsive ones. I especially, appreciated the honesty with which they answered my questions and their patience, as I am someone who gets to the heart of things and don’t like to have unadressed concerns. I will write a separate post about my experience with alums/current students within the research stage of application.

But now, a few words on my Duke interview: it was a few weeks ago, but I was quite busy, so my post is a bit late.

I was paired with an alum, who workes in MBB, we met in a coffee house next to his office, actually the same chain of cafés, where I met with Booth alumna, seems to be popular among MBB’s. But unlike my interview with Booth alumna,  this interview was more formal, he had a list of questions in mind and our interview was more like a Q&A session than a conversation, thought quite relaxed; what I didn’l like about this is that sometimes he would ask about topics that we discussed before, so we discussed topic A, then B, then C, then A, then C etc. a bit haphazard.

The questions were as follows:

  • Why MBA/Why Duke, asked me to elaborate why I can’t reach the goals mentioned without MBA and how MBA will help to adress these problems.
  • Name three qualities that your collegues would have used to describe you.
  • Tell me a leadership story
  • Most recent success story
  • … (some other standard questions I can’t remember)
  • Name 3 strenghts and weaknesses, elaborate.
The Q&A part took around an hour and then we spent another 15-20 minutes discussing his experience at the school and I asked him some questions to better understand Fuqua. This conversation made me like the alumnus, he was quite open and answered all of my questions.

So, now the wait!

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FROM MBA Data Guru: Strategies on Building Your MBA Application Portfolio
Strategies on Building Your MBA Application Portfolio

By Lawrence Linker

As Founder and Application Coordinator for MBA Link, one of the first things I’m often consulted on is how many schools an applicant should apply to and which ones. This is an extremely important step to get right in the application process, because there is almost no other decision you will make along the way that has a greater influence on how likely it is you will end up getting into a school with which you will be happy.

When considering your application strategy, there are a few key considerations to take into account:

  • How much do you need to go to business school this year?
  • How wide is the prestige range of schools you are looking at? ie, do you want to get into Harvard, but would you be willing to go to Kenan-Flagler if accepted?
  • What is your personal level of risk tolerance?
From a qualitative point of view, I think most applicants well understand the implications of applying to many schools, but I reached out to my friend Wayne Atwell of MBADataGuru.com because I wanted people to see hard data on how different application strategies affect their chances of admission. My comments are in black, Wayne’s are in green.

In order to make this simulation as realistic as possible, I’ve asked Wayne to use data from his pool of applicants.

Thanks, Lawrence. I would like to introduce you to our sample MBA applicant, lets call him Robert. Robert is applying round one and has a 710 GMAT and a 3.5 GPA from his undergraduate university where he majored in engineering. He is 27 and has 5 years of work experience as a consultant. He is considering applying to Harvard, Wharton, Sloan, Tuck and McCombs. Here are his predicted chances if he were to apply to just one school.

Harvard
Wharton
Sloan
Tuck
McCombs

12%
13%
14%
31%
46%

Thanks, Wayne.

Unsurprisingly, Robert’s chances of getting into each program tracks well with their known selectivity. With statistics so low, it’s easy to be discouraged. While most applicants would like to believe that if they just hit a certain GMAT number, just talk to the right people, or just want it bad enough, they are sure to get in to the program of their dreams. The statistics do not bear this optimism out.

All is not lost, however. Let’s now look at the probability of a total failure (no admission to any school) by multiplying through the probability of failure for each school. Taking the reciprocal of that gives us the probability of success in getting into at least one of the schools for the applicant. Robert has a 75% chance of being admitted to one of his top schools which means his chance of total failure is only 25%. You have to admit it is a much better looking number.

Now, let’s say Robert really is determined to start business school next year and is still uncomfortable with the above number. He needs to increase his overall probability of getting into at least one school he will be happy to go to, but he also don’t want to completely eliminate the chances of going to his dream school, Harvard.  Over to you, Wayne.

To give Robert a better chance of getting into at least one business school next year, we’re going to have him apply to some less selective programs. Here are the results.

Harvard
Cornell
UNC
Ross
McCombs
All 5 Schools

12%
47%
51%
51%
46%
94%

Thanks, Wayne. Obviously, Robert’s chances for HBS are unchanged. He has decided to swap out Sloan, Wharton and Tuck for Ross, Johnson, and Kenan-Flagler, less selective programs that offer many of the same benefits. Now when we look at the chance of total success, we see a very different figure.

Needless to say, if Robert gains admission to HBS, we expect he will have an easy decision. But it’s nice to know he is covered in case that doesn’t happen.

Now for our last example, let’s take a look at a different kind of applicant. This applicant has the same statistics as Robert, but they have a very different strategy in mind. For this applicant, it is a highly ranked school or nothing. They can live with not going to business school next year, but they are ready to go if they can get into an ultra-prestigious program.

Let’s take a look at this person’s application profile.

We’re going to have this applicant apply to only the most competitive programs. Find the statistics below.

Stanford
Harvard
Wharton
Sloan
Columbia
All 5 Schools

4%
12%
13%
14%
36%
59%

Taken individually, none of these chances are particularly encouraging, but put together, the success rate is actually not too bad! Considering this applicant is applying to only the most selective schools, this is a rate of success I would think any applicant should be happy with.

Here are a few additional things to keep in mind when thinking about which and how many schools you should apply to:

  • Applying to more schools will always give you a higher overall success rate statistically, but practically speaking there is a point of diminishing returns. A poorly executed application will always get a ding, no matter how strong your profile. In our experience, for most people, the magic number of schools to apply to is 5.
  • The above models don’t take fit into account at all. There are similarities between schools that an intelligent applicant can exploit by applying to schools with similar offerings, decreasing their need to come up with widely different rationale’s for why they want to go to each school. Put another way, actually think about what schools you want to go to, and apply to schools that are a genuine fit, rather than taking a purely random approach.
  • Applicants often have the belief that school selectivity is totally ordinal. That is to say, if you get denied by a less selective school, a more selective school will certainly deny you. That is absolutely not the case! We see this happen all the time. There is simply an element of luck or chance in the application that can NEVER be removed. But it can be mitigated! More on that soon!
The data used to predict acceptance rates for this post came from GMAT Club.

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FROM MBA For Tech: Chicago Booth: accepted!
Well, guess what? Yep, I was waiting for CST to show 9:00 am to start worrying, but I got so much work to do that I lost track of time and then I got a call on my mobile from a phone number starting with 1 (international code of USA): it was so amazing! I was waiting for the nice lady on the other end of the phone to tell me she is from Chicago Booth and when she did – I got some shot of dopamine in my brain.

So, she told me that she was a part of team who reviewed my application, gave me some feedback (My application contained a lot of personal details, so her feedback was very important for me) and provided me with some details on admit weekend. To be honest I wasn’t quite sure on how to reply, because I was overwhelmed – but I thanked her and told her of my experiences with alums and how great I feel and I also praised my interviewer, because she was amazing and deserved that. On top of that I got a scholarship!

Booth is a school that I had a lot of connection with, contrary to popular opinion, people from there were one of the most engaged, interesting and fun, alums were super nice and eager to help. I really believe that Booth and I will make a great match in terms of fit and my career goals.

Well, what a great day! Good luck to everyone! And if you will not receive a call today – don’t be sad, use gmatclub to get some feedback, people there are happy to help. MBA is a great tool to achieve certain goals, but it is one among many others, keep that in mind and stay positive!

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FROM MBA For Tech: Decision week expectations
This week is most stacked in terms of decision dates; many schools will distribute their results, including some of the ones I applied to:

UCLA Anderson – it seems that admit calls will be made today (Monday, Dec 14, 2015), while final results will be communicated tomorrow. I am quite confident, my interview was pretty good, and so I think that final decision will be around ‘fit’.

Northwestern Kellogg – decisions will be sent out on Wednesday (Dec 16, 2015). Truth be told I think my interview was quite weak – it was the first interview I had and it was so soon (I received an invite almost immediately after submitting video answers) that I wasn’t as ready as I should’ve been and got caught off guard on the last question (“What else do you want to add?”). Let’s hope for the best.

Duke Fuqua – decisions are on Dec 17, 2015 (the day will start with a Star Wars movie for me, ta-ta-ta ta tata ta tata ta-ta-ta tata tatata ta taaa tata tatata tataaa tata taaaa). Again, I’m quite confident, but this decision will be similar to what I expect from Anderson – a ‘fit’ question and how I compare to peers with the same background.

Berkeley Hass – one is not like the others. I still don’t have an invite, and, considering that they already started calling, I probably won’t. And that is quite sad, truth be told – these were my favorite essays, I put a lot of effort and was sure that I will be at least invited, seems like I’ve made some mistake that I didn’t catch or that my approach to the school application was wrong. Maybe they didn’t like my choice of “The Times They Are a-Changin'” for my first essay, maybe my long-term goals seemed a bit too unrealistic to them, maybe underlying theme of my essays wasn’t as applicable to Haas as I thought, anyways I’m happy I had an opportunity to write these essays, but sad that I couldn’t build upon them during interview.

Some schools deadlines this week:

School
Deadline R1 2015

Northwestern

(Kellogg)
Dec 16

MIT

(Sloan)
Dec 16

Pennsylvania

(Wharton)
Dec 17

Duke

(Fuqua)
Dec 17

UC

Berkeley (Haas)
Dec 17

Michigan

(Ross)
Dec 18

Virginia

(Darden)
Dec 16

UCLA

(Anderson)
Dec 15

Dartmouth

(Tuck)
Dec 17

NYU (Stern)
Dec 15

UNC (Kenan-Flagler)
Dec 14

Good luck and have fun!

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FROM MBAMiss: Done with GMAT – What next !
Shortlisting B schools  ! If you ask me this is the first thing you should do once you have decided to take the plunge in the MBA admission process actually even before giving a mock GMAT . There are many reasons for this but the most important one is once you do this you  will have a rough idea of your target GMAT score while you go through the average intake scores of your preferred B Schools.

Some tips on what you should keep in mind while selecting schools :

 

  • Do your own research : Shortlist programs according to your preferred short term and long term career goals . A Kellogg might be best for someone who wants to transition into marketing but not that great for someone who wants to be a Chief Operating Officer  in the long term.
  • Linked in…Linked in…LinkedIn – Now this should become your best friend for the next part of your application journey . If your goal is to go into Finance and trading then find out from linked in where the industry leaders from finance are majorly coming from . Connect with them and ask their perspectives on your preferred B School and its industry connect .
  • Introspect whether your personality matches with your preferred B school : Are you a more collaborative person or a more Individual Contributor kinds ? Do you prefer to live in the city or you don’t mind living in the woods for 2 years ? e.g : A Tuck might make you mad if you are a more city person and prefer to go out often .
  • Gauge the Brand name of the school in your own community : your company, country , industry ,region – The brand is going to be associated with your name all your life . In fact you are going to make a living out of this brand  . Check the value this name holds around you . Talk to senior leaders inside your own firm on how they view the school .
  • Make a campus visit : Now this is not a hard and fast rule but more like an icing on the cake since its not that easy to take out time and money sometimes to visit your preferred school . But if you do so this will definitely help you a lot . You can talk to current students , attend a class (if the school permits) , and check for yourself whether you really want to spend your 2 years there .
  • How much can you spend : This is a very important point to keep in mind . An ISB / NUS might not give you that big a brand name as a Stanford/Wharton can , but the ROI from former ones is huge . So you should actually see for yourself how much are you willing to spend !
  • Know what you want : When I was applying I went through so many online forums to read about my schools but I found many of them hugely biased . You should be firm on what you want , listen to what others have to say about your choices but still in the end decide what you think is best for you .
Hope you make the best choice ! If you have any more questions ask them in the comments section below or drop me a mail on ojasvisoni100@gmail.com

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FROM MBAMiss: If you are a woman planning to do MBA from a top notch B School
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There are a host of articles around the internet suggesting the advantage that women have over men in applying to business schools . As Poets and Quants puts it , women apply in smaller numbers and are under represented in the top MBA programs and hence they have a higher probability of getting through .

Let us look at some statistics first . It is true that women are falling behind men in occupying a place at the board rooms and in b schools but this trend is slowly changing . Wharton’s 2016 graduating class is comprised of 40% women while Harvard’s latest class has 41% female admits, the third consecutive year that HBS has had 40% or more women. GMAC’s 2013 Application Trends Survey shows that 37% of applications to full-time two-year MBA programs were from women . These numbers speak a lot about the increasing competition that women are facing when their applications are assessed against other similar MBA aspiring women .

Keeping all this in mind there is a fundamental difference in the way women approach their application strategy against the way men do . Very similar to the fact that women are poor negotiators at the table when it comes to post MBA salaries , most admission consultants vouch for the fact that women lack assertiveness while writing their stories  in essays .

Women applications when weighed against men with almost similar profiles show a lack of self confidence in convincing an admissions committee to admit them to a top MBA program.

So if you are a woman who dreams to join the C-suite and plans to pursue an MBA as the first step to fulfill the dream I have a few tips for you to keep in mind while you approach your essays .

Tip 1 : Know your worth 

You might be a mother along with managing a full time job and taking time out for your passion . Women are proven multitaskers and sometimes you don’t even realize how many things you have accomplished altogether . Now MBA is something that again would require a lot of multitasking , hence you would fit in the program very easily . You just need to demonstrate your worth in your application .

Tip 2 : Discuss your accomplishments with your recommenders 

This is again something men usually do and women shy away from doing . You need to know that your recommender is a big busy man and he/she might miss on a few of your strong points while writing your recommendation . So go do this one now !

Tip 3 : Communicate to the admissions committee any of the challenges you encountered successfully in your personal or professional life . 

Women sometimes face extraordinary challenges in their jobs and even in their personal lives .For instance ,  If you are in a male dominated manufacturing job don’t shy away from mentioning how difficult your day at work is.

Tip 4: Networking 

Now there is a strange finding around networking as it is practiced by women against men . In spite of the fact that women are better at making new relationships than men , the aspiring MBA women network less against their male peers around their career goals and target schools . If you don’t know any current students or alumni of your target schools, be proactive and find ways to reach out to individuals associate with these. Current students and alumni are more than happy to share their experiences.

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FROM MBAMiss: MBA- Why should Women do it
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All these days I have been reading so much around Why MBA is nothing but a waste of time and money . One of the CNN reports actually quotes     ” If you want to be rich , don’t get an MBA “. The philosophy around this thinking is that all that you do in a MBA program you can do it anyways without ending up in a huge debt .

Now I partially agree to the thinking and partially not . Especially for Women aspiring to break the glass ceilings , I believe MBA grants some of the unique competencies to lead . Let us see how .

  • It ‘ll make you more keen on taking risks in life :  The times you learn the maximum are the ones when you experience that uncomfortable feeling of takings risks . Business school teaches you that risk is constant and inevitable—and that you will always be working with partial information. When you take risks on a small start up idea or on deciding to intern with a specific company , you become keen to take on even bigger risks in life .
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2.Numbers and more Numbers : There is no denying to the fact that irrespective of your industry and function , at the end of the day all the business problems and solutions boil down down to just one thing . Numbers . And Business schools prepare you to the brim to deal with numbers .

3.Show me the money : If you dream of going for your presentations in a Versace business dress and carrying a Prada bag , and you dont want your man to buy that for you .. According to the Forte Foundation, an MBA lands you pay gains at graduation of 35-40% of your pre-MBA salary, pay gains of 55-65% of your salary within 5 years of graduation, and a lifetime earning potential of over $3 million. Ok you can stop dreaming now :D

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4. It ll teach you imperfection : Yes you heard that right . If you are a perfectionist , you need to tone it down since in the  business world your ability to influence outweighs your ability to achieve results to the 4th decimal place . The tough deadlines of your assignments will make you  quicker and more agile at completing tough deliverables without sacrificing overall quality. That’s exactly what you need to learn to be a leader  . As Sheryl Sandberg puts it – “Done is better than perfect.”

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So ladies ! Trust me an MBA can be your safest investment that will give you innumerable returns in terms of money , network , knowledge and most importantly unleashing the leader in you .

Have you considered or pursued an MBA?  Why or why not?

 

~MBA Miss

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FROM MBAMiss: Take these New Year’s resolutions if you are an MBA applicant
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2016 is just around the corner and its the time of the year when many of us promise ourselves to abide by a few things-goals we want to reach and things we want to achieve in the coming year. If your goal is to apply to a top notch B School by the fall of 2016 , and matriculate in the same by the fall of 2017 , now is the time to reflect on how you should prepare yourself for the same .

Here are a few New Year resolutions you should take to make your application successful :

  • Crack the GMAT : So its time you stop postponing your decision to take the GMAT  and finally pick a date . Trust me unless and until you don’t register yourself for the exam , the seriousness wont come no matter how much you try . Plan the date wisely keeping in mind your current day competencies on verbal and Quant . And please Dont take it on a lark ! GMAT score plays not the most important but unarguably a very important role in your application . And practice is the only key to it . Resolve to devote sufficient amount of time each day to study for it . See for yourself if you want a professional help in the course and enroll as soon as possible ( that’s a personal choice though )
  • Plan your short term , long term professional goals and swear by them : This is as critical as your GMAT score . Are you happy with your current function and job but want to skip levels and rise up in the hierarchy as soon as possible ? Do you want to switch from being a techie and writing codes to an analytical kind of role ? What is your true calling ? Schools want people with direction and good reason for an MBA. They want to know your fit with the program . So now is the time to introspect and research . Network, and decide how this MBA Goal fits into your broader aspirations. 
  • Co-Curriculars/ Community Service – Make time for them : Remember no B school operates in complete isolation . The integration of the students with the community around plays a very important role in their MBA experience . Hence the schools want to know how linked are you with your own community . Your community could be geographic, ethnic, professional, arts- or sports-related, religious, political, or many other kinds of groups. The term is intentionally broad. More important than “community” is “service.” It must be active and involve commitment. Now this is something that won’t come up suddenly when you start writing your essays . You need to build on it right now so that you have enough learnings from this experience to talk about .
  • Plan your target schools : Do you fit well with the course curriculum? Can the school help you achieve your short term and long term goals ? How is the alumni network in your targetted post MBA location ? All these and so many more questions you should answer before you finalize the schools wherein you shall apply. Read through current student blogs  , connect with the alumni of the schools , attend info sessions , make a campus visit if you can and then shortlist the programs . There will hardly be time to do this once you start with your essays so do it now !
  • Don’t forget to chill : This year is gonna be tough . I assume that you won’t quit your job completely during this time and hence there will be times when you have to choose your priorities , e.g putting extra hours on that project or going home to study for GMAT . All this will make you crazy and numb at the same time . But chill ! that’s how life is gonna be during your MBA and even after it . So take time out to relax and rejuvenate yourself . Take that solo trip you always wanted to take , go on date nights – just don’t let this pressure take out all the life from you . Learn to balance things up .
The first round deadlines shall be from October and if you plan to apply in Early Action rounds which a few schools have , you need to be prepared by Aug/Sep . If you start right now keeping all this in mind and plan accordingly , by the next fall your application shall be in great shape and in fact, by this time next year, you could be choosing from multiple acceptances. I know how amazing that sounds :D

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Optimal MBA Application Number

Many business school applicants wonder how many MBA applications they should submit? In this article, I will discuss the optimal MBA application number based on real data. Deciding on your MBA application number is challenging because the more schools you apply to, the less time you have to spend on each application. On the other hand, you don’t want to put all of your eggs into one or two baskets. The data suggests that the ideal number of MBA applications is 5 to 7. For more information, check out this article on how to build your portfolio of MBA applications co-authored by Lawrence Linker and I.

Distribution of Number of MBA Applications
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For this analysis, I used MBA application data from GMAT Club forums, which is self reported admissions data. By matching usernames across different school applications, I was able to get the number of MBA applications submitted. It seems strange to see that a third of applicants only applied to one school. I would have expected more applicants to apply to 5 or more schools. Even if we assume the source is slightly biased and ignore those who apply to only one school, two thirds of the remaining applicants still apply to only 4 or fewer schools.

MBA Acceptance Rate by MBA Application Number
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This graph is possibly the most important piece of information for applicants who are considering applying to a lot of schools. It shows that average acceptance rate per application is relatively flat if you apply to seven or fewer MBA programs, at around 24%. However, if you apply to more than seven schools then acceptance rate plummets to lower than 15%. Those few individuals who apply to 10 or more schools only have a meager 6% acceptance rate. Perhaps there are alternative explanation as to why these acceptance rates drop so much, such as GMAT or GPA of the applicants.

GMAT and GPA by Number of MBA Applications
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Despite having the highest average GMAT and GPA, applicants who apply to 8 schools have an acceptance rate of only 13%. This supports the idea that if you apply to many schools then you don’t have as much time to commit to each application, so quality decreases. Those who apply to 9 or 10+ schools tend to have lower GPAs while those who apply to 1 school tend to have lower GMATs. People who apply to 6 to 8 schools on average have the highest combined scores.

Also applicants that don’t get in for round 1 often apply during round 2 or 3. I found that 63% of applicants who applied to 2 to 5 schools applied to all schools in the same round while only 25% of applicants who applied to 6+ schools applied to all schools in the same round. Surprisingly there wasn’t much of a difference in average acceptance rate for those who applied to all schools in one round vs multiple rounds except for 8+. When applicants applied to 8 or more schools in one round, the acceptance rate was 50% lower than applicants who applied to 8 or more schools but did it in multiple rounds. So if you plan to apply to many schools, spread it out over a few rounds.

Accepted to at Least One School by MBA Application Number
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The next question is how likely is an applicant to get into at least on MBA program? If you want at least a 50% chance of being admitted, you should apply to 4 or more schools. The peak is 65% for those applying to 7 schools. If acceptances were completely random with a 25% acceptance rate and 7 applications, we would expect 87% to get into at least one school. This gap suggests that the applicants who are accepted tend to get into many schools while 35% are rejected by everyone. Similarly, for those applying to 5 schools, we expect 75% to get at least one acceptance but only 58% are admitted. I expect that this is because there is a major flaw in their application and they repeat it with every school. This is one of the reasons I suggest applicants use an admission consultant for at least one school. Catch the mistake early with the first school and you will be in much better shape.

Average Number of MBA Acceptances
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The graph above shows how many schools applicants got into, if they were accepted to at least one school. Unsurprisingly, those who applied to many schools were more likely to have a choice.

MBA Rank Comparison
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The final graph shows the average school rank of the schools applied to verses the school to which they were admitted. I excluded applicants who did not get into at least one school. It is not shocking that applicants tended to get into lower ranked schools than the average rank of their applications. The big takeaway here is that the gap is much smaller for applicants that submitted 5 or fewer applications. For applicants with 2 to 5 applications, the average school accepted is 2 ranks worse than the average application. For applicants with 6+ applications, the average school accepted is 3.2 ranks worse than the average application. So applying to many schools degrades your chance of being accepted to the most elite MBA programs.

In conclusion, there are many considerations when deciding how many MBA applications to submit. Most of the data suggests that an applicant should apply to 5 to 7 schools to maximize their chance of getting into at least one school. If you want to raise your chance of being accepted to at least one MBA program above the 65% figure for 7 applications, I recommend you hire a consultant to help you craft your essays and avoid major mistakes rather than just submitting more applications.

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If there is something that can beat my happiness  of going to a Ladies Night at my favorite club on a weekday , it is definitely an email from my Dream School inviting me for an interview . (Yeyyyyy !!!!!) I was so happy since I had put so much effort behind my Oxford’s application . And the dream then felt a step closer .

But having said that , an interview invite is obviously great but can never guarantee an admit . So I decided to work my ass off to crack the interview . All in all I am an above average speaker and confidence is not that much of an issue with me  . But in some of my previous interviews I had been extremely lazy to prepare and went completely blank . So I had faced a few rejections lately which even motivated me more to devote days and nights practicing for my Said’s interview .

Now , a few of my friends advised me to take up mock interview packages with some consultants . I actually gave that a thought and started shortlisting a few of them . But during this process I started discovering so much about self preparation of an MBA interview that I decided to skip the consultant and do it on my own .

I came across this beautiful article by Adam Markus on interview preparation . Adam Markus interview Strategy

I really love the way he advises to make a tabular chart of all the prospective questions, your examples against each and the keywords with them .

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I can’t thank Adam Markus enough for this really cool idea . I made close to 20 keywords against which I identified the situations that I wanted to highlight in the interview from my work experience . And trust me this method is not boring at all , I took out a print out of this entire worksheet and stuck it on my clipboard at home .

So this was actually the first time I was preparing for an interview this much , and to my surprise this was becoming a great confidence booster . Then I asked my husband to take 2 mock interviews and we decided to be very formal in them ( I know its so funny to behave like an interviewee with your husband when it usually happens the other way round :D :P ) Any ways , I gave these and my husband acted way too formal and made it so much like a stress interview . But , i think it was good that he did so , since I became prepared for all kinds of situations .

I spent 7 days ( actually 7 nights ) on  practicing this strategy. The results were stupendous .  I was damn confident to face anybody and answer any question . Last 2 days I bought my formals and kept my mind a bit calm (actually had 2 glasses of wine a day before the interview and watched a Rom Com before sleeping  :D  ) .

So all in all I took help from no one and spent not a single penny  in the entire preparation . So if you have got a call and preparing for any of the interviews . Just keep calm and follow this strategy ! I am sure you will win !

P.S : I shall post my interview day experience in the next post .

Views expressed are personal to the author . Comment below if you opted for this or any other self preparation strategy ! Reach me on ojasvisoni100@gmail.com

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FROM Pulling That MBA Trigger: Hello Los Angeles!
I started this blog in 2014 and it’s taken till 2016 for me to come full circle.

After a wait of 517 days  (1 year, 4 months and 29 days, but who’s counting?) since I first started this process, I’m ecstatic to announce that I’m going to be a proud member of the UCLA Anderson Class of 2018.

*SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*

Okay, back to business. I couldn’t be happier with my choice and I now realize that there is nowhere else I’d rather be. Throughout the ups and downs of the entire admissions process, I’ve always believed that I would end up where I was supposed to be. Life has a way of working out, you know? I mean it’s hard to keep sight of that when you’re staring at your third rejection letter and your career is looking bleaker than Leo’s prospects of winning an Oscar – but you just gotta keep the faith and motor on (which is what I did plus a lot of binge eating, binge watching and binge regretting).

I chose not to document the entire process this time around – to be honest, I was sick of doing it without having anything to show for it. But now that I’ve actually gotten in, I’m going to dissect everything I did differently this time around for the benefit of applicants and reapplicants everywhere (I feel your pain). I also have this faint idea of continuing to blog during the MBA, although I’m not sure how realistic that would be.

In the meantime, anyone looking for help, advice or a shoulder to cry on, go ahead and send me an email at pullingthatmbatrigger@gmail.com. I would be more than happy to help!

 

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Okay, so let’s look at the cold, hard facts.

My GMAT score stayed the same (710)

My GPA is the same as well (9.03)

The last time I checked, I was still an Indian engineer

My work experience moved up from about 19 months to 26 months

My job title is now “Product Manager” and not the dreaded “Software Engineer” it was before

My post MBA goal looks legit now because I have the experience to back it up

A senior colleague at my new job wrote what I can only assume was a stellar letter of recommendation

Let me tell ya, I had to work my butt off to transition from being a code monkey to someone making actual product decisions. I must have applied to nearly a 100 places and interviewed at about 25 until I finally got the job I wanted. But I persevered because I knew that MBA or not, this was where I wanted my career to go.

I guess the lesson here is: don’t let the fact that you got rejected bring you down (if you are a reapplicant like I was). The lofty goals that you’d written about in your essay? You can still get closer to achieving them without an MBA. By self-selection, most applicants are ambitious, go-getters who honestly don’t need an MBA to get where they want to go. Of course, if you still think business school is right for you, then your application will be stronger than it ever was before.

Apart from switching jobs, I also narrowed down my goals even further. Previously, my short-term goal was to “work in company X as a PM”. I changed that to “work in company X’s Y division as a PM”. I backed it up with very relevant experience that I had and tied it in neatly to my long term goal. I’m sure it wasn’t a huge distinction, but it became super relevant during my interview, where surprisingly enough I spoke to a 2nd year student who had a ton of knowledge about my field of interest (odd because it’s quite a niche area).  I believe that this worked in my favour since I was immediately able to establish common ground and our conversation centered more around the latest developments in that industry than the usual “tell me how you…” stuff.

Finally, in my reapplicant essay, I called out what I believed were the weaknesses in my application. I addressed the age/work experience thing head on, I made a stronger connection between my short term and long term goals and finally, I mentioned in passing the gazillion students, alums and admissions officers I’d spoken to over an entire year.

Now, I do want to caveat this by saying that I did pretty much the same things I mentioned above in my reapplication to Fuqua as well, but surprise surprise, I got dinged without an interview. There is a pretty big element of luck involved, plus the relative quality and composition of the applicant pool, so there is no “fool-proof” method to this madness. It’s just doing the best you can and hoping for the best.

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FROM The MBA Manual: Launched: Behaviorals.com !
Hey, everyone.  I know I’ve been on a posting hiatus for several months now, but I’ve been busy.

So, after you get into B-school, you’re in the clear, right?  The tough part is over, isn’t it?  Well, yes and no.  You’ve now placed yourself in another league of people, a league of intelligent, hard-working, amazing people.  …And you need to compete with them for jobs.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, you just need to be prepared!  Everyone knows that THE interview of choice for employers is now the behavioral interview.  During my interview prep this fall and winter, I was surprised to find that there wasn’t a place I could go to actually practice for behavioral interviews.  I found a lot of question banks, but no real-time, rapid fire practice platform.  I decided to fill this niche and launch Behaviorals.com.

Behaviorals.com features practice slide decks featuring real behavioral questions asked in past job interviews for specific employers.  For example, if you’re looking to work for Pepsi, you’d go to the Pepsi deck and can simulate a real behavioral interview by trying to answer the questions that come up as you go through the slides.  I’ve got a few dozen employers up right now, as well as twenty-something of the top B-schools.

I’ve also included a shop that features documents containing all of the questions on the site (600+ job interview practice and 300+ MBA interview practice).

The behavioral interview isn’t going away anytime soon and it 100% will be a main data point in your recruiting process, so you’ll want definitely want some practice under your belt.  Check out the site, get prepared, and let me know what you think.

 

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FROM The adventures of a (provisional) MBA student: So to conclude my point…
As I’m halfway through my second year now, graduation is now rapidly approaching. I’ve neglected this blog in the last year, mainly because I felt I didn’t have a large amount to say.

However, with many still reading this blog after over a year since I really wound up posting, I realize I’m in a fortunate position to be able to provide the ‘inside story’ on HBS. So as part of my New Year resolutions, I’m announcing I’d like to spend a final few posts over the next 4-5 months before graduation describing how various things work from a student perspective, before I lose the ability to do so.

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You know what’s worse than getting a ding at one of your dreams schools . Yes its getting that horrid wait-listed email . This limbo is frustrating as hell .  Somewhere back of my mind I know that getting wait listed is a far road from being accepted, but it’s even farther from being rejected.

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So Dear Johnson Adcom  ,  Bring it on ! I am ready to embark on this rough journey of constantly pleading you for a place at the 2 Yr MBA Program . I promise you I won’t be a pest but at the same time sitting and waiting is definitely the last thing I would do . I know you don’t hate me but you also don’t love me enough . So this Valentines week let me give you some reasons to fall for me :D

I chalked out a strategy last night to deal with this . Quoting the same below :

  • Requesting the school for a feedback : Was it my GMAT or was it my recommendation ? Or may be it was my Table of Contents essay . But let me stop judging myself and ask from the school directly . So step one is writing to them requesting for an honest feedback on my candidature
  • Writing an update essay : There have been some changes ( all for good) in my roles and responsibilities on job which obviously the school should know to assess me better . So I am planning to write a 300 word essay as an update to the school .
  • Getting an additional letter of recommendation : This is something which is highly advisable by so many admission consultants . Hence planning to speak to a few of  senior leaders in my firm with whom I have worked , to help me on this . Also , my previous two letters focused on my current job role . This time I am planning to get it from someone who mentored me on a different project I did earlier   . I feel this will give the school a varied angle of my personality .
  • Getting an informal support letter : I had built connections with some of the Cornell alumni while I was applying . Planning to seek support from few of them who know me well .
  • Signing up for MBA Math :  I think this will give them an idea of my seriousness for the place at Cornell’s MBA program . I have read a few good reviews for this one so taking this up since this will any ways help me during my MBA whichever school I go .
  • Making a campus visit : I was anyways planning to travel to New York this April since my husband is moving there for work . Now this waitlist strengthens my decision to accompany him to New York and then visit Ithaca and meet the admissions team directly .
So the next few months will be hectic but I am sure exciting and I cant wait to start executing this plan .

Ending this note on this beautiful song by Lenny Kravitz going on in my head since yesterday : “It ain’t over till its over “



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The “3 golden nuggets” of MBA admission process
With ten years of experience helping prospective students with MBA admissions and career progression, I will be writing this blog through the lens of an international student applying to foreign universities in US and Canada. These two countries hold a very similar MBA admissions process. Anyone applying to B-schools in one of these two countries should find this blog helpful. That’s my goal of writing the blog.

I could only wish I knew these ‘3 golden nuggets’ of the MBA admissions process at the time when I first ever thought of pursuing an MBA education and only remotely heard about the GMAT exam. The time I started, it was quite overwhelming for me to put all the pieces together to be able to achieve the next goal of my life to get into a premium MBA school spending little to no money at all. Not that I did not want to pay for a good education rather I never had enough to support my education. The only feasible path for me was to prove myself as a merit-based student with scholarship or some financial aid. I had a strong desire to achieve my goals and finding the right way was the only feasible option. So I took the challenge and decided to keep moving forward…

In the four year journey, from the time I wrote my GMAT exam to getting into the MBA School. I have had many challenges, however, scoring a 740 in GMAT in the first attempt and working ardently on my MBA applications led me to secure a 100% scholarship at Smeal College Of Business, Penn State, one of the top 30 programs in the US (according to Forbes MBA rankings 2015). I was fortunate enough to receive the graduate assistantship that paid off for my living expenses. I remember that as one of the proud moments of my life. Now let me share with you the three ‘golden nuggets’ that were instrumental in making this happen…

Let’s jump right in…

Golden Nugget #1:
Students often tend to assume that they know the MBA admissions process. Like any other process, MBA admissions process has deliverables, timelines, and milestones to it.

Deliverables: Essays, resume, letter of recommendation and finally the interviews.

Timelines: Every school has multiple rounds of application deadlines

Milestones: Shortlisting schools, applying, interviews, decision making and so forth.

I  would consider this as a superficial understanding of the process. Students need to go a level deeper and uncover to hidden elements to ace the MBA admissions.

Let’s discover those hidden elements:

  • GMAT exam reflects on your ability to think critically and crunch numbers. It tests you on proficiency over English as a business language. GMAT provides a limited view of the overall abilities of the applicant.
  • Next is Essays. Essays tell about your goals and vision in life. A good essay should reflect on reflecting your qualitative abilities like leadership, accepting change, facing challenges and learning from mistakes, to name a few. Your focus on writing the essays should be one and simple: to help admissions officers know the best of you. Lack of ability to produce that weakens your candidacy.
  • A Resume serves a whole different purpose in the overall application. A resume showcases your academic performance, professional experience, skills, and accomplishments. In the application, your resume help supports your essays in the way that it gives strength to your goals, as the past is considered to be a strong indicator of the future.
  • Finally the Interviews – If you get an interview call that simply means admissions officers like you. For them, the interview is an opportunity to validate what you have written in the essays. One other important thing admission officers are looking for during the interview process is your communication skills. They want to make sure you are the person who wrote those essays.
Note: Students spend an insane amount of time preparing and retaking the GMAT exam with the intent to score an extra 20 or 30 on the exam to pass the magical figure of 700, thinking that might change the world for them dramatically. I call it the ‘700 GMAT hangover’ that might lead up to a lingering preparation for the GMAT exam, spending months or, at times, years. In the past, I have known friends and students doing well with a score 650 plus. The reason they managed to get into good b-schools is by putting up a strong application, not just focusing on the GMAT but the overall application. Students have also received financial aid to support their education.

When students ask the following questions, it does not make a whole lot of sense.

What GMAT score would get me into a good MBA school in the US?

In contrast, let me ask you an intriguing question…

Why students with strong academics and high GMAT score (700 plus) fail to make to their desired MBA School?

What’s the missing piece?

The amount of work required on an MBA application is just like the iceberg, when one can only see the tip of the iceberg but not what lies beneath the surface, and what lies beneath the surface is the hard work that you need to put in as an applicant to ace the MBA admissions.

Tip of the iceberg – all administrative and logistical work

  • Deliverable
  • Timelines
  • Milestones
Beneath the surface – All your hard work

  • GMAT Score
  • Quality essays
  • Well-crafted resume
  • Well prepared interview and delivery
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Golden Nugget #2:
Many times, students DO NOT spend enough time researching and networking to have access to the right information

Finding the right MBA School that fits your needs is THE single most important thing to consider at the beginning of the process. Things to keep on top of your priority list while shortlisting schools should be

  • Will school help meet my goals?
  • What’s the school known for and does it compliments my goals?
  • What are the job opportunities after MBA?
  • What’s the average salary?
  • How much I’ll be spending on my MBA education?
  • What’s the return on investment (ROI)?
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I would like you to think 2, 5, ten years beyond MBA and can connect the dots. Remember, there is life after MBA, and your decisions today will impact your tomorrow. Debunk the mindset that MBA is end all be all. MBA is not the destination. It is a significant milestone in the long journey that is ahead of you. Make sure you are making the right decisions for yourself. Merely getting admission in an MBA program that ranks on the MBA top 50 lists should not be the thought process. Hence, cultivating the right thought process is the key. I talk more about “Cultivating the right thought process” in my upcoming eBook – From GMAT To MBA.

You want to come out of the MBA program all set to achieve your next goals. Taking out a loan from a financial institution only makes sense when you can justify it as an investment. Make sure you understand the return on investment (ROI) on an MBA education.

Do you know how long will it take before you can pay-off the loan?

The power of research:

The good news is there is a lot of great content online to know about any specific school. Research is one of the most critical elements of the MBA admissions process. In fact, the whole idea of focused researched on the internet can prove to be very powerful, be it for admissions or seeking a job or looking for the next big idea in life.

Unfortunately, in my experience, students have quite a laid back approach when it comes to ‘strategically’ searching for MBA programs that will be a good fit for them. Rather, I have found students ‘outsourcing’ the work to consultants. Imagine a restaurant outsourcing its dining services to an external vendor. No one else except you would ever be able to put the level of effort, time and thought that is required to find the right MBA School for yourself. You know your needs at best.

My intense research was one of the primary reasons why I was able to secure myself a great school and had a tremendous return on my investment. I took the time upfront to find a couple of MBA programs that would be a good fit for me. The search takes time and patience. However, every minute and a second is worth investing now and savings thousands of dollars, later on, your MBA education. Hence, cultivating the right thought process.

The influence of networking:

Online research will take you only to a certain point in shortlisting the schools. To prepare the final list of schools you want to apply to, go the extra mile and reach out to either a current student or alum to know more about the program. Nothing beats an in-person interaction with someone who have had traveled the road before.

Not only it help you know the unique aspects of the program but also give a vibe of the program and if it is the right one for you. If not, I’d say check it off your list and move forward. Be lest assured that there is no dearth of good business schools in the USA. You got to find the right one for yourself.

You should also mention about the interactions you had in your essays as well during the interviews. On agreement, you can mention the names of individuals you got in touch. Your interactions strongly reflect your interest and that you are ‘hungry’ to join their program (and not just any MBA program out there). This single approach has worked for students and has increased the application to interview conversion rate manifold.

Golden Nugget #3:
Most times, student DO NOT spend time in self-exploration.

Let me introduce you to the supernatural strength of Self-exploration. A strong application demands a lot of this from the student. However, some students realize it, and some do not, and those who do not, tend to take a very transactional approach to the MBA admissions process. Students who do take time out upfront reflects in the quality of content in the essays and interview delivery.

I have talked about self-exploration in much more detail in my upcoming eBook – From GMAT to MBA. You can go and sign up here for launch updates.

Self-exploration stretches you to think about topics that you might have never thought before but will help to move the needle, producing top quality content for your essays. It helps clarify some of the critical aspects such as

  • What are my goals? How to I find them? Where to start?
  • Why do I ‘need to’ pursue MBA? Will MBA bridge the gap for me?
  • Why now? Am I ready to take on the MBA ride or should I wait?
The self-exploration period ideally starts from the time you think about pursuing an MBA. The most value that you can get out of the self-exploration exercise before you ever sit down to write your essays. The mistake that students make, which often time produces ordinary content for the essays, is the fact that they never spend time upfront in pulling all the pieces together and later always find themselves scrabbling for good thoughts, ideas to put into the essays and interviews.

Some of the basic foundational elements of self-exploration can be

  • What are my transferable skills?
  • What are my accomplishments and learning?
  • What are my strengths and weaknesses?
  • What’s my vision?
  • What are the opportunities ahead of me?
  • What are my goals?
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Once you have spent good quality time with yourself, the job of writing essays, resume or preparing for interviews becomes a mere triviality. At that point, you’re not making up thoughts on the fly or in haste, rather you have a well thought through the inventory of ideas to plug into your essays.

I would close this blog by saying “Cultivate the right thought process.” , which also happens to be the subtitle of my upcoming eBook – From GMAT To MBA – Cultivate the right thought process.

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What makes MBA education in the USA so unique and desirable in the job market?

You might be a working professional or someone running your own business. An MBA from a good school in the USA has proven to be a great return on the investment for students or professionals wanting to advance to the next level in their careers or switch to a different career.

Below are the top 7 things that I believe makes an MBA from an American university so unique and one of the most sought-after graduate degrees for students and recruiters in the marketplace.

Let’s see what they are.

#1  Robust MBA curriculum – the powerhouse of knowledge
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Upon joining an MBA program, you gain unprecedented access to information. Professors with high intellect, qualifications, and industry experience are the backbone of any good MBA program.

  • The 1st year of an MBA curriculum is quite robust. Students learn about different functions, including—but not limited to—Supply Chain, Information Technology, Marketing, Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Leadership.
  • The 2nd year is more about customizing the curriculum, based on your specific interests, and aligned with achieving short- and long-term goals. A two-year MBA program gives you the time and flexibility to choose the right career path for you.
  • Skills learned in any good MBA program are quite niche and relevant to solving real-time business problems. Over the years, these two factors alone have made MBA graduates desirable in the job market, both as candidates to fill strategic positions in any organization and as employees who can positively impact the bottom-line of the business.
#2 Access to alumni network – One global family
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From day one, students have access to a global alumni network that students should take full advantage of during and after the MBA program.

Alums can help current MBA students in a variety of ways, some of which are listed below, in no specific order:

  • Alums have helped current students prepare for internships and full-time job interviews through simulated interviews sessions, before recruiters start pouring into campuses, as early as September or October, for recruiting.
  • Alumnus can help current students tailor the MBA curriculum for the second year and help make choices, based on their short- and long-term career goals
  • Alumnus can help vet out ideas and projects coming from external clients (which are quite common) during the MBA program. There are lots of opportunities, and both 2nd-year students and alums can be instrumental in making the decision.
  • Active alums have an affinity to come back to their alma mater and hire students for internships and full-time In the past, coming out of the MBA program, I have had the privilege to hire students in this way, so it is very real.
  • Post-MBA, alums can be your mentors and help you navigate through the rigors of the corporate world as you step into new jobs at different points in your career.
#3 Classroom discussions – you will be cold-called
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The MBA is one of those programs where you reap the most by actively participating in classroom discussions. Being a lizard on the wall will not help you learn the concepts and cherish what the program has to offer.

  • Case study methodology is a unique way to approach solving real-time business problems. Live discussions in the class help amplify your learning on a certain topic.
  • Listening to your fellow MBA classmates opens doors to new ideas and perspectives, based on their diverse work experience, gained in different countries, industries, and business functions.
  • Every year, admission officers strive for diversity in backgrounds and levels of work experience in the incoming class. They want students to come into the classroom prepared to share their unique perspectives and contribute to the overall discussion in a meaningful way.
#4 MBA classmates – your partners in crime
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If there is anything to cherish most—and piques the enthusiasm—about joining a B-school, it is your classmates. In truly international programs, like the one at Smeal MBA at Penn State, you get to meet students from across the planet, each having a unique identity, ideology, philosophy, culture, food preferences, and work experience to share with fellow classmates in the program.

  • Although each program is structured a little differently, you can expect that you will be assigned to a group of individuals, who will be your teammates for the next semester or year. The purpose of setting up a group is to work together on class assignments and projects designed to be undertaken in a group setting.
  • As a group, students team up together to participate in presentations and case competitions, which are quite common and integral to the curriculum of any good MBA program.
  • There are several other group projects and events during the course of the MBA, where you are required to form groups to achieve a common goal. A good example of this is consulting projects.
During these times, you are not only working on the “task at hand” but also sharing life experiences and unique skills from past jobs, which the MBA curriculum might not necessarily have to offer. You get to exchange subtle, cultural nuances, business etiquettes, and best practices prevalent in other countries outside of the US. To say the least, at the end of two years, you end up making good friendships that will likely last for the rest of your life.

#5 Internship – No strings attached

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One of the most exciting things to happen in an MBA program is the internship. The internship is a must-have and integral to any good MBA program.

  • Especially for international students and career-switchers, internship is a MUST-have. This is a real chance to get out of the classroom and gain real-world experience. This is your chance to apply the skills learned in the MBA program and experience corporate America while solving real business problems. Trust me, it can’t get any better.
  • For a career enhancer, the internship is the perfect way to accelerate your career and move to a management career track.
  • Entrepreneurs can also take advantage of internships to learn about a specific niche industry or business and how it operates.
The best part about internships is that they typically last for 12 weeks. If you do not like what you did during the internship, you have a chance to drop it and try something else during another internship or during your full time next career opportunity.

#6 On and off-campus MBA job fairs – they are for real
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MBA job fairs are the real deal. Students DO NOT have to be solely dependent on positions that employers post on the MBA school job bulletin. Students must realize that they have far more options to work with than they think, and that’s exactly what MBA job fairs have to offer.

  • MBA job fairs are a legitimate opportunity for MBA students looking for an internship or full-time position in areas like supply chain, finance, marketing, or information technology, to name a few. These MBA job fairs last a day or two and are hosted on school campuses.
  • Some of these on-campus fairs are big, where hundreds of employers from across the US gather at one location to hire students for challenging-but-rewarding internships and full-time positions. Students may end up being offered positions on-the-spot or within that same day, following the interview. How exciting is that?
  • There are other MBA fairs that happen off-campus. One of the most prominent fairs is the National Black MBA Association, which hosts hundreds of employers who come to find the right students for their organization.
  • For other students, Offsite MBA fairs can be a safe environment to rehearse for important, upcoming job opportunities.
Overall, MBA fairs are great avenues to explore your interests with employers from varied industries and network with them to find your dream job.

#7 Student organizations, cultural clubs, and social gatherings – fun & learning
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A lot of learning and fun happen outside the classroom. You will spend a significant amount of time in the classroom during an MBA; however, there is an amazing life outside the classroom environment, where students comes together to solve challenging business problems in a fun setting.

Students Organizations:

  • Some of the prominent Student organizations that can be found in most B-schools programs are the consulting club, marketing club, supply chain club, finance club, entrepreneurship club, and MBA women’s club, to name a few.
  • Guest speakers and employers are invited to shed light on specific industry topics, career paths, and job roles post-MBA.
  • NOTE: these clubs necessarily are not the avenues to search for jobs or carry your résumé. These are informative events for students to share their career aspirations with other likeminded students, learn more about the industry, and prepare for jobs and interviews in a group setting.
Cultural groups:

With students admitted from across the planet in a truly global MBA program, it is natural to celebrate major cultures and festivals during the year, as they appear on the calendar. These events are loads of fun and provide opportunities to learn about other cultures, sets of beliefs, and ways of life. The experience and familiarity with different cultures is handy when working in global organizations and having team members from different regions and countries. Some of the events that I celebrated at Smeal MBA program are:

  • Chinese New Year
  • Diwali
  • Thanksgiving 
Social Gathering

A social gathering is a way for MBA schools to operate outside the classroom environment, and many are ingrained in the culture of a B-school.

  • At Penn State, we celebrated Thirsty Thursday every week. It provided students an opportunity to catch up with classmates in an informal setting after a stressful week of working on assignments, giving presentations or preparing for interviews.
  • It all happens at the same time, and time management is another skill that MBA students learn as a by-product of the program. You have to manage your time to experience all the action that an MBA program has to offer and still complete assignments on time.
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