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Directory of MBA Applicant Blogs

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New post 23 Apr 2018, 16:01
FROM slipmeone: Welcome Weekends and Waitlist Woes
Two weekends ago I attended Carnegie Mellon’s Welcome Weekend for admitted students, and wow, was that a good time! Any trepidation I had about the program going into that weekend has been removed. It is definitely a world-class institution with a unique approach to business education and a exceptionally accomplished incoming Class of 2020.

For the uninitiated, Welcome Weekends are where all the admitted students travel out to campus for weekend packed full of activities where the tables are turned and the school rolls out the red carpet for you. While I know that I shouldn’t make decisions based on my experience during this weekend–since it is practically the best of everything the school has to offer condensed into a 2 day period–I couldn’t help but be swayed a little.

Highlights of the weekend included a private dinner with open bar at the executive suite of Heinz field, a tour of Tepper Quad (the new business building slated to be completed this fall), ‘networking’ back to back nights with my future classmates and hearing everyone’s fascinating backstories, and meeting the energy industry students and faculty.

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Advantages of Tepper:
  • Awesome class full of incredibly accomplished students. To name of few of the people I met (Aerospace engineer interested in working for SpaceX, Microsoft software engineer interested in working for Netflix’s original content, multiple solar energy developers, Entrepreneur interested in developing his tech company while in school, Wall Street banker targeting venture capital, etc.)
  • The Tepper Approach = MBA designed for the future. Focus on exceptional problem-solving skills, leveraging data and technology to create value and personalized leadership and analytics.
  • The Carnegie Mellon University brand. Outside of MBA, the university at large is a leading research institution with top robotics, computer science and drama schools, making it a breeding ground for interdisciplinary learning. In other words, there are some damn smart people at this school and Tepper will provide opportunity to interact with them on a daily basis.
  • Pittsburgh has it going on.
However…..
Texas will forever and always remain my top choice. And as long as my name is still on the waitlist, I am going to compete for a seat #nevergiveup #successmindset.

Yesterday I sent the following update letter to the adcom:

Dear McCombs Admissions Committee,

Thank you so much for your continued consideration! With McCombs’ incredibly vibrant and supportive community, leading strength in cleantech, and exciting experiential learning opportunities, your MBA program continues to be far and away my #1 choice. I remain as positive today as I felt when I first stepped on campus last spring that there is no community with which I would rather embark on a lifelong learning journey than McCombs.

Below are a few post-application updates:

  • As part of a 6-member cross-functional team, I recently completed leading the design and implementation of a big data analytics tool that optimizes operational performance across 35 wind farms and an 80-technician workforce. This project furthered my knowledge of power plant operations, which directly contributes to my post-MBA goal of joining the renewable energy project development sector. I will share an updated resume shortly.
  • To prepare for successfully navigating a rigorous MBA curriculum, I’ve enrolled in MBAMath and am on track to complete the course by May 7.
  • Recent conversations with Lewis Bichkoff (MBA ’18), John Greely (MBA ’18) and Christine Nguyen (MBA ’19) introduced me to McCombs’ amazingly flexible curriculum, where students can customize their experiences. This flexibility resonates with my desire to expand my knowledge of cleantech and total business foundation while contributing to McCombs and the world around us through student club involvement, fellowships, micro-consulting projects, and global learning opportunities.
  • I’m finalizing training and preparation to hike 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail this summer—a longtime personal development goal!
  • I am currently studying to retake the GMAT.
 

While McCombs’ world-class renewable energy offerings are what initially drew me to your program, what has really stood out to me throughout the application process has been McCombs’ fantastically active, collaborative, and student-driven culture. Should I have the opportunity to become a Longhorn, I’d love to contribute to the community, including engaging in the following ways:

 

  • Serving as a helpmeet to fellow students in the CleanTech Club through developing industry connections for group career treks, introducing interested classmates to cleantech, applying my experiences in commercial wind power and energy finance to help teammates in case competitions, partnering with local startups through the Austin Technology Incubator, and volunteering for the UT Energy Forum.
  • Supporting admissions by engaging with prospective students via the McCombs Ambassador Committee.
  • Tutoring cohort classmates in Core finance and accounting assignments.
  • Earning a leadership role in the MBA Endurance Club to help classmates have fun and stay fit!
While I am immensely grateful to have received admission to Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, I remain absolutely dedicated to McCombs. Should I be lucky enough to receive an offer to join McCombs, I will immediately pay my deposit and jump on the next plane to Austin and the Forty Acres!

Thank you very much for your continued time and consideration. Please feel free to reach out to me should you require any further information.

 

Respectfully Yours,

Nicholas Alexander

 

Also, today I am officially unemployed, studying full time for the GMAT and preparing to embark on the Appalachian Trail. More updates to come.
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FROM nickrubick: My thoughts #5: My time after Airbus Defense and Space: Aerospace!
Following on from my post earlier in the week, this post covers a brief run down of my thoughts and feelings of my time since I left the Space Industry and joined the world of short term contracting as a project manager within the similar but oh so different Aerospace Industry.

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Although many of the engineering and manufacturing processes within the Space Industry are inherited from their lower flying cousins produced in the Aerospace industry, the business philosophies seem to differ significantly.  The Aerospace industry is in general much faster paced, there is a significantly more cut-throat mentality, and it contains many big egos (which belong to some very successful and effective personnel).

There also seems to be tangibly more chaos and fire fighting on most projects, staff turnover is higher (people float from company to company in search of better wage rates), and I have often witnessed many scenarios similar to children playing a football match – with everyone running around chasing the ball without much consideration for formation, or the ‘bigger plan’.

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I would say personally that I learned a lot of good practices and engineering judgement within the Space Industry. Within the Aerospace Industry I have really learned about people management and the art of ‘getting things done’ amongst and despite the reigning chaos.

So what do I prefer? I will always have a special place in my heart for the Space industry, and unlike many people, the thought of producing aircraft doesn’t excite me that much. However, the buzz of having to work at 100 miles an hour, making sure that everyone is bearing up against the pressure to do what they need to do, healing rifts between egos, spinning plates while maintaining relationships with stakeholders from all angles, really is tough to beat.

As I don’t naturally have a very commanding presence, working with many big egos, and with people who have inherently more experience and knowledge of the products than myself, I have been forced to develop my soft skills in order to manage my teams. I am now more than ever a strong advocate for empowering the people that I work with wherever I can, I take the time to show appreciation (a very rare thing from my own personal experience) and give praise for achievement, and I try wherever possible treat people like people; they (mostly) have an uncanny knack of doing the same in return. If you can let people do what they are good at, and guide them through doing things in a certain order that makes logical sense and minimizes risk of having to scrap their work and start again, most people will be grateful to have trust and confidence invested in them.

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The Aerospace industry certainly can be bad for your health; there are plenty of lost souls who have been completely consumed by their work to the detriment of their life as a whole, due to the demands it brings. But it does take you on one hell of a ride. I am unsure that I would like to commit to such a skewed work life balance for my whole career, but these last 7 years have been an incredible journey and learning curve that will stay with me forever.

It has allowed me to work in cities such as Manila and Madrid, simultaneously manage teams based in Europe, North America, and the Far East. It also gives me several ‘FFS’ moments each and every day I spend within it, often leaving me baffled as to how things so seemingly simple can go so horribly wrong. But this harsh mistress has kept me coming back for more.
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FROM nickrubick: The LBS Sloan MSc Interview..
That’s right folks, the Sloan admissions interview has been and gone, on a brilliantly sunny day last Friday, I found myself walking through Regent’s Park on route to what could possibly be a life changing moment.

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Quite simply put, leading up to the event I was a bag of nerves. I think this feeling hit a crescendo shortly before I arrived at the LBS campus. Running through my head uncontrollably were hundreds of possible questions that I would be asked, and how I would best answer them. My biggest fear was that I would find myself tongue-tied unable to articulate a decent answer.

In actuality I should have had no fear, as quite contrary to this I found myself if anything speaking too much. In several instances the interviewer was about to move on to the next question, but I had one or two things that I just had to quickly fit in before we changed topic. I only hope what I had to say was reasonable and relevant!

So how did I do, this is a question that I really do not want to answer until I hear back from the school in 10 working days time. However, it does give me an excuse to use my favourite info-graphic…

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I can hand on heart say that I answered all of the questions to the best of my ability, there was good two way discussion about several topics, and also the interviewer was much more complimentary about my application content than I was expecting.

Some instant takeaways from this are:

  • Firstly, it is of the upmost importance that you really put the time and care into your written application. I’m sure this goes for all courses at a leading business school, not just the Sloan LBS. To this end I will do another post covering my  approach to the written application in the near future, as hopefully this will be useful to anyone else going through a similar process.
  • Secondly, the time and effort invested by the Sloan MSc applications team into reading and digesting my application was clearly significant. I can only thank them for that. This is not just the essays that I submitted, but all aspects of the application, from hobbies and interests through to my specific expectations of what I will get from the programme if I am accepted.
The kind and insightful feedback of my written submission certainly helped me to ease my nerves, and in turn helped build my confidence during the interview. It was an intense hour of discussion, but if enjoyable is too strong a word, it was certainly not as difficult as I was fearing. This is where a strong written application will really help you, as I would imagine if there were perceived holes in it then the questions may have been more probing (or at least would have felt more probing to me).

Some key topics of discussion were:Elaborating on my essays, specifically one where I describe my most difficult professional decision made to date. With this I was asked to explain the factors that lead to the decision, and how I persuaded stakeholders that it was the right thing to do.

  • A brief introspect into my life in general, and my approach to solving problems. Specifically I was asked ‘when do I get time to think?’ which was an interesting question; if there is anything I feel I do a lot of, it is stopping and thinking! Perhaps my depicted profile was a bit more action packed than I intended.
  • I was also asked about my experience working with different cultures, specifically with my time in the Philippines, and also working remotely with teams in the U.S.
  • I was then asked about my expectations with regards to the programme. As the course in relative terms is very expensive and time consuming, I think the faculty wanted to ensure I don’t see the MSc as a magic wand that will fix all of my career aspirations in one fell swoop.
  • Finally I was asked what questions I had, of which I had a few, some of which were:
    • Could I join the many clubs and open evenings at LBS once I had been accepted, or would I have to wait until the start of the programme? (Yes access to these will be immediate).
    • Would I have the opportunity to get to know the fellow future students in advance of the course start date? (Yes)
    • What could I study to help me prepare (I was advised to speak with a CFO or equivalent who had completed a similar course – see what they propose as effective study / reading material).
  • At the end of the allotted time, the interviewer explained that I would hear back within 10 days, and even if I wasn’t successful I would receive detailed feedback. Once again this shows how much time LBS are investing in each applicant, even if you will not be joining the programme.
Once complete, I was very grateful to myself for selecting a Friday afternoon time slot, as it meant that I could walk away and have the whole weekend to unwind from the experience before attacking work again on Monday morning. The simply fantastic weather also helped.

My final words on the whole experience are to go back and describe my nerves pre-interview. If I wasn’t nervous, considering it was something I had worked towards for over a year, there would be something wrong.  I resolved to draw on the spirit of David Bowie, which is a playful way to try and settle myself, as touched upon in an earlier post: An ode to David..

What Really steadied myself however was when I remembered  the last time I had felt so nervous; it was just before my GMAT exam, which I had done considerably well in. So If I could harness the nerves and turn them into positive energy as I did back then, hopefully I would be OK.

I discovered a very useful Ted Talk by Lisa Feldman Barrett on this topic earlier this year; in it Lisa explains that your emotions are actually similar habits. Thus if you can train yourself to think in a certain way under certain circumstances, this will eventually gain momentum, and will become easier over time. I would recommend a listen – see link below.

 

Now the dust has settled, my main concerns would be that I may have come across too confident, and talkative, quite the opposite of my initial fears leading up to the interview. In addition perhaps I didn’t show enough high level business experience, although I did try to convey as much as possible what I could offer to the class to make up for this (experience of working in intimate teams, strategy ‘implementation’ experience, and a strong empathy and agreement of many of the philosophies developed by the school).

However, when all is said and done, there is no point worrying too much; the decision is now out of my control. As interviewees, we can second guess but we simply do not know the exact profile of the candidates the interviewers are looking for. This concept is explained very concisely by the amiable Dilbert cartoon below.

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I’ll be sure to post again as soon as I hear any feedback, as well as another post to give any perceived tips on the application process.

Thanks for reading, and once again, wish me luck!
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FROM nickrubick: The LBS Written Application..
After receiving positive feedback on my on my written application during my interview last week here are some ideas I’d like to share with you. if you’re going through a similar applications process yourself then hopefully you’ll find this useful.

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Referencing back to my experience during my Sloan MSc application interview at the back end of last week, The LBS Sloan MSc Interview.., it was clear that the LBS admissions team invest a lot of time in analysing an applicant’s written submissions. With this in mind, here are a few approaches that I found useful and productive while writing mine.

Prerequisites

Fortunately I had quite a lot of time leading up to my application submission as I had decided to apply almost a year ago. From my experience I would recommend the following:

  • Learn as much about the course and the school as possible:
    • If you live near by; pay the school a visit. LBS has several events throughout the year from open lectures to question and answer sessions with alumni and faculty. These will give you a more personal experience of what the school is about, hopefully they will help you pick out attractive elements that are personal to you. I would also encourage you to reference these experiences in your application as they will likely be discussed during interview. You are also likely to meet fellow applicants, who may have questions or have discovered information that you hadn’t thought of.
    • Use the wonderful world wide web to discover as much about the programme as possible. A very useful website to get you on the road to discovery is the exceptional blog written by one of the Sloan 2014 class: LBS Sloan MSc information resources. This blog is a few years old now, but still very much applicable today. It also contains other posts that give tips on the written application.
    • Contact the school! The applications team are very pro-active and helpful with any questions that you might have. Specifically I would recommend getting a copy of the Sloan MSc brochure, and also a breakdown of the elective (optional) courses that are offered on the programme. If you are making initial contact, use this link: LBS Contact.
  • Familiarise yourself with the essay questions:
    • Although one or two of these may change from year to year, not all of them will change, and they will always be on similar topics even if they do. Knowing what questions you need to answer in advance will give you more time to decide what you want to write about. In at least one essay you will be asked to describe a particular instance in your life, and how it affected you and others. The first hurdle here is to select what event you want to write about, if you are anything like me this was not easy and took quite a lot of deliberating.
  • Carefully choose candidates to proof read your work:
    • You will need people who are not only willing to read your inputs, but also are willing to offer positive criticism and amendments. This is a much bigger commitment than simply quickly browsing through your essays and then giving you a thumbs up. Many people are likely to offer to read your essays as most people will not want to say no. However when you are asking someone to read the fourth iteration of the same essay and you need to submit within the next 12 or 24 hours, you really need to have chosen wisely!
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Planning

As a great woman or man said once (it was more than likely a woman!): Failing to plan is planning to fail. With this in mind, it is very useful to be clear about the submission deadline that you are aiming for, and that you leave yourself enough time to not rush your submissions. Each and every person will have different requirements with regards to timescales needed to complete their application. Personally, I gave myself five weeks, but I was simultaneously working a full time job. I broke down the application into several main elements, these were:

  • One page CV (Converting from my standard two page CV)
  • Organisation Chart
  • Essay #1: What are your immediate and ultimate goals and how will the Sloan help you realise these?
  • Essay #2: What is the most difficult professional decision you have made in your career so far?
  • Essay #3: What are the issues faced by your region and / or sector in the next five years?
  • How do you spend your time outside of work (hobbies and interests etc.)?
  • What impact will your participation on this course have on your family and friends?
  • What do you see as being the key challenges for you on the course?
  • What are / were your roles and responsibilities of you current and previous jobs?
  • Several other smaller entries.
If you have familiarised yourself with the application in good time, hopefully you have an idea of what you would like to write for each of the above. Some will be more straight forward than others, and thus take up less time.

I would put together a loose plan of how many of the above you want to complete over time, and then track yourself against it to ensure you are not getting too far behind. I would also fire off some first drafts of one or two entries to your proof readers as early as possible, this will help you in the following ways:

  • Breaking work into small batches is one of the foundations of productivity advocated by Toyota Production System, which is the bedrock for operational excellence and efficiency across the world today: Wiki: Toyota Production System. Learn about it, live by it.
  • It will mean that they are being read in parallel to you doing other essays – increasing total productivity.
  • Giving work to your helpers in small chunks is less likely to overwhelm them, people are more likely to spend a quick 10 – 15 mins here and there to read your entries than several hours reading every piece of your application in one lump.
  • You will get these ‘chunks’ back with plenty of time to make changes if required.
  • You will get an early idea of how much time each of your helpers needs to review your work, and what feedback they will offer. This will help you plan giving the rest of your work to them, and perhaps more importantly, give you an early indication to whether you have selected appropriate reviewers who will be able to give you what you need. If you need to recruit additional or alternative reviewers, you want to be doing this sooner rather than later.
As with all good projects, it is very likely that you will end up needing more time than you anticipated, so try to leave yourself at least a little buffer of time before the deadline. Additionally, if you can have some contingency plans up you sleeve (taking time off of work etc.), this will reduce the risk of missing your deadline, but also just as importantly will hopefully reduce yours stress levels.

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The content

Finally, perhaps the most important part, what to actually write! Here are my thoughts on the main sections. Please remember that these are my own personal thoughts, there are no right or wrong things to include in your written entries.

  • One page CV: I tackled this first as I thought it was a nice intro, and would remind me of the main elements that I will be using when presenting my profile. I am happy to supply a copy of this to anyone who would like a working example to use as a reference. Basically this activity involved hacking large chunks of information out of my standard CV, hopefully leaving the more important stuff behind. The format I used was a few lines as a profile summary, followed by a short paragraph / bullet points for previous jobs, and then a few lines for my academic and professional qualifications.
  • Organisational chart: I took the official org chart presented by the company I work for and then extended it to include details of my team, and any direct stakeholders (customer / suppliers etc.). If you are using your boss as a reference, I would advise asking him or her to review it before submitting.
  • Essay #1: This is where all of your research on the programme and school will prove to be invaluable. I started by reading through the Sloan brochure, and highlighted any elements within it that I found of particular importance to myself. In this essay I also included particular experiences I have had at open events etc. at the school and the positives I have drawn from them. With regards to how these items apply to your goals – only you can answer this!
  • Essay #2: For me, the most difficult part here is selecting what event to write about. Once you have picked this hopefully the rest comes relatively easyily. I was in two minds as to whether to write about a decision that was difficult personally (eg. a career or geographic change that had an impact on me and others in my personal life), or a to write about a tough technical decision (eg. a difficult or complex technical problem and the processes involved in solving it). Eventually I plumped for a hybrid of the two, citing a job change and the impact I had on my new organisation, including a particularly significant decision that was collaboratively made while I was there.
  • Essay #3: I found this one the most enjoyable to write. I spent a fair amount of time listening to relevant podcasts, and took notes of any interesting points. I also canvassed several people within my industry who’s opinions I value. The end result was a blend of all of these inputs. I have included this essay in a previous post: My thoughts #1: The U.K. Aerospace Industry
  • Impact on those close to you and challenges: I’ll bundle these two into one section as they are kind of linked. This really is personal to you so I can’t advise much. However I think the faculty are looking to see that you have made provisions to be very busy and under duress for the duration of the programme.
  • Hobbies and Interests: This is your chance to show your human side, what makes you tick outside of work mode. Remember that the school is looking for a good fit between fellow students. I got the impression that they take this section fairly seriously and the content was brought up at least a couple of times during my interview.
  • Roles and Responsibilities: For my current job I found it effective to keep a diary for a couple of weeks and then from that describe the key activities that I do. I tend to do a lot of ad-hoc activities that if someone asked me I would not be able to instantly describe, so this diary technique really helped. For previous jobs, I used content from my two page CV and then edited it to read slightly more fluidly.
That covers most items – if there are any specific items that I have missed that you would like any advise on please feel free to contact me.

Finally with regards to technique used writing essays, I would say at first completely ignore the work counts – just brain dump, and then edit. This will ensure that you freely include any points that you can think of, and you can then do a triage to ensure you include the most important items. On one of my essays I started with over 12,00 words and eventually trimmed it down to 300 – so don’t worry about the words!

I’m pretty sure I had another nugget to share with you but I can’t for the life of me remember it now. If it comes to me later I’ll add it in here. If you are reading this however it can’t have been that important as I haven’t been able to recollect it.

That’s all for this post, I hope some of you out there find it helpful, and I’d be interested to hear from anyone else who would also like to share similar experiences.

Well almost; I’d like to thank Miriam Haywood and Daniel Noviello for selflessly helping me with my admissions essays. Without help from you guys it is significantly less likely I would have been accepted for interview. Love you guys! xx

All the best, for now..
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FROM nickrubick: Intermission #2: A trip to Goodwood Motor Circuit
Last weekend I joined hundreds of other Mazda MX5 owners, and as is traditional in Britain braved the less than charming spring time weather, in a journey down to the South Coast.

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It was the first proper run out that I have given my recently owned Mk1 MX-5 R-Ltd after several months of refurbishments. The event, run by the MX-5 owners club was a real treat despite the rather harsh weather.

As an aside, how within 7 days we can go from the hottest London Marathon on record to temperatures that seemed so cold that hats, gloves and scarves would not have been frowned upon is beyond me.

I set off fairly early with a friend, taking the various A and B roads recommended by the above MX-5 owners club. The route down really was a joy, lots of twisty roads of various sizes taking us through many classic English country side scenes. My passenger and companion for the day hails from the mean streets of Rio de Janeiro, and I’m fairly confident that the beautiful sites we enjoyed more than outweighed the threat of imminent rain (or snow!?) throughout the day. He was particularly taken by the beauty of Petworth; just north of Chichester. Regrettably I don’t have any pictures of the journey as I was having too much fun driving.

If you ever fancy travelling to the South Coast from London and don’t like the idea of taking the motorways, you could do a lot worse than follow the directions given by the MX-5 Owners Club to Chichester: Routes to Goodwood. I can only imagine that the other routes proposed on the same web-page are equally as enjoyable.

I won’t go into too much detail regarding my car as I will likely cover it with another post when the project is fully completed, but If you haven’t picked up already, I really enjoyed her ride – easily the most fun car I have driven to date, which of course I am very happy about!

I’ll now let the pictures taken by myself and my companion during the day do the talking.

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Above: My beloved R-Ltd parked up on circuit ready for the parade lap. We were one of the last cars to arrive despite the early start, after stopping off for the mandatory several coffees and a full English breakfast on route.

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Above: My friend going through the hysterical stage of hypothermia as we cruise on foot past the hundreds of MX-5s brought to the event.

Below: A few of my favourite MK1s on show on the day. My next modification to my car will likely be the front end / registration plate position. So seeing so many examples was a great help.

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Above: A not too shabby S-Ltd makes the starting grid.

Below. An RS-Ltd attracts plenty of attention as you would expect.

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Above: Nothing screams engine upgrade quite like a V6 Jaguar lump!

Below: Even rare collector’s cars need new tires you know…

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Below: A few of my favourite non Mk1 examples on show.

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Above: Prize awarded for the bravest traveler of the day; with extremely heavy rain forecast for the drive home.

Below: One last photo of myself posing on the start finish straight ahead of the parade lap. Followed by a few taken during the procession.

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Thanks for organising MX5OC! I hope you all got home safely.

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FROM Road To My MBA: A Better Way to Find Your Next Domain Name
One of the very first steps in building a website is picking a domain name — one that’s memorable, and that tells people who you are. It’s the first part of your site that people encounter, so you want one that’s just right.

To make sure you find that just right domain, we’ve renovated WordPress.com’s domain search with:

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Best of all, this search tool works for both new and existing WordPress.com websites. To explore new domains for your current site, head to My Sites → Domains.

If you notice any anything amiss while looking for your perfect domain, let us know by leaving a comment here. And if you just had a great experience and landed a new domain, we’d love to hear that, too!
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FROM Road To My MBA: Find the Perfect Image with the Free Photo Library
You’re finishing up a blog post and want to add a photo, but you don’t have the right image. There’s a solution right in your WordPress mobile app: the Free Photo Library.

As part of our never-ending mission to improve Media in the WordPress apps, you now have access to over 40,000 free, high-quality photos (courtesy of Pexels) right from the WordPress mobile app. It’s available to every WordPress.com member.

(Did we mention that they’re free? And so are the WordPress apps, if you still haven’t downloaded one!  They’re available here.)

How does it work?
To get started, make sure you’ve updated the WordPress app on your phone or tablet to the latest version (9.9). Once you’ve updated the app, you can find and add free photos to your library directly from the post and page editor, or from within the Media Library:

Adding from the Editor

Open the Editor by either creating a new post or opening an existing one. Once you’ve opened the Editor, tap the Image
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If you’re on Android, tap the Device Media icon ( Image
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If you’re on iOS: tap the ••• icon, and select “Free Photo Library” from the options.

Next, search for a photo to add to your post. Select as many images as you’d like and tap the “Add” button on the bottom right of the screen. That’s it! The images are inserted  into your post or page, and they’re also added to your Media Library seamlessly. (Note: these images will count against your site’s media storage limits.)

Adding from the Media Library

To add from your Media Library, navigate to My Sites ( Image
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From here, the process is the same: select as many photos as you want and tap “Add” to put them into your post or page and your Media Library.

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FROM Road To My MBA: New Privacy Features and Updated Policies
We’re rolling out updates to our privacy features and policies in the coming weeks. You’ll have more control over your personal information and more detail on what information we keep and what we do with it. The updates will also make sure we comply with new privacy laws, and will help you do the same for your own website or store.

Our New Privacy Features

Over the past several months, we’ve upgraded many of the privacy-related features on WordPress.com, Jetpack, WooCommerce, and other Automattic products. We want to give you more visibility into the personal data we use and more control over the data you share with us.

In recent weeks, we’ve added:

  • More detailed information on the data our products collect and use, like the information you’ll find in the new Jetpack Privacy Center, as well in-product notifications for privacy-related information.
  • Opt-outs for data uses, like the ability to turn off Automattic’s first-party analytics system on your Jetpack site.  
  • Additional contracts (Data Processing Agreements) for paid users who require them to comply with data protection and privacy laws. If you need a Data Processing Agreement, let us know by contacting support for your product.
Over the coming weeks we plan to launch:

  • A way for users to request access to their personal data.
  • Account closure for WordPress.com accounts.
  • Opt-outs for Automattic’s first party analytics system for WordPress.com users.
  • An updated cookie policy that explains the cookies we use in our services.
We’re also releasing features to help you and your site meet the requirements of new privacy laws, like Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) that goes into effect on May 25, 2018. You can read the full text of the GDPR, as well as the European Commission’s summary. Our new features include: a new “cookie and consent” notification that WordPress.com and Jetpack site owners can add to their sites, and tools for our WooCommerce.com merchants to manage data access and deletion requests from their customers.

These updates are in addition to the privacy protections we’ve always had in place to help you control your content, keep it secure, or even move your site to another WordPress host.

What’s New in Our Policies?

We also updated our Privacy Policy and our Terms of Service. Here are some of the updates you’ll see:

  • We GDPR-ized our Privacy Policy. You’ll now see sections explaining your data protection and privacy rights, how long we keep information, and how we handle transfers of personal data outside the EU.
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  • We included more real-world, concrete examples in our Privacy Policy to give you a clearer picture of how we collect and use personal information. There’s specific information about how we make Reader recommendations, how Gravatar works, and how we use information for our marketing.  
  • We added a new Privacy Notice to explain the data that we collect, on behalf of our users, about visitors to our users’ websites. 
  • We updated our Terms of Service to reflect the importance of data protection and privacy laws. Our Terms of Service (and those for Automattic Ads) require that our users comply with applicable laws and regulations as the site owners, and, for added clarity, we included privacy and data protection laws as one of the specific examples.
Our new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service will take effect on May 25, 2018. We’re releasing them now to give you time to take a look at them. If you continue to use our services on or after May 25, 2018, you acknowledge that your use will be subject to our new Privacy Policy and you agree to be bound by our new Terms.

And there’s more to come! We’ll announce more detailed information about privacy features on privacy.blog — follow us there for the latest.
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FROM nickrubick: LBS Sloan Invitation now received, I’m in!!
It has taken a fair bit of time, and research, and effort, but I am very pleased to announce that my application onto the LBS Sloan MSc has been successful. I’ve been invited to join the class of 2019. 

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I am extremely happy as you can imagine, not least because it means I can continue on my blog journey with you lovely readers. As is often the way in life, my admission onto the course was not straight forward; I was asked to write one additional written passage which was the deciding factor in LBS’ decision to accept me onto the course.

I firmly believe the decision would not have been a positive one unless I had put in the extra time to learn about the school, and the course, to perfect my written application, to prepare what I wanted to say and how to sell myself at the interview, and to spend time adding to my skill set with online learning and research. This however makes the result all the more sweet. You don’t want to earn something that you haven’t worked for now do you?

The close call also reaffirms just how diligent the admissions staff are and how selective they can be. This should mean that my fellow students starting 2019 will have also passed through a similarly vigilant selection process. It also goes someway to show that through hard work and application, and a little bit of luck, you can achieve things beyond your wildest dreams (OK, OK, I know I haven’t actually started the course yet – but it’s a start!).

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So the next step for me is to go all in on the scholarship applications offered with the programme. I will post up anything interesting once I have applied. The first deadline is 30th May, so not long at all, followed by several towards end of July. Competition for these places will be even more fierce than for a place on the course, but I will apply myself in the best way I can, and, who knows?…

Thanks for reading my journey so far, I look forward to sharing my further adventures with you as they unfold in front of me. Following shortly on from this post will be a copy of my final written piece sent into LBS that details why I am so keen to join the Sloan MSc. In the mean time, I will leave you with a short video clip that best summarises my feelings when I received my acceptance notification….

 



 

 
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