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4 Podcasts to Feed Your Mind This Thanksgiving Weekend  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: 4 Podcasts to Feed Your Mind This Thanksgiving Weekend
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Have you finally emerged from your Tryptophan coma? If you have a hankering for some food for thought, check out these illuminating podcasts from b-schools and beyond. They cover entrepreneurship, creativity, marketing, and one of the most important aspects in all of our lives…food. Bon appetit!

Banish the office bully
Professor Bob Sutton at the Stanford Graduate School of Business has devoted his career to studying organizational behavior and dysfunction. Lately, he’s figuring out how we can avoid or deal with people who demean, disrespect and drain those around them.

In his podcast Difficult People, Sutton explains how to deal with bully colleagues, when your boss never takes the blame, and when your direct report gets on everyone’s bad side — but still brings in the money.

Where the toys are
Knowledge@Wharton is well-known for its timely and insightful podcasts. This new episode discusses what’s ahead for holiday toy sales in the absence of Toys R Us. But don’t completely discount Toys R Us just yet: The brand, which decided in October not to liquidate all of its assets, has partnered with Kroger to put seasonal merchandise inside supermarkets in pop-up stores branded “Geoffrey’s Toy Box.”

Bad mood busting
A bad mood, if it lingers, can actually damage your business. This episode from the popular $100 MBA podcast offers specific methods for digging ourselves out of a funk. Every second you spend in a bad mood hurts morale, productivity, and your bottom line. Check out this practical, step-by-step guide to dusting yourself off, putting a smile on your face, and getting back in the saddle.

Do you feel like Ethiopian tonight?
NPR’s How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. In this episode, host Guy Raz talks with Door Dash founder Tony Xu. While in business school, Xu and his partners struck upon the idea of how to use technology to connect customers to drivers. Finally, we’ve moved beyond the ubiquitous Chinese and pizza delivery to order meals in every imaginable cuisine.

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Year End To-Do List for MBA Applicants  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Year End To-Do List for MBA Applicants
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It’s nearly December—the home stretch for MBA hopefuls applying to business school in uber-competitive Round 2. With numerous deadlines hitting in early January, you’ll need to manage your time well throughout the holidays. Run through this To-Do List for MBA applicants and make sure you have every application component covered.

Right now, prepping recommenders and drafting essays make up the two most important focus areas. Here’s what you need to do to stay on track and avoid becoming overwhelmed.

#1 To-Do List for MBA Applicants: Recommender Management
Great recommendation letters are one of the most critical pieces of your MBA application. They give the admissions team much-needed third-party insight to round out your essays and resume. By now your recommenders should know your hard deadlines.

Current and recent supervisors make the best choices, because they can speak to your present-day skills, values, and work ethic, as well as future potential. If you haven’t already, it’s time to remind them of the attributes you want them to highlight in their letter.

Spell out exactly what you hope they will convey in their recommendation. MBA programs want to see examples of leadership, teamwork, and management potential. Additionally, you can make things easy for your recommender by providing a list of at least three strengths with supporting anecdotes. Remind your supervisor of your career goals as a reference.

Your recommenders want to boost your admissions chances and will welcome the guidance. Encourage each of them to submit early if possible, so you can focus on a part of the application you need to deliver — the essays.

#2 To-Do List for MBA Applicants: Essays
Ideally, you should allow six weeks for this portion of the application. Many candidates find it helpful to start by writing rough drafts that go 50% or more above the required word count. While that seems like more work, it ultimately creates a better final product. The revision process helps you hone in on the best topics or anecdotes to support your overall application.

Applicants from over-represented industries such as finance, information technology, engineering, or consulting should use the essays to focus on the aspects of your personal life that make you unique. Include hobbies, community service activities, passions and interests that make you stand out. Check out this essay tips post from admissions director Soojin Kwon at Michigan Ross School for inspiration.

If you need extra insight about what the admissions committee is looking for at your target schools, consider using one of SBC’s strategy guides.  These resources analyze the qualities that each school seeks, and help applicants understand which stories to emphasize throughout their materials.

Competition is fierce in Round 2, and it’s a tough time of the year to find extra hours. Use this knowledge to fuel your commitment to your MBA applications and put together the best materials you can.

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How to Write a Great Career Goals Essay  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: How to Write a Great Career Goals Essay
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Almost every MBA application has a career goals essay, yet many candidates struggle with this question. They know they want an MBA. But they haven’t defined their goals or how earning an MBA degree will help. Remember, a goal is something you want to achieve. Thus, “I want to work in management consulting” is not a goal. How then do you go about defining your career goals?

Self-awareness about your strengths and interests will help you refine what you want. Your past experiences have likely informed your post-MBA plans. Share details in your essays about why you are interested in your specific career path. Don’t rehash your resume, though.

Think about explaining the rationale for your decisions throughout the essay. Focus only on the situations that helped you realize what you really want to do. Or, helped you to build skills that have become important to your goals.

Something Negative can Positively Impact Your Career Goals Essay
Sometimes, reflecting on low points in your career makes it easier to see which job functions you either loved or hated. Talk to colleagues and alumni who have MBAs in your field to see what your career path options are.

We tell people to tap into envy when they’re thinking of their career goals. You’re probably thinking about people doing things that you’d like to do. Ask yourself, “Who is this person? What about them would I like to emulate?” That can help you define your goals in many ways.

Also, a career path tied to your passions and interests will pique the curiosity of the admissions team.

Choose realistic yet aspirational career goals. Your post-MBA goal should be achievable and show the need for the degree. Come up with a clear, cohesive vision of your career goals, and tie it all together with your background and accomplishments. This is a great first step in a successful application strategy.

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FT Ranks 2018’s Best European Business Schools  [#permalink]

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The Financial Times has just announced the results of its annual ranking of the best European business schools. Surprisingly, interest in graduate management education in the UK continues to increase, despite Brexit turmoil. In fact, the favorable exchange due to the drop in the pound makes tuition more attractive to students from overseas. Applications to European programs beyond the UK  grew by 3.2% this year, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

This list of the best European b-schools is compiled based on the Financial Times‘s rankings of individual programs—full-time MBA, EMBA, Master’s in Management, and executive education.

Both quality and quantity are required to reach the top. Schools must take part in all four rankings to be eligible for a full score, the media outlet explains, so a school that took part in only one ranking is eligible for one-quarter of the total score, and so on.

London Business School held onto the top spot for the fifth straight year as the best business school in Europe. HEC Paris, meanwhile, also ranked second in the composite ranking for the fifth year in a row.

FT’s 2018 Ranking of the Top Ten Best European Business Schools
  • London Business School
  • HEC Paris
  • INSEAD
  • University of St Gallen
  • IESE Business School
  • Universitá Bocconi
  • IMD Business School
  • Essec Business School
  • Rotterdam School of Management
  • Oxford Said Business School
The Financial Times ranking also looks at where certain business schools particularly shine. For example, it ranks Spain’s IESE tops for post-MBA salary increase. However, it’s graduates of France’s one-year MBA at INSEAD that had the highest average salary at $177,157.  The Swiss school St Gallen, meanwhile, continues its eight-year run as the best place in Europe to earn a Masters in Management.

The methodology used by the Financial Times is unique and rather complicated, so do study the ranking more closely if you’re interested in seeing how each school’s final score is generated. Read more details about this year’s best European business schools on the Financial Times website.

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Financial Times 2018 MBA Rankings for the Americas, Asia-Pacific Regio  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Financial Times 2018 MBA Rankings for the Americas, Asia-Pacific Regions
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This week, for the second time ever, the Financial Times published MBA rankings simultaneously for the Americas and Asia-Pacific alongside the European tables. On Monday, we shared FT’s ranking of the best European business schools of 2018.

Today, we’re sharing a snapshot of FT’s top-ranked schools in Asia and the Americas. This list of the best b-schools in those regions is compiled based on the Financial Times‘s rankings of individual programs—full-time MBA, EMBA, Master’s in Management, and executive education. The tables use the same methodology as for Europe. However, placings for the Americas do not include the MiM as too few schools participate.

Top Ten Business Schools: Americas
  • Wharton School
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Columbia Business School
  • Chicago Booth School of Business
  • Michigan Ross School of Business
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management
  • Duke Fuqua School of Business
  • Washington University: Olin Business School
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Harvard Business School
Top Ten Business Schools: Asia-Pacific
  • Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • CEIBS
  • National University of Singapore Business School
  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • HKUST Business School
  • Singapore Management University: Lee Kong Chian
  • Nanyang Business School, NTU Singapore
  • IIM Bangalore
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Tongji University School of Economics and Management
“The biggest climbers since last year’s inaugural Americas list are not those that rely on the full-time MBA, but those business schools that have proved adept at providing courses that fit in with student demands for greater flexibility in the way they learn,” explains the FT’s Jonathan Moules.

Most noteworthy, Washington University’s Olin Business School cracked the top ten this year.  Olin jumped nine places—taking it from 17th in 2017 to eighth place in 2018. The FT explains the move is based on the strength of its EMBA program.

Stanford Graduate School of Business, meanwhile, ranks ninth in the Americas due to the simple fact it does not offer a part-time EMBA program. Nonetheless, Stanford GSB remains at the top of FT’s global MBA ranking this year. Harvard Business School is similarly dinged because it doesn’t offer an EMBA alternative.

“There are success stories in business education in the Americas, despite the difficult US market for full-time two-year MBA programmes,” Moules notes. For this reason, he adds, “The winners are those that follow the business rules that it always helps to be alert to changes in a market and adapt to the inevitable shifts in consumer tastes.”

You can read all of the details about this year’s best Asian and American business schools on the Financial Times website.

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Highlight International Experience on Your Resume, Advises Darden Admi  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Highlight International Experience on Your Resume, Advises Darden Admissions Director
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Have you already logged significant international work experience or education before business school? If so, you are three steps ahead of the game. B-school admissions committees love applicants who show curiosity about the world at large.

International experience is not usually an explicit requirement for admission. But, having meaningful exposure to life outside your home country does make you more desirable as an MBA applicant.

Tweak Your Resume to Highlight International Experience
A new video blog post from UVA Darden School MBA Admissions Director Dawna Clarke drives home this important point. “Noting your international experiences on your resume can help set you apart,” says Clarke.



Her resume lists all the countries she has visited, Clarke says. This detail often serves as a conversation starter with people who have had similar experiences.

Create a section on your resume called “Global Exposure,” Clarke advises. Here, you can list the countries where you’ve studied, worved, or traveled. Also, mention any foreign languages you speak, or other relevant experiences abroad.

Having a broader perspective of global business issues gives you a unique viewpoint to share in class discussions and team projects. It also expands your network as you tap into professional associations with your contacts in other countries.

Recruiters see students with global experience as having marketable job skills, Clarke confirms. These skills include adaptability, leadership, cultural awareness and communication and language abilities.

What to Do if Your International Experience is Limited (or non-existent)
But what can you do if you haven’t traveled much? Try highlighting relevant experiences working with individuals from other countries and cultures.

If you have the time before applying, explore international volunteer opportunities. Or, research continuing education study abroad programs. Consider taking on a work project with international offices or teams.

Rest assured, your application likely won’t be rejected due to a lack of international exposure if every other component is compelling and strong.

In your essays, reference your enthusiasm for the school’s diverse culture. Talk about your plans to pursue study abroad programs. Mention your interest in any clubs or student groups that will increase your cross-cultural awareness.

As long as you can show your intent to expand your mindset and increase your international exposure during business school, you should be fine.

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Yale SOM Advice for Round 2 MBA Applicants  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Yale SOM Advice for Round 2 MBA Applicants
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A frequent question Yale School of Management’s Bruce DelMonico has received from nervous Round 2 MBA applicants is how to tell their personal story. Getting a better sense for what applicants care about in the world is a primary goal. If you’re preparing to apply to Yale SOM on January 7th, don’t miss this crucial advice.

What is the Yale SOM Admissions Committee Looking For?
“This is a difficult question to answer, because what makes someone stand out can be vastly different from candidate to candidate,” says DelMonico. In essence, Yale SOM wants to understand the impact you’ve made, both in your personal and professional life.

The admissions team would like to know how you hope to lead, and about your ability to collaborate. “We are also interested in finding students who will be engaged community members both here at Yale and in their future organizations,” he adds.

SBC Says: One of the biggest mistakes we see applicants make is assuming that the surest route to business school admission is playing it safe and doing what “everyone else” does.

Remember: no two people are the same, and that’s a good thing! The key to a successful MBA application is showing exactly what you—and nobody else but you—can bring to the program. So listen up Round 2 MBA applicants! Don’t be afraid to let your originality and your true personality come through in your materials.

Will a Low GMAT Score/GPA Doom My Application?
While the Yale SOM admits only those who can handle the rigors of the MBA program, low scores will not automatically disqualify you. “While our median undergraduate GPA for the class of 2020 was 3.71, the full range was 2.99 to 4.0. Similarly, our median GMAT score was 730, but the range was actually 540 to 780,” DelMonico explains.

“I tell you this to say that we take a very broad approach to reviewing applications; a single data point such as a GPA or test score will not be dispositive to an application.”

SBC Says: Whether your lower-than-desired score is a result of illness, test anxiety, or just plain insufficient prep time, don’t let it throw you off your game. Make peace with the fact that it’s totally normal to take the GMAT more than once. In fact, I typically advise clients to plan for two attempts at the GMAT, leaving a buffer for a retake if needed.

If your score hasn’t improved significantly despite two or more attempts, don’t beat yourself up over it. Turn your focus to taking a broader look at your entire application strategy. The GMAT score foretells how well one would do in the core academic courses of an MBA program. However, it isn’t a predictor of success throughout the entire b-school experience. This is why most schools have a holistic approach to considering each application.

When it comes to poor undergrad academic performance, the most important thing is to show exceptional focus and leadership skills in your career. Openly acknowledge to the admissions committee the reason or reasons for your lackluster college GPA.

Best Essay Tip for Round 2 MBA Applicants
The essay question for this year is, Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. DelMonico’s advice is straightforward: write about a single commitment, how you approached it, and the behaviors that supported it.

“Select a commitment that truly fits who you are,” he advises. “Whether that commitment is personal or professional, you should be less concerned about what we want to hear and instead focus on being honest with yourself in selecting and describing the commitment that has been most significant to you.”

Finally, DelMonico urges applicants to avoid addressing your career goals or Why Yale? within the essay. Don’t recount your resume either. You can cover those subjects in other parts of the application.

SBC Says: Try to be as specific as possible about your commitment and why it qualifies as the biggest commitment you have ever made. What did you think or say when you were determining what to do? What did you actually do? How did you feel about the result?

Yale is a program focused on making a difference in the world.  The subject you choose will tell the admissions committee what you value, ideally something that impacts the greater community or world. Regardless of whether you choose an individual or team commitment, try to show how you have made a significant positive impact.

Take a look at assistant dean for admissions Bruce DelMonico’s original post for more answers to common application questions. Good luck to all Round 2 MBA applicants!

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Waitlisted MBA Applicants are Still in the Game  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Waitlisted MBA Applicants are Still in the Game
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As we approach decision time for Round 1, many applicants will end up being waitlisted. While few candidates celebrate landing on the waitlist, don’t give up hope. First of all, waitlist status by your target school is definitely a good sign. You’re someone they would like to have in the class, but something is holding up a final decision.

Perhaps your profile is near-identical to someone who they did admit. In this case, the admissions team wants to carefully balance the class and needs to see other candidates in subsequent rounds. Or, your application might have a weakness that’s giving the admissions committee pause.  If the latter is true, there may be steps you can take to increase your chances of admission.

Should I Stay on the Waitlist?
Ultimately, the decision to stay on the waitlist depends on your interest level in that particular MBA program. If it’s your top choice, you may want to remain on the list until school begins. This could mean moving quickly and giving up a deposit on a school that has offered you firm admission.

If the program is not your first choice, or you would like to settle your MBA plans before school starts, you may choose to remove your name from the list. If that’s the case, do so promptly and give someone else a chance at their MBA dream.

Take Note of Each School’s Waitlist Policy
It is important to follow the rules, so make sure you understand your school’s waitlist policy. Some schools ask that you refrain from submitting additional materials. But most schools allow and even encourage meaningful updates. Find out if your schools publish webinars with advice for waitlisted applicants, or offer application feedback.

Improve Your Odds While Waitlisted
The top three reasons candidates get waitlisted are unclear post-MBA goals; low test scores or GPA; and lack of quantitative preparation.  Esther Magna, a principal here at SBC, recently shared her waitlist advice with Find MBA.

She counsels applicants to do some self-reflection in order to discover any weakness in their application, such as a low GMAT score or  ineffective essays, that could make the admissions team hesitant to offer them a place.  The key is to identify and take action on them, she says. When deciding what improvements merit an update to the admissions team, Manga says, “A promotion, raise, or an award is almost always a useful piece of information to share.”

She also notes that sometimes, demonstrating a firm commitment to the school can also help your odds. One SBC client applying to Duke’s Fuqua School of Business turned a waitlist decision into an admit by sending the admissions team a picture of his child wearing a Fuqua shirt. “Some programs are ‘suckers’ for kids,” Magna says.

What Not to Do When On the Waitlist
No matter which school’s waitlist you may land on, make sure every interaction you have with the admissions department adds value to your file. Exercise restraint in communications, but also convey your enthusiasm whenever possible, as they want to be sure you’ll say yes if admitted. An information overload will likely have a negative effect on your candidacy, so use your good judgement here.

Finally, to all those waitlisted candidates out there, take heart. You wouldn’t be on the wait list if you were not someone they thought could be a great addition to the class. Hang on and stay strong—and positive—as you wait out this last leg of the MBA admissions process.

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What to Consider When Thinking About the ROI of an MBA  [#permalink]

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An MBA at a top-ranked business school doesn’t come cheap. If you’re thinking about the ROI of an MBA, ask yourself these three questions. Will an MBA help if you plan to change careers? Do you expect to receive a large salary boost with the degree? Can an MBA accelerate your path to a leadership position?

Paying $100K+ to earn an MBA sounds painful, but most business school graduates experience a substantial salary increase. Plus,the majority report having greater job satisfaction and the ability to advance quickly and, thus, earn more in shorter time.

But First…Why Go for an MBA?
Ask yourself what you plan to do after your MBA. If you know what your long-term goal is, that’s a great way to start. What do you need to know to accomplish that goal? How does your resume need to look? What skills do you need to build? And who do you need to know? Think about the aspects of that future that will be developed through your MBA and your short-term post MBA career.

How to Calculate Return on Investment
Students of two-year MBA programs have the largest investment expense because they miss two years of employment. They need to recoup the cost of the MBA degree plus the opportunity cost to get a positive return on their investment.

Prospective students should consider payback time with projected cumulative growth, and average growth rate, when looking at return on investment as a motivating factor for pursuing an MBA.

Top MBA has an easy formula you can use to sketch out your ROI post-MBA, and 10 years down the line. But keep in mind, the value of the MBA degree varies depending on your post-graduation plans. The brand of the business school where you earn the degree is also a factor.

“Transformation” is a Key Component of the ROI of an MBA
When it comes to deciding whether business school makes sense for you, remember that the choices you make – ranging from the cost of the city you decide to live in, the field you move into, the school you choose – will all impact your financial return on investment.

Your personal return on investment, however, is something quite different. Transitioning into a lower-paying but more rewarding job may be well worth it. You can’t measure that kind of personal satisfaction in dollars and cents.

““It is a transformative experience that enables an engineer to become a financier, a high school teacher to become a marketing executive, or an auditor to become a mergers and acquisition specialist for a top corporation,” Paul Danos, former dean of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, once said. “I know of no other educational experience that can match the total value proposition of a 2-year full time MBA.”

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You might have experienced a moment of panic as you began to work on your MBA applications for Round 2. It may have occurred after you took note of the January deadlines. And it could have gone something like this: “Wait a second — I won’t have time to visit campus before my materials are due! Does that put me at a disadvantage?”

The answer is no. If you couldn’t sit in on a class or take a campus tour of a program before it’s time to submit your application, you won’t get dinged for it.

In fact, international applicants definitely don’t have to fret over this. No admissions committee member expects candidates to shell out thousands of dollars for a multi-day trip to their school before they’re even admitted. You’re going to pay enough money for tuition as it is!

The same logic applies for cross-country applicants in the United States. Adcoms understand that it may be impossible for you to take time off of work — much less afford — to visit a campus that’s hours and hours away.

Why You *Should* Visit Campus
But, if it’s financially workable and fits into your schedule, we always recommend a campus visit. Here’s why:

1) Many applicants look at the business school rankings and make decisions on where to apply. However, walking across a campus, sitting in on a class and interacting with students can greatly influence your decisions.

2) When you visit the school, you develop a better understanding of the school’s culture. This is sure to come through in your essays and interview. While others will be referencing the school website, you can site specific first-hand experiences. You will meet people and have specific experiences that you can highlight throughout your essays and interview. This adds color and individuality to your application.

3)  It definitely shows strong interest in a program when you make the effort to visit. This is particularly true if you are traveling a long distance.

4) Occasionally, on a school visit you can hit the jackpot and meet with a member of the admissions committee or other influential person and really impress them!

5) If you are fortunate enough to be admitted to several top schools, a visit often can help you decide where to attend.

How to Make the Most of a Campus Visit
If you do decide to visit, you should call the admissions office ahead of time and ask them about the following opportunities:

1) Can you sit in on a class?

2) Can you go on a tour of the school?

3) Are other types of information sessions available?

4) Can you interview on campus?

Thus, you are making it known that you are visiting and doing your best to take full advantage of this experience. Dropping in unexpectedly is discouraged because you will not be able to make the most of your visit.

If at all possible, you should make arrangements to stay with a current student. Perhaps you have a friend, or a friend of a friend who is a student. Doing this will allow you to see the more informal side of the school and help you to meet current students.

Finally, enjoy yourself and keep an open mind. This is a fun opportunity to start planning a very exciting next step in your life.

For more on this topic, check out my US News article, Make the Most of Your B-School Campus Visit.

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In 11 days, 2018 draws to a close. And just two weeks from today, the first Round 2 MBA deadlines hit. Are you ready for some last-minute time management tips? Even if you’re not a “list person,” it’s time to become one — at least until the rest of your applications are in.

Round 2 Still-to-Do List
Check in with recommenders
Assuming your recommenders have not yet submitted their letters, touch base with them again if it’s been more than two weeks since you last checked in. Remind them that it would be great if they could upload their responses a few days before the deadlines to avoid any last-minute system-crash drama. And thank them again for their time!

Ensuring your recommenders are on track is your top priority because this is a tough time of the year for people to be pulled away from family obligations. You know you’ll get everything in, but this isn’t consuming their lives like it is yours.

Do a document check
Make sure you have all of the documentation each school requires — things like test-score reports and undergraduate or exchange-program transcripts. If you’re missing something at this point, you’ll probably have to hustle to secure what you need.

Resume review
Finalize your resume. Many schools have cut down on essay requirements, so resumes are playing a larger role in deciding prospective students’ fates. It’s critical that your resume tells the full story of your professional, educational and extracurricular achievements.

Fill out those data forms with care and accuracy
Complete the applications/data forms for each school. Why do this before putting the finishing touches on your essays? Because when left to the ultimate last minute, applications fields are extremely easy to screw up.

There’s no spellcheck available on these forms, and if you’re rushing through them you are likely to make a mistake. Don’t risk having the very first thing the adcom sees be riddled with typos!

Polish those MBA essays
And now . . . the essays. We’ll be honest: we hope you aren’t just starting your essays this late in the game. But it certainly is possible to pull together quality responses within two weeks if you buckle down right this second.

You can have a few friends or family members on standby to help you firm up your themes and cut down extra words, but if you’re working with an admissions consultant, don’t let advice from others derail the strategy and positioning your consultant has helped you set.

Finally, take a little time off to enjoy the holidays. And if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to read Stacy’s article for the Wharton Blog Network for tips on how to manage the stress of b-school applications. Good luck!

Until next time,

The team at Stacy Blackman Consulting

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Are Mom and Dad actively involved in your b-school application process?  It might be time to rethink your parents’ role in MBA admissions. The admissions committee wants to see applicants with demonstrated leadership and maturity. That’s hard to convey with parents chiming in at every step along the way.

No doubt, so-called “helicopter parents” have the best intentions. Yet, their interference could torpedo their child’s chance of getting into a top business school.  This holds true even if parents are helping to foot the bill, which is more and more often the case.

Business schools welcome parents when they come to visit their enrolled students.  And they tolerate those who join their children on a general admissions tour. Universities expect heavy parental involvement in the undergraduate admissions process. Not for the MBA. The admissions team expects to see independent, fully formed professionals. Excessive parental involvement raises a red flag about the candidate’s potential for success in the program.

What’s the right level of parental involvement?
So, what level of parental involvement is appropriate? It’s fine for parents to get in touch with SBC for information about how admissions consulting works. They can also chip in or cover the costs of consulting. If requested, parents can also provide insight or act as a sounding board for their children’s essays.

When parents’ role in MBA admissions goes awry.
Parents should not attempt to guide the process themselves, however. We’ve had parents ask for conference calls to discuss their child’s issues—without the applicant on the phone. We’ve also known cases of parents impersonating their child when contacting the school admissions office with questions about financial aid, application status and more. If discovered, this deception will cause irreparable damage to the applicant’s candidacy.

The truth is, parents may know their children very well in a certain light. But they might not know how to reveal the aspects of their child that will  appeal to business schools.

Many parents have almost derailed the process by tearing apart MBA essays that we’ve already determined are good to go. When that happens, we wonder why they paid for expert consulting in the first place.

Parents just want to help. We get it.
Of course parents want to protect their children from failure or disappointment. They can serve their children’s needs better by cheering from the sidelines. Or offering moral support if a setback or ding does occur.

Even if they still rely on Mom and Dad for advice and financial support, graduate-level students are adults. They are expected to be capable of making independent, adult decisions. If you’re the student in this scenario, make sure you set limits with your parents’ involvement. You don’t want to create a poor impression of your decision-making capacities.

And parents: Trust that your child is responsible enough to make the right decisions for his or her future.

A version of this post originally appeared on Stacy’s MBA admissions blog for US News and World Report.

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Seasons greetings from all of us here at Stacy Blackman Consulting! At this time, we want to send our best wishes to you and your families for a wonderful holiday season. Looking forward to a phenomenal 2019 filled with happiness, good health and the promise of new opportunities!

Warmest regards,

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P.S: Round 2 deadlines are right around the corner…if you’re applying to Harvard Business School on January 4th but feeling a bit intimidated, don’t miss this terrific post published last month on the MBA Voices Blog on finding the confidence to apply.

The advice is spot-on, and really, it holds true for any elite business school that you may be considering.

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If you applied in Round 1 and plan to submit materials to other business schools in Round 2, you may feel tempted to mix up your MBA application strategy for a couple of submissions—especially if you’ve already gotten a few dings.

We know how frustrated you feel if you’ve poured a ton of time and energy into perfecting your application materials and then hearing only crickets at the end. But before you decide to position yourself in an entirely new way, scrap your essays and embark upon a drastically different strategic course, you need to take an objective view of the materials you already submitted. Or better yet, ask someone else who’s familiar with the process to do so.

Is it time for a new MBA application strategy in round 2?
Unfortunately, you can’t change any of these hard data points:

  • Your undergraduate institution
  • The classes you took
  • Your GPA
  • Your employment history
Plus, there’s not enough time before round 2 to do anything about these two areas either:

  • GMAT/GRE score
  • Volunteer activities
Do you detect any major red flags across those areas? If so, you need to be honest with yourself. Even the greatest essay set in the world may not be able to offset those issues.

In that case, if you thoroughly planned how to best position yourself with your Round 1 materials but have received dings, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your strategy was faulty. It may just simply mean that you need to consider less competitive programs.

Actually, the same thing goes even if there are zero red flags across your materials. A rejection doesn’t mean you are not accomplished or deserving of a spot in School X’s incoming MBA class. It only means there wasn’t enough room to accept everyone. Perhaps you need to widen your net a bit more?

That’s why we recommend staying the course with your MBA application strategy between Round 1 and Round 2—unless you never actually created a strong plan in the first place. Then, by all means, reassess your efforts!

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As we prepare to welcome 2019 next week, it’s a time for reflection and anticipation. But odds are if you’ve been working on MBA applications, you’ve already been doing a lot of both over the past several months.

Updating your resume—check. Brainstorming intriguing stories for your essays—check.  Reminding your recommendersof everything you worked on together—check. All that’s about as intense a walk down memory lane as it gets.

You’ve spent weeks upon weeks reviewing your life’s accomplishments and navel-gazing in order to ensure your materials will show admissions committees who you really are.

Take a break–even for a day–to reflect and look forward
If you already know where you’ll be heading in the fall—or are in the envious position of deciding between programs—then there’s no doubt 2019 is going to be a banner year. You have much to be excited about!

But what if you’ve been waitlisted? Or need to put the finishing touches on your Round 2 applications. Maybe you are just beginning the application process for Round 3. Whatever the case, it’s stressful to have a good chunk of 2019 up in the air.

But your future plans will all fall into place in due time. And once your materials are in, there’s no harm in testing out the power of positive thinking, right?

You could also make it a New Year’s resolution to look forward to bigger and better things in 2019—no matter what ends up happening with business school.

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How is it possible that we’re already at the final days of 2018? Once again, the time is upon us to make new resolutions, push ourselves to learn and grow, and rededicate ourselves to our personal and professional goals.

With that in mind, we’d like to share the blog posts that really resonated with readers in our 2018 year in review. We selected each to help you better prepare as you journey along the road to business school.

Exercises to Help MBA Applicants Develop Their Personal Brand
Some b-school applicants balk at thinking of themselves as a product or brand. However, by taking the time to really examine your personal qualities, values and aspirations, you’ll ultimately be able to find out which MBA programs provide the best match for your unique profile.

Tackling Background Blemishes for the MBA Application

When you apply to an MBA program, particularly at a prestigious business school, the admissions committee will scrutinize every element of your background. They want to determine how well-rounded you are. Also, whether you’re up to the program’s academic rigors. Of course, not every applicant has a sterling backstory. You may find yourself concerned that something in your past will hurt your chances at your dream school.

Round 3 Insight from MBA Admissions Officers
Round 3 deadlines are nearly upon us, and while the final round is the biggest gamble of the application cycle, schools have that round for a reason and use it to admit those stellar students that add something really special to their classes. Here’s a sampling of reactions from the admissions teams at well-ranked MBA programs on whether Round 3 really is a viable option for applicants.

Do These 7 Things Now if B-School is in Your Future
You may still be in college, but it’s never too early to begin investing your time and energy into areas that will pay off big time down the line. Take a look at seven things you can do right now as an undergrad to strengthen your MBA candidacy.

B-School Research Advice for International MBA Applicants
For many MBA hopefuls, particularly those targeting multiple programs and coming from abroad, a campus visit can be a real challenge during the application phase. Whether the problem is the prohibitive expense of air travel and lodging or the time off from work required, these candidates must turn to other sources to fill in the blanks as they decide on which programs to target.

How to Pay for Your MBA
 Congratulations! You got into business school. Before you start packing, though, you’ll need a game plan for funding your MBA journey. CommonBond was started by MBAs, so we’ve been there before. Below are some tips to help you figure out how to pay for business school and everything it entails.

Should Your MBA Application Strategy Include ‘Safety’ Schools?
When coming up with a list of business schools, you must feel genuine enthusiasm about attending. This holds true regardless of whether they are dream schools, or programs you might consider a safer bet. If you would feel disappointed rather than ecstatic about advancing your career by attending a school, then do not apply. That’s a waste of everyone’s time and your money.

MBA Success Story: From 24 Apps, 19 Dings to 1st in Class at Emory
When Ed Luggen signed up with Stacy Blackman Consulting in 2015, he had received more rejections than almost anyone we had ever worked with. The fact that he wanted to persevere was a true testament to his character, his resilience, drive and problem-solving abilities.

4 Cases Where MBA Applicants Should Write an Optional Essay
To write or not to write an optional business school application essay…that is a question that concerns many MBA candidates each season. The following advice should be considered within the context of your overall strategy and target business school(s), but these areas are prime material for the optional essay.

MBA Essay Advice for Entrepreneurs
Business schools have always prepared students to launch and manage their own businesses. But over the last decade, the number of courses, centers and contests dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurship has mushroomed. Many entrepreneurs feel unsure of the best way to convey their unconventional background in an MBA application.

What Makes a Great MBA Recommendation Letter
The recommendation letter forms an integral part of your MBA application package and can make—or break—your chances of admission. Often, applicants unwittingly sabotage their efforts when they select bigwig recommenders with impressive titles, hoping to impress the adcomm. This tactic almost always backfires.

Waitlisted MBA Applicants are Still in the Game
While few candidates celebrate landing on the waitlist, don’t give up hope. First of all, waitlist status by your target school is definitely a good sign. You’re someone they would like to have in the class, but something is holding up a final decision.

Perhaps your profile is near-identical to someone who they did admit. In this case, the admissions team wants to carefully balance the class and needs to see other candidates in subsequent rounds. Or, your application might have a weakness that’s giving the admissions committee pause.  If the latter is true, there may be steps you can take to increase your chances of admission.

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My goal with this blog has always been to bring b-school applicants the latest news from the schools, insightful application and essay tips, and to explore major trends affecting the future of management education.

Thank you for joining us on this 2018 year in review, and for making us a top destination for your b-school research. We hope this resource continues to serve you well as you embark on what is definitely a life-changing, career-boosting journey.

Have a wonderful holiday, and see you back here in 2019!

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The second round deadline is coming up at Harvard Business School on January 4th, and there’s no time like the present to review some of the key elements your MBA application should highlight if you’re targeting round 2 at HBS.

It may not surprise you to learn that high-impact leadership is the “Big Kahuna” at HBS. The admissions committee will look for evidence that you’ve made a positive impact on the communities of which you’ve been a part, both personally and professionally.

Are you a leader?
Your past leadership achievements are the best gauge of your potential for realizing your future ambitions. Make sure to highlight instances that support your case in this area. The admissions committee understands you may not have several years of work experience from which to draw. Take comfort in knowing that it’s not about the scale of your achievements. The goal is showing that you left indelible footprints.

How have you made the world a better place?
Be sure also to focus on service to others in your application. As with leadership, the committee is concerned with the connection between your achievements and how they reflect who you are. Community service is important because a.) it provides insights into your deeper interests and the causes that you care about; and b.) the admissions officers want to see evidence that you’re the type of person who devotes energy to making a community stronger because they may be inviting you into their community.

What are you passionate about?
The school has a mission to “educate leaders to make a difference in the world.”  HBS isn’t looking for candidates who simply want a résumé boost. If you’re applying in round 2 at HBS, you have to have passion and vision—think big. Passion is a useful tool for staying motivated and productive, whether it’s in school or business.

But it goes much deeper than simply being passionate about what you’re doing. You need to express your passion in a way that inspires and projects energy onto those you work with. It’s not just your footprints that interest HBS admissions; they also want to see the footprints of those who follow you as you blaze a new trail in an area of passion.

If you need further proof that pursuing an MBA is the right path for you, check out this recent post from the HBS MBA Voices Blog.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Focus on Fit When Choosing Which MBA Programs to Target
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If you seek a business school environment where you’ll truly thrive, focus on fit over ranking and brand. While the latter two are important, if you don’t feel at home from the moment you set foot on campus, you won’t get the most out of the MBA experience.

For applicants who must choose between two or more admissions offers—lucky you!—this post should help clarify matters. For those just beginning the research phase, keeping these qualities in mind will serve you well as you narrow down your list.

When you focus on fit, you should consider the three C’s – curriculum, culture, and communication.

Is the Curriculum a Good Fit?

B-schools regularly revamp their courses to keep up with trends in leadership and innovations in the world at large. Common changes include more required and elective experiential courses, plus new opportunities for students to customize their learning experience.

All general management MBA programs will provide you with the fundamentals of core management skills. The next step to determining fit requires you to find out just how well the programs align with your post-MBA career goals.

Top business schools are known for their strengths in specific fields—finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, health care, real estate development, etc. So start by narrowing your list based on how well the program can prepare you for that industry.

If you have laser-focused career goals,  consider business schools that offer a concentration in your area of interest. Also, you might prefer a school with a more versatile curriculum from the beginning that you can really tailor to your needs. Choose a program with a curriculum that suits you and your learning style best.

Is the Culture a Good Fit?
Understanding the prevailing culture at a school will help you decide whether the program is a good fit for your personality. You can begin your assessment by determining whether the culture is predominantly competitive or collaborative.

Size and location often play an important role in this regard. Larger programs in urban centers, such as Harvard, Wharton, and Chicago Booth typically feel much more competitive and intense.

Smaller business schools and those located in rural settings usually foster a close-knit community feeling. Here, many students live on campus and socialize with fellow students and faculty on a regular basis. MBA programs with smaller cohorts take pride in their down-to-earth, collaborative cultures.

There’s no right or wrong when it comes to a school’s culture. It’s simply a matter of choosing the environment where you think you’ll thrive.

How Good Is the Communication?

You may also want to consider whether the admissions team seems genuinely interested in getting to know applicants, too. A great way to gauge this is by seeing how often and how much engagement the admissions committee offers you.

Take, for example, the Michigan Ross School of Business, where the director of MBA admissions and financial aid Soojin Kwon updates her blog every few weeks. On it, she offers application tips, deadline and interview news, school events and other thoughts. She or someone in her department also answer each post’s comments. It may just be that famous Midwestern hospitality, but Ross candidates seem to feel a genuine connection that starts during their admissions experience.

Another excellent source of communication comes from the school-sponsored student blogs. These blogs a great way to connect with current students and learn more about the daily experience at your target schools.

Choosing where to pursue an MBA is a huge decision. A focus on fit will help you narrow down the options. Do your homework and understand the strengths and potential drawbacks of each option. Knowing yourself and how a particular school suits your professional goals and needs is the essence of making the right choice.

For more on the topic of school selection, check out my US News & World Report blog post, Reach, Target, Safety: How to Choose MBA Programs Strategically.

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New post 07 Jan 2019, 12:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Background Checks in MBA Admissions
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Background checks in MBA admissions are more common for some schools than others, but their overall use is growing. Some programs vet every admitted applicant, while others randomly select a percentage of candidates. Still others delve further only when something seems to raise a red flag. The process usually takes place in the spring, after all application rounds have passed and candidates begin sending in their deposits.

The vast majority of people shouldn’t stress over this verification process. Business schools aren’t on a mission to grill candidates about every last detail of their applications. They simply want to ensure that applicants have honestly represented themselves, their experience and their accomplishments.

Why do schools need to check your background?
Sometimes applicants are screened because their profile is unusual or difficult to verify. If their work experience included time in a startup or at a failed startup, in a small family firm or at a company abroad, and the admissions office simply needs to clarify and confirm the details.

Typical reasons for rejecting a candidate include:

  • ethical lapses
  • questionable behavior
  • not disclosing a layoff or firing
  • evidence of plagiarism
  • not disclosing a criminal conviction
Willful deception or lying by omission will jeopardize your admission. Minor discrepancies such as being off by a month when listing your employment dates likely won’t. Most schools give applicants a chance to explain any plausible mistakes.

Though we can’t share specific examples due to confidentiality issues, we have had clients failwho have had problems with background checks. In some cases, an offer of admission was revoked following the background check. In one situation, the student had already started school and was escorted out due to an omission on the application. It wasn’t because of a lie. Rather, this person failed to  include information the program would have wanted to know about during the application process.

What are they looking for in background checks?
Business schools can investigate application details that include everything from recommenders, employment and education history, extracurricular and professional involvements, leadership roles and even authenticate anecdotes from application essays.

If you’re on the fence about whether to include or explain something in your application, chances are you probably should mention it. When the issue is something like poor academic performance or a gap in employment history, it’s always best to come completely clean. The admissions team isn’t looking for perfection in applicants.

Major failures can translate into a story about lessons learned and self-improvement. These can actually help your candidacy if you show how you’ve become a wiser, more humble person because of them. However, if the incident you’re wondering about including is personal in nature and does not appear anywhere on your official record, you may decide not to draw unnecessary attention to it.

Just stay calm
If you learn that your admission is conditional pending corroboration of your professional, academic or personal background, your best option is to cooperate quickly and completely to facilitate the verification process. The schools just want to make sure all applicants are who they say they are.

Make sure you’re meticulous about presenting the facts, haven’t exaggerated or lied, and have explained any lapses in judgment that could come back to haunt you,  and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

For more on this topic, read Pro Tip: Don’t Lie on Your MBA Application in The Wall Street Journal.

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New post 10 Jan 2019, 11:01
FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Simon Business School’s New STEM Focus Makes it MBA Program of the Year
Business school news website Poets & Quants has crowned the Simon Business School, with its revamped STEM focus, “MBA Program of the Year” for 2018. It is only the second program in the US to receive that honor, after Cornell University. Last year, Cornell’s Johnson School won MBA program of the year for its highly innovative Cornell Tech MBA in New York City.

The Simon School received the distinction due to its newly enhanced MBA curriculum. The program is the first in the country to offer a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) designation. In fact, the designation covers every area of specialization, from banking and corporate finance to brand management and operations.



STEM Focus Designation—A Boon for International MBA Students
A STEM designation makes the program especially attractive to international MBA applicants. Federal government programs allow graduates of STEM-designated degrees to stay in the United States for three years of work experience. The standard is one year.

“Along with benefiting our students, these moves will give Simon a real competitive advantage, because we are the only true STEM business school,” says Simon Dean Andrew Ainslie in a statement announcing the news.

Simon uses an analytical lens to research and teach finance, accounting, operations, marketing, and other facets of business education. The school’s leaders say this designation seemed a perfect fit.

As Gregory Bauer, dean of full-time programs at Simon, puts it: “We were analytical before analytical was cool.”

“The school leveraged its quant-heavy curriculum with a strong focus on analytics and economics to gain STEM designation,” wrote Poets & Quants in their review of the MBA program. “Simon was in a unique position to take advantage of the opportunity.”

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