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Tepper MBA Deadlines for 2019-2020  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tepper MBA Deadlines for 2019-2020
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Are you interested in applying to the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University? Then get out your calendar. The Tepper MBA deadlines for the full-time, part-time, and flex programs have been announced!

Tepper MBA Deadlines for the Full-Time Program
Round 1
Application deadline: October 6, 2019

Decision notification: December 11, 2019

Round 2
Application deadline: December 19, 2019

Decision notification: March 4, 2020

Round 3
Application deadline: March 2, 2020

Decision notification: May 4, 2020

All deadlines are 11:59 PM Eastern Time (U.S.). The Fall 2020 MBA application will be available by mid-August.

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For more information on applying, please visit the Tepper MBA admissions website. If you need guidance on your Tepper MBA application, or wish to discuss your business school plans, reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help!

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Tuesday Tips: Stanford MBA Essay Tips for 2019-2020  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: Stanford MBA Essay Tips for 2019-2020
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The Stanford Graduate School of Business has announced the essay questions for the 2019-2020 application. Today, we’re sharing our Stanford MBA essay tips to help you create a positive impression through your application materials. Although the required questions are the same as prior years, Stanford has added an optional short-answer essay this season.

The admissions committee at Stanford has gained significant insight into applicants by asking, “What matters most, and why?” along with “Why Stanford?” These questions are simple, yet the answers are revealing. In addition, the new optional essay allows you to go beyond your resume and describe a time you had an impact.

What is Stanford Looking For?
In light of its high ranking and competitive admissions numbers, many students are intimidated to apply to Stanford GSB for their MBA. However, here at Stacy Blackman Consulting, we have worked with hundreds of applicants over the years who have successfully gained admission to Stanford. We shared some of our successful applicants’ important traits to help everyone working for admission to top tier schools.

Our successful Stanford MBA applicants demonstrated true character. That means they helped others and demonstrated a sense of community. Also, they showed that they cared about the world beyond their own material wants and needs in their essays. Impact describes these applicants perfectly.

As Stanford advises, “answer the question. Resist the urge to ‘package’ yourself into what you think Stanford wants to see. Doing so will only prevent us from understanding who you really are and what you hope to accomplish. The most impressive essays are the most authentic.” Therefore, these essays are meant to be personal and to show your personality and what drives you.

Understanding Stanford’s culture and academics will help you tailor your application. Before starting these essays it will be useful to speak to Stanford students and alumni. Additionally, you could visit campus to see the Stanford community first hand. If you need to start your research online, read stories from current students. You can start with our former client, Natasha Malpani.Image

Stanford MBA Essay Tips for 2019-2020
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Your answers for both essay questions combined may not exceed 1,150 words (1,200 words if you are applying to both the MBA and MSx programs). Each of you has your own story to tell, so please allocate these words between the essays in the way that is most effective for you. Stanford suggests allocating more words to Essay A.
ESSAY A: WHAT MATTERS MOST TO YOU, AND WHY?

For this essay, we would like you to:

• Do some deep self-examination, so you can genuinely illustrate who you are and how you came to be the person you are.

• Share the insights, experiences, and lessons that shaped your perspectives, rather than focusing merely on what you’ve done or accomplished.

• Write from the heart, and illustrate how a person, situation, or event has influenced you.

• Focus on the “why” rather than the “what.”
This Stanford MBA essay is about diving deep into what motivates you, and why. Topics can range from personal history to big picture visions of the future. However, this essay should not be explicitly career related (and the strongest essays are likely not career oriented at all). However, it is likely that some of your themes will continue in the next essay, which may focus more on your career.

For example, you may have a personal passion that also has led you into a related career aspiration. Character should shine through, and introspection and honesty should persist through the entire set of essays. To generate ideas, try brainstorming over a period of a few days. Ask friends and family what values they see you demonstrating in your life and choices.

What keeps you awake at night?
Keep a notebook by your bed so you can record your first thoughts upon waking up. Review your personal history for ideas. When you look back at your life what do you admire and regret about your choices? Are there moments in your life that have led to a change in direction? Who has impacted your choices? These are the kind of questions to ask yourself as you brainstorm topics for this essay.

It can be tough to write such an open-ended and challenging essay, and using vivid and specific examples will help you focus. These examples will provide the reader with images and stories to understand your perspective. After reading hundreds of essays, the ones that have descriptive stories in them stand out the most.

Keep in mind as you select examples that Stanford GSB specifically advises focusing on people and experiences that have influenced you, rather than accomplishments or achievements. Don’t be scared of the tough moments in life – often self-awareness emerges from challenges. Whatever experiences you choose, it’s very important to talk about why they made an impact on your life and your values.

Along with vivid examples, talk about how you felt, thought and reacted both at the time and as you reflected later. The “why” will come out of your reactions to your life experience or people who have influenced you, and the resulting introspection.

ESSAY B: WHY STANFORD?

• Enlighten us on how earning your MBA at Stanford will enable you to realize your ambitions.

• Explain your decision to pursue graduate education in management.

• Explain the distinctive opportunities you will pursue at Stanford.

• If you are applying to both the MBA and MSx programs, use Essay B to address your interest in both programs.
After you have explained who you are, you will explain why your next step is a Stanford MBA. If you are applying to both the MBA and MSx, make sure you can highlight the advantages of both programs for your specific situation. You might have significant work experience but also see the benefits of attending a two-year program to achieve your goals. Therefore, you could be interested in either option.

The sub questions for this essay cover both why you are interested in pursuing an MBA, and why you specifically want to attend Stanford GSB for your MBA. Stanford GSB wants to know your aspirations will be uniquely satisfied by the program at Stanford. Thorough school research will help you determine what aspects of the academic program, community and students are crucial to your aspirations.

Be as specific as possible in your response to provide evidence that you have done your research. Consider everything about the aspects of the program that most appeal to you. Have you met current students and alumni? Who are the professors you are excited about? What are the unique programs? Is Stanford’s culture appealing to you, and why? Think about using specific examples, like the career path of a specific alum you admire.

If the question seems too vast, take a few minutes to close your eyes and reflect.
Envision your life in twenty years. Where do you live? How do you spend your days? What is your favorite activity? Does this vision fit into your career aspirations? Don’t be shy about your ambitions. Once you have identified your dream career, you also need to make sure an MBA is an important part of achieving your plans.

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Consider that Stanford likes to see applicants who dream big and also have the credibility to achieve their goals. Be bold with your aspirations. Write about global, big picture issues you would like to solve. Not what your parents or partner want you to do, and not the next job on the corporate ladder. In particular, explain what you—with your own unique background and values—want for your life.

Even though you should think big, don’t make the mistake of acting as if you are already perfect with no development needed. After all, you are a work in progress, and that’s appropriate. Remember that MBA programs want to help promising candidates reach their goals and be a step on an ambitious career trajectory.

Optional Short-Answer Question:

Think about times you’ve created a positive impact, whether in professional, extracurricular, academic, or other settings. What was your impact? What made it significant to you or to others? You are welcome to share up to three examples. (Up to 1500 characters, approximately 250 words, for each example)
This essay is optional and should be answered in the space provided in the application. In other words, do not submit this essay with the other two. You can use up to 250 words for each example, for a total of 750 words on this essay.

Many applicants to Stanford write personal stories and describe internal motivations in the “what matters most” essay. This leaves very little space to talk about your impact on organizations or teams. If you are one of those applicants, this is the perfect place to show off some of your leadership stories. Stanford is looking for people who have inner strength and drive. But also, Stanford seeks those who can influence others.

Once again, think about stories from your various roles in life. Work is usually a place to practice leadership skills, but positive leadership impact can happen anywhere. You might have an important volunteer role where leadership literally impacts lives. Or perhaps you are part of a cultural organization or political activity that is meaningful to you. Think about the stories of your life that can demonstrate the kind of positive leader you are, and showcase those stories to Stanford.

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If, after reading these Stanford MBA essay tips, you still finding the essays challenging, then don’t hesitate to contact Stacy Blackman Consulting for personalized guidance through the application process.

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Tuesday Tips: Yale MBA Essay Tips for 2019-2020  [#permalink]

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ImageThe Yale School of Management has published its required MBA essay for the 2019-2020 admissions season. Today, we’re sharing our Yale MBA essay tips to help you create a positive impression through your application materials.  Make sure you read the essay questions carefully and research Yale MBA admissions criteria. One great resource is the Yale MBA admissions blog.

As one current student advises, “Make sure to spend some time reflecting on your story and how what you’ve done, what you want to do in the short term, and what you want to do in the long term aligns.“

This essay should clearly highlight your personal qualities and leadership qualities. With only one essay question in the application, you’ll need to make sure your resume and recommendations can answer any questions about your career and accomplishments.

Read through our Yale MBA essay tips, and don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about designing the best Yale application possible with Stacy Blackman Consulting.

Yale MBA Essay Tips for 2019-2020
Describe the biggest commitment you have ever made. (500 words maximum)
Behavioral questions like this one (tip off word: “describe”) require you to describe how you act in specific situations. Choose an example from your past experiences, and think about what a commitment meant to you. Was it a job or an organization that you were involved in? Or, maybe your commitment relates to a value or a person.

Provide detailed specifics about your commitment and why it qualifies as the biggest one you have ever made. What did you think or say? Describe the actions you took. How did you feel about the result? The commitment should be large enough to show the admissions committee at Yale SOM who you are and what motivates you.

Solo commitments might be appropriate since many MBA applicants are individual contributors. However, ideally you will demonstrate how you work with others as a leader and team member. Leadership and commitment often go hand-in-hand, because the best leaders commit to making the team and organization better.

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Also, Yale focuses on making a difference in the world. The topic of this question demonstrates your values. Those values ideally include actions that impact the greater community or world. Regardless of whether you choose an individual or team commitment, make sure you show a significant positive impact. Keep in mind the Yale SOM’s mission while writing this essay.

As explained by Dean Edward A. Snyder: “Yale SOM is persistent and disciplined in our efforts to connect to big issues, to integrate with Yale, to be distinctively global, and to work across all sectors. All of our efforts are guided by a strategy that accounts for how the world has changed over the last several decades and the implications for leadership. The success of our efforts depends entirely on extraordinary alignment and superior teamwork—internally and externally.”

A note on word counts
The 500-word limit can be daunting. Don’t censor yourself on the first draft and limit what you write. Instead, start by describing each step of your accomplishment in detail. Describe what you did, the reaction of others and your own feelings. From there cut out anything too detailed or too superfluous to the story.

This will help you maintain that 500-word maximum. Another great tactic is to use an outside reader. Someone removed from the application can help you decide what is most important to the story and streamline your essay.

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Develop Your Inner Rebel  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Develop Your Inner Rebel
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This post originally appeared on the Blacklight, our new newsletter for professionals.
As a teenager, your rebellious streak may have landed you in hot water with your parents, the principal, or even the fuzz. Now that you’re an upright citizen and working professional, you might find yourself less willing to rock the boat at the office. Maybe you feel pressure to “get on board” even if you disagree, so no one doubts that you’re a “team player.”

If this sounds familiar, you’re in good company. Our natural tendency is to seek out the known and comfortable. But you know what? Acting like Mr. or Ms. Agreeable all the time is doing your career no favors. There’s no brass ring for maintaining the status quo. If you want greater career success, get back in touch with your inner rebel. In other words, don’t avoid conflicts and tension—embrace them.

Permission to rebel
Rebels aren’t troublemakers or outcasts, explains Dr. Francesca Gino. Sure, they break the rules—but their purpose is constructive, not destructive. Author of the book Rebel Talent, this Harvard Business School professor spent a decade studying renegades of all stripes at organizations around the globe.

Gino believes the most important trait of rebels in the workplace is curiosity. They think and act differently to create positive change in the world. Embrace conflict by bringing in a variety of perspectives, she says. Don’t ask, What should I do? Instead, ask, What can I do?

“I see too many leaders who focus so much on efficiency that curiosity shuts down in people. And that’s too bad, because curiosity leads to all sorts of great results and great outcomes,” Gino says in this NPR interview.

When people disagree and share their ideas and opinions, something transformational happens. Disagreements lead to deeper understanding of the issues at hand. More options or solutions appear. This leads to better outcomes for your team.

“Yes, there may be conflict,” Gino acknowledges, “but it will ultimately be productive.”

Likewise, researchers at INSEAD found that putting people in a “conflictual state of mind” can boost their creativity. Conflict, though uncomfortable, leads to true innovation.

The rebel test
Wondering how much of a rebel you are at heart? According to Gino, there are four distinct rebel personalities (the Traveler, the Climber, the Pirate, the Guard). Use her rebel test to find out what type you tend towards. You may learn something surprising about yourself—and how to further develop your own rebel talents.

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Cornell MBA Essays for 2019-2020  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Cornell MBA Essays for 2019-2020
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Is Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business on your shortlist of target MBA programs? Then let the brainstorming begin! The Cornell MBA essay questions for the 2019-2020 admission season have been announced. Candidates are required to complete a Goals Statement as well as two essays.

Goals Statement
Use this short answer question to succinctly share your short and long term goals. If invited to interview, you will have the opportunity to elaborate further and should be prepared to connect your prior experience with your future aspirations.

A statement of your goals will begin a conversation that will last throughout the admissions process and guide your steps during the MBA program and experience. To the best of your understanding today, please share your short and long term goals by completing the following sentences and answering the enclosed short answer question (350 words maximum):

Immediately post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) ____[Role]____ at ___[Company]___within___[Industry]___.

Targeted Job Role:

Target Job Company:

Industry:

In 5 – 10 years post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) ____[Role]____ at ___[Company]___within___[Industry]___.

Targeted Job Role:

Target Job Company:

Industry:

How has your experience prepared and encouraged you to pursue these goals?

Impact Essay
This essay is designed to explore the intersection of engagement and community culture. Whether during the program or following graduation, our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve.

To help you explore your potential for impact, we encourage you to engage with our students, alumni, faculty, and professional staff. You may choose to connect with them via email or phone or in person during one of our on campus or off campus events. As you seek their input and insight, please be respectful of their time and prepare a few discussion points or questions in advance.

At Cornell, our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. How do you intend to make an impact during the next several years of your education and/or career? (350 words maximum)

Back of Your Resume Essay
This essay is an opportunity to present yourself as an individual. We encourage you to think about your proudest accomplishments, interests and passions, and personal highlights that will help us to get to know you as a person and potential community member.

We value creativity and authenticity and encourage you to approach this essay with your unique style. Alternative submission formats may include a slide presentation, links to pre-existing media (personal website, digital portfolio, YouTube, etc.), as well as visually enhanced written submissions.

Maximum file size is 5 MB. If you choose to submit a written essay, please limit your submission to 350 words or fewer. Multimedia submissions should be under 3 minutes.

The front page of your resume has given us a sense of your professional experience and accomplishments as well as your academic summary and extracurricular involvement. If the back page reflects “the rest of your story,” please help us get to know you better by sharing ONE example of a life experience, achievement, or passion that will give us a sense of who you are as a potential community member.

Optional Essay
You may use this essay to call attention to items needing clarification and to add additional details to any aspects of your application that do not accurately reflect your potential for success at Johnson (350 words maximum).

If you are reapplying for admission, please use this essay to indicate how you have strengthened your application and candidacy since the last time you applied for admission. Please also review our Admissions Policy for additional information about re-applying (350 words maximum).

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For more information on applying, visit the Johnson School admissions website. If you need guidance on your Cornell MBA essays and application, or wish to discuss your business school plans, don’t hesitate to reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help!

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Face Off: Oxford vs. Cambridge
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The school selection process for MBA applicants can seem overwhelming. With so many great business schools, how do you decide which one is right for you? In SBC’s blog series Face Off, we tease out the strengths and differences between two similarly ranked, or located, b-schools. Plus, we’ll highlight noteworthy elements of their admissions processes. Let’s kick things off by looking at the differences between the Oxford MBA application versus that of University of Cambridge Judge School of Business.

How do the admissions requirements and selectivity compare between the Oxford MBA application and Cambridge Judge? 
  • Both schools have similar admissions requirements.
  • Both require a good undergraduate degree. Cambridge mentions that they prefer candidates to be in the top 25% of their undergraduate graduating class.
  • Both accept the GMAT and GRE and one is a requirement. The average GMAT at Cambridge is 693 and the median GMAT at Oxford is 690. Neither reports GRE score averages. Neither reports GMAT score minimum requirements. However, the admissions team recommends that applicants aim for a score of 650 or above.
  • Oxford requires a minimum of two years’ experience before the MBA, whereas Cambridge requires three years’ pre-MBA experience.
  • Cambridge requires one professional reference. Oxford asks for two references, with at least one being professional.
  • Both have a 110 TOEFL or 7.5 IELTS requirements for those who require an English test.
  • Cambridge has three required essays, whereas Oxford only has one compulsory essay and one optional essay.
  • Cambridge strongly prefers selected applicants to interview on campus. However, they do offer regional and Skype interviews. Oxford has no preference as to whether applicants attend an in-person interview, and offers many regional interview days and Skype interview opportunities.
Oxford enrolls 100 MBA students more each year than Cambridge. However, Oxford does receive considerably more applications. Recent releases show Oxford had 1,586 applications for the Class of 2019, and Cambridge had 1,286. The schools do not release their acceptance rate. However, on a ratio of application to in class, Cambridge has a slightly lower acceptance rate than Oxford.

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What are the key differences between Oxford and Cambridge that an MBA applicant must consider? 
One of the biggest challenges faced by applicants considering applying for an MBA at Cambridge Judge and Oxford Said is the number of similarities the schools have on paper:

  • Both schools offer a one-year MBA program starting in September.
  • Both business schools are embedded in very famous and prestigious universities with excellent reputations globally.
  • One of the defining features of the Oxford and Cambridge MBA programs are the collegial systems in place at both universities. Students at both Said and Judge are also members of one of their respective university’s colleges.
  • Colleges are academic communities within the universities. Colleges select which students they admit. Students can live, eat and socialize in their college. Colleges have their own unique identities and traditions. Students are admitted to the MBA program first and then the business school helps them applying for a college space. Each student studying an MBA at Oxford or Cambridge must be a member of a college.
  • The University of Oxford is made up of 44 colleges and halls. The University of Cambridge has 31 colleges.
  • Both MBA programs offer an internship option in the final summer semester.
Although there are many similarities between the two schools, the MBA programs and student experience are different.

The key differences are:
  • Class size: The Oxford MBA typically enrolls between 315 and 330 students a year. Meanwhile, the Cambridge MBA enrolls between 200 and 210 students a year.
  • Cost: The Oxford MBA has a tuition cost of £57,200 for next intake, while the Cambridge MBA has a tuition fee of £55,000.
  • Curriculum: Both programs offer compulsory core subjects but also give students options to choose electives from a wide portfolio. Cambridge offers the opportunity to have a specialization, whereas Oxford does not offer specializations.
  • Oxford has a strong ethos of responsible business and leadership within the campus and the MBA program. This is seen through themes, co-curricular activities, and subjects in the program.
How do the two schools’ locations compare, and what impact will this have on the student experience and/or job opportunities? 
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  • Both Oxford Said and Cambridge Judge are easily accessible from London, with both located about an hour from London by train.
  • Cambridge is about 50 minutes by train from central London, from Kings Cross Station. From the train station, it is a 7-minute drive to the Judge Business School campus.
  • The city of Oxford is an hour on the train from central London. Trains to Oxford run from both Marylebone station and Paddington Station. The Said Business School is right next door to the train station.
  • Both Oxford and Cambridge are smaller cities.
  • In terms of student experience, students from both campuses spend quite a bit of time in their respective cities and networking with the student communities in their business school and the wider university.
  • Both Cambridge and Oxford are busy and historic university towns. The University of Oxford has just under 24,000 students enrolled (as of 2017 data), whereas the University of Cambridge has about 21,500 students enrolled. Oxford also has another university, which adds to the student atmosphere in the city.
How does this impact job opportunities?
  • Both schools have strong brands and reputations and are therefore able to attract employers based in London and globally to visit campus for networking and recruiting events. The schools’ career teams also do a lot of outreach to companies. The schools work with students to offer career treks to key employers and locations around the globe.
  • A small number of students who launch their own business will remain in Cambridge or Oxford to benefit from the spin out opportunities in the respective universities. Most students do not remain in Oxford or Cambridge after graduation.
How do the two schools’ MBA cohorts compare in terms of quality and culture?
  • Cambridge and Oxford tend to have a similar applicant pool. Many are attracted by how interconnected the business schools are to the parent university and the college system. The college systems at Oxford and Cambridge are a strong selling point for both schools due to the networking opportunities and diverse experience that this provides.
  • Both schools have seen a consistent increase in applications over the last few years. The Oxford class has grown from roughly 220 students to over 300 about three years ago. Cambridge’s class has not grown as much over the last number of years.
  • The larger class at Oxford has led to the opportunities to build wider networks with a more diverse class. They have grown the student support services and career services to meet the demands of a larger cohort. However, Cambridge students do enjoy the smaller and more intimate class size.
  • Class size: Oxford has 315 students this year and Cambridge has 206 students for the class of 2018-19.
  • At a high level, Oxford does somewhat better with female enrollment, at 39% compared to Cambridge’s 36%. Oxford also has a wider representation of nationalities, which may be a natural result of their larger class (109 more students than Cambridge).
  • In terms of diversity, Oxford takes considerably more students from North America than Cambridge, with 26% of the Oxford MBA hailing from North America, compared to 21% of Cambridge’s class. Oxford does a lot better with African students, at 11% compared to Cambridge’s 5%.
  • Cambridge has 23% of their students from East Asia and South East Asia, whereas Oxford comes in at 18% for these regions.
  • Cambridge attracts 10% of their MBA students from Latin America, compared to Oxford’s 5%.
  • With European students, both schools attract about the same percentages.
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Cambridge, England

  • Cambridge’s class of 206 students has 51 different nationalities represented, with an average of 6 years’ experience; 36% of the class are female, and the average GMAT score is 693.
  • Looking at the background of students; 25% come from finance, 24% from consulting, 46% from industry and 5% from NGO / Not-for-Profit / Public Sector / Research / Education.
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Oxford, England

  • Oxford’s MBA class of 315 students has 62 different nationalities represented, with an average experience of 5 years; 39% of the class are female and the median GMAT is 690.
  • Oxford does not offer information on the industry breakdown of their intake.
  • However, they tend to attract about 25% of their class from finance, 20% from consulting, 10% from social impact/NGO and 45% from industry, with a strong technology representation.
  • Both schools highlight the interactive nature of their classes, the diverse students on the program, opportunities to engage and network with the wider university community, and academic rigor.
  • Both schools have very international and diverse classrooms. This diversity leads to lively discussions, challenging group projects and more extensive global networks.
  • Neither school has one dominant pre-MBA industry. Students are encouraged, and required, to work with students from all industries and nationalities through group projects.
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How do the two curricula and teaching methods compare?
  • Both schools split the academic year into semesters (three teaching semesters and summer semester).
  • The schools have a mixture of compulsory core courses, mandatory projects, and a range of elective courses to choose from.
  • Oxford offers between 30 and 40 elective choices, while Cambridge offers between 40 and 50 electives.
  • Oxford does not offer a specialization, whereas the Cambridge MBA allows students to have a specialization in one of the follow areas: Culture, Arts & Media Management, Digital Transformation, Energy & Environment, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Business, Healthcare Strategies, Marketing, Social Innovation or Strategy.
  • Although Oxford doesn’t offer specializations, it does have a number of cross-cutting themes included in their curriculum: The Global Rules of the Game, Entrepreneurship and Responsible Business
  • Cambridge has three required team projects that engage with external companies or organizations: one focused on consulting, one on marketing analysis, and one focused on their concentration.
  • Oxford has two required team projects: one in entrepreneurship and one focused on a global threat or opportunity.
  • Both schools have a variety of teaching and learning methods. This includes lectures, team projects, workshops, seminars, individual projects and class participation.
  • Both programs offer the option for a summer internship from June-August. Students can also take part in an individual project, and students at Oxford can take extra electives in the Summer term. Meanwhile, Cambridge students can opt for a research paper or dissertation.
  • Oxford offers optional co-curricular courses for MBA students in consulting, finance and social impact: The Finance Lab, Consulting Development Programme and Social Impact Lab. These give students the opportunity to gain additional exposure and practical experience for students looking to return to or transition into these areas.
How do the career outcomes between the schools stack up? 
  • Both schools have reported strong career outcomes in recent years. For the class graduating in 2018, Cambridge reported that 92% of the graduates had a job offer three months after graduation, with 85% of them employed. Oxford reports that 91% of graduate seeking employment have accepted an offer within three months of graduation.
  • At Oxford 29.4% end up in finance, 21.6% are in consulting, 9.8% in social impact and 20.6% in technology.
  • At Cambridge, 19% of those employed were in consulting and 25% in finance. Technology is the largest employment sector for the remainder of the graduates.
  • 42% of those employed from the Cambridge class remained in the UK, 11% in the remainder of Western Europe and 16% in north America. 11% are in East Asia and 9% in Southeast Asia.
  • Oxford list 57% in European Free Trade countries, 17% in north America and 16% in Asia.
  • In terms of salaries for Cambridge graduates, the average for those in Europe is £71,682 and for those in North America it is £90,519. At Oxford the average in Europe (excluding the UK) is £71,094 and the average in North America is £87,175.
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We hope this deep-dive comparison between the Oxford MBA application and MBA experience versus Cambridge Judge has given you helpful intel as you make your school selection decisions this season. Finally, please leave any questions you may still have in the comment section below.

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Are you interested in the full-time MBA program at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business? Then let the brainstorming begin! Here are the Haas MBA essays for the 2019-2020 application cycle.

UC Berkeley Haas MBA Essays
Required Essay #1
What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why? (300 words maximum)

Required Essay #2
At Berkeley Haas, we are redefining leadership. We value different opinions and perspectives, recognizing that we always have more to learn about others’ lived experiences and histories. We encourage speaking up and listening, and courageously use our power to address barriers and drive change for positive impact.

Tell us how a Berkeley Haas MBA would enhance your leadership profile, incorporating specific examples. (300 words max)

Optional Essays
We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements:

1. What is the highest level of education completed by your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

  • Did not complete high school
  • High school diploma or equivalency (GED) Associate’s degree (junior college) or vocational degree/license
  • Bachelor’s degree (BA, BS)
  • Master’s degree (MA, MS)
  • Doctorate or professional degree (MD, JD, DDS)
2. What is the most recent occupation of your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

  • Unemployed
  • Homemaker
  • Laborer
  • Skilled worker
  • Professional
3. If you were raised in one of the following household types, please indicate:

  • Raised by a single parent
  • Raised by an extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
  • Raised in a multi-generational home
  • Raised in foster care
4. What was the primary language spoken in your childhood home?

5. If you have you ever been responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else, please indicate:

  • Child
  • Spouse
  • Sibling
  • Parent
  • Extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)
  • Other
6. Please elaborate on any of your above responses. Alternatively, you may use this opportunity to expand on other hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact. (300 words maximum)

Optional Information #2
This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.

Supplemental Information
  • If you have not provided a letter of recommendation from your current supervisor, please explain. If not applicable, enter N/A.
  • List, in order of importance, significant community and professional organizations and extracurricular activities in which you have been involved during or after university studies. Include the following information for each using the format below:
    • Name of organization or activity
    • Nature of organization or activity
    • Size of organization
    • Dates of involvement
    • Offices held
    • Average number of hours spent per month
  • List full-time and part-time jobs held during undergraduate or graduate studies indicating the employer, job title, employment dates, location, and the number of hours worked per week for each position held prior to the completion of your degree.
  • If you have ever been subject to academic discipline, placed on probation, suspended, or required to withdraw from any college or university, please explain. If not, please enter N/A (An affirmative response to this question does not automatically disqualify you from admission).
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For more information on applying, please visit the Haas School admissions website. If you need guidance on your Haas MBA essays and application, or wish to discuss your business school plans, don’t hesitate to reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help!

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Are you interested in the full-time MBA program at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business? Then get out your calendar! The Berkeley Haas MBA deadlines for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle have been announced.

Berkeley Haas MBA Deadlines
Round 1
Application due: September 26, 2019

Decision released: December 12, 2019

Round 2
Application due: January 9, 2020

Decision released: March 26, 2020

Round 3
Application due: April 2, 2020

Decision released: May 7, 2020

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ImageThe Darden School of Business is a top-tier MBA program at University of Virginia. Due to the strength of its academic community, UVA has significant entrepreneurial activity and is interested in fostering innovation within the MBA program. Today, we’re sharing our tips for the Darden MBA essays to help you create a positive impression through your application materials.

Darden now asks a set of short answer questions. These essay questions cover a lot of ground, and it will be useful to think about both your career pursuits and your personal life. The restrictive word counts are difficult to stick to, so stay focused and precise.

When you’re thinking about which stories to highlight in this set of essays, consider that leadership is important. It’s important to the Darden MBA admissions committee that you can work with a team, because Darden has a small, tight-knit community. Darden was recently ranked at the top of the “most inspiring and supportive faculty among all MBA programs” by a Businessweek survey.

Along with a close knit community, Darden offers excellent training in the case method. To learn more, talk to a current student. The admissions committee makes it easy for you to reach out to students directly on the admissions website.

Looking for additional help with your Darden MBA essays and application? Contact us to discuss your candidacy with Stacy Blackman Consulting.

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Darden MBA Essays
For the 2019-20 application cycle, Darden will again offer multiple short answer questions. The goal is to get to know all of the various facets of your background and personality.
1. Darden strives to identify and cultivate responsible leaders who follow their purpose. Please provide an example of a situation in which you have made a meaningful impact. (200 words)
This example could be professional or extracurricular, but ideally describes a significant accomplishment that made an impact. That impact could be big or small as long as it was meaningful to you and those around you. Ideally this example is illustrative of your larger interests and passions.

For example, if you are devoted to diversity, perhaps you started a mentoring program or funded internships for underrepresented employees. While the impact of that action may have been limited to your department or company, it shows your values and allows you to discuss how you would make a greater impact on the world when you have the ability and platform to do so.

2. Diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission, and they work best when they are an integral and celebrated part of our community. Read University of Virginia’s Diversity & Inclusion Vision Statement. Share a time in which you engaged with a perspective, identity, community or experience that was different from your own and how it impacted your worldview. (200 words)
This set of essays provides a holistic view of your background, motivations and goals. This question focuses on your perspective on your life and diversity. When you examine your past experiences, when have you been different from those around you? How did that impact you, and how did you handle working across cultures or styles?

Before you start writing, it’s worth reading the full diversity and inclusion statement. In one section, Darden states: “We must be open to diversity changing us, and our institutional structures and culture, if we are to fully realize and leverage its benefits.”

This is directly useful to you as your write your essays. Think about how you have successfully improved the experience of others around you, regardless of similar backgrounds or experiences. Also, consider that diversity has changed you and your worldview, and if so, explain how.

3. The Batten Foundation Worldwide Scholarship provides all Darden students in our full-time MBA program with an opportunity to participate in a Darden Worldwide Course. If you could choose any location in the world, where would you want to travel, and why? (50 words)
To learn more about Darden’s international programs, visit the Darden website. You can connect with an international location by participating in short visits through a Global Immersion Course or Global Topic Course, spend a semester abroad with an Exchange Program, or work directly with an international business as part of the Global Client Courses.

Darden describes the current programs and countries on the website, and this question asks for your ideal location and why it interests you. Your interest in a particular region could be personal or professional and should have an academic basis. The focus of these international programs is to learn more about the world of business beyond the United States, with that context what would you like to know and where would you like to learn it?

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Darden’s iLab Incobator

4. Tell us what you would want your learning team to know about you – personally, professionally, or both? (100 words)
Darden is a community, and the learning team is the smallest unit of that community. You will be assigned a team of diverse classmates to meet before class and discuss your case assignments. The purpose of these discussions is to ensure that all of you are prepared to participate in the class discussion. Ideally the learning team is a supportive environment and allows everyone to learn and express their own point of view.

This essay allows you to introduce yourself to the Darden community while imagining that you are speaking only to a small group of your peers. What should your learning team know about your background? What diverse perspective will you bring to the learning environment? Perhaps you have a unique professional background that will be new to your teammates.

You may be from an underrepresented region of the world, or you have an interesting personal background. In just a few words, describe what you think will set you apart from your peers and be interesting for the team to know about you. To learn more about your potential classmates, talk to a student ambassador or review Darden’s MBA Student Stories.

5. What is your short-term, post-MBA goal and why? (150 words)
This essay question focuses specifically on your short-term career goal. However, you are probably taking your immediate post-MBA job to learn for your bigger goals. Therefore, it makes sense to talk about your overall career aspirations. In the previous questions you have described your personality, motivations, impact and accomplishments. Now, your career goals should fit seamlessly into that story.

Do not be concerned if you are still exploring what you want to do with your life. Darden offers intensive career counseling and you will have an opportunity to explore many career paths in school. The essay question is about why you are pursuing this path and what you hope to get out of it.

The goal of the admissions committee is to understand how you think and plan, and what motivates your career decisions. If you are someone who has a positive impact on others, that should be part of your career aspirations as well. Darden will help you refine your goals and learn the skills you need.

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Are you getting ready to apply to The New York University Stern School of Business? Today, we’re sharing our tips for the NYU Stern essays to help you create a positive impression through your application materials. Stern MBA admissions says it is seeking “students who best exemplifyStern’s core value: IQ+EQ. Our admissions committee takes care to select those who demonstrate strong intellectual ability, superior interpersonal skills, and a desire to create value for business and society.”

The parameters of IQ and EQ that are important to Stern MBA are academic, professional, and personal. The admissions team will evaluate your academic ability mainly through your GMAT and GPA. However, the NYU Stern essays play a crucial part of your application strategy. In particular, they give insight into your career goals and personality.

Again this year NYU Stern asks for two EQ Endorsements with your application.

• The endorsement must be from someone who knows you personally and/or professionally and can act as a persuasive advocate of your EQ strengths.

• More details can be found here and on the NYU admissions website.

We’ve helped countless aspiring NYU Stern MBA students to put together a great application to cut through the clutter. Contact us to learn more.

NYU Stern Essays for 2019-2020
Essay 1: Professional Aspirations

(500 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

• What are your short and long-term career goals?

• How will the MBA help you achieve them?

While many people seek an MBA degree, NYU wants to invest in those who can use it most effectively. For example, maybe you’re seeking an MBA for networking or professional credibility. Or, perhaps you want an MBA to learn specific skills to change careers. Whatever your own personal reasons, make sure you can point to specific aspects of the MBA education both generally and at Stern that will help you achieve your goals.

Your post MBA goal should be both achievable and demonstrate the need for an MBA. An MBA from NYU Stern will open professional doors for you. Therefore, you should demonstrate that you are ready to take advantage of those opportunities. Think about a logical sequence that starts with your past work experience, then your MBA education, and ends with your immediate post MBA goal. Ideally your goal pulls from both your current work experience and the skills you will gain in the NYU MBA program.

Personal experience of the campus through visits or student touch points will help you understand why a Stern MBA is the next career step for you. But even if you are halfway around the world, you can illustrate the many ways in which you learned about the NYU Stern experience.

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Essay 2: Personal Experience (aka “Pick Six”)

Describe yourself to the Admissions Committee and to your future classmates using six images and corresponding captions. Your uploaded PDF should contain all of the following elements:

• A brief introduction or overview of your “Pick Six” (no more than 3 sentences).

• Six images that help illustrate who you are.

• A one-sentence caption for each of the six images that helps explain why they were selected and are significant to you.

Note: Your visuals may include photos, infographics, drawings, or any other images that best describe you. Your document must be uploaded as a single PDF. The essay cannot be sent in physical form or be linked to a website.

NYU Stern has evolved the creative essay asked for many years. This version is more specific, but still gives you freedom to communicate what you want. A favorite American idiom says “a picture is worth a thousand words.” In this essay, you have six pictures to use.

To get started, think about how you will choose the right images to communicate with your future classmates and Stern MBA admissions. Think about the story you want to tell with the six images. Is it a collage of your life, or a progression? How do the pictures work together to tell the story?

While the medium can be anything, your content is the important part of this essay. The best first step is to brainstorm the information you want to convey. Think about your unique personal qualities and what your friends and family value most in you.  Next, ask  yourself how would you want your classmates to see you. Finally, what information would you share with a new friend?

Building a narrative through images
Your six images may be all personal, all professional (not recommended!), demonstrate deeper meaning for you personally, or aspirational and future oriented. You might want to show a journey you have taken or a person who is important to you. Or you could show a vision of your future desires and plans. Build a narrative of the six images and consider what you are communicating about yourself.

Isser Gallogly, associate dean of MBA admissions and innovation, has said that this question evolved to be similar to the kind of post you might share on social media to tell your friends about your life. Images are more and more important in digital communication. This essay asks you to use images as the primary form (drawings, photos, infographics, or any other images you choose).

The one sentence caption for each image will also be an opportunity to contextualize. If you show an image of a happy family, what does that say about your past or future? Who are the people to you? If you have an image of a place you can use the words to explain its importance to you.

Essay 3: Additional Information (Optional)

(250 word maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font)

Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE, IELTS or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.

This optional essay allows you to explain anything that is not clear in your application. Maybe your academic record shows any grades of C or below in a quantitative course, or your GMAT is low. If so, you will want to explain that you are academically prepared. Any explanation should include the reasons why you will perform strongly in your academic courses at NYU.

If you have a gap in work experience this is the place to provide context. Describe what you were doing during the gap.Take the time to explain but not excuse. Finally, remember that you never need to use the optional essay if the information in your application is straightforward on its own.

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ImageMIT Sloan School of Management has updated the application requirements for its full-time MBA program. Take a look at these MIT MBA essay updates for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle.

MIT MBA Essay and Application Requirements
MIT Sloan does not ask a traditional essay question as part of the application for admission to the full-time program. Here’s how each component is explained on the MIT Sloan admissions site:

Cover Letter
MIT Sloan seeks students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world.

We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion.

Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to the Assistant Deans of Admissions, Rod Garcia and Dawna Levenson (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).

Resume
Please submit a one-page resume (Times New Roman 10 point font preferred) that includes your employment history and academic record in reverse chronological order. Other information appropriate to a business resume is welcomed and encouraged, including extracurricular activities, awards, and achievements. Please REDACT your name, address, and contact information. For formatting purposes, please list the information in the following order:

  • Education – please feel free to include relevant awards, scholarships, professional societies
  • Work Experience – please list in reverse chronological order and include: company name, title, results-oriented bullets that demonstrate your skill set, and dates.
  • Additional information – languages, extracurricular activities/community service, technical skills/certifications, special skills/interests (if appropriate)
Video Statement
Please take a minute to introduce yourself to your future classmates via video. Include a bit on your past experience and why MIT Sloan is the best place for you to pursue your MBA. Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute and consisting of you speaking directly to the camera. We recommend using an application such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself.

Upload the video file according to the detailed instructions within the application. We support the following file formats: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv

Should you experience difficulties uploading your file, please ensure that you’re using a modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) on the fastest wired internet connection available. An intermittent or slow internet connection can cause uploads to timeout.

Additional requirements beyond the MIT MBA essay/cover letter
Applicants must submit two additional references besides the individual you choose to write your letter of recommendation. Also, applicants need to upload an organizational chart which outlines the internal structure of your department and company.

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Are you interested in the full-time MBA program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management? Then get out your calendar! The MIT Sloan deadlines for the 2019-2020 MBA admissions cycle have been announced.

MIT Sloan Deadlines
Round 1
Application due: October 1, 2019

Decision released: December 18, 2019

Round 2
Application due: January 21, 2020

Decision released: March 31, 2020

Round 3
Application due: April 9, 2020

Decision released: May 7, 2020

Applications must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. EST

Decisions will be released early for some candidates who will be denied admission without an interview.  Re-applicants may submit an application in any round. LGO applicants must apply in the LGO Round.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: When Will the Robots Replace Us?
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This post originally appeared on the Blacklight, our new newsletter for professionals.
Remember in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, when Tony Stark creates Ultron to help humans establish world peace? And then Ultron decides that the best way to do that is to exterminate mankind completely? Okay, so fears about artificial intelligence (AI) taking over the world haven’t quite reached that level. (Unless you’re Elon Musk).

But, a lot of people really do fear that AI will take all our jobs. Before you know it, we’ll have no way to earn a living, and no sense of self. An in-depthreport from NBC News warns that we must rethink how we look at AI. The purpose is not only to make our jobs more efficient.

Artificial intelligence will also replace our minds.
This, they say, could affect our social well-being and lead to a growing unemployment rate. Jobs in the food and restaurant industries, investment, banking, shipping, and legal fields are all at risk. Even careers in higher education face a threat.

Meanwhile, James Surowieki at Wired sees scant proof that the robots will take away all our jobs. He argues that overall, AI has not allowed companies to produce more with fewer people. In fact, he believes productivity gains over the past decade have been low, compared to historical standards.

The robots have already risen
But as outlets such as Mashable, Gizmodo and The Atlantic point out, machines have already replaced many jobs. When was the last time you booked a vacation through a human travel agent? Have you gone into a bank lately to make a deposit with a teller? Don’t we use email a thousand times more often than snail-mailing a letter to someone?

Whether we like it or not, artificial intelligence is here to stay. And yes, robots will take many of our jobs. Often, they already have. So far, we’ve been able to cope. Going forward, we need to stay educated and willing to reinvent ourselves and our careers.

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The Haas School of Business at University of California Berkeley is a highly selective school with a small class to fill. Above all, it’s important to stand out from the crowd. Namely, showing fit with the culture and program of the Haas MBA class is key. Today, we’re sharing our tips for the Berkeley Haas application essays to help you create a positive impression through your application materials.

Berkeley Haas has changed the required essays a bit this season. In particular, they’re more leadership focused, yet still give you the space to be creative. School research will be important. Note that the Haas MBA admissions committee has a series of videos and tips posted on the website that can help you prepare. Ready? Let’s dive in.

Tips for the Berkeley Haas Application Essays
Required Essay #1

What makes you feel alive when you are doing it, and why? (300 words maximum)
Haas MBA admissions has asked creative and open-ended questions for many years. This essay is a new version of that style of essay. First, brainstorm your favorite activities that are the most engaging to you.

Think about what you lose time pursuing, or find completely absorbing. A hobby, sport or an artistic pursuit could work here. Another idea is an activity at work that absorbs you or you find fascinating. Ideally, your activity reveals something personal about you. It should go beyond your resume and recommendations.

After you have identified a meaningful activity, then you need to describe why. The “why” is more important than the “what.” The “why” reveals something about your natural talents and skills.

For example, maybe you enjoy research projects. You like to solve problems at work, and to have the freedom to pursue the question wherever it takes you. Do you enjoy research because it allows you to be creative to solve problems? Delve into your own motivations and see what is really driving your talents. Being specific about why you do what you do will help you with all of your essays.

Required Essay #2

At Berkeley Haas, we are redefining leadership. We value different opinions and perspectives, recognizing that we always have more to learn about others’ lived experiences and histories. We encourage speaking up and listening, and courageously use our power to address barriers and drive change for positive impact.
Tell us how a Berkeley Haas MBA would enhance your leadership profile, incorporating specific examples. (300 words max)
This essay specifically asks for examples. The admissions committee knows that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. They want to see when you have shown leadership in the past. Specific examples also extend to showing what you know about Haas and demonstrating the specifics that will enhance your leadership profile.

Specifically, note that Haas defines leadership in a way that is both inclusive and bold. Think about the times in your work and life that show these qualities. When have you stood up for something you believe in? For example, have you ever used your voice to express an opinion where it was not necessarily safe or welcome? That is a demonstration of bravery.

In particular, Haas wants to see that you have stood up for others. Consider describing a time when you have listened to other voices on your team and changed your point of view, or included a diverse viewpoint.

Leadership profile directly relates to your long-term goals. As a result, it will be useful to describe those goals here. Haas values people who have a passion for their pursuits. What drives you to pursue your long-term career goals? How are your goals meaningful to you? Perhaps you will be able to impact the lives of others, lead change, or drive innovation. Your motivations are important to explore and describe to the admissions committee.

Finally, consider how Haas will help you enhance your leadership skills and style. Research specific classes, professors, clubs and activities that you think will help hone your skills and improve your career opportunities.

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Optional Essays
We invite you to help us better understand the context of your opportunities and achievements:

1. What is the highest level of education completed by your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

• Did not complete high school

• High school diploma or equivalency (GED) Associate’s degree (junior college) or vocational degree/license

• Bachelor’s degree (BA, BS)

• Master’s degree (MA, MS)

• Doctorate or professional degree (MD, JD, DDS)

2. What is the most recent occupation of your parent(s) or guardian(s)?

• Unemployed

• Homemaker

• Laborer

• Skilled worker

• Professional

3. If you were raised in one of the following household types, please indicate:

• Raised by a single parent

• Raised by an extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)

• Raised in a multi-generational home

• Raised in foster care

4. What was the primary language spoken in your childhood home?

5. If you have you ever been responsible for providing significant and continuing financial or supervisory support for someone else, please indicate:

• Child

• Spouse

• Sibling

• Parent

• Extended family member (grandparent, aunt/uncle, niece/nephew, cousin)

• Other

6. Please elaborate on any of your above responses. Alternatively, you may use this opportunity to expand on other hardships or unusual life circumstances that may help us understand the context of your opportunities, achievements, and impact. (300 words maximum)

Berkeley Haas seeks diversity across many dimensions
Berkeley Haas is committed to understanding applicants completely. By seeking deeper background into your family and your life circumstances, your accomplishments can be contextualized. Questions 1-5 are self-explanatory and should be answered honestly.

In Question 6 you have the choice to either elaborate on your life circumstances as described in Questions 1-5, or to discuss a new piece of information about hardships or life circumstances. This new information can help the admissions committee understand your background more completely.

For example, you might come from a highly educated family and your parents are professionals, but you moved to another country for college or a job. You might have felt challenged while speaking a second language and trying to acclimate to a new culture. Or maybe your parents are fully employed now, but there was a period of unemployment in your family. During that period you learned how to thrive in a different way than you had expected.

It’s possible that, while not personally expected to care for an ailing family member, nonetheless a family illness impacted your life. You might have changed course because of circumstances. Think about the areas of your life that asked the most of your resilience and ability to overcome. How have you used those experiences to continue to achieve and impact those around you?

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Optional Information #2

This section should only be used to convey relevant information not addressed elsewhere in your application. This may include explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, supplemental coursework, etc. You are encouraged to use bullet points where appropriate.

By the way, there is a specific place to indicate that you won’t have a recommendation from your current supervisor in the supplemental information section, so you do not need to explain that here in the optional essay.

Haas recommends using this space to address any information you could not adequately cover elsewhere, specifically suggesting that any employment gaps or academic issues should be covered here.

Of course, candidates with a strong quantitative background like an engineering or hard sciences degree, or with work background in a quantitative field like finance, don’t need to further explain quantitative skills.

Otherwise, you can use one or two examples to demonstrate that you have an analytical mind. Use examples to show you take a quantitative approach to problem solving and evaluating data. Alternatively, if you have taken any supplemental coursework to improve your quantitative profile, this is the place to describe and explain that coursework.

A short gap between school and a secured job is not necessary to explain. However, an unexplained gap of several months between two jobs should be addressed. If your resume has significant employment gaps you should describe what you did between jobs in this space. Ideally you can point to additional education, training, volunteering or traveling that you engaged in while unemployed.

Finally, reapplicants can describe hard improvements to your candidacy such as an improved GMAT score, new grades from quantitative classes, or a promotion. Other improvements might include refined career goals and additional leadership responsibilities at work or within a volunteer activity.

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Stacy Blackman Consulting has successfully coached applicants to the Haas MBA each admissions year. Now that you’ve seen these tips for the Berkeley Haas application essays, contact us to learn more about how we can help you set a winning application strategy.

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Tuesday Tips: MIT Sloan Cover Letter and Video Advice for 2019-2020  [#permalink]

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Are you targeting the MIT Sloan School of Management this application season? Today, we’re sharing our tips for the MIT Sloan cover letter and personal video statement to help you create a positive impression through your application materials.

The MIT Sloan MBA admissions committee has put together a set of useful video tips on their YouTube channel, including a “day in the life” of a Sloan student. In watching the videos, you can see what Sloan values.

Students at MIT Sloan are engaged, creative, and thinking outside the typical MBA frameworks. A study group profiled in the videos includes engineering and design students. One student in the video just returned from a trip to Africa. The video describes vibrant social events and life in Cambridge and Boston.

Experiencing MIT Sloan in person, through networking, or virtually, can also show you if you can see yourself there. Then, your task is to convince the admissions committee that you are MIT Sloan MBA material.

MIT Sloan Cover Letter
MIT Sloan seeks students whose personal characteristics demonstrate that they will make the most of the incredible opportunities at MIT, both academic and non-academic. We are on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. We seek thoughtful leaders with exceptional intellectual abilities and the drive and determination to put their stamp on the world.
We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We want people who can redefine solutions to conventional problems, and strive to preempt unconventional dilemmas with cutting-edge ideas. We demand integrity and respect passion.
Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to the Assistant Deans of Admissions, Rod Garcia and Dawna Levenson (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).
The MIT Sloan cover letter format has been used for many years to select candidates. In some ways, this structure reflects the MIT goal to admit candidates with practical (though innovative) ideas and experience. In addition, the cover letter is a way to describe your key accomplishments and use them to prove that you embody the outlined criteria for admission. Those criteria are: independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers.

Take the MIT Sloan cover letter idea literally and approach this essay as if you were applying for a demanding new job. Can you highlight key stories in your background to prove you take an innovative approach? How can you tell stories that will show you have integrity and passion?

Specifically, use one or more concise illustrations. For example, you could discuss a time when you have approached a business problem and provided a creative solution. Have you innovated a process at work? Perhaps you have suggested a new approach to a customer problem. Think about times when you have been able to provide a fresh perspective at work. For each story, describe what you did in those situations to demonstrate problem-solving skills and passion.

While showcasing your skills and talents is crucial, don’t forget to demonstrate your ability to work with others and support them. Also note that MIT Sloan is on a quest to find those whose presence will enhance the experience of other students. Therefore, you want to demonstrate that you will be an asset to the community and will embody a collaborative approach.

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Video Statement
Please take a minute to introduce yourself to your future classmates via video. Include a bit on your past experience and why MIT Sloan is the best place for you to pursue your MBA. Videos should be a single take (no editing) lasting no more than one minute and consisting of you speaking directly to the camera. We recommend using an application such as QuickTime or iMovie to record yourself.
Upload the video file according to the detailed instructions within the application. We support the following file formats: .avi, .flv, .m1v, .m2v, .m4v, .mkv, .mov, .mpeg, .mpg, .mp4, .webm, .wmv
Should you experience difficulties uploading your file, please ensure that you’re using a modern web browser (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari) on the fastest wired internet connection available. An intermittent or slow internet connection can cause uploads to timeout.
As the MIT admissions committee advises in a short video, this format is all about getting to know you better. Areas evaluated include your presence, passions, and your interests. Because you will need to record the video in one take, we suggest preparing for this video statement like an interview. Write down the stories you might tell about yourself—ideally personal, interesting, and revealing of who you are. Then, practice.

First, brainstorm stories that reveal the real you. For example, you might be passionate about travel and experiencing new cultures. Have you made several interesting trips in your life? It’s likely each has given you new perspective. Maybe you developed a passion for Thai cuisine after a trip. Perhaps you have collected Brazilian art from your travels to that country.

Think of a few discrete examples. Second, practice, practice, and practice those stories until you feel comfortable. Third, put the stories and the introduction together, and practice the flow before you start recording.

Finally, when recording the video essay response, take your time and speak slowly and clearly into the camera. Though it will feel awkward, try to be natural and comfortable as you respond. The most important goal is to convey your personality. Remember, the admissions committee wants you be authentic and have fun!

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Are you targeting one of the top MBA programs in Europe, Spain’s IESE Business School? The IESE MBA application for the 2019-2020 admissions season is now open!

IESE MBA Application Deadlines
Early Decision Round
Application due: September 3, 2019

Decision by: October 18, 2019

Round 1
Application due: October 10, 2019

Decision by: December 5, 2019

Round 2
Application due: January 8, 2020

Decision by: March 3, 2020

Round 3
Application due: March 3, 2020

Decision by: May 8, 2020

Round 4
Application due: May 5, 2020

Decision by: June 12, 2020

IESE recommends candidates send in their application prior to the deadline to avoid the rush and get ahead with the process. Applying early will give applicants more chances to earn a scholarship as well.

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Is IESE Business School in Spain on your shortlist of target MBA programs? Then let the brainstorming begin! You’ll find the IESE MBA application essays for the 2019-2020 admission season within the online application.

IESE MBA Application Essays
Application Essay #1
What do you want to be remembered for? (word limit 300 max)

Application Essay #2
Describe your short and medium term post-MBA goals? (word limit 300 max)

Optional Essay
I wish the admissions committee had asked me… (word limit 300 max)

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Which MBA Application to Start With First?  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Which MBA Application to Start With First?
While not all Class of 2022 MBA applications have gone live yet, many have — and most programs have posted their essay questions so that applicants can at least get going on their drafts. But how should you pick which MBA application to start with?

Some people prefer to start with the essay set that’s due first. That’s totally fine, but may not be the best strategy for other b-school hopefuls. It might simply come down to what you feel most motivated to work on right now. We all know that if you’re dreading something, you’ll find reasons to keep putting it off.

 ‘Easy’ vs. ‘Dream’ Business School First
You have about two months before the majority of Round 1 deadlines hit. So, another tactic to help you decide which MBA application to start with first is choosing the school you want to get into the most. You will inevitably end up circling back and revising those essays as the due date nears. But you can reduce your stress level by allowing the most time possible to work on your dream school.

Another option is to review the essays for all of the schools you’re interested in. Then, pick the most extensive set to begin drafting. That way, you can leverage content — such as the explanation of your short- and long-term career goals — for your remaining applications.

Or you could take the exact opposite approach: start with the school whose essays seem the least daunting. It’ll be that much easier for the words and thoughts to start flowing if you already have ideas about what to write. This process is about creating momentum to carry yourself through the coming weeks.  Getting one school crossed off your list sooner rather than later can be a huge motivator.

So if a voice in the back of your head is telling you to start with School X, listen to that voice and get going!

Think of it this way:

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What’s Your Wish with Susan B. West, Owner of M2 Well-Being  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: What’s Your Wish with Susan B. West, Owner of M2 Well-Being
In our interview series What’s Your Wish, we bring you career and life insights from inspiring business leaders. Find out how they landed where they are today. What makes them tick. How they have overcome obstacles. Advice they would offer to recent graduates. And always, what is their wish for young professionals.
Meet Susan B. West, Owner and General Manager at M2 Well-Being, a mobile mindfulness studio that brings mindfulness training to the workplace.
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What’s the highlight of your career so far?
The highlights of my career come from the decisions that represented the most risk for me. And they each paid off in very different ways.

For example, I bought a one-way ticket to Santiago, Chile with no job or prospects, less than a year after graduating from college. I had a nice marketing role at a local bank in Philadelphia, but was driven to get international experience, hoped to work in consumer packaged goods for the marketing training and wanted to explore my roots (both my parents were raised there).

Despite not having a recognized degree (BA in International Relations) and failing psychological tests (I didn’t fit into the profile of a “typical Chilean woman”), I was hired as an Assistant Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, Chile. It was a spectacular professional training ground and provided a solid foundation for my career. Plus it was a huge life adventure. I thought I would spend a year or two in Santiago, but stayed for four.

Then there’s the time I Initially declined a promotion at Arizona State University because they asked me to increase my part-time hours (3 days/ week) to full-time. My son was six months old then, and full-time hours didn’t feel like the right balance for me. But after two weeks of giving it more thought, I went to my boss, told him I wanted the expanded role, and thought I could do it well working part-time hours.

Lucky for me, he gave me a chance to prove I could, and I did. I was the only person on the senior management team (or on my marketing and communications team) who worked part-time. There was some internal resistance to my schedule, but we all made it work for six years. I was proud and gratified that I paved a different path.

Another career highlight was when I decided I was worthy of risking capital. Over the years, I started a of couple businesses and even quit paying “day” jobs to pursue them. But if the business required more investment than the opportunity cost of my income, I lost my nerve.

It took one year of research, pitching and cheerleading to gather the courage to launch and lead M2. There were (are) So.Many.Things I had no idea how to do or approach. But I took a leap of faith, and I’m so glad I did. However this unfolds, I know I will not regret it and I am curious to see where it will lead.

Is there anything you wish people knew about your company?
Too often, I hear that mindfulness is for hippies, new-agers, religious people, slackers or the otherwise lost and forlorn. In fact, mindfulness is practiced by corporate and government leaders, neuroscientists, professional athletes, first responders, military personnel and people of all walks of life and pursuits.

One in 5 people will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime. But despite its prevalence, many of us are hesitant to prioritize our mental well-being. That could mean reaching out for support when you’re going through a challenge, recognizing you need a break, or taking a class to improve the way you handle stress.

We don’t question the importance of choosing nutritious foods, or the positive impact of physical exercise on our health. Advocating for our mental well-being should be just as accepted, too. One of M2’s intentions is to bring people together to support and enhance their mental health and capacity for resilience.

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RV “before” picture

What surprised you most about your current role?
I can like sales! As a career marketer, I have always appreciated being one degree of separation away from sales and direct revenue generation. Closing deals made me uncomfortable. Now I am an owner-operator, so my tasks range from driving the mobile studio, to directing branding and marketing, to bookkeeping, to hiring and managing talent, to business development and sales.

But it’s the latter that makes or breaks my business at this point. While I’ve always managed products or services that I care about and know provide important value, this is the first time in my career that I feel completely at ease evangelizing, and it’s made pitching and selling super doable.

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Mobile studio exterior

How do you increase motivation when you are just not feeling it?
  • Schedule it. Whether it’s a presentation, a confrontation or an activity I don’t enjoy, I put it on my to-do list and on my calendar. And I discipline myself to focus on that activity only. There is a lot of research that discourages multi-tasking, and it’s especially self-defeating when motivation is weak.
  • Examine it (or meditate on it). Sometimes it helps to be curious about why I’m not feeling motivated. Negative feelings about myself or the business can make any activity seem like a chore. Am I feeling insecure about our revenue pipeline? Or how participants are engaging with our service? I try to put some distance between me and my thoughts and feelings, and identify if there’s an emotional burden I can try to let go or diminish.
  • Step away from it. Sometimes I just need a break or a rest. I give myself permission to do something totally different– exercise, work on a crossword puzzle, prepare a meal, admire my dog—and come back later.
What have you found helps you in terms of organization or productivity?
Paper lists for daily tasks (nothing beats the subtle action of scratching out a completed to-do item) and quarterly, published goal setting and tracking to focus the bigger picture and keep priorities and activities on track.

How do you turn off when you leave the office?
My ongoing intention is to be present in whatever I’m doing. Work is always on my mind. So are my kids. As is what’s for dinner. Mindfulness appeals to me because I am trying to tame my monkey mind and be less wrapped up in the stories I create.

It’s a daily, hourly practice and journey that includes intermittent 30- second check-ins (a few deep breaths); “Do Not Disturb” on my phone so it pings me less often; scheduling fewer activities for me and my family overall; and making an effort to notice my body or thoughts. I don’t turn off, but I do practice letting go and returning to wherever I am. Sometimes I succeed and often I don’t. But I keep trying.

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Mobile studio inside.

Do you have any recs for free time? (apps, books, podcasts, movies, music)
While I spend my fair share of time scrolling social media, I make a big effort to get away from electronics each day. Every week includes hiking with a friend, yoga, meditating, reading fiction and listening to podcasts (I’m kind of obsessed, though perhaps that doesn’t count as “away from electronics”). I also spend an inordinate amount of time talking on the phone (the good old fashioned way) with close friends.

What should a recent grad be looking for in a new career opportunity?
I find it hard to dispense general advice since everyone’s circumstances and aspirations are so different. But I can share what was very valuable about my experience in my early 20s.

  • Work or intern during college. Before my senior year I interned at an NGO in Washington, DC; it helped me decide to pursue a path in business instead. Since I took almost no business classes, I opted for another internship second semester senior year– in marketing at a bank– to help pave the path. That turned into a job which turned into a career.
  • I joined a bigger organization with complex products, services and budgets. Procter & Gamble had structured training and the opportunity to experience all facets of product ideation, development, launch and growth. Broad exposure was critical for skill development. 
  • Unless you’re pursuing a career that requires graduate school as an entry point, get work experience before continuing. Education is a great investment, but a big one. It should be part of a discrete plan; it’s not a good alternative to buy time to make a plan.
What’s your wish for young professionals?
I wish you the awareness to know what really matters to you and the courage to seek it out, even if it defies traditional roles or culture. We are all pretty preoccupied with external “shoulds” that don’t fully satisfy us deep down. I also wish you the flexibility and patience to accept that you may not have it right away and that it will require sacrifices.

Mastering skills and developing expertise takes time, practice, effort, discomfort and humility. So does earning trust, credibility and building a network. Listen carefully. Judge less. Be kind to yourself and others, always.

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Now that you’ve learned all about the journey of Susan B. West, check out our previous What’s Your Wish interviews! Read Money, Meaning, and the MBA, with UCLA Anderson Marketing Professor Dr Cassie Mogilner Holmes, and get to know Suzanne Ginestro, Chief Marketing Officer at Quest Nutrition.

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Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business is a community oriented program seeking a diverse class of accomplished students. Today, we’re sharing our tips for the Duke MBA essays to help you create a positive impression on the admissions committee.

Admissions director Shari Hubert has written some excellent blog posts about what they look for in the Duke Fuqua application process. As Hubert wrote in December 2017, “This place is truly special. It wasn’t long after joining Fuqua in October that I came to that realization, and every day I continue to encounter things that affirm it. … I’ve been struck by how real and authentic everyone is, and getting to know my colleagues and our students has been one of the most enjoyable parts of my job so far.”

For the Duke MBA essays, communicate who you are and why you should join Team Fuqua. Starting your research and personal networking now will help you prepare the most effective essays for your Duke Fuqua application.

Stacy Blackman Consulting can help you prepare a compelling, individualized strategy to approach your Duke Fuqua application this year, contact us to learn more.

Duke MBA Essays and Tips for 2019-2020
Required short-answer essay questions
For each question, respond in 500 characters only (the equivalent of about 100 words).

1. Why is pursuing an MBA the right next step for you?

2. What are your post-MBA career goals? Share with us your first choice career plan and your alternate plan.
This career goals essay asks for your plan for an MBA and your future career goals in this two-part question. Because both parts should fit together, think big picture and focus on the overall story trajectory. What would be the most logical (and interesting) progression from your current skill set to a Duke MBA? How will your next step flow from the combination of your MBA and your past experiences? The career goals essay is about your ability to assess your background and plan your future. It’s not a promise you are required to fulfill.

As you consider your alternative path, think about plans that fit with your background and goals. Also, show what you could explore if your first plan doesn’t work out. Flexibility is useful in a changing world, and useful for these short-answer Duke MBA essays.

For example, you could be focused on becoming a marketing executive in the consumer packaged goods industry. Therefore, you might be interested in a company like General Mills. If you don’t find the right job in that industry after Duke, maybe you would consider marketing for a retailer, such as Target. This could be an alternate career path because it allows you to develop a marketing career as well, just in a different industry.

Or, you may have two separate interests and want to consider both of them. Your Plan A is to join a strategy consulting firm after graduation. However, if you don’t receive a job at your top choice firm you would think about co-founding a start up as another possible path. Think about your range of interests and go from there.

Because you have limited space in these Duke MBA essays, boil your plans down to a clear statement. Any plans for an MBA and career goals you discuss should be supported by the information provided in your resume, recommendations, and other essays. In particular, Duke Fuqua should be a clear training ground for your future career.

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FIRST REQUIRED ESSAY: 25 RANDOM THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF
Instructions: Present your response in list form, numbered 1 to 25. Some points may be only a few words, while others may be longer. Your complete list should not exceed two pages.
For context: Fuqua believes different types of people, points of view, and experiences bring out the best in everyone. And above all, we place a premium on succeeding while making a positive impact on businesses, organizations, and the world. These ways of thinking set the Duke MBA experience apart, and this concept extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration.
When a new person joins the Admissions team, we ask that person to share with everyone in the office a list of “25 Random Things About Yourself.” As an Admissions team, we already know the new hire’s professional and academic background, so learning these “25 Random Things” helps us get to know someone’s personality, background, special talents, and more.
In this spirit, the admissions committee also wants to get to know you–beyond the professional and academic achievements listed in your resume and transcript. You can share with us important life experiences, your likes/dislikes, hobbies, achievements, fun facts, or anything that helps us understand what makes you who you are. Share with us your list of “25 Random Things” about YOU.
This Duke MBA essay is entirely open-ended. As a result, you can cover your personal background, work experiences, values and hobbies. If you have a particularly interesting story, this is the place to tell that story. Make sure that any topics that are personal are also relevant to your Duke Fuqua application.

Director Hubert’s Random Things
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Director Hubert has posted her own 25 random things, including items from her famous aunt to her love of vegetables. This list shows her personality and also ranges from the serious to the frivolous. Consider that range as you compose your own list.

Coming up with 25 random things to list in this essay may seem daunting at first. To jump-start your creative process you may want to brainstorm with friends and family about what is most interesting and memorable about you. Or keep a notebook with you to record ideas as you go about your activities.

Once you have 25 random things, how do you structure your list? There’s a few possible ways: chronologically, chunking the list into themes, or even alphabetically. You could organize the list so that it builds from shorter to longer items. Another idea is to intersperse some of the 25 random things that require a paragraph explanation between sets of things that are easy to understand in one sentence.

Structuring the list to make it easy to read and follow will be appreciated. But, resist the urge to package the list too perfectly. Content is always the most important factor in these Duke MBA essays. Also, remember that the main point of this essay is to show Fuqua your personality, and interests. This makes the essay a crucial part of your overall Duke Fuqua application.

Second required essay: The Fuqua community and you
Instructions: Your response should be no more than two pages in length.

Fuqua prides itself on cultivating a culture of engagement. Our students enjoy a wide range of student-led organizations that provide opportunities for leadership development and personal fulfillment, as well as an outlet for contributing to society.
Our student-led government, clubs, centers, and events are an integral part of the student culture and are vital to providing you with a range of experiential learning and individual development experiences. Based on your understanding of the Fuqua culture, how do you see yourself engaging in and contributing to our community outside of the classroom?
In your application, be very specific about why Team Fuqua is the right place for you. The best Duke MBA essays will be personal, while demonstrating you have done your homework on Fuqua. Everyone benefits from a diverse alumni network, but what specifically do you want to give and receive from your classmates?

Describe clubs and classes you want to join at Fuqua. Also, offer specific examples from your past experiences to show your consistent passions.

Your fit with the program is crucial to this Duke Fuqua application. In addition, it will be ideal to show the personal qualities that Duke Fuqua prizes. The Duke MBA program is especially interested in your role within the community. Community involvement has significant weight in your Duke Fuqua application. If you research thoroughly, you should be able to show you will be a strong contributor to Team Fuqua.

This essay can also be a place to talk about how the Duke MBA fits into your career goals. What do you know now that will be enhanced through your Fuqua MBA education? And what crucial aspects of the skill set required for your future career will be augmented by attending Duke?

However, the main focus should be your community involvement. Think about how you plan to improve the experience of others at Duke.

Tell us more
If you feel there are circumstances of which the admissions committee should be aware (such as unexplained gaps in work, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance), please explain them in an optional essay.
Please do not upload additional essays or additional recommendations in this area of the application, and limit your response to one page.
The Admissions committee at Fuqua asks that you use this space only to explain extenuating circumstances. So, don’t use this essay just to add new information to your Duke Fuqua application. If you have a low GPA, lack a recommendation from your current supervisor or have gaps in work history this is the place to address it. If you do not have any of those areas to explain, skip the question and focus on the other essays.

When approaching any concerns about your background in the optional essay it’s important to show that your recent performance, whether academic or professional, has demonstrated recovery from the issues of the past.

Your goal is to remove questions from your application. To do that, address any information the admissions committee needs to know to evaluate your application. In a factual and positive manner, write that you know there could be questions about your background, but you have thoroughly improved in any areas necessary. That will be the best way to show you are now ready to contribute to the program at Duke Fuqua.

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