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Advice for Older MBA Applicants  [#permalink]

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The average age of business school applicants has been trending downward for the past decade. But not everyone is ready or in a position to take the business school plunge at 26. Older MBA applicants should consider these specific tips as they put together their application package.

Show career progression
When applying to a top-tier business school as an older MBA applicant, you’ll need to show the admissions committee a clear path of professional growth. Avoid looking stagnant. The admissions team wants to admit students who continually seek to learn and advance their skills and leadership abilities.

Even if you have held the same job for several years, you should demonstrate career progression. This could be either in the formal sense, with increasingly higher-level job titles. Or, by pointing out how you have gradually taken on greater responsibilities. Coach your recommenders  to specifically address this upward trajectory in their letters of support. This will help convey your dedication to your professional development.

Make sure to ask a current or recent manager for that recommendation. A letter from a supervisor who worked with you eight years ago might raise a red flag. If you do select a recommender from the more distant past, make sure that you have really kept in touch and they can speak to your professional progression and work habits now.

Also, if you have had several jobs, don’t worry about squeezing all of them on to the MBA resume. Highlight only the most important positions and responsibilities. Then, find ways to show career progression and results on your MBA resume.

Older MBA applicants must show strong leadership
It’s understandable that younger applicants won’t have many examples of leadership one year out of school. But as time goes on, expectations increase. The ability to manage and inspire others will become more important.

The best MBA programs value great leadership. Older MBA applicants targeting Harvard Business School better have already developed terrific leadership skills and have a lot to show for them.

For your essays, find professional or personal anecdotes that show how you have galvanized or improved the work of others. Try to paint a vivid picture of your biggest leadership challenge, or of a time when you led with integrity or motivated a team to achieve a shared goal. You want to show how you always attempt to do more than a good job, and strive to leave your mark on whatever situation you’re in.

As prepared as you are, you need to convince the schools that you still have room for improvement that can only come from the education and experiences of an MBA program. Let them know exactly what they offer that will help you further hone your leadership or technical skills.

Choose the right type of program
Are you already far advanced in your career? Then research what type of program is the better fit for your professional goals and personal life. Older MBA applicants may find that a part-time MBA program or an executive MBA program allow them to meet their goals with greater flexibility and less disruption.

When we worked with Claudine, she was in her late-30s and held an executive-level position in finance at a large consumer products company. She had reached a career plateau in her firm and wanted to obtain an MBA to take her to the next level. Honestly, any of the three format options could help her achieve her goals.

While excited by the range of social and extracurricular activities available in a full-time MBA program, Claudine had an extremely demanding family life with two small children and didn’t think she could take advantage of the many social activities most full-time MBA students participate in.

Ultimately, her desire for a flexible way to expand her skills and tap into the network available from a strong program led Claudine to look most closely at an executive MBA.

Business school admissions committees always seek applicants with diverse interests and backgrounds. Obviously, older MBA applicants have numerous attractive qualities going for them. The key is to make sure all of those great qualities stand front and center in your MBA application.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Applying to Business School  [#permalink]

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We’re coming up on MBA application season again, with round one deadlines just around the corner. If you’re applying to business school in the fall, now is the time to set your strategy. Here are some of our top tips, a.k.a. the do’s and don’ts of applying to business school, to ease your journey as you navigate this challenging process.

Testing strategies
In a sea of highly qualified candidates, the GMAT is an important screening tool, so take this element of your application seriously, as it’s very much within your control.

DO take a class in order to prepare rigorously. Establish and adhere to a study schedule and practice exams in a realistic environment. One basic key to success is familiarity””both with question type and the computer-adapted format.

DON’T wait until the last minute to sit for your GMAT. Take care of it early in the season, before you have to hone your focus on other aspects of the application.

DO plan to take the exam more than once. Calmer nerves and more experience often lead to a higher score the second time around.

DON’T cancel a score, no matter how badly you think you have done. Schools will evaluate only your highest score. In any case, it will provide valuable information about your testing strengths and weaknesses. And you may be surprised that a score is not as low as you expected.

DO consider sitting for the GRE. Because the GRE isn’t reported in class profiles and isn’t a factor in b-school rankings, if you struggle with the GMAT but have good grades and other strong credentials, submitting a GRE may make it easier for a school to take a chance on you. If you do well on the GMAT, though, submit it.

Narrowing your school list
DO apply to your dream school, even if it’s a stretch. This is your only chance, so don’t leave yourself open for regrets later.

DO apply to at least four schools of varying levels of competitiveness to maximize your chances of success.

DON’T apply to more than six schools. This is an intense and time-consuming process. Applying to too many schools leads to burnout and diminishing returns.

DON’T rely solely on rankings when deciding where to apply. Only you can decide which program is the right fit for your personality and goals, so engage in first-hand research by visiting schools and speaking with current students and alumni.

Recommendation letters
Letters of recommendation are an essential part of the admissions process—some top schools have said they are the most important part—so choose your recommenders carefully!

DO use references from your current and most recent jobs. An academic reference won’t be able to answer the most common recommendation questions. Insights from your supervisors help create a picture of you now. The admissions committee isn’t as concerned with how you behaved eight years ago.

DON’T be tempted to seek a letter of recommendation from the CEO of your company, or another high ranking person, if he or she hardly knows you. The admissions committee always prefers placement over prestige, so make sure your recommender knows you well enough to comment in a thoughtful way, with supportive examples that help flesh out the candidate they see on paper.

DO prepare your recommenders and manage them closely. These references are a small but crucial test of your management abilities. If you can’t ensure that your recommenders submit on time or follow other directions, what does this say about your skills as a manager?

The interview
As with all aspects of this process, it’s important to prep for the interviews. The subject matter of the interview will be you, and you will be expected to be the polished expert.

DO practice out loud, rather than just mentally preparing answers. Conduct mock interviews with a friend, or speak to yourself in the mirror.

DON’T opt to interview on campus if you would perform better off campus. Set yourself up for success by choosing the environment where you’ll feel most relaxed.

DO follow up with a thank you note, via E-mail or regular mail.

Reapplying
Many schools welcome reapplicants; it shows you are seriously interested in the program. If you approach the process correctly as a reapplicant, you can feel cautiously optimistic.

DO be sure to highlight how you have progressed since your previous application. Demonstrate professional and personal advancements. Help the admissions committee understand how you’ve evolved and become a better applicant since your last attempt.

DON’T completely overhaul your application. Some schools ask you to submit an entirely new application, but too much change can signal that you’re not being honest.

DO apply to new schools in addition to the old ones. If you were unsuccessful the first time, it may be because you applied to the wrong set of schools.

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We hope these do’s and don’ts of applying to business school help you  navigate the many challenges that arise during the process. Remember, if you need guidance with your application strategy, interview prep, or editing services, we’re here to help!

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Tuesday Tips: Cambridge MBA Essays and Tips for 2019-2020  [#permalink]

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Are you getting ready to prepare an application for Judge Business School at Cambridge? The Cambridge MBA essays are out, and we have the latest tips for you! As part of a world-class campus and a location that is a center for technology and business, Judge Business School offers an excellent MBA program. In fact, our post Getting a European MBA: A Unique Experience explains the many benefits of studying across the pond.

To learn more about the Cambridge MBA program, you can research life at Cambridge through visiting campus, reading student blogs, and attending admissions events. The Judge admissions team seeks ambitious, innovative and confident students with strong interpersonal skills.

Another extremely important attribute for Cambridge MBA applicants is having international experience. Although none of the Cambridge MBA essays specifically ask about it, you can work your global outlook into one or more of the essay responses.

For a free application review or guidance on your Cambridge MBA essays, contact Stacy Blackman Consulting. And to learn more, visit the Cambridge Judge website.

Cambridge MBA Essays for 2019-2020
Required Essay 1
Please provide a personal statement. It should not exceed 500 words and must address the following questions:

• What are your short and long term career objectives and what skills/characteristics do you already have that will help you achieve them?

• What actions will you take before and during the MBA to contribute to your career outcome?

• If you are unsure of your post-MBA career path, how will the MBA equip you for the future?
This personal statement essay asks you to explain why you are pursuing an MBA. If you have a specific long- and short-term career objective in mind, that is one way to structure the essay. And, if not, you will want to explain why an MBA is the right next step for you in your life.

Either way, you will want to explain what skills and characteristics you have developed in your career thus far. An additional factor in this essay is to explain what the Cambridge MBA will do for your life if you are unsure of your path.

This essay gives you the space to talk about the career accomplishments that make you most proud. Also, you will show that you are motivated, ambitious and ready for the challenge of an MBA at Cambridge. Use an equal amount of space to talk about how you are going to enhance your career before and during your MBA in order to accomplish your goals.

What can you learn from your current job before you enroll at Judge? Which classes, professors and projects will you pursue to prepare yourself for your next career step? If you are not exactly sure what you will do next, how will the MBA enhance the skills you already have?

As you formulate your Cambridge MBA essays, keep in mind that Judge is seeking candidates who “are highly motivated and ambitious, thrive under pressure, and have already exhibited clear progression within their career.”

In this essay, show that you have performed well and moved up within your jobs since you began working. Also, demonstrate what you have learned, and how your developing skills can be further honed through an MBA and a future career.

Required Essay 2
What did you learn from your most spectacular failure? (200 words)
Failures are challenging to work through, but can lead to development and increased self-awareness. In addition, when you can look past the embarrassment and shame of a failure, what did the experience teach you? Did you take on too much, prepare too little or fail to ask for help when you needed it?

This essay is mostly about what you learned. First, take a few sentences to explain the situation and the failure. Then, dive into what you learned and ideally how you have moderated your approach. Also, write about how you improved yourself, or learned to recognize difficult situations. Any topic can work here as long as you can show that you are self-aware and creative.

Required Essay 3
Describe a situation where you had to work jointly with others to achieve a common goal. What did you learn from the experience? (up to 200 words)
Cambridge Judge seeks students who are collaborative and innovative with strong interpersonal skills. This essay can show the admissions committee that you know how to work within a team to accomplish a common goal.

As you did in essay 2, take a few sentences to explain the situation, then focus on what you learned. Also, you can describe your style when you work jointly and how you collaborate. In addition, how you help others do their best work, and manage challenges.

For this Cambridge MBA application essay, consider if you have a particular role or skill within a team. If so, whether building consensus or take a devil’s advocate position, explain that approach here.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tools for Minority MBA Applicants
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Diversity is more than just a b-school buzz word. It is an essential ingredient for robust discourse in the classroom and beyond. To obtain the richest mix of perspectives and world views, business schools strive to compose a class with diversity in all possible forms: racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, socio-economic, and sexual orientation. Today, we take a look at some of the resources available to minority MBA applicants to help you gain a seat at the b-school of your dreams.

For many potential applicants of color, the decision to go to business school isn’t an obvious one. They may not have many family members or friends who have pursued graduate management education. Or, perhaps the astronomical expense of elite MBA programs is too off-putting.

To these talented but unsure individuals, we say, take the plunge. There’s an extensive support network waiting to guide you through the rabbit warren that is the b-school application process.

More Efforts Needed to Attract Minority MBA Applicants
As we recently shared with the Financial Times, the main reason top business schools struggle to attract more ethnic minority candidates is that there are not enough of them among the groups who feel able to apply for a place at a top school. In order to meaningfully shape actual student class populations, awareness levels about the program must increase.

Schools that have become more diverse have done so by offering greater flexibility on their admissions criteria, particularly in GMAT scores and GPA. For example, we recently worked with a male in private equity from an under-represented minority. He gained admits to every school he applied—including Harvard Business School. Even with a GMAT below 650. Last season, we worked with a female Hispanic candidate who had a GPA below 3.0. She received admits to Duke and Kellogg—with a scholarship.

Can’t-Miss Resources for Minority MBA Applicants
Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) confronts that crisis by providing the key ingredients—skills, coaching, and door-opening relationships—that unlock the potential in the next generation of minority leaders.

The MBA Prep program offered by MLT guides fellows through the application and interview process. It shows them what it takes to be successful in business school and beyond. Through one-on-one coaching, early exposure to representatives from top schools, a skill development curriculum and lifelong alumni network, MBA Prep provides the tools for high potential applicants to become high-impact business and community leaders.

Another great resource is the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management. The Consortium awards merit-based, full-tuition fellowships to the best and brightest candidates through an annual competition. Minority candidates can also apply to up to six Consortium schools with one application. This perk significantly reduces their application fee costs.

In addition to those resources, check out the support provided by national groups such as the National Black MBA Association and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs

Business has become ever more global and interconnected. Minority MBA applicants need to tap into all resources available because the desire for diversity is sincere. MBA programs have to prepare future leaders who can successfully jump into any culture or environment. This could mean Wall Street, consulting, or a BRIC country (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) start-up. Diversity in the b-school classroom is the best preparation for the challenges and rewards of the multicultural marketplace.

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Tuesday Tips: Emory MBA Essays and Tips 2019-2020  [#permalink]

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Emory MBA deadlines, essay questions and tips are ready for this year’s application. The Emory MBA program at Goizueta Business School in Atlanta offers a variety of programs. Programs include a one-year MBA, a business analytics program and the traditional two-year MBA. Emory also provides joint degree programs.

The Emory MBA program is designed to give students practical experience. This allows Emory MBA students to be “day one ready” for their careers. Admitted students start working with a career coach before school. Also, Emory has high rankings with recruiters.

For more advice and help meeting your Emory MBA deadlines, contact Stacy Blackman Consulting for your free evaluation. The Emory MBA website can give you more detail on the Emory MBA application requirements.

Essay One: Post-MBA Career Goals
Define your short-term post-MBA career goals. How are your professional strengths, past experience, and personal attributes aligned with these goals? (300 word limit)
This Emory MBA career goals essay focuses on your short-term career goals. Also, the essay asks about your strengths, past experiences and personal attributes. Instead of reciting your resume, think about the key moments in your career.

In addition, what has formed your experience, accomplishments and shaped your goals? First identify a few defining career moments. Then you can describe your strengths and experiences that prepared you.

This essay is most effective if you are able to show how your career so far fits with your goals. Show the connection from past experiences to your Emory MBA to your goals.

For example, you have been working in management consulting and want to move to internal strategy. First, talk about how your management consulting experience gives you comfort with presenting to executives.

Second, show how your classes and clubs at Emory will help you gain the relevant industry experience and academic knowledge. Finally, describe how all of this experience together will give you the skills to contribute to your new company.

Essay Two: Leadership in Business
The business school is named for Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who led the organization for 16 years, extending its global reach, quadrupling consumption, building brand responsibility, and creating unprecedented shareholder wealth.
Roberto Goizueta’s core values guide us in educating Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Provide an example of your leadership in a professional setting and explain what you learned about yourself through the experience. (300 word limit)

This Emory MBA application essay is a behavioral question. Whenever you are asked to provide an example, the question is about how you think, act and behave. The best predictor of your future behavior is your past. Therefore, this question asks you to show how the past has shaped your development as a leader.

Use a specific story as your example and make sure you provide detail. A classic framing is the STAR framework. That means you start with the situation, task in front of your, actions you took and the result. Think about the lessons you learned and the way you were able to grow. A recent example of a time that you used these skills is most convincing.

Because Emory is asking specifically about the school’s namesake, this is a great place to include school research. Especially focus on the school’s leadership and values. To learn more about the Emory MBA program, take advantage of school visits and admissions information sessions. If you can’t make the formal programs, consider informal networking with current and former students.

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Video Essay
Please select ONE of the following topics to share with us using the video essay feature. Your comments should last no more than 60 seconds and you have the option to re-record until you are satisfied, before submitting.
Of Goizueta Business School’s core values (Courage, Integrity, Accountability, Rigor, Diversity, Team, Community), which one resonates the most with you and why?
• What is the best advice you have received and how have you used it in your life or career?
• Outside of family and work, what is something that you are passionate about and why?
Video essays can be intimidating. The best way to tackle this one is to choose a topic, and then practice. This essay is open-ended and provides an opportunity to express yourself. If you are not sure what topic to pick, starting with the topic you want to cover. Then, review the questions to find the best fit.

Think about what examples, stories and ideas you have communicated in the prior questions and fill in the gaps with this response. You have covered your career progress thus far and your goals, and you have described your leadership style.

Your resume and recommendations will provide more insight along both angles. This essay is an opportunity to add something additional to your application. One of the best uses of this essay may be personal. Your personality will ideally come through the video, so choose a topic you are passionate about.

Your passions can be from your personal life, community involvement or career. For example, if you have entrepreneurial plans you might be passionate about building a business. Goizueta’s core values could resonate with your work in the community, or work. The best day of your life might be when you ran a marathon, earned a promotion, or got married. The question about the best piece of advice you have received is similarly open.

Read more in our blog post on prepping for video essays and long distance interviews. Finally, don’t leave this video essay for the last minute, you want to have plenty of time to make your Emory MBA deadlines.

Additional Information
Should you feel there is an important part of your story missing from your application (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic probation issues), please use this section to provide a brief explanation. We ask that you limit your response to 100 words; responses in bullet point format are preferred.
This essay is designed for anything about your Emory MBA application you need to explain. An example might be if you have gaps in your resume. Other issues include a low GPA or GMAT, few promotions, or a recommender that is not a current supervisor.

If you do have unexplained gaps in your resume, how do you handle it? The best explanation is that you were doing something productive. However, that “something productive” could be anything from traveling the world to taking care of a family member.

How you explain your time off is most important. Make sure you can tie your gap in employment to your goals. For instance, taking care of a family member and led to introspection and refining your goals.

On the other hand, you may not have done anything unique because your your job hunt took up your time. Even so, hopefully you volunteered and pursued other hobbies. Maybe you found informational interviews to learn about your career goals during the gap in employment. Think about how you can frame your activities to show that you are motivated and responsible.

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Emory MBA deadlines, essay questions and tips are ready for this year’s application. The Emory MBA program at Goizueta Business School in Atlanta offers a variety of programs. Programs include a one-year MBA, a business analytics program and the traditional two-year MBA. Emory also provides joint degree programs.

The Emory MBA program is designed to give students practical experience. This allows Emory MBA students to be “day one ready” for their careers. Admitted students start working with a career coach before school. Also, Emory has high rankings with recruiters.

For more advice and help meeting your Emory MBA deadlines, contact Stacy Blackman Consulting for your free evaluation. The Emory MBA website can give you more detail on the Emory MBA application requirements.

Essay One: Post-MBA Career Goals
Define your short-term post-MBA career goals. How are your professional strengths, past experience, and personal attributes aligned with these goals? (300 word limit)
This Emory MBA career goals essay focuses on your short-term career goals. Also, the essay asks about your strengths, past experiences and personal attributes. Instead of reciting your resume, think about the key moments in your career.

In addition, what has formed your experience, accomplishments and shaped your goals? First identify a few defining career moments. Then you can describe your strengths and experiences that prepared you.

This essay is most effective if you are able to show how your career so far fits with your goals. Show the connection from past experiences to your Emory MBA to your goals.

For example, you have been working in management consulting and want to move to internal strategy. First, talk about how your management consulting experience gives you comfort with presenting to executives.

Second, show how your classes and clubs at Emory will help you gain the relevant industry experience and academic knowledge. Finally, describe how all of this experience together will give you the skills to contribute to your new company.

Essay Two: Leadership in Business
The business school is named for Roberto C. Goizueta, former Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, who led the organization for 16 years, extending its global reach, quadrupling consumption, building brand responsibility, and creating unprecedented shareholder wealth.
Roberto Goizueta’s core values guide us in educating Principled Leaders for Global Enterprise. Provide an example of your leadership in a professional setting and explain what you learned about yourself through the experience. (300 word limit)

This Emory MBA application essay is a behavioral question. Whenever you are asked to provide an example, the question is about how you think, act and behave. The best predictor of your future behavior is your past. Therefore, this question asks you to show how the past has shaped your development as a leader.

Use a specific story as your example and make sure you provide detail. A classic framing is the STAR framework. That means you start with the situation, task in front of your, actions you took and the result. Think about the lessons you learned and the way you were able to grow. A recent example of a time that you used these skills is most convincing.

Because Emory is asking specifically about the school’s namesake, this is a great place to include school research. Especially focus on the school’s leadership and values. To learn more about the Emory MBA program, take advantage of school visits and admissions information sessions. If you can’t make the formal programs, consider informal networking with current and former students.

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Video Essay
Please select ONE of the following topics to share with us using the video essay feature. Your comments should last no more than 60 seconds and you have the option to re-record until you are satisfied, before submitting.
Of Goizueta Business School’s core values (Courage, Integrity, Accountability, Rigor, Diversity, Team, Community), which one resonates the most with you and why?
• What is the best advice you have received and how have you used it in your life or career?
• Outside of family and work, what is something that you are passionate about and why?
Video essays can be intimidating. The best way to tackle this one is to choose a topic, and then practice. This essay is open-ended and provides an opportunity to express yourself. If you are not sure what topic to pick, starting with the topic you want to cover. Then, review the questions to find the best fit.

Think about what examples, stories and ideas you have communicated in the prior questions and fill in the gaps with this response. You have covered your career progress thus far and your goals, and you have described your leadership style.

Your resume and recommendations will provide more insight along both angles. This essay is an opportunity to add something additional to your application. One of the best uses of this essay may be personal. Your personality will ideally come through the video, so choose a topic you are passionate about.

Your passions can be from your personal life, community involvement or career. For example, if you have entrepreneurial plans you might be passionate about building a business. Goizueta’s core values could resonate with your work in the community, or work. The best day of your life might be when you ran a marathon, earned a promotion, or got married. The question about the best piece of advice you have received is similarly open.

Read more in our blog post on prepping for video essays and long distance interviews. Finally, don’t leave this video essay for the last minute, you want to have plenty of time to make your Emory MBA deadlines.

Additional Information
Should you feel there is an important part of your story missing from your application (e.g., unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic probation issues), please use this section to provide a brief explanation. We ask that you limit your response to 100 words; responses in bullet point format are preferred.
This essay is designed for anything about your Emory MBA application you need to explain. An example might be if you have gaps in your resume. Other issues include a low GPA or GMAT, few promotions, or a recommender that is not a current supervisor.

If you do have unexplained gaps in your resume, how do you handle it? The best explanation is that you were doing something productive. However, that “something productive” could be anything from traveling the world to taking care of a family member.

How you explain your time off is most important. Make sure you can tie your gap in employment to your goals. For instance, taking care of a family member and led to introspection and refining your goals.

On the other hand, you may not have done anything unique because your your job hunt took up your time. Even so, hopefully you volunteered and pursued other hobbies. Maybe you found informational interviews to learn about your career goals during the gap in employment. Think about how you can frame your activities to show that you are motivated and responsible.

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This post originally appeared on the Blacklight, our new newsletter for professionals.
The scene: your desk, 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. You’re cruising along, ticking tasks off your To-Do-List like a boss. Then, your supervisor decides to dump seven more items onto your already-overflowing plate.

Now here’s the $64K question: does that increased workload make you more productive, or less?

We would assume that as people become busier, they become less productive. But a study led by Columbia Business School Professor Keith Wilcox suggests that being extra busy can actually increase your motivation and productivity—up to a point.

Smart people know to turn to busy folks for help. Why? The busy among us usually have an accurate grasp of how long it will take to complete a task. They’ve done the mental math and calculated whether they can manage it all. But, they’re also human—and pride themselves on their productivity prowess.

Your reaction to a missed deadline: Meh, who cares? Or, Aaaarrgghh!!!
In one study, the researchers asked participants to think of a failed task from the last week and how much they had on their plate at the time. Participants also answered questions about how motivated they felt to complete that task now. In some cases, they were told to report back if they managed to cross it off their “To Do” list a week later.

“Busy people believe that they are masters of using their time efficiency,” Wilcox writes. “But missing a deadline is a widely-accepted sign that one has failed to manage his time efficiently, and busy people feel the burden of this failure moreso than people who are not busy, which in turn leads them to complete the missed task quickly.”

As Wilcox explains:

“Employers hope that all workers — whether they feel busy or not — will take immediate action to address missed deadlines. And employers are likely to expect non-busy workers to complete tardy tasks more expeditiously than busy workers, simply on account of the fact that they have more free time.

But our research shows that this is not the case, and that people who feel that they missed a deadline because they were so busy are more likely to complete a task as quickly as possible.”

For those non-busy workers, the same perception of failure exists. But, they probably didn’t feel particularly motivated to finish the task in the first place. As a result, these workers will likely continue to feel less motivated to finish the task promptly.

DO try this at work
Is your workplace plagued by chronic procrastination and task-completion tardiness? Wilcox and his team suggest supervisors use Jedi mind tricks this strategy to increase productivity. Try making workers feel busier by breaking larger tasks into smaller subtasks. This increases an employee’s perceived busyness without giving them extra work to do.

Newton, of course, said it best: a body in motion stays in motion. Even when your plate overfloweth, if you use your time effectively, you’ll stay motivated and productive despite a missed deadline or two.

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Candidates applying to the full-time MBA programs at NYU Stern School of Business have a new option to fulfill the application’s standardized test requirement. Beginning with the current 2019-2020 admissions cycle, applicants can now choose to take GMAC’s Executive Assessment (EA). The Graduate Management Admissions Council designed the EA to evaluate business school readiness in the context of career experience.

Nearly 70 schools worldwide consider GMAC’s Executive Assessment a valid predictor of academic readiness.

The assessment requires a modest time commitment to prepare, is easy to schedule, and short in duration. The 90-minute assessment evaluates candidates in three areas: integrated reasoning, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning.

According to Executive Director of MBA Admissions Rabia Ahmed, “Stern has always been an early adopter. We were among the first programs to accept the GRE a decade ago, and now we are excited to add the EA to our full-time MBA admissions process. As a school on the move, we recognize that business is rapidly evolving, and we’ve responded with new program options as well as innovations in our admissions process, such as the EQ Endorsements, to ensure we are assessing talent for today’s changing workforce.”

The standardized test requirement is just one part of Stern’s holistic admissions process. There is no minimum amount of work experience required for EA eligibility. Stern’s Admissions Committee has no preference for the GMAT, GRE or EA; the choice of test is entirely up to the candidate.

For more information, visit Stern’s MBA Admissions page.

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To better identify high potential candidates, the Yale School of Management has added a behavioral assessment to this season’s MBA application. For the past five years, ETS research scientists have worked closely with the SOM on developing a non-cognitive online assessment to better determine how applicants will perform once they arrive on campus.

“We’re always seeking new and innovative ways to look at our applicants outside of traditional metrics like test scores and academics,” said Laurel Grodman, the school’s Managing Director of Admissions.

Grodman called the behavioral assessment an appealing admissions tool because, “unlike an essay or interview question that is open to individual interpretation, it looks at these traits in a way that is fair, consistent, and measurable.”

“We wanted more confidence to assess applicants who don’t perform as well on traditional measures while also looking at those who perform very well on the tests and wind up underperforming in school,” Grodman added.

What is the behavioral assessment?
This online tool measures inter- and intrapersonal skills associated with success in business school. According to ETS, Yale is the first and only school to explore this tool for candidate evaluation.

The test takes about 20-25 minutes to complete and uses a forced-choice format. This means applicants will see 120 pairs of statements and must choose the ones that best match their own behaviors. An example would be selecting between, “I work well with other people” and “I work hard.” The test is adaptive, so no two test-takers will receive the exact same set of statements.

“There are no right and wrong answers,” said Grodman. “We researched a host of other instruments and they were all gameable.”

By “gameable” Grodman means it was obvious what the preferred response should be. The Yale team found that the ETS behavioral assessment was not gameable because there was no obvious preferred response.

How does the behavioral assessment factor into admissions decisions?
This assessment provides yet another data point to predict who will perform well in the classroom, Grodman explained. “We’ll be looking at it alongside, and sometimes as a counterpoint to, these more traditional metrics.”

However, the behavioral assessment results won’t become the deciding factor for an application, Grodman said. Instead, the admissions team will consider the assessment in combination with the rest of the applicant’s materials.

Can you prepare for the behavioral assessment?
This assessment doesn’t require any specialized knowledge. Therefore, there’s nothing you can do ahead of time to prepare.  “I hope this comes as a breath of fresh air to MBA applicants—finally something that requires no preparation!” Grodman said.

“I can certainly appreciate how any new application component could create anxiety in an applicant,” Grodman noted. “I hope it will put applicants at ease to know that our use of this assessment is geared towards allowing the committee to take more chances on candidates whose traditional metrics may not be the best predictors of success.”

“Just try not to overthink it.”

For more information, please visit Yale SOM admissions.

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Are you interested in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University? Check out the Kelley MBA deadlines for the 2019-2020 admissions season.

Early Round 
Application due: October 15, 2019

Decision released: December 20, 2019

Priority Round 
Application due: January 5, 2020

Decision released: March 15, 2020

Third Round 
Application due: March 1, 2020

Decision released: April 30, 2020

Final Round
Application due: April 15, 2020

Decision released: May 31, 2020

Early application is encouraged. The first two Kelley MBA deadlines are priority deadlines for merit-based financial aid consideration. To be considered on time, your online application must be submitted and all supporting materials received by the deadline you choose.

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

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Are you targeting IU Kelley School this admissions season? The Kelley School of Business essays for 2019-2020 have been announced!

Kelley School of Business Essays
Essay One:
Discuss your immediate post-MBA professional goals. How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals? Should the short-term goals you have identified not materialize, what alternate career paths might you consider? (500 words)

Essay Two:
Please respond to one of the following short essay prompts. (300 words)

  • My greatest memory is…
  • I’m most afraid of…
  • My greatest challenge has been…
  • I’m most proud of…
Essay Three:
Share a brief fact about yourself that your classmates would find interesting, surprising, or noteworthy. (25 words)

Optional Essay:
Is there anything else you think we should know as we evaluation your application? If you believe your essays and credentials represent you fairly, you shouldn’t fell obligated to answer this question. (300 words)

For more information on applying, please visit the Kelley School admissions site.  If you need guidance on your Kelley School of Business essays, or wish to discuss your MBA plans, reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help!

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Tuesday Tips: 2019-2020 London Business School Essays and Tips  [#permalink]

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ImageLondon Business School values independence and original thought. Other values clearly displayed by these London Business School essays are an international approach to business and culture.

This year’s streamlined LBS application has only two essay questions. Showcasing all of your career accomplishments, extracurriculars, and personal attributes will be a challenge.

Therefore, you will likely need to maximize other parts of the application, like your resume and recommendations. Talk to your recommenders about the experiences in your background you might want to highlight through their letters. Also, use your resume to describe key moments at work.

Start your research brainstorm by learning all you can about the culture at London Business School. This will help you answer these London Business School essay questions. In addition, knowing the culture can help you prepare the rest of your application for admission.

One of the best ways to get to know LBS is to visit campus, and/or interact with a London Business School Student Ambassador. Once you have a good sense of the school and how you will take advantage of the opportunity to attend LBS, you will be better prepared to approach the essay questions.

Challenged by the London Business School essay questions? Contact us to learn how Stacy Blackman Consulting can help. To learn more about LBS, visit the programme website.

Required Essay
What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School programme contribute towards these? (500 words)
Self-awareness about your strengths and interests will help you refine what you truly want in your career for this London Business School essay. It could be helpful to talk to colleagues and alumni who have MBAs in your field to identify various career paths. Make sure that your career goals are both realistic and aspirational. Think about the short term roles post-MBA that may lead to your most ambitious longer term goals.

Your past experiences have likely informed your post-MBA plans. Touching on those most relevant will help you set the background for your current pursuit of an MBA. Don’t make this essay a mere rehash of your resume. Think about explaining the rationale for your decisions throughout the essay. Why did you pursue your past experience and what has been the impetus behind subsequent career choices? At this point, why are you choosing LBS?

As you speak with current LBS students and visit campus or other events, learn as much as you can about the programs, professors, and classes that may help you achieve your goals. In addition, consider what you will learn at LBS and in your time in London. What new skills and classes will lead to achievement of your career goals? Also, the network you create during your MBA will open doors for you, and preparing for this essay can help you to make the most of the experience.

Optional Essay
Is there any other information you believe the Admissions Committee should know about you and your application to London Business School? (500 words)
In describing the LBS vision, continued business impact, the school describes the culture: “We challenge how things are done and we teach our students to constantly question and innovate. We believe in providing our students with the most diverse, world-class and rewarding business education in the world.”

This open-ended question is a great opportunity to touch on a personal story and add color to your story to demonstrate how you will be part of this culture. This could be the ideal place to describe a unique background, experience or attribute that did not fit elsewhere in the application.

Diversity can mean many things. For example, it can be where you are from, the culture you identify with, or your approach to life. If diversity of experience or attitude doesn’t resonate for you, have you been challenged and innovated? When have you taken a new view or challenged conventional wisdom? Global perspective is invaluable as well. Think about stories that could illustrate how you have demonstrated any of these qualities that are valued by LBS.

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Tuesday Tips: UCLA MBA Application Essays and Tips 2019-2020  [#permalink]

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UCLA Anderson School of Management is located in Los Angeles with an unmatched alumni network throughout the region. Entertainment and real estate are still dominant industries in Los Angeles, and technology and entrepreneurship have grown. As a result, Anderson is an even more desirable business school. Anderson’s faculty, alumni and students are thought leaders in business and promoting collaboration and innovation.

Anderson’s MBA class is small and tight knit, making the personal aspects of this UCLA MBA application crucial for admission. To make your case in your UCLA MBA application, be very clear about who you are, fit with the community, and what you will accomplish.

We have helped countless applicants achieve their MBA dreams. Contact us to learn how Stacy Blackman Consulting can help with your UCLA MBA application. To learn more about the UCLA MBA program, visit the school website.

New Applicants
a) Tell us about your MBA goals AND why you are applying to UCLA Anderson now:

• Describe your short term and long term goals (150 words maximum)

• Why is UCLA Anderson a good school for you? (150 words maximum)
As you evaluate your career goals, consider your career thus far and how you would like to develop it. When you think about any long-term goals you have for your career, why is an MBA the right next step? And why would Anderson be the right place to gain the education and network you need? Your career goals should be examined through the filter of Anderson’s values and how you plan to use those values in your post-Anderson life.

The UCLA Anderson admissions committee suggests that “Essays are more compelling if they include specific courses, programs, groups, opportunities and activities from which you would benefit if admitted to UCLA Anderson. These references are best found through online research, personal discussions and a campus visit (if possible).”

When structuring this essay consider telling one or two pivotal stories about your career that will illuminate why you have chosen the career path you are on. UCLA is looking to understand how you are different from other applicants and how you have determined your goals. Consider the turning points or moments that triggered reflection for you.

Have you experienced a significant personal setback? What is your family background? Have you lived outside your home country? When did you face a turning point or make a big decision about your career? What were some of your proudest accomplishments? What moments have called upon your need to collaborate, lead or innovate?

Another important aspect of this essay is showing that you can plan both realistically and aspirationally. When describing your career goals, briefly explain what you plan to do immediately after graduation, and then what you want to accomplish over the long-term with your career. Your career path should be a logical extension of your past experiences and what you hope to experience at UCLA Anderson.

b) At Anderson, we believe our students are engaged, courageous, humble, and open. Describe a time when you demonstrated one of these traits in your personal life. (250 words maximum)
This UCLA MBA application essay focuses on the personal side of your candidacy. Anderson is looking for students that fit the mold of the school: engaged, courageous, humble and open. To answer this question, you will provide an example that shows you have these traits.

To answer this essay question effectively, take a brief story with plenty of detail, then explain why you think it is relevant to your UCLA MBA application. Though the essay focus on personal traits, using an example of teamwork or leadership at work would be relevant.

Alternatively, using an extracurricular story from an activity you are passionate about would show another angle of your candidacy. Either way, make sure that you are specific and clear in your writing.

Reapplicants
(For applicants who applied for the MBA program in the previous two application years. If you applied three years or more prior, please answer the “New Applicant” questions.)

a) Please describe your career progress since you last applied and how you have enhanced your candidacy. Include information on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (500 words maximum)
If you are a re-applicant to Anderson this essay gives you the opportunity to highlight improvements since your last application. This essay focuses on updates to your career progress and any updates to your career goals since your last application.

In addition, you have room to add other “ways in which you have enhanced your candidacy.” If you have an improved GMAT score, academic updates or extracurricular activities since your last application it would be useful to update the admissions committee.

What if you didn’t start a new job, earn a promotion, or advance in a linear way along your career path since your last application? If your resume remains basically the same, consider any new projects or accomplishments at work you can highlight.

Demonstrating significant thought about your career path and increased introspection can also be progress, so updating your career goals thoughtfully is equally important to this application.

Optional Question (same for both new applicants and re-applicants)
c) Optional: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions committee should be aware. (250 words maximum)
Optional essays are truly optional, and there is no need to write one without extenuating circumstances. Reasons you may write this essay include gaps in work experience, a low grade, or lack of a current recommender.

If you would like to write this essay for your UCLA MBA application, clearly and concisely explain the situation. Then, explain why you have changed. When writing the essay, focus on explanations rather than excuses.

The best essays will provide evidence that you have improved and moved on from anything difficult in your past. Therefore, making a compelling case for admission in this UCLA MBA application.

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What’s Your Wish with Pam Attinger of Russell Reynolds Associates  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: What’s Your Wish with Pam Attinger of Russell Reynolds Associates
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 Pam Attinger, Managing Director and Head of Global Fintech and Global Digital Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates.
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What’s the highlight of your career so far?
Working on a daily basis with amazing team members, clients, candidates for a company that is changing the face of global leadership.

Is there anything you wish people knew about your company or your role?
Companies of all shapes/sizes – from Fortune 50 to private equity and venture capital backed – place a tremendous amount of trust in our ability to identify, assess, and recruit diverse, transformational leaders into their organizations.  From Board Members to CEOs to C-suite executives.

What surprised you most about your current role?
It’s both a privilege and an enormous responsibility to ‘get it right’ for both the candidate and the company. And no two executive searches are the same, even for the same role within the same industry at similar companies—understanding the business context (where is the company in its journey? current opportunities/challenges? competitive landscape?) and company culture are paramount to fit and ultimately success.

How do you increase motivation when you are just not feeling it?
I remember a mentor once told me that there’s only one way to build trust: Do what you say you’re going to do.  I will often remember that when it’s late in the evening, I’m fading, and I have promised someone, something.  Helps me deliver.

What have you found helps you in terms of organization or productivity?
 Exercise—starting the day with 30 minutes on the treadmill at 5:15am clears my mind and gets me going.

And, daily stand-ups (in all transparency, they’re usually sit downs..!) with the team bring focus to priorities, potential issues.

What obstacles or stumbles have you faced in your career and what have you learned?
We all make mistakes. Honesty, humility, partnership, human-ness, resilience will get you through most anything.

How do you turn off when you leave the office?
Family dinner – every night – when I’m in town.  And homework review – trying to remember middle school math is a great and humbling way to unplug.  Oh, and c’mon, reality TV with a glass of wine….that works too.

 Do you have any recs for free time? (apps, books, podcasts, movies, music)
Do what you love and brings you energy – for me, that’s coaching competitive baseball.  Find it, make time for it.

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Best advice you have been given?
Care.  Care about your work, your team, your end result.  When you do – all the rest lines up.

What should a recent grad be looking for in a new career opportunity?
Fit, Growth, Impact, Mentorship.  Find a career that fits your interests in environment where you can learn/grow/thrive and drive impact.  Seek out mentors who can develop you. Share your goals and tell them where you want to be in one year, five years, 10 years.  Communicate your goals, and you’ll be amazed how people will invest to help you achieve them.

What’s your wish for young professionals?
Remember to focus not only on the end but also the means.  I have been doing executive recruiting for a decade now, and the most successful and happiest leaders focus not just on the what but the how.  With this, they engender followership which drives their career and a strong community around them.

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Thanks so much to Pam Attinger for sharing her career advice with SBC. Now, check out some of 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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Many prospective applicants are seriously considering whether this is the year to apply for an MBA. Business schools have become increasingly innovative in their approaches to management education. There’s traditional two-year programs, one-year accelerated MBAs, part-time MBAs, executive MBAs, online programs, and global MBAs. But which MBA delivery option is right for you?

There’s something out there for every interest type and schedule.  If you’re having doubts about whether an MBA is feasible, don’t rule it out. Do some research first.

A one-year MBA may be right for you if:
Long the norm in Europe, Find MBA says that accelerated MBA programs have grown in popularity stateside over the past several years. This format is best suited for those who want to continue working in the same industry but would like to deepen their knowledge and skills in specific areas in order to move into a higher position.

Recruiters show no real preference for the two-year over the one-year program. Therefore, the decision often boils down to whether candidates are career accelerators or career changers.

This degree is time consuming and requires intense focus. Therefore, applicants must come onto the scene with a strong background in business fundamentals. Many programs show a definite preference for those with an undergraduate business degree.

This MBA delivery option is both a time and money saver. It often provides a faster return on investment as participants endure only one year of lost income. While the accelerated MBA option doesn’t allow for internships, students return to the workforce after 12 months.

An executive MBA may be right for you if:
This iteration of the MBA is tailored specifically for mid-career professionals who want to continue working while pursuing their degree. Executive MBA students also immediately apply the lessons of the classroom in the boardroom. They may be looking to switch industries, or to transition from manager to entrepreneur. A demanding family life may also make it impossible to take advantage of the extracurricular activities available to traditional full-time MBA students, which may make an EMBA more desirable.

Students in an EMBA program must have the support of their employers. This format requires some time out of the office for week-long residencies or classes held on alternate Fridays. Historically, companies sponsored 100 percent of their employees’ studies. However these days, only about a quarter of students receive full tuition reimbursement.

Many schools won’t state an actual number of required years of work experience. However, the expectation hovers around 10 years. Participants are typically in their late 30s. Executive MBA applicants must show prior management responsibility and a record of significant achievements. This wealth of professional experience is what ultimately enriches the learning environment in the classroom.

An online MBA may be right for you if:
Some MBA aspirants are either unwilling or unable to leave their job and family to pursue a full-time, two-year degree. In that case, a program that can completed from the comfort of one’s own home could be the ideal solution. The online MBA delivery option is even more appealing given that the caliber of such programs has improved dramatically in the past five years.

IU Kelley School of Business and University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School tied for 1st place in US News’s 2019 ranking of online MBA programs. Meanwhile, CMU Tepper School of Business, University of Florida Hough Graduate School of Business, and USC Marshall School of Business round out the top five.

In today’s global business environment, much of the day-to-day interaction takes place remotely, via E-mail, text, or video conference. An online MBA format maximizes these technologies and perhaps even better prepares tomorrow’s business leaders for navigating within the dominant communication methods.

This format requires a high degree of self motivation and excellent time management. Like the accelerated MBA, online programs work best for candidates intent on sticking to the same career path or moving ahead within their current company.

Or, is a traditional MBA right for you?
The classic MBA experience is still the gold standard for many applicants, we’ve found. The full-immersion experience is invaluable for the networking opportunities and alumni connections it provides. It also provides a unique time for MBA students to reflect on and reconsider their career paths.

In reality, every candidate has his or her own unique needs that must be aligned with the format that makes the most sense. Whichever MBA delivery option you choose for your b-school journey, a great fit with your goals and lifestyle will ensure the best results from application to graduation.

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Stacy Blackman Consulting is pleased to announce that we’re number 1 in Crush the GRE‘s new ranking of the best MBA admissions consultants! Of the five leading companies that appear in this ranking, only SBC receives a five-star rating. Here’s how Crush the GRE describes our services:

Over the course of almost two decades, the Stacy Blackman Consulting team has built a successful track record using time-tested techniques and best practices. They offer deep experience with every top-tier school and a variety of industries.
Their All-In package is one of the best truly all-inclusive packages available, with access to your consultant day and night. We love their team approach with individual partnerships as well as the meticulous nature of their consultant matching and application review. Overall, we rank Stacy Blackman Consulting as our number one MBA Admissions Consultant.

In order to determine the ranking, Crush the GRE evaluated each firm on the following criteria:

  • Experience—how many years in the business?
  • Matchmaking process—This should include criteria like target-school expertise, industry alignment, personality, and demographic knowledge.
  • Is unlimited truly unlimited?—Some firms expressly limit the number of hours in their “unlimited” packages.
  • Top-tier admissions experience—Representation across many schools is important.
  • Limits on consultant load—Consultants that are spread too thin cannot offer the necessary attention.
  • Team vs. individual approach—Best scenario includes a team headed by an individual consultant.
  • Yelp—Consider the quality of reviews over time.
  • Free evaluation—It’s necessary to get a feel for not only the style and experience of a consultant, but also their personality.
  • Additional resources—Consultants should also have relationships with current admissions committees and industry elites.
(Click here to read more about each of these aspects in detail.)

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ImageCarnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business has published the MBA application for this admissions cycle. Your resume, transcripts, recommendations and other application data will tell the story of your career achievements and academic accomplishments. Therefore, your Tepper MBA essays should describe your character and personality.

Tepper considers the program to be interdisciplinary and embraces unique centers like Sustainability & Architecture, Technology, and a startup incubator. CMU Tepper has a new building called the Tepper Quad, which delivers a campus with several interconnected parts. And, as part of the new Tepper Quad space, CMU will look to increase the size of the Tepper School.

As you prepare your Tepper MBA essays, keep in mind that Tepper is not looking for one particular profile. The best candidates are willing to engage with a tight-knit community and are interested in a highly analytical course structure.

Questions about your Tepper MBA essays? Contact us for a free analysis of your candidacy. To learn more about the CMU Tepper MBA program, visit the program website.

Required Essay
At Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School, we value our community and it is important for each person to contribute to its success. What difference will you make as a member of the MBA class at the Tepper School? (Maximum 350-500 words.)
CMU Tepper has a small and close-knit community. Because the community is so important, the only required question in this set of Tepper MBA essays focuses on this area. There are several different ways you could contribute to Tepper. There is the personal, the academic and the professional.

Describing your personality and background will be of interest to the admissions committee. Think about what your future classmates and professors would want to know about you. Will you contribute to the community through service in a club or activity?

In addition, CMU values analytical skills. Make an effort to highlight these. Perhaps you have a story that shows how you applied your decision-making skills to a tough problem. Also, consider how your academic skills will contribute to the community of the classroom.

Another way you can contribute to Tepper would be professionally. Describe the career experiences you have had thus far in your life. Will you be able to bring those experiences to the classroom? Or, perhaps you will be able to set up industry lectures, visits to companies you have worked for, or provide guidance on your career to your classmates.

This essay gives you an opportunity to describe your past experiences and show how they will all contribute to Tepper. In addition, thorough school research will show that you are strongly interested in the program.

Some ways you can research Tepper include visiting the school, networking with alumni, and contacting one of the many student ambassadors. Show you have done your research by citing specific clubs, activities, classes, and programs in your Tepper MBA essay examples.

Optional Essay
Use this essay to convey important information that you may not have otherwise been able to convey. This may include unexplained resume gaps, context for recommender selection, etc. If you are a re-applicant, explain how your candidacy has strengthened since your last application.
This optional essay provides a space to add important context to potential issues in your application. As outlined, explain any resume gaps, a recommendation that is from someone other than a current or former supervisor, etc.

Other possible areas you might want to explain include academic issues , such as low grades in quantitative classes, or academic probation. Also, a low GMAT score or other profile issue may be worth addressing if necessary.

Re-applicants should always use this space to showcase a strengthened candidacy. If you have improved your profile with a stronger GMAT score or new grades from quantitative classes, that is great information to highlight.

If you have increased your responsibilities at work, refined career goals, or added new extracurricular activities, those are also valid updates to communicate.

Note this is not an open-ended essay. CMU Tepper is not asking for you to explain anything you want in this essay. Therefore, it is wisest to stick with the two categories of information specifically outlined. The required essay is open-ended enough to give you the space for other information you want to convey.

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Have you ever heard of the term double admits? That’s what we in the MBA admissions consulting industry call those singular applicants who receive admissions offers from both Harvard Business School (HBS) and Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB).

We’ve worked with many top applicants this MBA admissions season who achieved this impressive feat—some with scholarships to boot. Here we analyze eight cases—and we have eight specific takeaways to share.

Okay, maybe they’re not as rare as actual unicorns. But these exceptional candidates and their unique admissions stories can offer some very clear lessons for prospective MBA applicants. Especially those feeling daunted by the sterling reputations and competitive stats of these two elite business schools.

Lesson 1: You don’t need an undergraduate degree from an elite college, or come from a typical MBA-oriented firm or industry.
None of the double admits we worked with graduated from an elite or Ivy League university. In fact, all of the U.S. students in this group came from schools ranked between 20-50. Only one of the admits came from a firm known as a heavy feeder and recruiter for elite MBA programs. None of the others even had MBA graduates as supervisors. Their backgrounds included education, family business, military, energy, and Fortune 500.

Lesson 2: GPA, test scores and demographics are not predictive of success.
Our gang of eight included four U.S. citizens and four international applicants. Most were male, and only one is an underrepresented minority. Both GRE and GMAT takers were represented. Their stats generally fell within the 80 percent range but were not ultimately predictive of success.

Scores ranged from a low 600 GRE to a 770 GMAT, with a median score of 710. Over the years, we’ve seen numerous double admits offset a low-ish GMAT or GRE score with a proven track record in a quantitative job and compelling leadership activities.

Lesson 3: You don’t need to have saved the world.
Every double admit had modest extracurriculars, such as professional organization membership, music, sports, one-on-one mentoring, and basic volunteering. Your extracurricular activities should resonate with you. Any meaningful involvement can give you the opportunity to exercise leadership and management skills in a low-risk, high-impact situation.

Lesson 4: Age is just a number.
We found that age skewed somewhat older in this year’s group of double admits, who had between four and seven years of post-college work experience. One successful candidate was over 30. Five-and-a-half years was the average work tenure upon applying. We regularly assure both older and younger applicants that it’s not about chronological age. It’s more about maturity, readiness, and where you are in your career.

Lesson 5: All applicants demonstrated true character and a desire plus a track record of helping others.
When discussing their careers, each of these applicants veered away from sharing the typical workplace accomplishment stories and instead wove in anecdotes about helping others—mentoring, giving, or assisting in some way. This focus also informed future career and personal aspirations.

Lesson 6: They shared distinctive, personal stories and attainable goals.
Sure, their resumes may have said “5 years at Citibank.” But their essays spoke much more personally, bringing their true natures and trajectories to life. They told micro-stories that filled in the blanks. Omitting generic themes like coding or crunching numbers, these applicants showed humanity, showcased what drives them toward future careers, and explained why they made certain decisions.

Their stories told the “why” behind their prior actions. Yet they also developed an understanding of career aspirations.  Goals made sense and appeared attainable given prior experiences and the track record of consistent actions they had taken.

Lesson 7: They painted a “Big Picture” focus beyond just landing a job.
None of these admits described their current careers or future aspirations in terms of a specific job. It was much more meaningful than that. They felt driven to make an impact on people and on their industries. They wanted to shift mindsets, behaviors, and ultimately change the world. Think big picture themes like globalizing the reach of an industry, providing life changing assistance to others, or easing political tensions.

Lesson 8: They were self-aware and likable, confident but also self-deprecating.
No business school wants to admit even the most accomplished jerk. While these applicants struck us as self-assured, they also came off as likable, realistic about their shortcomings, and open about their need to try harder to compensate for various weaknesses.

The members of this group were people with whom you would want to work on a group project, organize a conference, or study for exams. In short, they are real people with both flaws and strengths, going to b-school in order to get better and achieve more.

While Stanford GSB and Harvard Business School are famously difficult to get into, don’t let fear or low acceptance rates keep you from applying. There is no magic formula that guarantees admissions success. But as these eight “double admits” demonstrate, personality, passion, and a sincere desire to make the world a better place can help tip the odds in your favor.

This article was originally published in July 2018. It has been updated.

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It’s become cliché to have too much to do in too little time. When this happens on the job, you can feel anxious, demoralized, and burned out before the day even begins. As your mood tanks, you might “check out” emotionally, disengaging from your tasks, colleagues, and job. Once  you feel overwhelmed, your productivity plummets, which can ultimately put your career at risk.

Fortunately, you can take proactive steps to keep this grim progression from becoming a reality. While you can’t necessarily control how much work lands on your desk, you can push back that overwhelmed feeling by targeting your efforts toward a few key areas that you can control:

Avoid distractions and plug time drains
Massive competition for your headspace can lead you to feel overwhelmed. Yet much of what vies for your attention each workday isn’t critical to getting your job done—it’s merely distraction. When you get that sense of pressured thinking from trying to absorb too much information, think about whether you’re letting in some of this noise yourself.

Are you spending the day interrupting yourself with constant smartphone checking and social media scrolling? To avoid the data overload that can lead to stress and overwhelm, recognize your own bad habits. Set strong limits on how often you allow such interruptions during work hours. Plug any time drains from your digital “vice of choice” to save more energy for what you have to get done in the office today.

Stop snowballing


Part of maintaining your equilibrium in the face of constant workplace pressures is about managing your thought process. It can be helpful to become aware of whether you’re making matters worse with a negative thinking style.

For example, if you’re working on a project when your boss comes over and adds two more to your list, it’s easy to “snowball” your initial concerns about the first task into a larger worry about juggling the trio of jobs. The next thing you know, you have gotten so caught up in catastrophizing that you’ve stopped working on anything at all.

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Instead, take action to manage how you’re seeing things. An alternate approach to collapsing under an avalanche of anxious thinking is to tell yourself that you’re capable of actively addressing your workload. Once you’ve done this, you’re prepared to take charge—for example, by talking with your supervisor. If nothing can be delegated, you might explore options for extending deadlines. Taking a positive strategic approach to dealing with your workload. This is better than letting negative stressful feelings compound and throw you off track.

Listen to your mood
Another way to combat getting overwhelmed? Use your mood as a barometer. By monitoring your moods throughout the day and noticing mood-related symptoms of stress, you can take action to reverse trends that might otherwise lead to burn out. In addition to a feeling of overwhelm, the Mayo Clinic has identified these common moods that you might feel when you’re stressed:

  • Anxious
  • Restless
  • Lack of focus/motivation
  • Irritable
  • Angry
  • Depressed/sad
If you notice thoughts signaling that your mood is heading off in a negative direction, you’re entering a danger zone. Heed your mood’s warning to push back on an unreasonable number of to-do items. The fact is that you play a role in whether feelings of overwhelm knock you off course, or alert you to needed behavior shifts. By understanding your own poor habits—and responding proactively to early signs of stress—you can avoid being derailed.

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When you’re hard at work on your MBA applications, it’s easy to get caught up in what sounds great to you. Or, what seems impressive to your friends, co-workers or parents. But you really need to consider your materials from the admissions committee’s point of view.

Granted, it can be tough to form a truly objective opinion of your own candidacy. For example, some candidates think that if they have a high undergraduate GPA, aced the GMAT, and have been successful in their career so far, their admission to the top programs is all but guaranteed. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Your task: differentiate, differentiate, differentiate
The majority of candidates who apply to the leading business schools are bright, personable overachievers. Honestly, they would be an asset to any program. AdComs see literally thousands of deserving profiles come across their desks each year. That’s why you need to think beyond your obvious achievements.

Do you come from an over-represented industry, such as banking or consulting? Then this becomes even more critical. The best way to differentiate yourself is through your essays and interviews by highlighting unique, memorable experiences.

Focus on what you can share with your classmates that would be valuable to them—experience or knowledge that others can learn and benefit from. Consider your application from the viewpoint of the people charged with putting together a diverse group of students. How will you enlighten your classmates over the next two years? What do you, and only you, bring to the table?

The admissions process at elite b-schools is extremely competitive. But don’t count yourself out before the game even begins. Chances are, your humility is a trait the AdCom would appreciate.  So start thinking about how to stand out and share your passions throughout your MBA application.

Keep this in mind as you brainstorm:

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