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Coronavirus MBA Volunteering Ideas  [#permalink]

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Are you applying to business schools in the next application cycle? Clearly, 2020 will be like no other admissions season on record.  The coronavirus outbreak has already affected the application strategies of many MBA hopefuls. Campus visits are out of the question. MBA fairs have all moved online. Your once-imminent promotion may have stalled if your company is scrambling to adapt in the wake of COVID-19.

You may wonder if it’s possible to strengthen your leadership profile and continue extracurriculars in the coming months. Rest assured, you can make a significant impact, even during the quarantine. In fact, the type of volunteering effort you make now could leave an indelible impression on the admissions committee.

Top-ranked MBA programs aren’t looking for number-crunching robots to fill their seats. They seek multidimensional candidates with interests and passions outside of work. In particular, they want to know you have committed to serving your community in a meaningful way.

The COVID-19 pandemic is scary, but it can also inspire you to find new ways to be useful. It’s time to get creative and rise to the occasion. Here are a few coronavirus MBA volunteering ideas we’ve come up with so far.

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Ideally, you have already had leadership roles in volunteer organizations in the past. Can you continue to build upon those activities in a remote capacity? If not, then explore other options unique to this moment in time.

Your coronavirus MBA volunteering activities should be things that resonate with you. There are many different ways to add value today on both small and large scales. “This COVID-19 outbreak provides an unprecedented opportunity for candidates to step up and demonstrate their service-oriented attitude by helping their communities,” says SBC principal consultant Bill.

Some ideas include arranging meal donations from local restaurants to frontline healthcare workers.  You could also organize a fundraiser through a non-profit to raise money for any number of causes. Think of food pantries, blood drives, or providing WiFi hotspots for low-income students, for example.

Many MBA applicants are already involved with mentoring youth. Consider creating Zoom online tutoring, or community programs for non-profits that usually host afterschool classes for kids. You could help create enrichment programs for schools unable to offer online instruction.

Social isolation has caused severe mental health issues for many people. The elderly are especially vulnerable right now. Consider volunteering at an organization addressing the needs of seniors. For instance, the non-profit Dorot in New York City provides “caring calls” to older adults. For an option outside the house, think about something like Meals on Wheels. They need drivers to deliver food to homebound seniors.

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One SBC client has trained to become a crisis counselor through the Crisis Text Line. This crisis-intervention and counseling service is conducted through SMS text. Volunteers must first complete 30 hours of training. Then, they commit to volunteering 4 hours per week until they reach 200 hours. From an MBA admissions standpoint, this type of meaningful commitment will stand out.

Relate your coronavirus MBA volunteering to future career goals
At SBC, we encourage clients to contribute in ways that relate to their future career goals. “This is an ideal time to get your feet wet in your desired function or industry sector,” advises SBC consultant Dione. “So put on your entrepreneurial, problem-solving hats!”

Applicants can start by thinking about problems that have arisen in the nonprofits or communities they support. Think about solutions that leverage your expertise or show your potential for success in your future career goal, Dione suggests, adding, “The more significant the impact and the more innovative the solution, the better.”

The pandemic has brought to light many dysfunctional socio-political issues we must address if we want to rebuild a stronger society in the wake of this disaster, Bill adds.

“Creating or participating in a platform dedicated to dealing with these broader issues would demonstrate a passion for driving lasting and beneficial change—a vital element when considering the quality of one’s MBA candidacy.”

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Chicago Booth is STEM MBA Certified  [#permalink]

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Today’s business leaders need to have backgrounds in science, tech, engineering, and math to help solve our most challenging issues.  Earlier this month, Chicago Booth School of Business Dean Madhav Rajan made an announcement that’s music to the ears of many international students. Now, Booth is STEM MBA certified for Optional Practical Training (OPT) purposes.

A recent MBA Admissions Blog entry says this change expands eligibility from two concentrations to the entire MBA degree. It also lets F-1 visa holders apply for an additional 24 months of training through work experience after their MBA.

Ultimately, says the AdCom team, the STEM designation can help international students gain more than just experience. They might also earn a promotion and pay off part of their student debt.

Booth believes the STEM-certified MBA offers far-reaching professional and personal benefits to its international students.  Having a diverse community adds an extra dimension to your business education, says the Booth AdCom, as instructors and classmates share their unique perspectives. Chicago Booth considers its community of international students and faculty members essential to the school’s vitality.

Follow the link below to learn more about Booth’s commitment to helping international students. You can also read how its Office of Internal Affairs is working with international MBA candidates during the COVID-19 crisis.

news source: Chicago Booth STEM MBA and Additional Support

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Fuqua Adding a 4th Round Amid Covid-19 Crisis  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Fuqua Adding a 4th Round Amid Covid-19 Crisis
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The third round deadline at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business passed on March 11, 2020.  However, the COVID-19 crisis has seriouslyimpacted Round 3 applicants around the world. With test centers shuttered, many prospective students could not take an exam or complete their application on time. In response, Duke Fuqua is adding a 4th round deadline, Shari Hubert, Fuqua’s associate dean of admissions, announced today.  The new application deadline is May 19, 2020.

Considerations for Fuqua’s Round 4 applicants
Keep these points in mind if you plan to apply in this round.

Interviews: All interviews will now occur via Skype with a second-year Daytime MBA student, staff member, or alumnus. “We believe the interview process is critical allowing us to learn more about a student and provide them the chance to interact with a member of the community,” Hubert explained.

Standardized Testing: Fuqua accepts both GMAT and GRE scores. Beginning with Round 4, they will now accept the Executive Assessment (EA) without prior approval. Fuqua does not require the official score report at the time of application. Candidates need only to self-report their scores and provide official scores when admitted.

Administrators of the GMAT and GRE tests have made it possible for prospective students to take these tests from a home environment. Please check the  GMAC or ETS websites for more information.

Connect with Fuqua: Applicants can schedule a 15-minute chat with a member of the admissions team to ask any questions they have about the admissions process. As a thank you for taking the time to attend a virtual event or speak with us, Fuqua will waive the student’s application fee if they plan on applying in Round 4.

International Students: International students may apply in the new Round 4. Fuqua believes that with the later start date, students should have sufficient time to collect required visa paperwork. However, students should be prepared to move quickly after admission. Keep in mind the possibility of lingering delays in embassies and visas office around the world.

Coronavirus will affect start dates at Fuqua
In addition to Fuqua adding a 4th round, today, we also received the first clear signal of how the coronavirus might affect start dates at business schools this fall. Calling it a “difficult decision,” Hubert explained that start dates for the Daytime MBA program have shifted in order to allow as many students as possible to join them in Durham.  Orientation will now start on August 31, and classes will begin on September 3, 2020.

Travel restrictions and/or visa processing delays may affect students’ ability to make it to campus for the new start date. The AdCom team has prepared for this possibility, Hubert assured.  Fuqua plans to offer an option in which people can begin the program online alongside their classmates on the campus. They can then join the cohort in Durham as soon as possible.

Coronavirus will not halt instruction
Hubert acknowledged that the school has closely monitored the trajectory of the pandemic with Duke medical officials. She also believes this delayed start offers the best chance for the whole community to start together physically on campus.

“However, we will hold to these start dates regardless of how the pandemic evolves. We are prepared to start classes with a combination of some students online and others on-campus,” Hubert explained. “We are also prepared to start all students online in the unlikely event that public health restrictions prevent us from being on-campus.”

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Kellogg School Will Waive GMAT, GRE for Round 3 Applicants  [#permalink]

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We’re living through a unique moment in history as the whole world grapples with the COVID-19 outbreak. Business schools, for their part, are adapting tomeet the current challenges facing many Round 3 applicants.  But one elite school has gone beyond any other thus far. An announcement came out today that the Kellogg School will waive GMAT and GRE standardized test requirements for applicants applying in Round 3.

In sharing this unprecedented decision, Kate Smith, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, said, “Your goals matter. Nothing about the disruption you are experiencing should hold you back. So we’re removing what you and your future classmates have identified as a potential barrier to finalizing your applications in time for the extended deadlines.”

While online options for the GMAT and GRE have or will soon become available, Smith says Kellogg understands that such delivery methods do not accommodate everyone. They also potentially present new challenges of studying in a crunched timeline, she added.

If you already have a test score and feel it will strengthen your application, you may send it in. Kellogg will also continue to accept scores from GMAC and ETS’s online testing alternatives.

Applicants should note that the Kellogg School will waive the GMAT/GRE requirement specifically for this unique moment in time. It is not an indicator for future admissions cycles. Also, Kellogg’s other admissions standards and criteria have not changed.

“We’re as committed as ever to bringing together a student body comprising diverse, accomplished and driven individuals,” Smith said.

A second chance for waitlisted/dinged applicants?
Finally, Smith noted that applicants who were waitlisted or denied in Rounds 1 or 2 may submit an appeal to have their application reconsidered. Check in with the Kellogg AdCom team for specific instructions for how to do so in the coming days.

If you have questions about your application, please get in touch with the Kellogg admissions office.

“Kellogg will always be a place that puts its community first, and the same goes for future students,” Smith said. “We look forward to reviewing your applications and welcoming our new classes to Kellogg.”

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GMAT Online Testing Begins on April 20  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: GMAT Online Testing Begins on April 20
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The  COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered testing centers around the world. In response, the Graduate Management Admission Council moved quickly to create an alternative GMAT solution that is accessible online. After much anticipation, yesterday GMAC announced the release of its GMAT Online exam.

The interim GMAT Online exam will help candidates feel safe while meeting upcoming application deadlines.  It will also offer business schools everywhere a relevant way to evaluate candidates for their admissions process.

As we mentioned in this update for international applicants, GMAC will offer this interim exam at a lower cost than the standard GMAT exam.

GMAT Online Test Structure
GMAC has made the interim solution available on both Mac and PC platforms to impacted test-takers across the globe. However, the exam will not be accessible in some countries due to regulatory restrictions. These regions include mainland China, Iran, Cuba, Sudan, Slovenia, and North Korea. Additionally, GMAC is working to provide appropriate online options for candidates with disabilities who meet specific eligibility criteria.

GMAC says it will modify check-in and security protocols to accommodate online delivery. In addition, they will use remote proctors to maintain test integrity.

The Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning sections (omitting the Analytical Writing Assessment section) will have the same type and number of items and the same time for completion. This creates consistency in content and structure with the GMAT exam administered in test centers.

It will also use the same scoring algorithm and score scale for the Section Scores and Total Score as the test center-based version. Appointments for around-the-clock test dates begin on April 20, 2020, and run through June 15, 2020.  At that time, GMAC will reevaluate the need for the interim solution.

Candidates who wish to register for the GMAT Online exam can learn more here: www.mba.com/gmatonline

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Wharton to Livestream Virtual Campus Tour  [#permalink]

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So, how can you research schools and get a feel for their campuses during the COVID-19 crisis? Business schools worldwide have adapted to meet this need of prospective MBA applicants by ramping up an array of virtual campus tour options.

If you’re targeting the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, get ready for the next best thing to an in-person experience. The top-ranked school will livestream a campus tour led by a Wharton student on April 21st at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Join first-year MBA student Caitlin Lohrenz as she gives a virtual overview of the Wharton campus. Throughout the tour, Caitlin will discuss daily student activities, academics, commuting, and more. Following the virtual tour, Caitlin will answer your questions live.

Until in-person visits can resume safely, think of the virtual campus tour as a jumping-off point for your school selection process. You can register for the event here.

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Innovation Requires a Growth Mindset  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Innovation Requires a Growth Mindset
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We know Silicon Valley for its “fail fast, fail often” ethos. Yet failure still carries a crippling stigma for many people outside of tech. If you value creativity and innovation, then it’s time to shake off those shameful feelings. Embrace failure as a chance to grow and a necessary stepping stone on the path to success.

Indeed, history offers plenty of examples of innovation born from trial and error. Engineers Al Fielding and Marc Chavannes created bubble wrap in 1960. But they first tried to market it as a trendy new textured wallpaper. The lubricant WD-40 required many attempts to get the formula right. Its name stands for Water Displacement perfected on the 40th try.

In the 1930s, Cleo and Noah McVicker invented Play-Doh—as a wallpaper cleaner. And that famous little blue pill? Doctors first developed it to treat hypertension. But they soon realized Viagra worked muuuch better for a completely different ailment. And the list goes on.

You see, there’s a silver lining behind most failures. The key is not giving up. Continue to put in the effort, pivot, and try again. Your perseverance will pay off.

Innovation is all in your mind (set)
Whether you’ll be able to let failure lead you to innovation depends on what kind of mindset you have. Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck hit on the notion that people with a fixed mindset believe their intelligence, creative talents, and character are immutable traits.

People who have a growth mindset, meanwhile, believe that they can develop their core abilities through dedication and hard work. Our brains and talent are only the starting point, Dweck discovered.

“People often confuse a growth mindset with being flexible or open-minded or with having a positive outlook — qualities they believe they’ve simply always had,” Dweck wrote in Harvard Business Review. “My colleagues and I call this a false growth mindset,” she explained.

“Everyone is actually a mixture of fixed and growth mindsets, and that mixture continually evolves with experience.”

Getting on board with failure
But it’s not just people who need to become more accepting of their mistakes. In this interview with Medium, professor Luis Martins of UT McCombs School of Business said companies need to walk the walk as well if innovation is the real goal.

“Most organizations celebrate the people who pick good ideas. They also reward the people who don’t make any mistakes,” Martins explained. “Unless you make it a norm, it’s a one-off. But if everybody is trying and failing, any one failure is not that spectacular — nobody is stopping to look at you.”

Dweck has also studied organizations and found that growth-minded companies often promote from within their ranks. Fixed mindset ones, meanwhile, look to outsiders. This group also places a high value on credentials and past accomplishments. In contrast, growth-mindset firms admire potential and passion for learning.

“Focusing on pedigree…is not as effective as looking for people who love challenges, who want to grow, and who want to collaborate,” Dweck said. In other words, companies that strive for innovation should start by considering their hiring criteria.

Finally, we’ll leave you with this thought from Walt Disney.

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

Oh, and he once got fired from a newspaper job for not being creative enough. Go figure.

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QS Top Online MBA Rankings for 2020  [#permalink]

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The coronavirus outbreak has sent business schools worldwide into “online mode” for the remainder of the spring term. Will that lead to a significant uptick in interest for online MBA programs next year? If so, which business schools offer the best educational experience in that format? Check out the QS top online MBA rankings for 2020 to see their take on the subject.

The [url=https://www.qs.com/rankings-revealed-the-best-online-mbas-in-2020/]online learning landscape[/url] will become increasingly competitive as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, QS predicts.  According to Nunzio Quaquarelli, CEO and founder of QS Quacquarelli Symonds, it will spur online educators to offer outstanding teaching and learning experiences in the virtual space.

“Online students tend to be particularly attuned to the key questions of whether their potential programs will be recognized by employers,” Quaquarelli notes. He also knows potential online MBA applicants want to make sure they don’t lose out on quality instruction for the sake of convenience.

The good news for online MBA applicants, particularly women, whose interest in this format option has outpaced men in recent years, is that several programs continue to deliver an ever more competitive educational experience.

(Read our post with [url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/blog/3-things-you-may-not-know-about-online-mbas/]three things you may not know[/url] about online MBAs.)

QS Top Online MBA Rankings for 2020
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IE Business School (Spain) [/*]
Imperial College Business School (UK) [/*]
Warwick Business School (UK) [/*]
AGSM @ UNSW Business School (Australia) [/*]
Politecnico di Milano School of Management (Italy) [/*]
[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/indiana-kelley/]Indiana University (Kelley Direct Programs)[/url] (US) [/*]
Alliance Manchester Business School (UK) [/*]
[url=https://www.stacyblackman.com/mba-application-advice/usc-marshall/]Southern California (Marshall)[/url] (US) [/*]
Florida International University (US) [/*]
University of Otago Business School (New Zealand) [/*]
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Interestingly, the ranking data revealed that nearly a quarter of online MBA providers (11 of 47) have no international students. That is to say, in those cases, all students are from the same country as the provider. Meanwhile, the international student average globally is 24%, QS reports.

However, this may change over time as more international students explore online MBAs due to travel restrictions and border closures, QS predicts.

For a deeper dive into the QS top online MBA rankings, check out this analysis from our friends at [url=https://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-rankings/6910/best-online-mba-programs-qs]BusinessBecause[/url]. Or, explore a [url=https://poetsandquants.com/2020/04/22/the-best-international-online-mbas/?pq-category=online-mba-rankings]more skeptical take[/url] from Poets & Quants editor John A Byrne.

Finally, as with all rankings, we suggest MBA applicants take these with a grain of salt. Finding the best program for you is paramount.

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Increased Flexibility for Darden MBA Class of 2022  [#permalink]

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The COVID-19 pandemic will likely continue to disrupt in-person learning when instruction is set to begin this fall. Although most programs’ planned start dates in August and September remain largely in effect, for now, the future is anything but certain. In light of this fact, the UVA Darden School of Business says it plans to offer maximum flexibility for the Darden MBA Class of 2022.

Here are the key takeaways from the school’s announcement:
  • The school is still accepting applications for the Darden MBA Class of 2022. It has extended its final round on a rolling basis through July 15.
  • If a prospective student has not taken the GMAT/GRE exam, Darden offers great flexibility. It now encourages Round 3 applicants to submit SAT, ACT, or country-specific university entrance exam scores.
  • In addition to undergraduate GPA, the AdCom will consider other examples of academic merit. This includes certification programs, CPA, CFA, and post-baccalaureate relevant coursework, among others.
  • Some students may not be able to start in August because of the ongoing global pandemic. Therefore, Darden will also offer a delayed start option for a limited portion of the incoming Class of 2022. This group will start First Year core classes in January 2021.
  • Darden is deploying additional need-based aid through a hardship fund given the challenges many are facing. It will also tap into new scholarship resources. 
  •  A new student experience fund will provide lunch each day of class for all First-Year students throughout the core curriculum.
  • Darden is also using the crisis as a real-time education opportunity. The school is adding new cases and course material related to the COVID-19 crisis.
“Our message to prospective students is one of caring and flexibility,” said Executive Director of Admissions Dawna Clarke. “We know how stressful applying to business school can be in the best of times; in a time of unprecedented disruption, we stand ready to work with applicants to make this process as flexible as possible.”

You can find more details on each topic in the Darden admitted student portal. Also, school leaders will host a series of upcoming webinars to address questions and provide updates. Please visit the UV Darden admissions website for more information.

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Creating a robust and dynamic classroom experience is the primary focus of the top business schools in the United States. Diversity is necessary to achieve this goal; therefore, international candidates make up a significant percentage of each cohort.

To put this in perspective, international students made up 33% of the 2019 incoming class at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. That figured climbed to 37% at Harvard Business School. Meanwhile, over at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the number reached 42 percent. Today, we’re sharing some advice for European MBA applicants eying business schools in the United States.

Why target schools in the U.S.?
Whether you value the academic experience, immersive opportunities, available resources, or brand power, top U.S. schools have it all. One exciting prospect about earning an MBA at a well-ranked school in the States is the variety of settings available.

Naturally, you can find several options in big cities such as New York, Boston, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. However, you can also study in smaller towns that offer a quintessential American college experience. Think Duke Fuqua in Durham, North Carolina. Or Dartmouth’s Tuck School, in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Many prospective applicants want to use the MBA degree to change course in their career. The two-year MBA common in the U.S. is an ideal format to achieve that goal. You’ll have the chance to do a summer internship to try out a new industry or job function. Then, your second year will provide the time you need to crystalize your career path.

Plus, you’ll also have more time to get involved with clubs and other activities to broaden your interests and experiences.  Having more time to spend with your classmates deepens the relationships and connections that will form your lifelong professional network.

Finally, the boom in STEM-designated MBA programs in the U.S. is making it even easier for European and other international students to extend their work experience after graduation by up to 36 months.

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Targeted advice for European MBA Applicants:
  • Back home, a stellar academic pedigree may be enough to clinch your admissions chances. Top MBA programs in the U.S. want to see more than strong stats. Remember, you are not just your resume. You are the white spaces in between.
  • Show that you have done your homework on the program. Don’t overlook school culture when creating an MBA shortlist.
  • Get ready to rewrite your resume. The typical European-style CV needs serious modification to become a winning MBA resume.
  • Boost your volunteering efforts if needed. While admissions requirements in other countries place less importance on volunteering experience, U.S. business schools care a lot about your community involvement and extracurriculars.
  • Learn how to strengthen your MBA candidacy through your LinkedIn profile. It can bolster your candidacy while providing a fuller, multi-dimensional view of yourself to the admissions committee as well as future recruiters.
Connect with current European students
Our advice for European MBA applicants is to reach out now to current students or alumni from your home country or region at your target schools. Ask for their honest feedback about the school, resources, and the environment.

Business schools often have official programs that connect applicants via email or Skype with current and former students of similar backgrounds and profiles. These individuals can offer the inside scoop on student life and what makes their school unique.

Also, as the whole world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, participating in online information sessions and virtual webinars allows all applicants to get a better sense of the school’s culture.

Both options provide a great introduction to a program and can help you narrow down which schools to focus on for your MBA. Don’t worry if there’s no such formal program in place. Most admissions officers will happily put candidates in touch with an alum or current student if asked.

In the end, our advice for European MBA applicants reflects what we tell all of our clients. Get to know the programs that interest you. Share your enthusiasm for the school throughout your application.  Above all, find ways to differentiate yourself from seemingly similar applicants.

SBC’s team of stellar consultants can help you favorably position your candidacy at elite business schools as a European MBA applicant. Get in touch today for a complimentary analysis, and let us help you reach your U.S. MBA degree dreams.

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Like all educational institutions, Harvard Business School is grappling with how to proceed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. International admits fear that visa issues may affect their ability to start when the term begins this fall.  Other admits have reservations about the prospect of an online or blended learning structure that may affect the entire first year. So, what’s a premier business school to do?

HBS Deferral Option
HBS has opted to offer maximum flexibility to admits whose MBA journeys have been hampered by the coronavirus. Therefore, it will allow deferrals to any Class of 2022 admit who wants one.  Admits must apply for the HBS deferral option between May 15-June 1. Depending on the number of deferral requests, some students might get deferred for two years instead of one.

“Our learning model depends on bringing together exceptional leaders with diverse backgrounds and perspectives,” MBA Director Chad Losee explains. If that means enrolling a smaller class than the typical 930, he says they might do so.  However, Losee previously noted that HBS has maintained a larger than usual waitlist this season.

Implications for the 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle
Upon hearing about the HBS deferral option, the number-one question on future applicants’ minds is: Will there be fewer spots available in upcoming classes?

At the moment, HBS has no clear-cut answers. But Losee notes that the university is focused on addressing the issue. “We are working hard to balance doing right by those we have admitted this year and preserving the opportunity for you to enroll in the future,” he explains.

For now, the admissions team will wait to see how many admitted applicants request a deferral. Once that happens, they can give thought to the overall class size that HBS may be able to accommodate for the Classes of 2023 and 2024.

“The pandemic is teaching us that the world needs leaders who know how to innovate (…) and lead others,” Losee writes. “I invite you to consider how HBS can help you make a difference in the world and hope that you will choose to apply.”

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This week, the Wharton School introduced a deferral option for some members of the MBA Class of 2022. In a letter addressed to the class, admissions director Blair Mannix discussed the COVID-19 impact on Wharton admits as well as adjustments to its MBA Pre-Term.

The round 2 deposit deadline of May 4, 2020, still stands.  Mannix says Wharton will prioritize deferral requests from international students who cannot start the program due to visa issues.

Other admitted students may receive a deferral on a case-by-case basis. Mannix mentions illness, family circumstances, and other factors outside of their control as reasons that could qualify for the deferment.

As for the MBA Pre-Term for the Class of 2022, Mannix says the event will happen virtually in August. However, Wharton has reduced the fee to $850 (from $2,000) to reflect the new format, she says.

This decision regarding Pre-Term has no bearing on whether the fall term will be virtual, Mannix clarifies. That determination will come down directly from the University of Pennsylvania. However, the likely scenario for instruction in the fall will consist of a combination of in-class and virtual teaching, she adds.

Also, Mannix stresses that prior admissions decisions remain in effect. Wharton will not reconsider any previously submitted applications. (Kellogg recently left the door open to reconsider previously denied applicants from earlier this season.) However, Mannix encourages dinged applicants to reapply next season.

The world needs future leaders who are ready to lead.
Like other peer business schools, Wharton hopes admitted students will take the leap to begin classes this fall despite the uncertainties. The lasting COVID-19 impact on Wharton may end up serving as an inspiration for future leaders.

As Dean Geoffry Garret wrote on LinkedIn just over two months ago, successful organizations require a new style of leadership. His hope? That future leaders will strive to be real. Not heroes. The business community needs leaders who are, in his words, “more committed to a clear set of core values that govern how they choose to help us navigate this new uncertain normal.”

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Sometimes, it’s instructive (not to mention, fun!) to take a granular look at the successful MBA application process of an actual SBC client.

Today, we’ve asked SBC consultant Kim (pictured) to share some of the details of an applicant she worked with during the 2019-2020 admissions season.

Let’s take a look at the particulars of this client case study.  Who knows, you may find similarities between her profile and your own.

Please note, we’ve anonymized some of the specifics of this candidate to protect her privacy.

Snapshot of a Successful MBA Application Process
Demography: Indian female, late 20s. First-time applicant

Education:  Top University of California school. Economics major

Exam score submitted: GMAT  730

Professional Experience: Worked at a Big Four accounting firm within their finance department on a smaller, niche team. Non-target firm and a traditional applicant who lacked specificity in her resume, profile, employer, and position.

Initially, her bullet points used a lot of industry and technical jargon. Also, she didn’t highlight outcomes or attempt to tell a story. Some MBA resume refinement was definitely in order.

Extra-Curriculars: She had strong extracurricular involvement. In her application, she showcased passion through community engagements at both her firm and through organizations that focused on supporting those in developing countries.

Post MBA Goals: Short term goal is to become a product manager in FinTech. Her long term goal is entrepreneurship through creating her own FinTech/social impact firm with a focus on financial literacy.

Target Schools: Chicago Booth School of Business, Kellogg School of Management, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

Interviewed at: Booth, Kellogg, Haas

Accepted at: Booth (with scholarship), Kellogg (with a significant scholarship), Haas

What did this applicant do well?
An MBA resume differs from a traditional CV. We spent a lot of time focusing on MBA resume refinement. That meant highlighting both the specificity of her achievements and leadership and understanding of her key differentiators.

For example, she was the youngest employee to lead a training program abroad. She was also promoted fairly quickly and had managed a small team. Finally, she co-founded an NGO to assist those in need by supplying them with essentials.

Next, we focused heavily on crafting her post-MBA goals. To do this, we emphasized her professional experiences and extracurricularinvolvement. Both of these areas had provided her with experience, leadership abilities, and a real passion for FinTech and social impact.

The applicant also did significant networking with the business schools to which she applied. This included attending events, talking to current students and alums, reading school blogs and admissions emails, etc. In her application, she conveyed a strong understanding of how the classes, student clubs, activities, and conferences of each specific MBA program would help her attain her post-MBA goals.

She also wrote engaging and compelling essays that dug deeper into her goals. For instance, she laid out why she felt the specific school/program best suited her, as well as showcased her strong leadership abilities through concrete examples.  Finally, we practiced interviews with STAR frameworks and continuously worked on feedback.

What, if anything, could she have done better?
In retrospect, she could have spent more time and focus on the Berkeley-Haas application (it was at the bottom of her list). Although also admitted to Haas, she spent much more time crafting both the Booth & Kellogg applications and essays by comparison.

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Thanks, Kim, for sharing this successful MBA candidate profile with our readers! If you would like to learn more about how SBC can help make your MBA dreams a reality, get in touch for a free 15-minute consultation today!

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The coronavirus outbreak has made working from home the new normal for many professionals. That means emails, messaging apps, phone calls, and video chats will serve as our lifelines to the office for the immediate future. Here are two things to remember about your digital body language and virtual communication as we navigate these uncharted waters together.

Send the Right Signal
Now more than ever, we must become mindful of how influential our digital body language can be. It covers everything from group chat emojis to how you announce yourself in conference calls, explains Shama Hyder, founder, and CEO of Zen Media.

In her recent piece for Inc., Hyder notes that “our digital body language is critical for establishing and maintaining good rapport, contributing to high morale, and just generally creating a positive work environment for everyone at the company.”

For now, over-communication is the order of the day, Hyder says. Open, frequent, and effective communication prevents things from falling through the cracks. Hyder also thinks people used to working together in person might struggle with nailing the right tone in instant messages, emails, texts, and other online written communication.

“Uncertainty is everywhere, and employees may be much more ready to jump to unpleasant conclusions than they would be otherwise,” Hyder warns.

Make Up for Missing Body Language Cues
Erica Dhawan, a leading authority on 21st-century collaboration and connectional intelligence, echoes those concerns. She says we should keep two things in mind to use our digital body language effectively. First, realize that brevity can cause confusion. We need to be conscious of how we’re communicating, and if we’re clear, Dhawan explains.

We’ve seen in the data is that there’s an immense amount of misunderstanding, anxiety, and confusion because we don’t have the context of the stare, the nod, or the shake that we’re used to in human body language.

Second, we need to realize that timing is everything. If you send emails to your team late at night or on the weekend, are you signaling that you expect them to be “on” at all times? If that’s not your intention, consider hanging on to those messages as drafts. You can send them Monday morning instead.

Tuning in to and adapting your digital body language can have a profound effect on your professional and personal relationships. This LinkedIn Learning course by Dhawan is a great place to start if you need help in this area.

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Add a Personal Touch to Virtual Meetings
We’re facing an extended period of self-isolation. That means we’re going to crave human connection more than ever—especially those of us who live alone. Here’s a simple but beneficial habit to start incorporating now.

Whenever you call for a virtual meeting or plan to give a presentation to the team, build in time at the beginning for casual interaction. Adding a social element goes a long way toward replicating the comradery of face-to-face encounters. Slack’s ultimate guide to remote meetings has this sage advice:

Check in with everyone attending. Spend a few minutes having small talk as a group about what’s going on with work or at home. This will build rapport and help people feel more connected to each other at this crucial time. Also, it will boost engagement in the topic at hand once you get down to business. If you don’t do some ice-breaking first, you risk harming relationships.

We’ll be back next time with more practical tips on how to boost your virtual meeting and presentation skills. These will come in handy right away, but will also serve you well when life finally gets back to normal.

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COVID-19 Won’t Spike MBA Deferrals at Tuck School  [#permalink]

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Don’t expect to see a raft of MBA deferrals at Tuck School of Business due to the COVID-19 crisis. In a recent update on the Tuck 360 Blog, admissions director Luke Anthony Peña explained why—unlike Harvard Business School—the team has decided against offering admits the choice to postpone their start dates.

To be clear, Peña does not shut down the idea of allowing MBA deferrals at Tuck outright. The admissions team will consider all requests on a case-by-case basis, he explained.  However, Peña noted that Tuck School has a robust plan for instruction in the fall, either in person or remotely. Therefore, he said they do not expect to offer many deferrals.

“Given Tuck’s distinct scale, granting mass deferrals significantly changes our class composition, more so than if our community was larger,” Peña pointed out. Keep in mind, an incoming MBA class at Tuck School has fewer than 300 students. Meanwhile, that figure more than triples at HBS.

“Mass deferrals also dramatically reduce our available seats next year, and make applying for our Class of 2023 more artificially competitive,” he continued.

“We want to ensure this year’s class is strong and next year’s seats are attainable.”

Fairness and Equity Drive Round 4 Requirements
Unlike Kellogg School of Management, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, or CMU Tepper School of Business, Tuck will not waive the GMAT/GRE test score requirement for final round applicants.

“Fairness and equity are paramount to the integrity of our evaluation efforts,” Peña explained. “We required a complete application for all applicants in our first three rounds, and we made admissions decisions accordingly.”

“Changing or waiving application requirements now would introduce unfairness and inequity for candidates who applied earlier in this application year,” he added.

Also, Peña noted that the team would not reconsider any applications that were denied earlier in the cycle.

Waitlisted applicants from the first two rounds remain enthusiastic about joining the Class of 2022, he shared. They will continue to evaluate those candidates alongside later round applicants to fill the final seats in the class.

Finally, Peña said the team empathizes with admits who choose not to enroll this year. In such cases, they will work personally with those admitted students to encourage their applications, he added.

You can read more about MBA deferrals at Tuck and other COVID-19 admissions  FAQs here.

Photo courtesy of Tuck School of Business

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The Stacy Blackman Consulting team is excited to announce the launch of B-Schooled, our MBA admissions consulting podcast! Our host, Erika Olson, is a Michigan Ross BBA and Harvard MBA who’s been on our admissions consulting team for over a decade.

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Each Wednesday, she’ll be covering a different aspect of the MBA application and admissions process. Sometimes she’ll be joined by another member of our team—or Stacy herself!

Through B-Schooled, we’ll expand upon the insight and advice we offer on our blog and email newsletter. You’ll learn about how to pull together your personal-best business school materials, as well as make the most of your time once you enroll.

But we’ve got more than practical tips and applicant success stories to share. B-Schooled will also occasionally feature interviews with current business school students and recent graduates, as well as other key players along a typical candidate’s MBA admissions journey.

B-Schooled is available on most major podcast apps, including:

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Our premiere episode, linked below, covers:

• What you can do to strengthen your candidacy between now and Round 1 deadlines in the fall, and

• One thing you should NOT worry about during these already-stressful times.

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Many new college graduates will encounter a grim job market due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School has introduced a unique program called NC Business Next.

This pilot program will offer spots in its upcoming MBA class to a small number of high performing college grads. These students can begin an MBA degree right away, without the typical three-to-five years of work experience requirement.

“Recognizing the difficult and uncertain career opportunities for new college graduates in North Carolina, we decided to launch an initiative that provides a route to career success for them,” explains UNC Kenan-Flagler dean Doug Shackelford.

Starting an MBA now will help students link their undergraduate studies to new leadership, communication, analytical, and business strategy skills. The program is open to graduates from UNC-Chapel Hill, other UNC campuses, and North Carolina residents from other universities.

“Students who graduate from college during an economic downturn struggle not just to get jobs, but also build the capabilities they need for long-term career success,” says Brad Staats, associate dean of MBA programs and an operations professor.

“Our MBA program – with its focus on applied knowledge, experiential learning and career skills – will help them address this gap. In the unusual circumstances caused by the COVID-19 crisis, we have the ability to offer this opportunity to a select group this fall and help develop a new generation of talented leaders for North Carolina.”

Evaluation Requirements for the NC Business Next Program
NC Business Next is open to graduates from all undergraduate majors. The admissions team will evaluate applicants on the following criteria.

    outstanding academic performancequantitative strengthletters of recommendationdemonstrated impact through leadership activitiesinternship and part-time work experiencemotivationinterviewsGPAstandardized test scores
Working with career and leadership coaches, students will receive strong support, says Melissa Hlavac, associate dean of MBA programs. In spite of the fact that UNC Kenan-Flagler doesn’t typically accept students with limited work experience, Hlavac thinks this won’t impede their future success. In the past, such students, often in dual-degree programs, have done very well, she says, both in initial placement and long-term career achievement.

Students will participate in the Analytical Skills Workshop to bolster their knowledge of critical business topics before starting classes. In addition, they will partner with MBA Dean’s Fellows and receive peer mentorship and guidance for success in the MBA program.

How to Apply
NC Business Next applicants will apply using UNC Kenan-Flagler’s standard Full-Time MBA application (Round 4, 2020 entry).

The program’s priority application deadline is June 15, with admissions decisions made on a rolling basis. Meeting the priority deadline will also maximize your opportunities for fellowship consideration. The final application deadline is July 13.

Recognizing the reduced ability to prepare for and take the GMAT or GRE, applicants may request a GMAT/GRE waiver. Applicants will be considered for fellowships as part of the admissions process.

“One of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s strengths is having MBA and Undergraduate Business students taught by one faculty in the same building,” says Staats. “So we are uniquely prepared to serve this new group of talented individuals who will bring diverse experiences and perspectives to our community.”

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: B-Schooled Episode #2: Interview with Nick, SBC Client and HBS Class of 2020 Student
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You don’t want to miss the second episode of B-Schooled! In it, our host — SBC admissions consultant Erika — has an all-encompassing chat with her former client Nick, who was accepted to both HBS and Stanford GSB and is about to graduate from HBS. They cover:

  • Nick’s “stats,” and what approach Erika and Nick took to his MBA application positioning
  • What Nick thought was the most important part of the process
  • Nick’s essay topics (and what Erika steered him away from including)
  • Nick’s advice for other applicants, particularly those with a military background like his
  • An in-depth description of Nick’s interview experiences with both Harvard and Stanford
  • Nick’s time at HBS, including the switch to virtual classes due to COVID-19
Listen here, or on any of the podcast apps listed below.

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B-Schooled Episode #3: Don’t Be Joe or Jane MBA  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: B-Schooled Episode #3: Don’t Be Joe or Jane MBA
In this episode of SBC’s new podcast B-Schooled, we discuss the risks of trying to be a “Joe or Jane MBA” — the stereotypical business school candidate. You’ll come to understand why trying to mimic a friend, relative, or co-worker’s MBA positioning or strategy can backfire, even if they got into a top program.

Listen to B-Schooled episode #3 here, or on any of the podcast apps listed below.

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Is Now the Best Time to Apply? Ross School AdCom Director Thinks So  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Is Now the Best Time to Apply? Ross School AdCom Director Thinks So
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Several elite business schools have extended their Round 3 deadlines to accommodate MBA applicants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This flexibility presents a conundrum for some b-school aspirants, who wonder, is now the best time to apply? What is the advantage of forging ahead with an application this late in the game? Or, should they wait for Round 1 in the fall?

MBA admissions director Soojin Kwon at the Ross School of Business believes now really is the best time to apply.  As Ross Dean Scott DeRue pointed out in a prospective student town hall last month, “It’s never a bad time to invest in yourself.”

In her latest blog post, Kwon speaks not only from the perspective of a business school student recruiter. She also considers the matter as, “a pragmatist, a former consultant, and a Ross MBA alum — all of which compel me to use a structured approach to decision making,” she explains.

Granted, we can’t predict the outcome of how this global pandemic will unfold. To help prospective applicants think beyond the standard pros and cons, Kwon thinks a matrix can help. Below is the one she shares in her post. “Take a moment to envision the scenarios in the inner squares based on your own work situation,” she advises.

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Is Now the Best Time to Apply?
Kwon does note one group for whom a late-round application is not advisable this year: international students. These applicants should hold off for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle to allow enough time for visa processing.  But despite all of the unknowns, Kwon believes those who earn an MBA degree in the next two years will ultimately benefit.

When we here at SBC think back to the economic crisis of 2008,  we are reminded that MBA grads from that era, in particular, moved into new careers that they felt highly passionate about.  The coronavirus will likely also spark MBA students’ passions and ingenuity to meet the needs of an altered world.

Regardless of what happens with the stay-at-home orders and the economy, two years from now, you’ll be better off by having earned your MBA degree and the experience, knowledge, skills, and connections that come with it, Kwon says.

In the case of Ross School, Kwon adds that this is an ideal time to apply because applicants will have two chances in one calendar year. Plus, they can apply twice with one application fee. (Those who are not admitted in R3 can apply again in R1 and Ross will waive the application fee.) In addition, they will have an easier reapplication process because they won’t need to submit new essays or recommendation letters.

The bottom line, says Kwon, is that “applying this year could lead to expanded career opportunities later.”

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