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FROM mbaMission Blog: GMAT Impact: How to Study
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With regard to the GMAT, raw intellectual horsepower helps, but it is not everything. In this blog series, Manhattan Prep’s Stacey Koprince teaches you how to perform at your best on test day by using some common sense.

This week, I have got a short and sweet post for you.

Take a look at your calendar and find a weekend to take off from your studies (or even an entire week). Yes, I am serious! People tend to get really burned out studying for the GMAT; you will be doing your brain a favor if you give it a bit of a break. (Note in general: when your brain is fatigued, it cannot make solid new memories. Do not keep pushing yourself to study under those circumstances!)

Second, I have a few resources for you. I put together a couple of posts that highlight what I think are the most useful articles from recent years. Take a look at What Would Stacey Do? for resources and advice on areas with which you may be struggling.

I do want to take time to mention explicitly the one post that I think is the most important and the first thing that every GMAT student should read: What the GMAT Really Tests.

Third, recently we discussed how to study for Critical Reasoning (CR). Here are two available resources:

Explaining a Critical Reasoning Discrepancy

Analyzing a Critical Reasoning Boldface Question

Finally, go take a break! Take a look at your calendar and find a good time to rest your brain. I have never met anyone who can study effectively for months straight without at least one solid weekend break (and an entire week is often better!).

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Monday Morning Essay Tip: Never Use “Etc.”
As a general rule, “etc.” should never appear in the text of your MBA application essays. Consider the following sentences:

  • I helped draft prospectuses, analyze key company data, value companies, etc.
  • I look forward to courses such as “Small Business Management,” “Leading Teams,” “Multiparty Negotiations,” etc.
In the first example, “etc.” replaces information that the reader values. The reader cannot make the leap and just assume where the writer’s experiences lead and what they include. In the second example, “etc.” trivializes the school’s resources and may even suggest to the admissions committee that the applicant is just too lazy or disinterested to properly do his/her research.

We are at a loss to think of one instance in which “etc.” could be used appropriately in a business school essay. Very simply, ensure your essays do not include this term.

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Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips; a new one is posted each Tuesday.

Many MBA candidates will work painstakingly on their essays, prepare rigorously for their interviews, and endlessly contemplate their choice of recommenders. However, applicants tend to leave the short answer section of their applications to the last moment, and some simply paste in information from their resumes or from their applications to other schools.

The short answer sections—meaning the actual questions within the application about your work and community experiences, hobbies, etc.—should definitely not be ignored and should be completed with the same spirit of diligence that you bring to all the other aspects of your application(s). We advise candidates to refrain from just pasting bullet points from their resumes into the short answer section and to instead take time to truly contemplate the questions that are asked and write out the answers in full sentence form. Further, bullets from a resume often lack the necessary context, so they rarely make effective answers for this portion of the application. Although the information conveyed in the short answer section is important, we believe that what is really crucial is that candidates give care and thought to all aspects of their applications.

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The University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business has made some fairly notable changes from the single essay prompt it has used the past two application seasons. This year, the school poses two essay questions (required), and rather than asking candidates about their short- and long-term goals and how they expect Marshall to provide the necessary resources to help achieve them, it requests that applicants clearly outline just their immediate short-term aspiration, with no specific reference to the Marshall program and little room for further discussion. Candidates must focus on the Marshall program in the school’s second required essay but are tasked with addressing how they expect to contribute to the MBA experience, rather than what the school can do for them. Overall, the queries are largely straightforward, and applicants should be able to rather painlessly provide what the admissions committee is seeking. Read on for our further analysis of the program’s prompts for this season.

Essay 1: What is your specific, immediate short-term career goal upon completion of your MBA? Please include an intended position, function, and industry in your response. (word limit: 100)

Quite simply, Marshall wants to know that you have a plan in mind and are not just applying to business school with the expectation of figuring everything out later, once you are enrolled in the program. Many MBA applicants have a long-term vision for their career, of course, but with this prompt, Marshall is asking you to prove you have really given thought to the necessary steps in between. Your goal in this short essay is therefore to demonstrate that you do indeed have a plan, not just broad ambition. The school’s other key concern is whether it is truly the right one to help you attain your stated goal and that you have done the necessary research to discover and confirm this for yourself. Marshall has very little impetus to admit you—and you have very little to attend it—if you will not ultimately be equipped or positioned to pursue your intended goal once you graduate! For example, if you aspire to work in a field or position for which Marshall is not known to have particularly strong courses, professors, or other offerings, or if you want to work for a company that has no recruiting history with the program, it might not be the best choice to get you where you want to go right away.

At just 100 words maximum, your response needs to be fairly forthright. Avoid any generalities and vagueness. Do your research to ensure that Marshall can indeed position you to attain what you intend, and simply spell things out. Given that this essay involves at least one key element of a traditional personal statement, we encourage you to download your free copy of our mbaMission Personal Statement Guide, which provides further advice (with examples!) of how to effectively craft such essays.

Essay 2: At Marshall, we take pride in the fact that our students work collaboratively, both inside and outside the classroom, to create a culture, a community, and an environment that truly defines what we call the Trojan Family. Please describe the contributions you expect to make to your classmates during your time at USC. How will they benefit from your presence in the program? (word limit: 500)

First, before you begin writing or even brainstorming for this essay, familiarize yourself with the characteristics and vibe of Marshalls’ Trojan Family. As you do, pay special attention to the aspects and areas that speak to or connect with you personally in some way. And, as the prompt encourages, look beyond course work and academic offerings. Business school is meant to be a comprehensive environment and experience that enriches students in ways not just related directly to business in the conventional sense, and perhaps your greatest potential for contribution lies in one of these areas. If you are a quant wizard, you can of course help your fellow students with class work and projects. If you have a depth of knowledge in a particular business area or industry, you could serve as a kind of subject matter expert for those around you in the program. And if you are particularly funny or creative, you may be the ideal fit to lead an extracurricular group or play a significant role in a nonacademic project or event. Again, work to cultivate a true understanding of all aspects of the Marshall program and identify the areas that catch your attention most. Like all other application essay questions, this one has no “right” answer, so do not try to guess and deliver what you think the school wants to hear. Authenticity and enthusiasm are the keys to your success with this essay.

Optional Essay: Please provide any additional information that will enhance our understanding of your candidacy for the program. (word limit: 250)

In general, we believe candidates should use a school’s optional essay to explain confusing or problematic issues in their candidacy, which this prompt does indeed allow. So, if you need to, use this opportunity to address any questions the admissions committee might have about your profile—a poor grade or overall GPA, a low GMAT or GRE score, a gap in your work experience, etc. Consider downloading our mbaMission Optional Essays Guide, in which we offer detailed advice (and multiple examples) on how best to approach the optional essay to mitigate any problem areas in your application.

However, Marshall clearly leaves the door open for you to discuss any other information about your candidacy that you feel may be pivotal or particularly compelling—that you think the admissions committee truly needs to know to be able to evaluate you fully and effectively. We caution you against submitting a response to this prompt just because you fear that not doing so would somehow count against you, though. Remember that with each additional essay you write, you are asking the admissions committee to do extra work on your behalf, so you must make sure that added time is warranted. If you decide to use this essay to impart information that you believe would render your application incomplete if omitted, strive to keep your submission brief and on point.

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Professor Profiles: James E. Schrager, the University of Chicago Booth [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Professor Profiles: James E. Schrager, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a business school. However, the educational experience you will have is what is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we focus on James E. Schrager from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Although he has a PhD from the University of Chicago in organizational behavior and policy, James E. Schrager is not just an academic, but also a practitioner who helped take the first private American company public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and helped turn around aspects of the Pritzker family holdings, which were ultimately sold to Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Students we interviewed noted that Schrager brings his high-level experiences to class but remains entirely in touch with students’ more modest perspectives, adapting his anecdotes accordingly and creating practical learning points that pertain to what students will face early in their post-MBA careers. Schrager is a three-time recipient of the university’s Emory Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching (in 2007, 2001, and 1996). One second-year student told mbaMission, “He is not up in the sky, but very practical, and by the way, his class is always full.” Students’ grades in Schrager’s “New Venture Strategy” class are based in part on the success of a business idea the students present to their peers—the other students act as venture capitalists and give feedback on the idea.

For more information about Chicago Booth and 15 other top-ranked business schools, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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MBA Career News: Build Your Network with Awesome Email Introductions [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA Career News: Build Your Network with Awesome Email Introductions
In this new blog series, our mbaMissionCareer Coaches offer invaluable advice and industry-related news to help you actively manage your career. Topics include building your network, learning from mistakes and setbacks, perfecting your written communication, and mastering even the toughest interviews. To schedule a free half-hour consultation with one of our mbaMission Career Coaches, click here.

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As you build your network, you will need to connect people by making introductions. Sometimes the connections you facilitate for others are the ones that end up helping you the most.

Potential options could include quickly crafted emails containing text such as “Hey, Laura! Here is Jake’s email address. He is expecting your email. Follow up at whim!” or “Hi, Laura and Jake. As promised, I am connecting you two. Enjoy!” But there is a much better way to do it.

Three Samples of Introductory Email Language

Option 1

Subject Line: Intro: Jake and Laura

Jake, I would like to introduce Laura, a friend and colleague at work. Laura is a strong management consultant and a tremendous young leader. After completing her undergrad degree at Harvard and working in consulting for three years, she is interested in transitioning into an operational role within a health care company. Aetna is one of her target firms, and I thought you could give her some insight based on your experience there.

Laura, Jake is one of my dear friends from b-school. He has two decades of experience in consulting, marketing, and healthcare, including a long stint at Aetna.

I hope you two are able to talk soon.

Option 2

Subject Line: Introducing: Kylie and Jane

Jane, I hope you’re doing well and enjoying the fall weather back East. :) I wanted to introduce you to Kylie, my close friend from business school. She recently moved to the SF Bay Area after a short stint in NYC and several years in LA. She’s in product management at Facebook and is looking to transition into the media industry. I told Kylie about how fantastic and super helpful you were for me. Hopefully, you have time next week and can connect.

Kylie, As I mentioned, Jane is awesome. She really helped me think through how to position myself in my career transition. She’s strategic, thoughtful, and experienced in the media industry. You’ll love her!

Have a great weekend, ladies!

Option 3

Subject Line: Julie <> Kylie: Digital Marketing Introductions

Julie, I wanted to introduce you to Kylie, the digital marketing specialist I mentioned to you. I think she could be a great resource for you as you look to hire for your team. Kylie is very interested in learning more about your team and your work at Macy’s, so I am excited to connect you two.

Kylie and I worked together for almost three years at Urban Outfitters, where she’s launched the company’s social media presence with robust Facebook and Twitter accounts. Kylie is incredibly knowledgeable about the social media space as well as a consumer-centric thinker. I can’t say enough good things about her work ethic as well as her ability to integrate into a team and build consensus. You can read more about her background on her LinkedIn profile (URL). I am confident you will enjoy meeting her.

I’ll leave it to the two of you to connect from here, but please let me know if either of you have any questions!

Why Does This Approach Work?

  • It deepens your individual relationship with each contact because it acknowledges what is great about them and shows your appreciation.
  • It creates an instant connection between them by virtue of their values and strengths. There is no doubt these two will follow up and become useful connections.
  • It makes it very easy for them. They do not have to figure out what they are supposed to do; you have laid it out for them by suggesting the specific ways in which one contact can be useful to the other contact.
Final Thought

Be thoughtful and gracious when you connect people to each other. Do it because it is generous, but also do it because it will someday serve you in ways you cannot possibly predict.

Have you been admitted to business school? If so, do you want to get a head start on defining your career goals? Do you need help preparing for job interviews or learning how to effectively network with your target employers? Or maybe you want to be a top performer in your current role but are unsure how to maximize your potential. Let an mbaMission Career Coach help via afree 30-minute consultation!

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Beyond the MBA Classroom: Worldly Cuisine at Darden
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When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

For the Global Food Festival at the University of Virginia (UVA) Darden School of Business, students arrange themselves into teams according to their home country or culture. On the night of the festival, which is sponsored by the Global Business and Culture Club and typically involves more than 500 students and their partners, the teams set up tables with decorations representing their home countries and cultures and present home-cooked, authentic cuisine; in addition, the students often dress in their region or culture’s traditional clothing. A showcase at the end of the evening allows participating groups to show off their region’s music and dancing. An alumna told mbaMission, “It is fascinating to see all of your classmates whipping up their own culinary decadence. Everyone makes a point to eat light the day before, and they gear up to taste foods from 30 different countries and regions—from Korea to Greece to Texas.” Most of the student body and their partners attend this event, as do many professors and alumni.

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at UVA Darden and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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Diamonds in the Rough: Core Values at Boston College’s Carroll School  [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: Core Values at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management
MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.

First years at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management begin their MBA experience within a cohort of close to 100 students, enjoying a close-knit classroom environment in which they gain exposure to broad management skills, with a particular emphasis on business ethics. Both the curriculum and the student community at the school engender a set of core values: “honesty and integrity,” “mutual respect,” “pursuit of excellence,” and “personal accountability.” In addition to taking a class on public speaking and a structure, analysis, and integration workshop, students at the Carroll School must complete at least 20 hours of community service, which the school requires to help instill an appreciation for and a spirit of community service in its MBAs.

These values are also reflected in the school’s core “Management Practice” course sequence, in which students learn to think critically about the challenges involved in business leadership. As one graduate commented in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2012 profile of the Carroll School, “In the background of your core classes, and many electives, is a strong consideration on the moral and ethical dilemmas that often arise in the business world. I never felt that ‘morality’ was being pushed on us, but the consequences of each decision we make were always placed in front of us and we were left to make up our own mind.”

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Friday Factoid: Alumni Generosity at Dartmouth Tuck [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Friday Factoid: Alumni Generosity at Dartmouth Tuck
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has nearly 10,000 living alumni, and although that figure may sound small compared with a larger school’s alumni base, numerous students and graduates we have interviewed report that Tuck has an active and close-knit alumni community. Through their continued involvement with the school as mentors, visiting executives, recruiting contacts, and internship providers, Tuck alumni maintain an open channel between the MBA program and the business world. Tuck students with whom we spoke could not say enough about the strength of student-alumni interactions, emphasizing that the vitality of Tuck’s close-knit community endures long after graduation.

One second-year student shared that he had had pretty high expectations with regard to the school’s alumni network “but still underestimated how strong the network can be.” He explained, “The connections were instant. I received same-day responses, all the time. There is a strong pay-it-forward mentality and a genuine interest in seeing people from Tuck do well. Alums go out of their way to help with networking, job preparation, anything.”

Tuck alumni also stay connected to the school through its annual fund-raising campaign. The school reportedly boasts the highest giving rate of all U.S. MBA programs. Tuck notes that its giving rate is “more than double the average giving rate of other business schools” in an August 2015 news article on the school’s Web site, and in an August 2016 article, the school boasts, “More than two-thirds of Tuck’s 9,820 alumni gave to their alma mater this year, continuing the school’s tradition of unparalleled alumni loyalty and participation.” The school raised a record $7.1 million in 2016, including a $1M joint gift from the Class of 1986.

For more information on other defining characteristics of the MBA program at Dartmouth Tuck or one of 15 other top business schools, please check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Need to Tell It All! (Part 2) [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: I Need to Tell It All! (Part 2)
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Last week, we discussed observing limits with your resume. This week, we take a similar approach with your essays—in particular, your goals essay. Many business schools ask candidates to discuss their career progress first in their classic goals essay:

Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing an MBA.

Whereas other schools do not request any professional context:

What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will our school help you achieve these goals?

Many applicants will seize on these broad, open-ended questions to discuss their career history in depth, offering far more than mere context for their goals. Such candidates worry about missing a crucial opportunity to present their professional accomplishments and therefore write a complete career history. In response to a question like the first one here, some candidates will mistakenly use 75% or more of the word space provided just discussing their career progression to date. Although this may seem “brief” to the applicant, the truth is that focusing so extensively on your past minimizes your opportunity to discuss other crucial aspects of your candidacy.

If you devote too much of your essay to detailing your past career progress, you will be unable to thoroughly address your reasons for wanting an MBA and your interest in the school. Providing context for your goals by giving an overview of your career to date is unquestionably important, but you must be sure to balance the different sections of your essay. Clearly conveying your goals and your reasons for choosing a particular school is crucial so that you connect with your target, rather than miss it entirely.

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With regard to the GMAT, raw intellectual horsepower helps, but it is not everything. In this blog series, Manhattan Prep’s Stacey Koprince teaches you how to perform at your best on test day by using some common sense.

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Know WHY you take CATs



Practice CATs are very useful for three things:

(1) Figuring out your current scoring level (assuming you took the test under official conditions)

(2) Practicing stamina and/or timing

(3) Analyzing your strengths and weaknesses

The third item is the MOST important—this is how we actually get better at this test!

Practice CATs do not help us to improve while taking the test. If you have been training to run a marathon, you will not learn how to get better while running the marathon itself; at that stage, you are just trying to survive. Rather, you learn how to improve in between races while doing all kinds of training activities and analyzing your performance.

DO take a CAT at the beginning of your study

Many people put off taking their first CAT, often because they say that they have not studied yet, so they know they will not do well. Your goal in taking your first CAT is NOT to do “well.” Your goal is simply to get a handle on your strengths and weaknesses. Whatever they are, you want to know that right away so you can prioritize your study.

One caveat: Familiarizing yourself with the five question types before that first exam (particularly Data Sufficiency) is important, but definitely do not worry about learning all of the formulas and grammar rules. Your first test performance will tell you what you do and do not yet know.

One caution in particular here: a decent percentage of the people who put off their first CAT do so because they are feeling significant anxiety about taking the test. These are the people who do need to take that first test early—pushing off the practice tests will just exacerbate your anxiety.

DON’T take a CAT more than once a week

Have you ever had this happen? You take a CAT and you get a disappointing score. Maybe you even really mess things up—run out of time or finish 20 minutes early—and your score plummets. So, a couple of days later, you take another CAT to “prove” to yourself that the bad test was just a fluke.

If you have ever done that, you wasted your time and a practice CAT, both of which are very valuable.

That bad test was not a fluke. Something happened to cause that performance. Figure out what that thing was and fix it before you spend another 3.5 hours taking a second test.

In fact, whether you like the score or not, whenever you take a CAT, do not waste time taking another until you have addressed whatever issues popped up during your analysis of the first test. (This article will help you analyze MGMAT CATs.)

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You may have heard the old journalistic maxim “Show, don’t tell,” which demands that writers truly illustrate the actions involved in an event or a story rather than simply stating the results of what happened.

Here is an example of “telling” (results oriented):

“I arrived at ABC Bank and took on a great deal of responsibility in corporate lending. I managed diverse clients in my first year and earned the recognition of my manager. Because of my hard work, initiative, and leadership, he placed me on the management track, and I knew that I would be a success in this challenging position.”

In these three sentences, the reader is told that the applicant “took on a great deal of responsibility,” “managed diverse clients,” and “earned recognition,” though none of these claims are substantiated via the story. Further, we are given no real evidence of the writer’s “hard work, initiative, and leadership.”

Here is an example of “showing” (action oriented):

“Almost immediately after joining ABC bank, I took a risk in asking management for the accounts left behind by a recently transferred manager. I soon expanded our lending relationships with a children’s clothing retailer, a metal recycler, and a food distributor, making decisions on loans of up to $1M. Although I had a commercial banking background, I sought the mentorship of our district manager and studied aggressively for the CFA exam (before and after 14-hour days at the office); I was encouraged when the lending officer cited my initiative and desire to learn, placing me on our management track.”

In this second example, we see evidence of the writer’s “great deal of responsibility” (client coverage, $1M lending decisions) and “diverse clients” (a children’s clothing retailer, a metal recycler, and a food distributor). Further, the candidate’s “hard work, initiative, and leadership” are clearly illustrated throughout. The second example paragraph is more interesting, rich, and humble—and more likely to captivate the reader. By showing your actions in detail, you ensure that your reader draws the desired conclusions about your skills and accomplishments, because the necessary facts are included to facilitate this. Essentially, facts become your evidence!
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Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips; a new one is posted each Tuesday.

With the 2016–2017 MBA application season moving along at full speed, we thought we should explore an issue that brings endless paranoia to business school candidates: when to schedule interviews. Many programs will give applicants a significant window in which to schedule their interview. So, does scheduling an interview early convey that you are being too aggressive and do not have any other irons in the fire, or instead that you are eager to act and impress the admissions committee? Does scheduling an interview later imply that you are less interested in the program, or rather that you are highly sought after and are interviewing at multiple schools?

The reality is that scheduling your interview to occur during the early days of the school’s set time frame is really no different from scheduling it near the end. Neither option, nor any day in between, confers any advantage or disadvantage. The MBA admissions committees recognize that you, like all candidates, are busy and that your schedule is in flux as a result of work, community, and personal commitments. The committees focus on the interviews themselves, not on when they are scheduled. So pick a date that works for you—a time when you know you can be comfortable and relaxed, not distracted—and start preparing!
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The results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election have evoked heated conversation around the country and the world, and business schools seem to be no exception. Recently, the New York Times (NYT) published a letter signed by 650 current and past female Harvard Business School (HBS) students, condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint HBS graduate Stephen Bannon as senior counselor and chief strategist. The letter was drafted by Lauren Rourke and Ali Huberlie, both of whom graduated from HBS with MBA degrees in 2015. A note at the bottom of the letter indicates it was signed by women from 35 different class years.

Bannon received an MBA from the school in 1983 and later launched investment bank Bannon & Co, in addition to serving as the executive chair of such organizations as the Government Accountability Institute and Breitbart News LLC. Bannon’s political views have been the subject of controversy for years, as the letter published by the NYT notes: “Mr. Bannon has been described as one of the chief architects of the alt-right movement, a movement that preaches white nationalism, racism, misogyny and hatred,” the letter states. “Our institution has had the honor of being associated with great American politicians and leaders,” the statement reads, continuing, “Steve Bannon does not deserve a place alongside them on the mantle of Harvard Business School’s legacy.”
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Business school deans are more than administrative figureheads. Their character and leadership often reflect an MBA program’s unique culture and sense of community. Periodically, we profile the dean of a top-ranking business school. Today, we focus on David Schmittlein from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

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first came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2007 after almost 30 years at Wharton, where he served as the Ira A. Lipman Professor in the school’s marketing faculty. He is the first Sloan dean to be hired from outside the ranks of MIT’s faculty and staff, thus bringing with him a wealth of new ideas and energy. Upon joining MIT, Dean Schmittlein announced his top priorities in a press release: “to enhance MIT Sloan’s visibility and engagement with leaders of the business community, regionally and globally, especially among the school’s alumni. MIT Sloan should be a wonderful focal point for the professional lives and development of Sloan alumni and others in the broader MIT community who are engaged in business and innovation.”

In addition to enhanced global visibility, a significant focus of Schmittlein’s deanship thus far, according to the school’s Web site, has been “to create new high-quality management education programs, develop enhanced educational opportunities for current students, and to develop and disseminate business knowledge that has impact and will stand the test of time.” In an interview with mbaMission, Senior Director of Admissions Rod Garcia remarked that one noticeable change since Schmittlein entered the position is that “the dean has placed a huge emphasis on concept-based action learning. We have Entrepreneurship Lab, our [Sustainable Business] Lab, our China Lab, our India Lab […] among others. The movement toward these labs has accelerated during the dean’s tenure as he has engaged with our alumni around the world.”

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MBA Career News: “Tell Me About Yourself” [#permalink]

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In this new blog series, our mbaMission Career Coaches offer invaluable advice and industry-related news to help you actively manage your career. Topics include building your network, learning from mistakes and setbacks, perfecting your written communication, and mastering even the toughest interviews. To schedule a free half-hour consultation with one of our mbaMission Career Coaches,click here.

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When participating in a job interview, you can almost guarantee your interviewer will say, “Tell me about yourself.” or “Walk me through your resume.” Although it might appear that he/she is asking for your autobiography, the interviewer actually means “What are your key selling points for this job?” or “Tell me why I should hire you.” By listening to your response, he/she will be able to assess these qualities:

  • Your level of preparedness for/understanding of the job
  • Your skills, interests, passions, and motivations (to see if they match with the job)
We recommend that you approach your response to these prompts as follows:

  • Know your story. Don’t read your resume or assume interviewers are familiar with it.
  • When telling your story, be structured and concise (i.e., less than two minutes). Start with a headline, so the recruiter knows what to listen for, and end the story with a strong statement about why you are interested in the role.
  • Highlight the experiences and skills that are most relevant to your target audience.
  • Tell a memorable story. Balance the “what” and the “why” of your job transitions.

Consider using one of the following two frameworks when crafting your response:

  • Chronological: Start with the role you want, and then work backward.
“I am very excited to be here interviewing for a XXX job at XXX. As I walk you through my resume, I’ll highlight why I believe I can add value to your team. I decided to get my MBA at XXX because of the XXX coursework and strong connections to the XXX industry. Before earning my MBA, I was a consultant at XXX, where I worked with several retail clients. Although I loved helping my clients meet their needs, I came to realize that I wanted to be part of the exciting changes happening in retail….”

  • Thematic: Start by stating themes relevant to the company, and then work backward or forward.
“As I go through my resume, I want to highlight a few themes that have driven my decisions about my career. First, I’ll discuss my ability to work with customers and to be part of diverse teams. Before earning my MBA, I was a consultant at XXX. In this role, I most enjoyed working closely with our retail clients to advise them on strategic decisions. At XXX, we always put our clients first and frequently collaborated cross-functionally among the organizations we worked with….”

Have you been admitted to business school? If so, do you want to get a head start on defining your career goals? Do you need help preparing for job interviews or learning how to effectively network with your target employers? Or maybe you want to be a top performer in your current role but are unsure how to maximize your potential. Let an mbaMission Career Coach help via a free 30-minute consultation!
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Over the years, we have seen London Business School (LBS) progressively streamline its application essay requirements. In 2012–2013, the program asked candidates to submit six essays totaling 1,750 words. That dropped to three essays and 1,200 words the following year, then again to two essays and 800 words the two seasons after that. For 2016–2017 applicants, LBS is stipulating just one required essay with a 500-word limit. We can imagine that individuals who applied to the school several years ago might feel a little miffed at how much less today’s candidates are tasked with writing, though we assume they are all too busy with much more important things to actually notice. For applicants who feel that one short essay is not enough space with which to fully promote their candidacy, LBS will also accept a brief optional essay. In our analysis, we suggest ways of making the most of these two opportunities.

Essays are a vital part of your application and we recommend that you spend a significant amount of time in their preparation.

Essay 1: What are your post-MBA goals and how will your prior experience and the London Business School programme contribute towards these? (500 words)

For the most part, this essay prompt is requesting a fairly traditional personal statement. You will need to show that you have developed a long-term vision for yourself and your career and that you have a clear plan as to how you expect to get there with help from LBS. The assumption, of course, is that you need an MBA to make your next step and that you need one from the LBS program in particular, because it offers something specific (preferably, multiple somethings) that would provide the experience, knowledge, skills, exposure, and/or other element you feel you need for your long-term aspirations and chosen career. We would like to assume that you have already researched the school thoroughly to discover these important resources and areas of fit, but if you have not, do not skip this important step and/or refer only to basic offerings most business schools  have. Your essay needs to be LBS specific. Demonstrating your authentic interest in the program by offering concrete examples and drawing clear connections between what it offers, what you need, and who you are is key to crafting a compelling essay response here.

Because 500 words is not a lot, avoid going into excessive detail about your past, though you will need to offer enough information to provide context and support for your stated goals. We encourage you to download your free copy of the mbaMission Personal Statement Guide for a more detailed discussion (including examples) of how to approach and craft this kind of essay.

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)

The optional essay typically allows applicants to explain confusing or problematic elements of their candidacy—a poor grade or GPA, a low GMAT or GRE score, a gap in work experience, etc.—and LBS’s is no exception. If you feel you need to clarify an aspect of your profile, first check the school’s application, which already includes several opportunities to address certain issues (such as academic performance and disciplinary instances). If you can discuss your concern there instead, take care to not use this essay to simply repeat any information provided via that avenue. If you have a problem to address that is not mentioned in the LBS application, consider downloading our mbaMission Optional Essays Guide, in which we offer detailed advice on how best to approach the optional essay, with multiple examples, to help you mitigate any concerning elements of your application.

If you do not feel your candidacy includes any elements in need of further clarification, use this essay instead to offer a more rounded, positive representation of yourself. Be thoughtful about how you can use this space to do so. Do not just copy and paste an existing essay you wrote for a different school here and hope for the best. Take a step back and carefully consider what the admissions committee already knows about you from the other parts of your application, including, of course, your other essay. Then, do your utmost to develop and convey a narrative that is truly crucial to understanding your character. Because this question is so open-ended, your options are somewhat limitless. You will need to honestly check your instincts and ask yourself whether you are simply tacking something extra onto your application with this essay or whether you are presenting an authentic representation of who you are as an individual.
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When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

Students at the Haas School of Business at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, take advantage of life as part of a large public university not just academically, but athletically as well. On Saturdays when the UC Berkeley football team, the California Golden Bears, has a home game, Haas’s courtyard becomes the site of a large tailgate party, complete with cookouts, music, and cheer competitions. A second-year student told mbaMission, “The business school is the best place to tailgate on campus.”

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Diamonds in the Rough: 12-Month MBA in Sustainability at Duquesne [#permalink]

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FROM mbaMission Blog: Diamonds in the Rough: 12-Month MBA in Sustainability at Duquesne
MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.

Appealing to professionals at all stages of their careers, Duquesne University’s Palumbo Donahue School of Business offers an accelerated, 12-month MBA in Sustainable Business Practices with an “integrated” focus on sustainability and the environment. With core course work centered on four foundational areas—social, economic, environmental, and ethical—students gain exposure to the basic problems and frameworks of sustainable development beyond conventional notions of “green” business. In addition, the program includes global study trips, in which students travel abroad to examine global sustainability practices firsthand; two required sustainability consulting projects with sponsoring nonprofit or governmental organizations; and a capstone practicum course that challenges students to develop strategy and management skills.
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You may not realize that students at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan do not have to travel all that far to get hands-on Wall Street experience. Through the John R. and Georgene M. Tozzi Electronic Business and Finance Center (known as simply the Tozzi Center), students can find themselves “on” Wall Street without ever having to leave Ann Arbor. Housed in a 5,800-square-foot facility on campus, the Tozzi Center boasts a state-of-the-art mock trading floor as well as a flexible and wireless electronic classroom and an e-lab seminar room. The latest financial tools—including live news wires, trading systems, and data and research services—can be found at the center. The space has been designed to look and feel like the real thing, so do not be surprised if you hear “Sell, Sell, Sell!” when you walk by students in action.

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