Up and Coming MBA Programs

Up and Coming MBA Programs

It’s hard to ignore the top ten business schools in America.  Of all the applications that are submitted to b-schools each year, the top ten schools receive 75% of them.  No wonder the process is so competitive!  While it’s a great idea to apply to schools in the top ten if you feel you are competitive and a good fit, there are dozens of other great programs out there which you might want to consider as part of your broader application strategy.  Here’s a list of pick-six programs you might want to investigate…

Bloom Where You're Planted

Bloom Where You're Planted

OK, So this blog is not only for those in the midst of their application avalanche, but also for those who applied last year and are starting b-school.  My hope is that in considering these words you will be encouraged.  And who doesn’t need a little encouragement these days?

Am I Too Old to Get an MBA?

Am I Too Old to Get an MBA?

So your career has been good but you think it could be better. You have seen co-workers in your company with an MBA get promoted and reach meteoric heights, so you are considering going back for your own degree, but wonder if it’s too late. Is there an age beyond which you can’t get an MBA?  Would you be better off staying put and leveraging your experience?  Read on…

Marketing Your Post-MBA Employability

Marketing Your Post-MBA Employability

One of the most oft overlooked profile characteristics is employability.  Marketing yourself as a potential MBA candidate who will be not only highly qualified on the backend of the degree, but as someone whom recruiters will clamor over could be a great way to differentiate yourself in the application process.

Navigating the Perils of MBA Application Season

Navigating the Perils of MBA Application Season

It’s getting real.  School packages are out. Applications are rolling into the top schools and the sorting and reading has begun. Unless you are way ahead of the pack, you have likely just begun to organize your approach to MBA application season.  Do you know what to look out for?

Standing Out as an Indian Applicant

Standing Out as an Indian Applicant

India's growing economy has created many exciting opportunities, and with access to business education in the US widely coveted, thousands of Indians are applying to the top business schools each year.  How can someone stand out in the eyes of the admissions committees?  A good start to this process is to first understand what the typical Indian applicant reveals in her application. Let’s go…

How to Overcome a Low College GPA

How to Overcome a Low College GPA

One of the most stressful points of applying to business school is having to confront once again your undergraduate performance.  That GPA which you happily in your past must now be resurrected for all on the admissions committees to see, and it’s often an uncomfortable exercise.  While there’s no way to change the past, there are some practical things you can do to help overcome the potentially detrimental impact a poor GPA can have on your profile.  Read on…

 

What is the Ideal Age to Get an MBA?

What is the Ideal Age to Get an MBA?

Some people plan out their lives with robotic precision, including things such as graduate school in a pre-determined place on the schedule.  Others adopt a take-life-as-it-comes approach, and place graduate school on the back burner, waiting until it feels right to go back.  But is there an ideal age to apply to business school?

How Much Does Community Involvement Matter?

How Much Does Community Involvement Matter?

One of the most contentious components of a business school application is the part where you detail your involvement in activities outside of work.  Every year, hopeful b-school applicants face down the ghost of a busy career, one which often haunts them with the fact they have had very little time to do anything other than drive work results in their job since they graduated.  But how much does it really matter to the admissions committees whether or not you are engaged in your community?

Can You Get a Second MBA?

Can You Get a Second MBA?

Did you get your MBA degree years ago?  Or did you perhaps get your MBA from a school that didn’t live up to your expectations?  Wouldn’t you like to get a do-over?  Every year, we see applicants who already have an MBA degree, but who have decided to try and go back to get the degree again.   Some find this to be more challenging than they realized.

Can I Still Hit My Goals With a One-Year MBA?

Can I Still Hit My Goals With a One-Year MBA?

When choosing what version of graduate business education is the right fit, the full time, two-year MBA program is what typically tops applicants’ wish lists.  But can someone still achieve all they envision for themselves professionally with a one-year or part-time MBA option?

The Evolution of the Modern MBA

The Evolution of the Modern MBA

The MBA has always been the stalwart of business education.  A terminal degree from the start, once achieving the MBA, graduates have always been able to call it quits on their formal education.  While the prevailing arc of the MBA curriculum has remained fairly consistent over time, there have been some interesting changes over the years, which has resulted in a new world MBA bearing only a modicum of similarity to the degrees that came before it. 

The Paramount Importance of the MBA Internship

The Paramount Importance of the MBA Internship

If the job at the end of the rainbow is the destination, then b-school is the journey.  And one of the most critical parts of this journey is the summer internship.  Have you thought much about it?

Leveraging an MBA to Break Into a New Field

Leveraging an MBA to Break Into a New Field

An MBA degree is good for lots of things—for example, it’s fantastic job insurance, as anyone who worked their way through the great recession can attest.  It’s also good for getting promoted throughout your career, since there are many corporate ladder-climbers who go back to get their business degree purely to move up in their company.  But what about the throngs of MBA candidates who are going back to change careers?  One of the best and most common uses of the MBA degree is to break into a new field.  Let’s discuss how you can do this in the best possible way.

2017 MBA Application Trends

2017 MBA Application Trends

As the 2017 application season gets off to a start with school package releases, it’s a good idea to take a look at some recent trends in b-school application world before you dive in.  Make sure you consider these subtle but important changes before you undertake your application process...

Who is Reading Your B-school Application?

Who is Reading Your B-school Application?

One mistake applicants often make is to misunderstand their audience.  When crafting a winning MBA application package there is much to consider, but how much thought have you given to who will actually read your essays?  Who is analyzing your resume? Common sense may dictate that an essay about going to a top MBA program should be crafted for an MBA crowd, but did you know that most essay readers at the top schools never attended an MBA program and don’t have an MBA themselves?  Remembering this in the application process can help you communicate your story in a much more effective way to the adcom.   Read on for tips…

Where Should You Live During B-School

Where Should You Live During B-School

Ok so there’s lots to talk this time of year regarding school selection, application strategy, essay writing, recommendations, and resumes, but let’s daydream for a minute that you have been accepted into your school of choice.  Have you considered yet how you will make the move to business school and where you will live?  It’s not a bad idea to start thinking about this lifestyle choice early in the process. 

The MBA Round 2 Advantage

The MBA Round 2 Advantage

It's the time of year where I start having the "Round 2 conversation" a lot with individual clients, so I thought I'd once again take it out wide.  Basically, the idea is that Round 2 might be offering a slight advantage, based on theories of market inefficiencies and so forth.  For years, I would say the prevailing belief is that Round 1 is the best round in which to apply to business and while there is no hard-core evidence to suggest otherwise, some common sense and deduction may point to a different result.  So let's quickly run this down. 

How Good is Your MBA Faculty?

How Good is Your MBA Faculty?

There are plenty of criteria you should be considering when making the decision on where to apply for b-school, but it is always fascinating to hear what clients prioritize in this process.   While in many cases, it becomes like splitting hairs to differentiate amongst schools in the areas of course offerings or job availability at graduation, there are other areas where schools actually begin to look quite different.  One question we rarely hear from prospective applicants is “How good is my target school’s faculty?”  Not asking this could be the biggest mistake you make when choosing where you do your MBA.