I have been extremely fortunate in my career. I have worked in Canada, Africa and Southeast Asia; I have experience in multiple sectors; and I have had many wonderful mentors. I was freelancing part-time and seeking a full-time job when I realized that I needed an MBA to be more competitive in the workforce. I looked for a highly selective program that would allow me to continue to work as I earned my degree. That is how I discovered
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When I tell people I’m earning my MBA online, they always ask, “How do you meet people? Isn’t networking part of the reason you go to business school in the first place? Why would you give up that experience?” “Why yes, meeting classmates is an important part of business school,” I say, and explain that the idea that an online program lacks networking is one of the misconceptions about online education, at least based on my MBA@UNC
The other day it dawned on me that I am more than halfway through the MBA@UNC program. With this realization, I mostly felt relief that I have managed to make it this far, but I also felt a sense of nostalgia for the unfettered optimism and enthusiasm with which I began my studies. Though my optimism and enthusiasm remain, I can admit that the first year of MBA@UNC—as with any MBA program—is difficult. When I look back, I realize that I can
Jenny Strange, 2011 MBA graduate from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, offers insight for current MBA applicants who have taken a longer break between their undergraduate and graduate careers. She discusses how to take advantage of student life, details her internship process, and how she built a professional network in business school. Jenny answers the following:
What made you decide to get an MBA?...
Stephanie Bauer, a 2003 alumni from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business, details her decision-making process when it came to choosing the right MBA program for her. She discusses why she chose to attend business school, the benefits of a part-time MBA program, and how to build a good network. Stephanie answers the following questions about the Smith School of Business:
Why did you choose your school?...
Edmund Amoye, 2012 MBA graduate from the College of William and Mary, discusses the Mason School of Business program in our latest MBA Alumni segment. He details his background, balancing school and family life, and why Mason School of Business was a good fit for him. Edmund answers the following:
What made you decide to get an MBA?
What’s your advice on choosing a business school?
Ruben Pranata is the Sales Operations and Cross-Product Solutions Manager at Google, and was a 2006 grad of University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management. In this MBA Alumni video, Ruben answers the following questions for UCLA Anderson applicants:
What’s your advice on choosing a business school?
How was your internship experience?
Gregor Schumacher received his MBA in 2008 from MIP Politecnico di Milano and is currently working for the European media company, Bertelsmann. In this MBA Alumni interview, we field the following questions for our MIP grad:
How did your career change after graduation?
What did you like most about your school?
Alexander Onish, an HEC Paris 2012 graduate, talks us through his decision-making process for choosing the business school that was right for him. He claims that in order to get the most out of your MBA, "you have to work hard to learn, you have to work hard and network, and you have to work hard and experience all of the things that are presented to you. " Alexander answers the pressing questions that are on all MBA applicants minds:
Choosing an MBA program is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your life, and you want to be sure you’ve found a program that’s right for you. The Rotman School of Management is the top business school in Canada and the biggest in terms of class size, making it the destination in Canada for global firms wishing t...
Wharton has introduced a new element to its admissions process – the team-based discussion. Other schools, like INSEAD, are also experimenting with this new evaluation method. These discussions, according to the Wharton invitation letter, allow applicants “the opportunity to interact with…fellow applicants through discourse, which will highlight how [applicants] approach and analyse specific situations.” Through discussion prompts
THE TWO QUESTIONS BEFORE THE ESSAY QUESTIONS 1) Position sought after graduation Please give us your short term career goal post MBA (up to 5 years). Describe how the IMD MBA will help you achieve this goal and how you will approach your job search. (maximum 2000 characters) Forward-looking, connect-the-dots MBA goals question with a twist. To answer this question, you need to know what you want to do after you complete IMD’s short,
Michigan Ross has released its 2013 application essays. Unlike most programs this year, it has not shortened its essays or reduced the number of required essays. It has removed options from its fourth essay and focused the question for Essay 2. ESSAYS Essay 1: Introduce yourself to your future Ross classmates in 100 words or less. What’s your elevator pitch? What do you want them to know first about you? That’s not what do you think they
INSEAD’s essays require quite a bit of information on your job history, not to mention extensive detail about how you envision your future. The key here is to highlight the aspects of your career that you are most proud of, that show you on a multi-cultural stage, and then to explain how that experience, along with an MBA from globally-focused INSEAD, will allow you to pursue your career goals in the future. JOB DESCRIPTION ESSAYS 1. Briefly
The MS in Business: Information Systems at The University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business is ideal for those who understand the value of technology and are interested in gaining the knowledge to manage it. The one-year program prepares you to lead in the ongoing technology revolution. Throughout the curriculum, the emphasis is on helping you understand how organizations can...
To earn a spot at this globally-ranked business school, you’ll need to prove that you are worthy of learning from and among top business minds from around the world. Your qualifications should shine through well-written prose that also exhibits your passion, skill, and excitement towards what you do now and what you plan on doing in the future. Wharton first-time applicants and reapplicants are required to complete the same set of essay
Stanford has shortened its app, removing one required question, but the overall structure is the same as it was last year. Unlike most schools, Stanford gives a lot of advice and guidance as to what it's looking for in the essays. INTRO We read your essays to get to know you as a person and to learn about the ideas and interests that motivate you. Tell us in your own words who you are. In other parts of the application, we learn
The 2013 Harvard MBA application questions are entirely new. A few of the more significant changes: Just two required 400-word essay An early round 1 deadline (September 24) and decision notification date (Dec. 12) An entirely new component: A required “written reflection” on the interview for anyone invited to interview to be submitted within 24 hours of the interview. Poets and Quants says that this reflective
Columbia has released its 2013 application essays. It has changed the format somewhat, but the changes are more evolutionary than revolutionary. SHORT ANSWER QUESTION What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (200 characters maximum) Note the character limit. This response must be short and sweet. What do you want to do professionally in which industry immediately after earning your MBA? You may want to provide a geographic
I recently attended a workshop at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on pitching business plans to entrepreneurs. The experts there kept hammering it home: consider your audience. An MBA application is like any sales pitch. Your audience will not only determine what you have to say, but how you are going to say it. Your audience is your target market. The audience can be one person, it could be hundreds, or it could be a small