Dear Class of 2013,
I know what you’re thinking. ‘Why didn’t I just drop out of high school, create a simple blog service, then sell the darn thing to a company down on its luck for a you-know-what’s-cool one billion dollars?’
No, seriously. College is much more than a path to gainful unemployment. It’s about connecting with your peers. It’s about sitting in your dorm room, alone, eating Doritos, Facebooking, tweeting Kierkegaard and Louis CK quotes, choosing between the Early Bird and Nashville[...] Read More >>
Case questions are a critical part of preparing for life as a consultant—not only are they a major component of the course load at many MBA programs, they are often used as a means of testing job candidates at the interview stage. Being able to quickly and efficiently handle a case question, then, is critical. With so much at stake, who better to turn to for advice than some of the best case question solvers around—participants in the annual IESE-Roland Berger International Case Contest.
Held recently[...] Read More >>
Is the job market for MBAs starting to show signs of life? The most recent recruiting survey from the MBA Career Services Council (MBA CSC) seems to suggest that it is—with business schools across the nation reporting an uptick in on-campus recruitment activity across a variety of industry sectors.
According to the MBA CSC Fall 2012 Recruiting Survey report, some 45 percent of respondents reported an increase in on-campus recruiting activity compared to the same period in the previous year. A further[...] Read More >>
So called "soft" major get a bad rap. But English, Communications, and Medieval Literature majors shouldn't panic—there are plenty of pluses to a degree of the basket weaving variety. Chances are you're a better communicator, a critical thinker, and you can more easily see the big picture among a lot of little details.
After all, it's what you do when you read a tough literary novel and write an essay about its major themes or cultural significance. And it's a lesson straight out of Literature 101.
Here's[...] Read More >>
You've seen it in the headlines: companies are hiring, but not you. They need highly skilled engineers and technicians, not law students, consultants, or liberal arts majors.
If you think this is frustrating for you, take solace in the fact that it's equally exasperating for the companies. Some can only afford to offer prospective (skilled) workers "lower pay than what they made 15 years ago," according the president of a manufacturing company. He was quoted in the Washington Post along with anxious[...] Read More >>
Application Components: GPA and Academics
Last time, we discussed how the GMAT plays a role in business school admissions. For sure, the GMAT is the one area in which an applicant can make significant progress in a relatively short period of time. While GPA and academics are different from the GMAT in nature, by putting the two together, an admissions committee can gain good insight into your proficiency for doing class work at business school.
Unlike your GMAT score, your undergraduate GPA is[...] Read More >>
Campus Visits (continued)
Gathering information for your application
While campus visits will help you to decide to which schools you should direct your application efforts, you should also be gathering as much information as you can to bolster your application should you decide to apply. This is critical. Many schools ask the following types of essay questions:
Why do you want to attend this school?
What is it about this school's program that particularly interests you?
Do you have any names[...] Read More >>
At this stage in the application season, some of you know for sure to which schools you are interested in submitting applications. Others of you are still debating what your top-choice schools are, what your second-choice schools are, and what schools you don't want to attend at all. Still others are deciding whether even to attend business school.
To make a better decision, it behooves you to research the schools as much as possible. Some of the most obvious sources include the[...] Read More >>
Application Components: GMAT (continued)
Last time, we discussed the importance of the GMAT in the application process, as well as how your score will be evaluated in the context of your overall application. With that accomplished, I'd like to discuss perhaps the most important topic: whether to retake the GMAT to improve one's score.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again...right?
Well, it depends. Two factors should drive your decision: Do you have a score which is competitive against[...] Read More >>
Application Components: The GMAT
Of all of the components of a business school application, the GMAT, or Graduate Management Admission Test, gets a lot of focus. The GMAT score, unlike every other portion of a candidate's application, is directly comparable to that of another applicant, and without a doubt serves as the most objective portion of the application.
Although the GMAT is important, I believe most candidates overemphasize the test at the detriment of other parts of the application.
GMAT:[...] Read More >>
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