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MBA Admissions Mashup: The Case for B-School & Career Advice

MBA Admissions Mashup

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from MBA admissions blogs at the top business schools. This week, we’re featuring advice from Berkeley / Haas and UPenn / Wharton and an alumni spotlight from Chicago Booth.

If you’re new here, you may be weighing the benefits of getting your MBA. The Berkeley / Haas admissions blog shared 8 reasons to do just that. “Business school is, in fact, a great place to spend some time figuring out what you’re good at. Even better, it’s an opportunity to surprise yourself with strengths you didn’t yet know you had.”

For prospective students considering a career in “data analytics,” the UPenn / Wharton team offered up some unique advice. Typically, the answer to questions like “What are your post-MBA goals?” or “What industry do you want to work in after you earn your degree?” evoke the same answers: consulting, finance, tech, etc. But, for Greg Caiola, Wharton MBA ‘16, a statistician by trade, that answer wasn’t so simple. If you’re interested in a data analytics, Caiola notes that it’s a job function, not an industry. “Even the most advanced data scientist won’t be able to get a job at a fintech firm without a solid understanding of the core principles of trading. An MBA offers great opportunities to learn about different industries. Take advantage of those opportunities, and narrow your search to something you are really interested in.”

So, how exactly does business school prepare you for what comes next? Chicago Booth featured Katie Thaeder (‘15) in their Alumni Stories series. “As director of operations at Uncommon Schools, Katie finds herself using the skills and lessons she learned at Booth to successfully lead in a role that oversees everything from HR to finance to data management.”

That’s all for this week. Catch you next week on another MBA Admissions Mashup.


Posted in: Admissions Tips, Careers, MBA Admissions Mashup, Planning Tips, Weekly Columns

Schools: Berkeley / Haas, U. Chicago Booth, UPenn / Wharton

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