This episode kicks off with some discussion of a few big news stories in the MBA Admissions world. This included the news of the delay in the release of the U.S. News MBA rankings (and the speculations surrounding the cause of the delay); the acquisition of Poets and Quants by Times Higher Education (THE), and the decisions from McKinsey and Bain to delay the start dates of their new hires. Graham then highlighted three Real Humans Alumni pieces, including a London Business School graduate running Nona Women, a Duke / Fuqua graduate working at Microsoft, and a UNC / Kenan Flagler graduate working at J.P. Morgan. Graham also highlighted the upcoming event series that Clear Admit is hosting in May (each Wednesday), which will feature the majority of the leading MBA programs. Our first event includes Harvard Business School, Berkeley / Haas, Wharton, London Business School and INSEAD. This series will offer application process overviews from each of the programs. We will then follow up with an essay workshop series in the months ahead. Event signup is here: https://bit.ly/cambaevent
For our candidate reviews, we tapping into one ApplyWire entry and two DecisionWire entries:
The first candidate looks to have a very strong profile, and is from Ghana. Alex and Graham are a little concerned about their weaker GRE score (315) which then led to a discussion on whether they might seek out a GRE waiver. Alex also stressed the need for this candidate to choose one short-term goal; currently they’re debating between consulting and banking. This week’s second candidate is considering offers from Yale and Ross, with scholarship support, and from Kellogg with no additional support. They want to work in Seattle as a consultant, post MBA. It’s not a clear cut decision. The final candidate for this episode is debating between Haas and Kellogg for a product manager role in tech. They are an international student wanting to work in the U.S. for a period of time after their MBA. Haas would likely provide them better access to Silicon Valley, especially during their MBA, Kellogg would provide more geographic flexibility.
Strong profile, weak GRE
Yale vs Ross for consulting
Haas vs Kellogg for tech
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This episode was hosted by Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, and produced by Dennis Crowley. Thanks to all of you who’ve been joining us!