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Feb 2, 2015

Admissions Tip: Thinking About Financing

Though many business school applicants know exactly what they want to do—and how much they hope to make—after they graduate from an MBA program, a surprising number apply to school without thinking about how they’ll pay for this expensive degree.  While some students do foot the entire bill themselves or... Read more »

May 7, 2014

5 Ways To Excel When You Join a Startup

Taking the place of our weekly career strategy column by Ivan Kerbel, Common Bond has offered their take on how to succeed at a startup, no matter what the stage of your career.  You’ve signed the offer and sighed with relief: you’re just weeks away from joining an innovative startup... Read more »

Apr 25, 2014

How to Tell If Someone Truly Loves His or Her Job

It’s a given, as most business school students in the midst of MBA recruiting know, that the alumni and employer representatives who visit campus for company presentations, coffee chats, and various other career-oriented events tend to be the ones who enjoy their work the most (and are the most successful... Read more »

Apr 16, 2014

Conducting a Career Self-Assessment – for New Admits and Current MBAs (Part 3 of 3)

At one point a few years ago, during the height of MBA recruiting season, a senior manager visiting campus for a corporate presentation bemoaned the amount of self-imposed stress that students experience in choosing a full-time employer: “students will spend two years (during business school) agonizing over a job they’re... Read more »

Apr 10, 2014

Conducting a Career Self-Assessment – for New Admits and Current MBAs (Part 2 of 3)

Last week’s discussion of self-assessment took us to the start of business school, and assumed that the newly-matriculated student has performed a deep-dive on the “highs” and “lows” of each past educational and professional experience, and has gained new insights via the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the CareerLeader MBA... Read more »

Apr 2, 2014

Conducting a Career Self-Assessment – for New MBA Admits (Part 1 of 3)

MBAs are often told that a new job search should begin with a process of introspection known as “self-assessment,” yet that advice is not always accompanied by a prescriptive guide for what that process should entail … the words themselves are deemed sufficiently self-explanatory. At the same time, a good... Read more »

Mar 20, 2014

Embarking on Business School with an Entrepreneurial Vision (Part 2 of 2)

Amidst the debate of whether business school represents a worthwhile undertaking for students planning to pursue entrepreneurship, there is scant attention paid to how to go about creating a new venture, once one has made the decision to go to business school. Much has changed in the past 5-7 years... Read more »

Mar 13, 2014

Exclusive Pre-MBA Webinar

Sign up for an exclusive and complimentary webinar on formulating your “MBA Career Strategy”- just for members of the Clear Admit community. The session will be led by Ivan Kerbel, CEO of Practice MBA, former Director of the Career Development Office at the Yale School of Management, and former Sr. Associate Director at... Read more »

Mar 12, 2014

Embarking on Business School with an Entrepreneurial Vision (Part 1 of 2)

For Stanford GSB, the class of 2013 may represent a high-water mark in terms of MBA graduates pursuing full-time, post-MBA roles as entrepreneurs. A record 18% of Stanford’s graduated class is starting new ventures in “finance, internet services, media and entertainment, human resources, retail, healthcare, consumer products, education, energy /... Read more »

Mar 5, 2014

The Importance of Sequencing in Your MBA Career Plans

Among the questions I’ve been asked by MBAs, there are a number that tend to revolve around a set of common, universal concerns. Here are some of the most frequent: Is working for a big company better than working for a small boutique? Is it more important to work for... Read more »

Feb 26, 2014

How to Write Emails to Employers and Alumni

One would think that writing an e-mail, among other prosaic pursuits (brushing one’s teeth, putting on socks), may not be worthy of a dedicated column, yet, in my experience, composing and sending a message to an MBA employer or to an MBA alumnus whom one has not met is among... Read more »

Feb 19, 2014

How to Address Self-Introductory Emails

Now that we’ve covered some of the more substantial chunks of the MBA recruiting process, let’s turn to a sometimes overlooked, but nonetheless important, aspect of reaching out to employers, alumni, and anyone else whom you don’t know personally but who can offer guidance and perspective on your MBA job... Read more »

Feb 6, 2014

Three Categories for Choosing the Right Job

Now that it’s February – a time during which many first-year MBAs receive and evaluate internship job offers, and during which current MBA applicants begin to decide whether attending a specific business school will help effect the career change they envision – it’s a good time to examine a simple,... Read more »

Jan 29, 2014

The Four Dimensions of Being a Successful MBA Job Candidate (Part 2)

Last week, we introduced the “Four Dimensions” framework for constructing an MBA job candidate profile (using the visualization below) and addressed two of the four elements – Performance and Behavior. Let’s now turn to the remaining two categories: Capabilities and Smarts. Performance     < ––––––––– >     Behavior... Read more »

Jan 22, 2014

The Four Dimensions of Being a Successful MBA Job Candidate (Part 1)

For each specific MBA internship and full-time job opportunity, there are a slew of technical skills, experiences, and capabilities that an MBA candidate needs to possess and highlight during the job search process. Yet, there are also a set of high-level, universal traits that a student has to display in... Read more »

Jan 15, 2014

Starting the New Year with Plans to Career-Switch (Part 2 of 2)

Last week’s column covered the topic of how to analyze whether attending business school as a means to switch careers makes sense (and how to decide whether doing so is right for you). For those who do decide to embark on a new career path as MBA candidates, the next... Read more »

Jan 8, 2014

Starting the New Year with Plans to Career-Switch (Part 1 of 2)

The start of a new year often offers time for reflection, as well as a chance to make new resolutions, set new goals, and aspire to make changes, both great and small, in one’s life. For rising MBAs – roughly 2/3 of them, by most counts – that means setting... Read more »

Dec 18, 2013

The Opportunity Cost of Hiring an MBA from the Employer Perspective (Part 2)

Last week’s column considered the relative value-add of hiring full-time MBA candidates, as opposed to high-achieving undergraduates or Executive MBAs. The goal in adopting a wider horizon regarding the recruiting playing field and a greater appreciation of the alternatives and constraints employers face when hiring MBAs, is not to draw... Read more »

Dec 11, 2013

The Opportunity Cost of Hiring an MBA, from the Employer’s Perspective (Part 1)

Last week’s column highlighted the extent to which having a ‘hard work’ ethos and a mindset focused on seeking out tough challenges after graduation (rather than expecting immediate gratification and a big payout from one’s business school efforts) can be a driving factor in students’ post-MBA success rates. As part... Read more »

Dec 4, 2013

The Key to a Successful Post-MBA Career

Welcome to the first in a series of guest columns focused on career strategy in the MBA context … a topic that should be squarely in your sights whether you’re considering applying to business school or are currently in the thick of the admissions process. A Wharton professor of mine... Read more »


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