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Last Updated Dec 7, 2020 by

Inside the Career Center at HEC Paris

Career workshops, mock interviews, industry connections, recruiting relationships—these are just a few of the services that the Career Center team offers to enable HEC Paris students pursue their dream career paths. Seventy-two percent of students in the MBA Class of 2019 secured their post-MBA positions through school-facilitated opportunities such as on-campus recruitment, the HEC Paris network, and HEC-initiated internships or job postings. Marie Courtois, Director, HEC Paris Career Center To find out how the HEC Paris Career Center has created such a dynamic network to support students, we recently spoke with Marie Courtois, the Center’s Director. Marie talked to us... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 30, 2020 by

Episode 134: Wire Taps—Does My GMAT Score Disqualify Me?

Our admissions experts Alex Brown and Graham Richmond dig into some vibrant candidacies this week in another podcast episode of Wire Taps. Preview the profiles pulled from MBA ApplyWire below and then tune in to hear their advice. The first applicant needs to refine their long-term goal: Another interesting candidate just needs to get her GMAT score competition-ready: Finally, the third profiled applicant is looking for a career in music: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 134: Wire Taps—Does My GMAT Score Disqualify Me? Play Episode Pause Episode Mute/Unmute Episode Rewind 10 Seconds 1x Fast Forward 30 seconds... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 30, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Decisions, November 30-December 4, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 1 Interviews Ongoing, Decisions Rolling Out! Round 1 interviews continue as programs begin to roll out their final Round 1 decisions. It’s important to note that some schools start releasing their final decisions a day or two before their stated decision release dates. Wednesday, December 2, CEIBS is scheduled to release its Round 1 decisions. Thursday, December 3, Chicago / Booth is scheduled to release its Round 1 decisions. Friday, December 4, Michigan / Ross... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 27, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Deferred Chicago Booth Scholar Reflects On Application Process

The future may feel extra uncertain right now, but one thing young professionals can do is lockdown their seat in a leading MBA program through a deferred option. Catherine Wain, who anticipates graduating from Chicago Booth in 2024, shares her story behind applying early. Deferred Chicago Booth Scholar Reflects On Application Process By Catharine Wain, Chicago Booth MBA ’24 Over one year into her deferment through the Chicago Booth Scholars Program, Catharine Wain shares why she chose Chicago Booth and how she’s taking advantage of the deferment time both personally and professionally. What attracted you to the Chicago Booth Scholars... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 23, 2020 by

Episode 133: Wire Taps—Don’t Sell Yourself Short, Add More Schools!

We are back with another episode of Wire Taps, bringing you keen advice from our MBA admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown. This week’s featured applicants have at least one thing in common: they should consider more business schools! Preview the prospective MBAs’ profiles below, then tune into this week’s episode. The first applicant needs an MBA to launch a business: The second MBA hopeful is looking to enter organizational development / change management consulting: Finally, the third profiled applicant has a background in advertising: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 133: Wire Taps—Don’t Sell Yourself Short,... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 20, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: 4 Things to Know about the MS/MBA Biotech at Harvard Business School

At the crossroads of business and biotech, you may find yourself drawn to the MS/MBA program at Harvard. The program confers an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Master of Science from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School. A member of the first cohort of the program, Nora Rabah, shares her experience in this week’s Fridays from the Frontlines. 4 Things to Know about the MS/MBA Biotech at Harvard Business School By Nora Rabah, Harvard MS/MBA Candidate Since emigrating from Syria at the age of five, I have personally experienced the uphill battle of... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 16, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Decisions, November 16-20, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 1 Rolls On!  Round 1 decisions continue to roll out as final Round 1 deadlines are almost completed. Monday, November 16, HEC Paris has its November Round application deadline. Wednesday, November 18, Cornell Johnson has its initial notification deadline for its October Round. Friday, November 20, INSEAD is scheduled to release its Round 1 decisions. HEC Paris is scheduled to release its October Round decisions. How “The Wires” Can Help Visit MBA LiveWire for the latest “buzz”... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 16, 2020 by

Episode 132: Wire Taps—Is My GPA a Concern?

With Round 2 deadlines on the horizon, many MBA applicants are seeking advice in MBA ApplyWire and we are happy to address them in our weekly podcast series! Preview the prospective MBAs’ profiles below, then tune into this week’s episode of Wire Taps with Graham Richmond and Alex Brown. The first applicant sought advice about potential programs: The second MBA hopeful is looking to pivot within consulting: Finally, the third profiled applicant has a background in data science: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 132: Wire Taps—Is My GPA a Concern? Play Episode Pause Episode Mute/Unmute Episode Rewind... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 13, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Kellogg’s Pride Week – Creating Spaces of Inclusivity and Allyship

In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, we hear from the co-chairs of Pride Week at Northwestern Kellogg.  Adam Wolford and Jamal Little, both Kellogg Two-Year MBAs ’21, share their stories of finding and creating inclusivity and allyship at the leading business school. Kellogg’s Pride Week: Creating Spaces of Inclusivity and Allyship Pride Week Co-Chairs Adam Wolford (2Y 2021) and Jamal Little (2Y 2021) discuss their experience as co-chairs and what Pride at Kellogg ([email protected]) has meant to them throughout their time as students. Adam Wolford (Kellogg 2Y 2021) and Jamal Little (Kellogg 2Y 2021) Tell us about your... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 11, 2020 by

Episode 131: Planning Your MBA Career Path

Sponsored Content In this podcast episode, Clear Admit’s Graham Richmond welcomes a special guest to tackle a subject that many of our listeners are curious about: post-MBA career outcomes! Learn about planning your career path before, during and after an MBA with Eric D. Johnson, Executive Director of Graduate Career Services at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Eric D. Johnson, Executive Director of Graduate Career Services at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business Eric is known across the graduate management education industry for his innovative work in career services.  In addition to his role as Executive Director, he serves... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 9, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Interview Invitations, November 9-13, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 1 Interview Invitations  Round 1 interview invites continue to roll out as final Round 1 deadlines are almost completed. Tuesday, November 10, Duke / Fuqua is scheduled to release its Round 1 interview invites. Friday, November 13, Oxford / Saïd is scheduled to release its Stage 2 interview invites. How “The Wires” Can Help Visit MBA LiveWire for the latest “buzz” about MBA admissions, including interview invitations and decision notifications.  There are 5 Ways MBA LiveWire Helps You... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 9, 2020 by

Episode 130: Wire Taps—Should I Apply Now or Next Year?

Welcome to our 70th podcast episode of Wire Taps. Graham Richmond and Alex Brown continue to share their admissions expertise with MBA applicants who have posted their profiles in MBA ApplyWire. Preview the prospective MBAs’ profiles below, then tune into this week’s episode. The first applicant checked in about the timing of her apps: The second MBA hopeful is already dealing with some bad news: Finally, the third profiled applicant has an interesting mix of experience: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 130: Wire Taps—Should I Apply Now or Next Year? Play Episode Pause Episode Mute/Unmute Episode Rewind... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 6, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: From the Coast Guard to Stern MBA

With Veterans Day coming up next week, we wanted to catch up with a military veteran turned MBA in this edition of Fridays from the Frontline. Read on for Kathleen Dillon’s fascinating journey from the Coast Guard to NYU Stern, and how the leading MBA program has supported her return to civilian b-school life. From the Coast Guard to Stern MBA By Kathleen Dillon, NYU Stern MBA ’21 Life in the Coast Guard Although the Coast Guard is the smallest of the five military branches, its impacts are far-reaching. Each year, the Coast Guard saves over 3,000 lives, seizes over... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 5, 2020 by

Episode 129: One MBA Graduate’s Entrepreneurial Journey, Featuring Stacy Blackman

Whether you’re just beginning your b-school applications or contemplating your post-MBA career, you’ll want to tune into this podcast episode for an in-depth conversation about MBA admissions, entrepreneurship, women in business and more. Clear Admit’s Graham Richmond hosts special guest Stacy Blackman, founder of Stacy Blackman Consulting. Stacy joins us to offer firsthand insights into the evolution of MBA admissions, her personal pursuit of a Northwestern Kellogg MBA, finding success as a woman entrepreneur, and why today’s MBA applicants may consider signing up with an admissions consultant. Stacy Blackman, Kellogg MBA & Founder of Stacy Blackman Consulting Questions in this... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 2, 2020 by

Round 2 MBA Application Deadlines 2020-2021

To help you stay organized, we’ve compiled all of the Round 2 MBA application deadlines (and some Round 3 ones) all in one place. You’ll find links to our corresponding Essay Topic Analysis in the “Essay Analysis” column. School Deadline Decision Essay Analysis Application Live? INSEAD (R2 September Intake) 11/6/2020 1/22/2021 Yes Yes NYU / Stern (R2) 11/15/2020 2/1/2021 Yes Yes Dartmouth / Tuck 1/4/2021 3/18/2021 Yes Yes Michigan / Ross 1/4/2021 3/17/2021 Yes Yes UVA / Darden 1/4/2021 3/17/2020 Yes Yes Harvard Business School 1/5/2021 3/30/2021 Yes Yes London Business School 1/5/2021 3/31/2021 Yes Yes UNC / Kenan-Flagler 1/5/2021... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 2, 2020 by

Episode 128: Wire Taps—Do I Have Enough Work Experience?

As MBA applicants continue to seek admissions advice in MBA ApplyWire, our admissions experts are happy to discuss application strategies in our Wire Taps podcast series! Preview the prospective MBAs’ profiles below, then tune into this week’s episode of Wire Taps with Graham Richmond and Alex Brown. The first applicant has a background in business development: The second MBA hopeful has a strong story of resilience: Finally, the third profiled applicant sought advice about their work experience: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 128: Wire Taps—Do I Have Enough Work Experience? Play Episode Pause Episode Mute/Unmute Episode Rewind... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 2, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines, November 2-6, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! Round 1 Deadlines Are Wrapping Up!  Round 1 interview invites continue to roll out as final Round 1 deadlines are almost completed. Tuesday, November 3, Georgetown / McDonough has its Round 1 deadline. Friday, November 6, INSEAD has its Round 2 deadline. How “The Wires” Can Help Visit MBA LiveWire for the latest “buzz” about MBA admissions, including interview invitations and decision notifications.  There are 5 Ways MBA LiveWire Helps You Navigate Admissions. Access MBA ApplyWire to explore the application strategies... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 30, 2020 by

Fridays from the Frontline: Currently Contemplating—Insights from Recruiting at Chicago Booth

In this edition of Fridays from the Frontline, Sarah Hill, Chicago Booth MBA ’21, shares her lessons and insights from recruiting for her summer internship at Google. Currently Contemplating: Insights from Recruiting By Sarah Hill, Chicago Booth MBA ’21 If you read my last blog post about my summer internship at Google, I mentioned four key learnings that I took away from the recruiting process and internship experience. They were: enjoy the process, keep perspective, be thoughtful, and ask for feedback constantly. Since I think these learnings drove a lot of my success this summer, I want to take some time to... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 26, 2020 by

The Week Ahead: MBA Deadlines & Interview Invitations, October 26-30, 2020

Welcome back to the series, The Week Ahead, in which we provide a brief rundown of what is happening in MBA admissions this week! The new MBA admissions season is underway!  Round 1 interview invites continue to roll out as final Round 1 deadlines are completed. While there is no official word from MIT / Sloan on the actual date(s), we know their interview invites for Round 1 are scheduled to be released this week. Tuesday, October 27, Duke / Fuqua is scheduled to release its Early Action decisions. Wednesday, October 28, UPenn / Wharton is scheduled to release its... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 26, 2020 by

Episode 127: Wire Taps—What Am I Doing Wrong?

In this new podcast episode of Wire Taps, our admissions experts, Graham Richmond and Alex Brown, discuss MBA application strategies for those who have posted in MBA ApplyWire. Preview the prospective MBAs’ profiles below, then tune into this week’s episode of Wire Taps. The first applicant is already dealing with dings from CBS and HBS: The second MBA hopeful is concerned about their test score: Finally, the third MBA hopeful has a background in EdTech: Happy listening! Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast Episode 127: Wire Taps—What Am I Doing Wrong? Play Episode Pause Episode Mute/Unmute Episode Rewind 10 Seconds 1x... Read more »

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