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Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and topics related to personal development. She has been working in the MBA space for the past four years in research, interview, and writing roles.

Last Updated Mar 14, 2019 by

Can IKEA and the Instant Pot Teach Us About Competition? MIT Sloan Thinks So

People purchase IKEA furniture because it’s easy to put together. They don’t want to have to buy a drill; they want holes and pieces that easily fit together like Legos. In fact, according to Harvard professor Theodore Levitt, when someone buys a drill, what they want is what the drill can do. That’s just one reason why MIT professor Sanjay Sarma believes that IKEA is on the cutting edge of business. While other companies are trying to sell solutions to outdated problems, IKEA has figured out how to solve a core problem. “That’s what I call inversion,” Sarma said. “You’ve... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 29, 2018 by

Wharton Publishes 2018 MBA Employment Report, Announces $25M Gift

Lots of news out of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania recently. Employment statistics have been published for the most recent graduating class, and a big donation will fund a cool new building dedicated to entrepreneurship in West Philadelphia as well as more international scholarships for undergraduates. Here’s what’s going on at the Wharton School. 2018 Employment Report The 2018 MBA Career Report revealed a slight increase in job offers and salaries with finance drawing in more students than ever. In 2018, 36.9 percent of full-time MBA graduates went into financial services (up from 33 percent last year).... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 by

More Columbia Business School MBA Students Learn to Code

Like every other elite business school worth its salt, Columbia Business School (CBS)has seen a huge surge in student interest in programming and analytics courses. It started three years ago when Costis Maglaras, the chair of the Decision, Risk & Operations division of CBS, oversaw development of a new analytics curriculum with the goal to ensure that students were being trained in quantitative, data-driven decision-making. Maglaras couldn’t help but notice a major gap: There were few courses in computer programming, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. He took it upon himself to help develop a series of MBA-level programming that included... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 13, 2018 by

Tech Is Hot and Michigan Ross Is Ready!

Tech companies are looking to hire more MBA graduates than ever, and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is ready to handle the increase in demand. According to one of the latest reports from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), 89 percent of tech companies are planning to hire MBA graduates in the coming recruiting cycle. That’s eight percentage points higher than all other employers and an even more significant increase than in 2017. That year, just 70 percent of all companies were looking to bring MBA graduates on board. As for Michigan Ross, the school is more than... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 21, 2018 by

Tech and Venture Capital Industries Have Real Work to Do to Hire and Retain Diverse Employees

Despite Google’s stated commitment to increasing diversity within its workforce, the tech giant is losing black and Latinx workers at nearly the same rate they are being hired. The annual Google diversity report, released last week, stresses that Google “care(s) deeply about improving workforce representation” and is “moving in the right direction.” But so far, its strategy of increased grassroots hiring of black and Latinx workers has not led to greater representation within the workforce. Google says that it wants to more accurately represent its users. However, black and Latinx workers currently only make up a combined 6 percent of... Read more »

Last Updated Feb 27, 2018 by

7 Top Takeaways from Leading Business School 2017 Employment Reports

There’s been a steady stream of salary and employment data from leading business schools over the past several months as one after another has released 2017 employment reports. We’ve shared a lot of it along the way, including special reports on Kellogg, McDonough, NYU Stern, Tuck, and Stanford. With results from nearly every top school now in, prospective MBA students can take heart that the news is pretty universally encouraging. Overall, data gathered about the Class of 2017 reveal growing salaries across all industries and very high employment rates among graduates from all top institutions. Taking a look at the reports as a group,... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 10, 2018 by

Are Tech Giants in Trouble in 2018? Why One LBS Prof Thinks They Could Be

Last year, tech giants such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook already started facing new regulations and pushback from government officials. For example, last November, the State of Missouri launched an investigation into Google to see if it had violated antitrust and consumer protection laws. Julian Birkinshaw, a professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at London Business School, thinks that’s only the beginning. “The tech giants are huge beasts, and there is a growing sense of unease about their power,” Birkinshaw said in a news article on the school website. He went on to talk about various fines already levied against big... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 30, 2017 by

Hidden Gems for Top Tech MBAs: Schools You Shouldn’t Overlook

As promised follow-up to our piece earlier this fall on top business schools for technology, today we’ll examine an additional handful of schools that are similarly training MBA students for success in the burgeoning tech sector. Though they are sending a smaller percentage of their graduates to work at leading tech firms than the five we previously featured, the following schools are either not far behind, quickly gaining, and/or launching new initiatives specifically focused on training the next generation of tech leaders. MIT Sloan School of Management With technology in its very name, you would imagine that the Massachusetts Institute... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 8, 2017 by

Career Development Q&A: Jeff McNish of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Sponsored Content We recently spoke with Jeff McNish, assistant dean of career development at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. McNish joined Darden to lead its Career Development Center in 2016 and hit the ground running. An expert in higher education and careers who most recently served as head of the career center at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, McNish and his team are devoted to student success, cultivating an individually tailored approach that begins before new students even step foot on Darden grounds. Clear Admit: What role does the Career Development Center play in... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 28, 2017 by

Latest Georgetown McDonough Employment Stats Reveal Increasing Salaries, Strong Finance and Consulting Placements

No surprise: Georgetown MBAs are making bank! According to the most recent employment report from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, the average starting salary for graduates was $112,501, which is a 4 percent increase from the previous year. “Every year, we deepen our commitment to applying a personalized approach to our students’ job searches, and every year, the results exceed our expectations,” Doreen Amorosa, associate dean and managing director of the MBA Career Center, said. “From the expanded and customized approaches to the job search in the MBA Career Center to curricular offerings like our Executive Challenge, our... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 28, 2017 by

Latest Kellogg Employment Statistics Reveal Rising Interest in Tech

A record one in four—25 percent—of graduates from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management Class of 2017 headed off into jobs in the technology field, according to the school’s most recent employment report, released earlier this month. That’s up from 22 percent last year and just 15 percent the year before and echoes a trend at many leading business schools this year. Amazon hired 32 Kellogg grads, making it the third largest recruiter in 2017, behind only McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group (BCG). But Amazon was far from the only tech firm to hire at the school. “It’s not only the... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 27, 2017 by

Career Services Director Q&A: NYU Stern Assistant Dean of Career Services Beth Briggs

NYU Stern School of Business earlier this month shared highlights from its Class of 2017 MBA Employment Report, revealing that Amazon hired more Stern graduates than any other company. It marked the first time that a technology company topped the school’s list of leading employers and is reflective of an overall trend of increasing numbers of Stern MBA graduates heading into technology. In the past five years, technology placements have more than doubled, and they represented 16.8 percent of all hires last year—up from 10 percent the year before. Amazon was followed by Deloitte (No. 2), J.P. Morgan (No. 3),... Read more »

Last Updated Nov 14, 2017 by

Best Business Schools to Jumpstart Your Career in Tech—or Advance It

We’ve all heard about the time Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg—who holds an MBA from Harvard Business School—went on record in a Quora forum saying that while she got great value from her experience, MBAs aren’t necessary at Facebook she doesn’t think they are important for working in the tech industry. And then there’s venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki’s scathing assessment: “For every full-time engineer, add $500,000 [in company value]. For every full-time MBA, subtract $250,000.” But the times, they are a-changin’. More and more students are looking to use business school as their launch pad to successful careers in tech. According... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 16, 2017 by

Top 5 Reasons Diversity MBA Conferences Should Be on Your Recruiting Calendar

More than 10,000 MBA students, business school representatives, recruiters, and business executives filled the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia late last month for one of the largest career conferences serving minority professionals. The conference has been around since 1970, but for the first time this year the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) and Prospanica, the association of Hispanic professionals, joined forces to present it. The result was an incredible opportunity for attendees to network with companies and each other, take advantage of career development programming, and interview for and secure job offers from hundreds of companies spanning multiple industries. Cornell’s... Read more »

Last Updated Sep 25, 2017 by

Real Humans of the Berkeley Haas MBA Class of 2019

The Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley welcomed its largest ever class—284 students—into a brand-new facility that promises to be one of the greenest academic buildings in the country. Not only is the incoming class larger than any before it, it is also one of the strongest academically, according to Peter Johnson, assistant dean for the full-time MBA program and admissions. Average GMAT scores and GPAs have risen over each of the past three years. The average GMAT score this year was 725—a jump from last year’s 717—and the average GPA climbed, too, from 3.64... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 by

Google Memo Draws Response from YouTube CEO and UCLA Anderson Alum Susan Wojcicki

Earlier this month, Google found itself in the midst of controversy after an internal memo from now-former employee James Damore was released to the staff. His out-of-nowhere diatribe claimed, more or less, that women are less biologically capable of being software engineers than their male counterparts. The document, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” was later released to the public, instantly bringing scrutiny upon the tech giant. Damore argued that there are fewer women working in engineering because of scientific and biological differences between men and women—and that Google should not offer educational programs for underrepresented racial or gender minorities. He... Read more »

Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 by

Darden Debuts MBA Application Tip Video Series Amid MBA Program Leadership Changes

Sara Neher, long-time assistant dean of admissions at UVA’s Darden School of Business, recently announced the debut of a 12-part MBA application tip video series for the 2017-18 admissions season. The brief videos—each between three and five minutes long—cover individual components of the application and are designed so that applicants can watch them all at once and/or return to them one by one as they work on different parts of the application. “I really encourage you to watch them because they will give you tips that will help you prevent mistakes and know what we are looking for,” explained Neher... Read more »

Last Updated Jun 16, 2017 by

H1-B Visas and MBAs, Take Two: Why Such a Big Deal Right Now? Which Employers Are Sponsoring?

Yesterday, we debuted the first in our series on H1-B visas with an examination of what the H1-B visa is and what the process involved to get one is like. Today, we’ll delve deeper to better understand why it’s become such a hot topic right now as well as look at data from a range of sources on U.S. employer willingness to sponsor international MBAs who require legal documentation such as the H1-B. Why Are H1-B Visas Such a Big Deal Right Now? International students attending business school in the United States with hopes of remaining there to work after... Read more »

Last Updated May 9, 2017 by

NYU Stern Launches Two New One-Year MBAs: Tech and Fashion & Luxury

INSEAD, watch out. New York University Stern School of Business is getting into the one-year MBA game—and leveraging its New York City location in a major way. Stern announced yesterday that it will launch two new May-to-May MBA programs, one in tech and a second in fashion and luxury. In just 12 months, students in these programs will complete a foundational business core, a specialty area core, and electives. Along the way, they will work on real-life business projects for companies in tech or fashion and luxury respectively, gaining the experience and building the relationships that will land them jobs... Read more »

Last Updated May 1, 2017 by

To Pre-MBA Boot Camp or Not? How to Spend Your Summer Before Business School 

It used to be that you got into business school, gave notice at your job, maybe spent some time backpacking through some faraway part of the world, and then showed up on campus ready to start your next chapter. Today, though, recruiters who are eager to meet with promising members of the Class of 2019 host dozens of pre-MBA boot camps and other networking events over the summer. And that can leave those who don’t take part at risk of feeling left behind on the first day of school. Summer Pre-MBA Events: What You Need to Know If you think... Read more »

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