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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 Sep 20, 2018 by

MBA News You Need: CBS Research Reveals Success Requires Passion, 5 Yale SOM Students Named Kerry Fellows, FT Talks U.S. Business School Application Declines, and More

Each week we collect all the MBA news that’s fit to print and provide a quick overview of the latest trending topics from top business schools around the world. Here’s your quick MBA News You Need digest for the week of September 20, 2018. CBS Research Reveals That Success Requires Dedication PLUS Passion It takes more than determination to succeed. According to the latest research published by Columbia Business School (CBS) and Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, it takes grit: the combination of perseverance and passion. In fact, the key ingredient of grit is passion, which has long been... Read more »

Last Updated Jan 2, 2018 by

Real Humans of the Georgetown McDonough MBA Class of 2019

Set in an international city with strong ties to government, it’s not surprising to find students at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business drawn to both of those aspects. More than a third of the class—34 percent—is international, and far more bring international experience of one sort or another. More than three quarters of the 276 students who make up the full-time MBA Class of 2019 have lived, worked, or studied in another country, and 67 percent speak more than one language. Women are not as well represented this year as they have been in recent years. The Class of 2019... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 8, 2017 by

Chicago Booth MBA Student Reflects on First Few Months and “First-Time Ever Experiences”

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business helped kick off an exciting if agonizing time for Round 1 applicants to leading MBA programs—Decision Week (or weeks, as the case may be). Chicago Booth released decisions on December 7th, among the first in several waves of notifications that will flow out from top schools over the coming weeks. Were you among those invited to head to the Windy City in the fall? If so, a hearty congratulations! Or maybe you’re gearing up to apply in Round 2? In either case, today’s Fridays from the Frontline column could be useful reading... 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 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 20, 2017 by

The Push for Women in Finance at Cornell Johnson

Sponsored Content A career in the finance industry is often sought after by MBA graduates. After all, few other industries offer a mean starting salary of $123,259, plus bonuses of $42,175 and other guaranteed compensation up to $35,278. (That’s a total first-year salary of more than $200,000). At Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, finance is a core program and is woven into every aspect, from faculty research to curriculum, immersion programs, competitions, and more. Thirty-two percent of its 2016 MBA class found jobs in the financial services industry. But only 10 percent of investment management roles... Read more »

Last Updated Oct 24, 2017 by

Top MBA Programs for Finance & Investment Banking

Though it has been almost a decade since the global financial crisis of 2008, investment banking and the financial services industry still aren’t the same. Overall, the percentage of MBAs interested in a career in finance is continuing to drop, especially as the products/services and tech industries lure more and more grads. According to the most recent 2017 Alumni Perspectives Survey Report by the Graduate Management Admission Council, the percentage of alumni from two-year, full-time MBA programs working in the finance/accounting industry dropped to 11 percent this year, trailing the products/services (28 percent), tech (16 percent), and consulting (12 percent)... Read more »

Last Updated Aug 16, 2017 by

CEO Activism? Biz Leaders Tell Trump Enough Is Enough

President Donald Trump got elected—in part—because he represented a break from traditional Washington politics that had left many frustrated and disillusioned. A businessman who’d made billions in real estate, he prided himself on being able to close deals. He quickly set out to surround himself with business-minded folks like himself, establishing the Strategy & Policy Forum and Manufacturing Council soon after taking office. These two groups drew together dozens of prominent CEOs to advise him on a range of issues in his new role. Twenty-four preeminent heads of manufacturing—including companies as varied as Intel, Under Armour, Merck, Johnson & Johnson,... 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 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 »

Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 by

Fuqua Professor Campbell Harvey on the “January Barometer” Myth

More than 40 years since its incarnation, the so-called “January Barometer”—a theory that the direction stocks take in January predicts how their entire year will play out—is still going strong in some camps. But it’s not without its vocal detractors. In a recent Wall Street Journal article entitled “Sorry, the ‘January Barometer’ Is a Market Myth,” Fuqua School of Business Finance Professor Cambell Harvey weighs in—in opposition. Citing the Stock Trader’s Almanac, the Journal article credits the January Barometer, also sometimes called the January Indicator, as being devised by market guru Yale Hirsch in 1972. And its proponents, including Hirsch’s son, Jeffrey, who serves as editor of... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 30, 2016 by

Stanford 2016 MBAs Have Banner Year for Employment

Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) recently revealed data that cemented 2016 as a banner year for MBA graduates when it comes to both employment and salaries, demonstrating how in demand the talent and flexibility of its graduates are in the marketplace. The mean compensation for graduating MBAs from Stanford’s most recent class was $179,345, a figure that includes the mean $23,636 starting bonus reported by 55 percent of the class and the record-breaking mean other guaranteed compensation of $74,665 reported by 35 percent of the class. Median total compensation, meanwhile, was $163,827. This figure puts Stanford GSB grads ahead of Class of... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 29, 2016 by

Johnson Welcomes Vets as Part of Annual Military Preview Event

With an ever-increasing enrollment of military veterans at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University, the school recently welcomed a new group of distinguished prospective applicants on campus. Johnson hosted 30 military veterans last month, part of its annual Military Preview event held each year on or close to Veteran’s Day. Johnson Dean Mark Nelson welcomed them. “We are committed to maintaining and growing that proportion,” Nelson said. “Veterans bring a wealth of leadership experience and capability to Johnson and are a great fit to the culture of the school.” Joining Dean Nelson was Eric Musser, an... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 29, 2016 by

Top #MBA Tweets of the Week: 2016 in Review

Welcome to the final 2016 edition of Top #MBA Tweets of the Week, our roundup of popular Twitter posts from the business school community. With the year wrapping up, we’re taking a look back at our most popular posts of 2016. 2016 kicked off with a look at motherhood amidst an MBA: This week's Fridays from the Frontline: attending @HBSadmissions #MBA while juggling motherhood https://t.co/3W5fMlSyVg — Clear Admit (@ClearAdmit) January 8, 2016 While tech rose to the top in February: Top #MBA Programs with a tech focus: @MITSloanAdcom @BerkeleyHaas @uclaanderson @teppercmu https://t.co/NNPujV6McE — Clear Admit (@ClearAdmit) February 12, 2016 Followers... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 28, 2016 by

$2.1M Gift to Goizueta Promotes Study of Business and Government

The best business schools continually seek to improve what they can offer their students, whether that be by adding courses, hiring new professors or providing new opportunities. For the Goizueta Business School at Emory University, the latest improvement came in the form of a $2.1 million pledge from the Robson Foundation, set up by former Dean John E. Robson to establish the “John Robson Endowment for the Study of Business, Public Policy and Government.” The gift will allow the school to develop a program focused on the growing complexities of business and civics. To get a better idea of exactly what the endowment... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 28, 2016 by

Trump Appoints Controversial UC Irvine Professor Peter Navarro

Peter Navarro, a professor of economics at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business and one of the nation’s harshest critics of China, has just earned a seat on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet. As a professor with the business school for more than 20 years, Navarro penned nine books, most of which unmistakably mark China as a threat to the United States and the world at large. Several of his published works include The Coming China Wars, Death by China: Confronting the Dragon—A Global Call to Action and Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World. Death By China was also... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 26, 2016 by

MBA Admissions Round 2 Deadlines: The Moment of Truth

Over the last couple of weeks we published a series of MBA admissions tips for Round 2 application deadlines. Today, as a little holiday offering for our readers, we’ve conveniently gathered those tips into one tidy post, to help keep you organized. This next week, between Christmas and New Year, is critical for those of you working to meet the deadlines.  As such, we wish you then best of luck!   Planning for Round 2 | Application Deadlines Here you can find all the dates for the fast-approaching January deadlines. The tip also includes some strategic advice regarding school selection,... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 21, 2016 by

Accepted to Wharton? Don’t Miss this Message from Maryellen Reilly

Maryellen Reilly, deputy vice dean for MBA admissions, financial aid and career management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, took to her blog recently to give her team’s perspective on Wharton’s release of Round 1 decisions on December 15th. Maryellen Reilly, Wharton deputy vice dean of MBA admissions, financial aid and career services “Yesterday, we got to do our favorite part of the job—making the phone calls to let prospective students know they’ve been admitted,” she wrote in her December 16th post. “It’s a blast. The joy and excitement we heard on the other end of the line when sharing this... Read more »

Last Updated Dec 20, 2016 by

Tech Hires Jump at Kellogg, 2016 MBA Employment Report Reveals

‘Tis the season for MBA employment reports, and one of the latest schools to share details about how its most recent class of graduates fared in their quest for jobs is Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Released in its entirety last week, the report shows a surge of graduates heading off toward technology firms—22 percent of the class, up from 15 percent last year. “I do think the tech story jumps out,” says Liza Kirkpatrick, director of career management for the full-time MBA program. “But we really are very proud of this year’s employment outcomes overall.” She went on to cite... Read more »

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