application strategy

Thinking Ahead

Thinking Ahead

If you are reading this blog, you are either in the throes of the final rounds, or more likely, are getting a head start on the 2019 application season.  Either way, it’s good to think ahead to August.

The Informational Interview

The Informational Interview

Applying to business school puts you in a very unique category.  Unless you have a serious shift in your life plan, it’s unlikely you will ever be in the same situation again, that is, becoming a student in a terminal degree program.  Now is your chance to get meetings with just about anyone you desire to discuss their experience and your vision.

Fail to Prepare at Your Peril

Fail to Prepare at Your Peril

Preparing business school applications is a grueling process, but there is another use of the word “prepare” which is far more important than the actual process itself.  How about this play on words: Are you making proper preparations to prepare your applications?

Being Thankful

Being Thankful

This time of year is all about Thanksgiving.  Well, and Christmas, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Giving thanks is an important part of everyone’s lives, but the busy schedules we all lead can leave us skipping over thankfulness altogether.  Similarly, when it comes to business school applications, clients often fail to remember to give appropriate thanks too.  Are you one of them?

What's the Deal with Work Experience?

What's the Deal with Work Experience?

I met with an MBA applicant last week who is still working her way through a top ten undergrad program.  She is dead-set on matriculating into an MBA program immediately after she graduates and wanted my advice.  In short, I told her to wait.  Want to know why?  Read on…

Always Waive Your Right to View Your MBA Recommendation

Always Waive Your Right to View Your MBA Recommendation

I tell my clients up front that they have to waive their right to view their recommendation, and that it is not really an option to not do so.

Not waiving your right could tell the admissions committee that you don’t trust your recommenders.  It could tell them that you are paranoid or overly anxious. It opens up a pandora's box of possibilities, none of which are that great. 

Act Like a Leader and You Might Become One

Act Like a Leader and You Might Become One

Business schools are looking for leaders and expect applicants to have demonstrated leadership in their work and school history.  Being a leader is so much a part of the MBA framework, in fact that you might be putting too much thought into what you have done and not enough into what you are doing.

Marketing Your Post-MBA Employability

Marketing Your Post-MBA Employability

One of the most oft overlooked profile characteristics is employability.  Marketing yourself as a potential MBA candidate who will be not only highly qualified on the backend of the degree, but as someone whom recruiters will clamor over could be a great way to differentiate yourself in the application process.

How to Overcome a Low College GPA

How to Overcome a Low College GPA

One of the most stressful points of applying to business school is having to confront once again your undergraduate performance.  That GPA which you happily in your past must now be resurrected for all on the admissions committees to see, and it’s often an uncomfortable exercise.  While there’s no way to change the past, there are some practical things you can do to help overcome the potentially detrimental impact a poor GPA can have on your profile.  Read on…

 

What is the Ideal Age to Get an MBA?

What is the Ideal Age to Get an MBA?

Some people plan out their lives with robotic precision, including things such as graduate school in a pre-determined place on the schedule.  Others adopt a take-life-as-it-comes approach, and place graduate school on the back burner, waiting until it feels right to go back.  But is there an ideal age to apply to business school?

Can You Get a Second MBA?

Can You Get a Second MBA?

Did you get your MBA degree years ago?  Or did you perhaps get your MBA from a school that didn’t live up to your expectations?  Wouldn’t you like to get a do-over?  Every year, we see applicants who already have an MBA degree, but who have decided to try and go back to get the degree again.   Some find this to be more challenging than they realized.

Can I Still Hit My Goals With a One-Year MBA?

Can I Still Hit My Goals With a One-Year MBA?

When choosing what version of graduate business education is the right fit, the full time, two-year MBA program is what typically tops applicants’ wish lists.  But can someone still achieve all they envision for themselves professionally with a one-year or part-time MBA option?

2017 MBA Application Trends

2017 MBA Application Trends

As the 2017 application season gets off to a start with school package releases, it’s a good idea to take a look at some recent trends in b-school application world before you dive in.  Make sure you consider these subtle but important changes before you undertake your application process...