MBA Tours: what, why, when (and how to use them to your advantage)

May 09, 2013  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

MBA Tours: what, why, when (and how to use them to your advantage) It’s MBA tour season again. And along with it comes our advice for using these events to your benefit in the admissions process. First, the what MBA tours, or fairs, are like job fairs for business school candidates.  Traveling city to city, they offer a great opportunity for you to attend panels, accumulate admissions and GMAT advice, speak 1×1 with admissions officers from your target schools, pick up brochures, and evaluate which programs are the best fits for you. In addition, it gives the admissions officers a chance to hear questions directly from the front lines, and make connections with prospective applicants. Why bother? I can just do my school research online, can’t I?  Yes, and you absolutely should.  However, attending an MBA fair can expose you to programs you may not have considered.  It enables you to hear diverse panelist perspectives on topics that will help you in the admissions process. And it gives you the unique chance to get your questions answered firsthand, demonstrate your passion for your target programs, and make a favorable impression on the admissions representatives well before you even apply. (And they will remember you.) How ...

Considering an International MBA?

May 01, 2013  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Considering an International MBA? What an interesting and life-changing proposition.  To not only earn an MBA, but to do so in such a unique environment that extraordinary diversity, cultural immersion, and hands-on international experience are a part of your daily life. There are very real factors for why pursuing an MBA overseas may make perfect sense for you.  Here are several worth considering: Building a Global Network According to GMAC, 38% of US business school students are from foreign countries. In European business schools, this number increases to 83%.  University alliances and exchange programs contribute to highly diverse, international student bodies that cannot be matched at US business schools.  For candidates pursuing a career in international business, there is no better way to expand their networks overseas and abilities to work on a global level. High Employability; High Salaries Whether in times of economic growth or in times of crisis, an international MBA is highly marketable to employers—both in the US and overseas.  GMAC also states that 87% of 2012 European MBAs were employed after graduation; nearly half were with a new employer.  Furthermore, median starting salaries in Europe were over $22,000 higher than those ...

How to get into the top business schools from China

June 20, 2012  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

How to get into the top business schools from China As applications to the top business schools in the US continue to increase from China, schools are forced to make difficult admissions decisions amidst this highly competitive applicant pool.  Here are four tips for Chinese applicants to ensure excellence in the application process and differentiate yourselves from others. Brand yourself Many applicants from China are academically qualified for the top schools and offer high GPAs, GMAT, and TOEFL scores.  The key for the Chinese applicant is to differentiate yourself by all of the unique experiences you bring to the table: professional, extracurricular, and personal. Share your passions, hobbies and activities.  Let them see your special skills and strengths.  Show off your personality, creativity and distinguishing attributes.  Find your personal brand, know your differentiation from others, and let it shine through in your essays. Showcase your experience Because test scores are so elevated among Chinese applicants, the admissions committees also will be eager to learn the details of your work experiences and how you uniquely excelled in those roles.  For both your resume and your essays, take great care to think through each position you’ve held (professional or otherwise!) and highlight your ownable accomplishments, ...

Upcoming MBA Admissions Fairs: Making the Most of Them

June 05, 2012  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Upcoming MBA Admissions Fairs: Making the Most of Them It’s MBA admissions fair season: a great opportunity for MBA candidates to attend admissions panels in your city, pick up GMAT tips, talk 1x1 with admissions officers from your target schools, and evaluate which programs are the best fit for you. In addition, it gives the admissions officers a chance to hear questions directly from the frontlines, and make connections with prospective applicants. Here are 5 tips to ensure you make the most of these MBA events: Remember that every touch point with the school reflects upon you as a candidate, be it with the head of admissions or the receptionist.  Smile, offer a confident hand shake, show your enthusiasm, and be professional with whomever you speak. Do your homework.  Nothing shows your interest like coming armed with thoughtful questions, beyond what can be found on the website.  Ask about a topic that intrigues you, an aspect of the curriculum, campus initiatives.  Show your sincere curiosity about the MBA program, rather than simply a desire for face time.  Book 1x1 sessions when possible.  Some schools offer a chance to reserve a time slot to meet with the admissions team privately or in a small group.  ...