Learn About Consulting Firsthand from McKinsey & Company!

mbaMission is proud to announce an exclusive online event presented by prestigious worldwide management consultancy McKinsey & Company.

Have you ever wondered what management consulting actually is or what a consultant does? If so, this is your chance to learn firsthand from seasoned McKinsey & Company consultants Ahmed Darwish and Mary Katherine Flanigan via the free, live webinar “Beyond Buzzwords: What Is Consulting?”

During this online event, Ahmed and Mary Katherine will share a broad overview of consulting and the work they do, while also providing insight into the following topics:

  • What a day in the life of a consultant is like
  • How consultants are staffed on projects
  • The composition of consultant teams
  • How consultants interact with clients

They will also respond to questions from attendees, so claim your spot today to get the inside scoop on this dynamic industry and career choice!

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Friday Factoid: Research-to-Practice at Tuck

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College is known for its close-knit community and small faculty-to-student ratio. The school’s research-to-practice seminars complement these characteristics. An article on the school’s Tuck Today Web site explained that “International Entrepreneurship” was the first of several such seminars designed to give students insight into a real-world business issue. The seminars were conceived as a key component of the school’s strategic five-year plan, called Tuck 2012. The courses bring together 15 second-year students with top faculty for a “deep dive” into a specific topic. Research-to-practice seminars that were offered in recent years include the following:

  • “Corporate Takeovers”
  • “Deconstructing Apple”
  • “Management of Investment Portfolios”
  • “Marketing Good and Evil: Consumer Moral Judgment and Well-Being”
  • “Strategy in Innovation Ecosystems”
  • “Time in the Consumer Mind”

For more information on other defining characteristics of the MBA program at Dartmouth Tuck or one of 15 other top business schools, please check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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Diamonds in the Rough: Business of Medicine MBA at Kelley School of Business

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Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business

MBA applicants can get carried away with rankings. In this series, we profile amazing programs at business schools that are typically ranked outside the top 15.

As the demand for business-savvy health care professionals grows, business schools are taking notice. Leading the way is the Business of Medicine MBA at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, which is designed to train practicing physicians to assume management positions and face a changing health care business environment. As the Financial Times reports, the two-year degree program began in the fall of 2013 and presents a new kind of opportunity at the intersection of business management and medical practice. The degree combines the basic curriculum of Kelley’s full-time MBA with specialized health care courses supported by the school’s Center for the Business of Life Sciences. The Financial Times quotes Idalene Kesner, who was interim dean at the time of the article but has since been appointed dean, as saying, “With this degree, physician leaders will emerge with the full skillset to transform individual institutions, the broad healthcare field and, most important, patient outcomes.” Part of the Business of Medicine MBA program is taught online, drawing on Kelley’s pioneering strengths in distance learning, while the other part entails one weekend residence per month, allowing for a more flexible time commitment.

Beyond the MBA Classroom: Liquidity Preference Functions at Stanford GSB

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.
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“Leave it to clever biz students to dress up a party as a business meeting,” quips a past Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) News article in reference to the school’s weekly Liquidity Preference Functions—or LPFs—explaining, “Every Friday […] students blow off end-of-the-week steam over beverages, food, and loud music.” Essentially happy hours, LPFs are a longstanding GSB social tradition in which students get together to enjoy spirits at local establishments after classes. Alumni even have LPF events during reunions. In fact, the gatherings are such a quintessential part of the GSB experience that two of the school’s graduates who started a winery together named one of their wines “LPF” to honor this facet of their time at their alma mater.

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at the Stanford GSB and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

MBA Career News: How to Turn Resume Bullets into Accomplishment Statements

In this new blog series, our mbaMission Career Coaches offer invaluable advice and industry-related news to help you actively manage your career. Topics include building your network, learning from mistakes and setbacks, perfecting your written communication, and mastering even the toughest interviews. To schedule a free half-hour consultation with one of our mbaMission Career Coaches, click here.

Writing an effective resume requires you to transform your job description bullets into accomplishment statements.

A strong accomplishment statement has the following four key elements:

  • Starts with a strong verb (e.g., “Designed,” “Created,” “Led,” “Managed,” “Analyzed”)
  • Includes an action you took (i.e., what you did) and the result you achieved (i.e., the impact/benefit of your action)
  • Begins with your action and ends with your result (unless the result is significant, in which case you should start the bullet with the result)
  • Quantifies the result (If there is no quantitative impact, think about qualitative ways to prove the effectiveness of your actions—perhaps by comparing your result to those of previous years or your competitors, or by highlighting the intended impact or explaining the size/scope of the project.)

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September 28, 2016

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Professor Profiles: Roberto Rigobon, MIT Sloan School of Management

Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a business school. However, the educational experience you will have is what is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we focus on Roberto Rigobon from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Roberto RigobonRoberto Rigobon, the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and a professor of applied economics, specializes in international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. At an awards ceremony in 2005, Sloan students described him as someone who “epitomized the fine line between madness and genius.” Other award-related descriptions of Rigobon refer to him as “serious but hilarious,” “crazy and brilliant,” and “high energy.” He teaches the reportedly very popular “Applied Macro and International Economics” course, which is said to be often taken by up to 30% of Sloan students at a time. He has won numerous teaching awards during his time at Sloan (including the school’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000, 2003, and 2005, and Teacher of the Year in 1999, 2002, and 2004) and is primarily recognized for his accessibility. As one second-year student blogged, “The door to his office was always open.”

For more information about MIT Sloan and 15 other top-ranked MBA schools, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

Mission Admission: What to Expect from Your MBA Interview

Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips; a new one is posted each Tuesday.

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With MBA interview invitations continuing to arrive at this time of year, we thought it would be appropriate to discuss some challenging interview situations. Most business school interviews are straightforward opportunities for an interviewer to learn more about a candidate’s personal and professional backgrounds, goals, reasons for selecting a specific school, and leadership/team experiences. Yet interviews can vary dramatically from school to school, and sometimes they include a few peculiarities. So, what constitutes a “tough” interview, and how can you best navigate one?

Stoic interviewer: Some interviewers can be unemotional, refusing to give you any indication as to whether you are making a positive impression or not. And amid the intense pressure of an interview, you may perceive this lack of clear positive response as a sign of actual disapproval. The key to managing such a situation is to tune out the interviewer’s lack of emotion. Focus on your answers and do your best to not be distracted by anything about the interviewer, ignoring everything except the questions he/she is posing. “Reading” the interviewer in real time can be challenging, so you should instead concentrate on showcasing your strengths.

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September 27, 2016

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Monday Morning Essay Tip: Take Ownership of Your Goals

When admissions officers read your MBA application, they want to feel inspired by your personal statement; they want to know that you have a strong sense of purpose and will work energetically to attain your objectives. Thus, you must ensure that you are not presenting generic or shallow goals. Although this problem is not industry specific, it occurs most often with candidates who propose careers in investment banking or consulting but do not have a true understanding of what these positions entail.

For example, a candidate cannot merely state the following goal:

“In the short term, when I graduate from Wharton, I want to become an investment banking associate. After three years, I will be promoted to vice president, and then in the long term, I will become a managing director.”

This hypothetical candidate does not express any passion for his/her proposed course, does not show any understanding of the demands of the positions, and does not explain the value he/she could bring to the firm. To avoid these kinds of shortcomings, conduct this simple test when writing your personal statement: if you can easily substitute another job title into your career goals and the sentence still makes perfect sense (for example, “In the short term, when I graduate from Wharton, I want to become a consultant. After three years, I will be promoted to vice president, and then in the long term, I will become a managing director.”), you know you have a serious problem on your hands and need to put more work into your essay.

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Learn How a Bike Accident Led Meg Daly to Found Miami’s Underline Park

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Today, many aspiring MBAs and MBA graduates want to join start-ups or launch such companies themselves. Is entrepreneurship as exciting as it seems? Is it really for you? mbaMission Founder Jeremy Shinewald has teamed up with Venture for America and CBS Interactive to launch Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast. Each week, Shinewald interviews another entrepreneur so you can hear the gritty stories of their ups and downs on the road to success.

New York has the High Line, Chicago has The 606, Atlanta has the BeltLine—and soon, Miami will have its own park that was created on unused land right in the midst of the city. Sales and marketing executive Meg Daly came up with the idea for the Underline, a ten-mile linear park being built below Miami’s Metrorail, after having an epiphany while walking to a weekly appointment. Listen to the podcast episode to hear how she came up with the idea for this fascinating park, as she discusses these details and more:

  • How a painful bike accident—which broke both of Daly’s arms—was the dramatic first step on the path that brought her to eventually discover the grounds for the Underline
  • What she did after realizing that for a project like this, no “road map” or guidebook exists
  • Why being comfortable with being uncomfortable is essential for the project

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September 25, 2016


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GMAT Impact: Tackling Reading Comprehension Problems

With regard to the GMAT, raw intellectual horsepower helps, but it is not everything. In this blog series, Manhattan Prep’s Stacey Koprince teaches you how to perform at your best on test day by using some common sense.

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We previously examined how to read Reading Comprehension (RC) passages. If you have not read our earlier article, go ahead and do so right now.

Today, I want to talk about the three primary types of questions that appear on RC: Main Idea, Specific Detail, and Inference. I also want to talk about how to analyze RC problems.

In general, we learn the most from a problem after we have finished doing it. Our review is the real learning experience. Any problem can (and should!) be analyzed using the questions discussed in this “How to Analyze a Practice Problem” article.

How would that work with a Reading Comprehension question? Glad you asked. This article contains an example of a complete RC Inference problem analysis—you will learn not only how to analyze an RC problem but also how to tackle Inference problems. (In general, Inference problems ask us to deduce something from some piece of evidence provided in the passage.)

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September 25, 2016

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