Starting the New Year with Plans to Career-Switch (Part 2)

Last week’s column covered the topic of how to analyze whether attending business school as a means to switch careers makes sense (and how to decide whether doing so is right for you). For those who do decide to embark on a new career path as MBA candidates, the next step can often feel a bit hurried. – See more at: http://bit.ly/1a8gj6o

Starting the New Year with Plans to Career-Switch (Part 1)

The start of a new year often offers time for reflection, as well as a chance to make new resolutions, set new goals, and aspire to make changes, both great and small, in one’s life. For rising MBAs – roughly 2/3 of them, by most counts – that means setting one’s sight on switching career paths in some tangible way, rather than merely seeking to accelerate one’s promotion track or “trading up” employers within the same field or function. – See more at: http://bit.ly/1hvYAb1

What To Do After You Get Accepted

Getting into business school is a big deal! You worked so hard to reach this point. And you deserve to savor the moment.

For the past year, you’ve been asking yourself, “Will I get in?” Once the euphoria dies down, you’ll wrestle with a new question: “What do I do now?” But that’s only part of the equation. The real question you should ask is this: “How can I use the next few months to position myself to succeed?”

This week, Ivan Kerbel, CEO of Practice LLC and The Practice MBA Summer Forum, shares some strategies you might not have considered. – See more at: http://bit.ly/1hx2cXE

The Opportunity Cost of Hiring an MBA from the Employer Perspective (Part 2)

Last week’s column considered the relative value-add of hiring full-time MBA candidates, as opposed to high-achieving undergraduates or Executive MBAs. The goal in adopting a wider horizon regarding the recruiting playing field and a greater appreciation of the alternatives and constraints employers face when hiring MBAs, is not to draw inferences about which professional profile or type of degree program is better, but to help MBAs understand employers’ decision drivers better, and thus to be more effective in the job search process. – See more at: http://bit.ly/1jinufK

The Opportunity Cost of Hiring an MBA, from the Employer’s Perspective (Part 1)

Last week’s column highlighted the extent to which having a ‘hard work’ ethos and a mindset focused on seeking out tough challenges after graduation (rather than expecting immediate gratification and a big payout from one’s business school efforts) can be a driving factor in students’ post-MBA success rates.

As part of that focus on appropriate mindset, it’s worthwhile to expand MBA candidates’ awareness and field of vision to include some of the opportunity costs of recruiting MBAs that play a role in employers’ decisions and expectations with respect to hiring business school candidates. – See more at: http://bit.ly/19ip7E2

The Key to a Successful Post-MBA Career

Welcome to the first in a series of guest columns focused on career strategy in the MBA context … a topic that should be squarely in your sights whether you’re considering applying to business school or are currently in the thick of the admissions process. – See more at: http://bit.ly/1cZWaeL

Three Things You Can Do Prior To Matriculating To Business School

The time span between being accepted to business school and arriving on campus, which often exceeds half a year, offers rising MBAs an unparalleled opportunity for self-examination, career exploration, and the pursuit of new endeavors that can both influence and augment one’s business school experience. – See more at: http://bit.ly/IGgMzV