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May 7, 2014

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5 Ways To Excel When You Join a Startup

Taking the place of our weekly career strategy column by Ivan Kerbel, Common Bond has offered their take on how to succeed at a startup, no matter what the stage of your career.  You’ve signed the offer and sighed with relief: you’re just weeks away from joining an innovative startup in your dream role. If you’ve never worked at a startup before now, you’re in for a wakeup call. You’ll enter a completely new professional environment, where you’ll face sole ownership of yo... Read more »

Apr 25, 2014

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How to Tell If Someone Truly Loves His or Her Job

It’s a given, as most business school students in the midst of MBA recruiting know, that the alumni and employer representatives who visit campus for company presentations, coffee chats, and various other career-oriented events tend to be the ones who enjoy their work the most (and are the most successful at it). The end result, in terms of what these alumni and recruiters share with students who are evaluating their career options, is that almost every aspect of internships and post-MBA careers... Read more »

Apr 16, 2014

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Conducting a Career Self-Assessment – for New Admits and Current MBAs (Part 3 of 3)

At one point a few years ago, during the height of MBA recruiting season, a senior manager visiting campus for a corporate presentation bemoaned the amount of self-imposed stress that students experience in choosing a full-time employer: “students will spend two years (during business school) agonizing over a job they’re going to keep for less than two years,” he said, and his assessment was not far off. In its 2013 Alumni Perspectives Survey of MBA graduates from 2000 through 2012, the Graduate... Read more »

Apr 10, 2014

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Conducting a Career Self-Assessment – for New Admits and Current MBAs (Part 2 of 3)

Last week’s discussion of self-assessment took us to the start of business school, and assumed that the newly-matriculated student has performed a deep-dive on the “highs” and “lows” of each past educational and professional experience, and has gained new insights via the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the CareerLeader MBA career assessment. An equally important aspect of MBA career self-assessment involves focusing on the Present – assessing all of the variables that relate to: 1) the M... Read more »

Apr 2, 2014

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Conducting a Career Self-Assessment – for New MBA Admits (Part 1 of 3)

MBAs are often told that a new job search should begin with a process of introspection known as “self-assessment,” yet that advice is not always accompanied by a prescriptive guide for what that process should entail … the words themselves are deemed sufficiently self-explanatory. At the same time, a good career self-assessment is not rocket science. It involves focusing on three time periods – past, present, and future – and it can benefit from use of a small handful of exercises and instrument... Read more »

Mar 20, 2014

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Embarking on Business School with an Entrepreneurial Vision (Part 2 of 2)

Amidst the debate of whether business school represents a worthwhile undertaking for students planning to pursue entrepreneurship, there is scant attention paid to how to go about creating a new venture, once one has made the decision to go to business school. Much has changed in the past 5-7 years – entrepreneurship in business school has morphed from being a very small fraction of MBA job-search activity relative to the mainstream MBA recruiting efforts of professional services firms and Fortu... Read more »

Mar 13, 2014

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Exclusive Pre-MBA Webinar

Sign up for an exclusive and complimentary webinar on formulating your “MBA Career Strategy”- just for members of the Clear Admit community. The session will be led by Ivan Kerbel, CEO of Practice MBA, former Director of the Career Development Office at the Yale School of Management, and former Sr. Associate Director at Wharton MBA Career Management. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 19 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The goal of this session is to highlight the spectrum of pre-MBA ... Read more »

Mar 12, 2014

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Embarking on Business School with an Entrepreneurial Vision (Part 1 of 2)

For Stanford GSB, the class of 2013 may represent a high-water mark in terms of MBA graduates pursuing full-time, post-MBA roles as entrepreneurs. A record 18% of Stanford’s graduated class is starting new ventures in “finance, internet services, media and entertainment, human resources, retail, healthcare, consumer products, education, energy / cleantech, and software.” And, yet, the relevance and value of going to business school in order to pursue an entrepreneurial career path remains hotly-... Read more »

Mar 5, 2014

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The Importance of Sequencing in Your MBA Career Plans

Among the questions I’ve been asked by MBAs, there are a number that tend to revolve around a set of common, universal concerns. Here are some of the most frequent: Is working for a big company better than working for a small boutique? Is it more important to work for a name-brand employer, rather than a niche, boutique firm that may lack equivalent credential-boosting power? Is it wise / necessary to undertake a couple of years, or more, of banking or consulting work post-MBA, even if that’s no... Read more »

Feb 26, 2014

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How to Write Emails to Employers and Alumni

One would think that writing an e-mail, among other prosaic pursuits (brushing one’s teeth, putting on socks), may not be worthy of a dedicated column, yet, in my experience, composing and sending a message to an MBA employer or to an MBA alumnus whom one has not met is among the leading causes of anxiety among MBA candidates. Here, then, is a recipe for how to keep a ‘cold e-mail’ simple and effective, without losing the personal touch. Any e-mail that serves as a self-introduction and an initi... Read more »

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