- New MSc in Sports and Outdoor Industry- EMLYON announced that the first class in its new program, the MSc in Sports and Outdoor Industry management, begins in September 2012. EMLYON was inspired to create this sixteen-month program by the growth of the industry in the US, Europe and Asia. The program’s location will be split between Lyon, Annecy in the Alps and the EMLYON Asian campus in Shanghai.
- Wall Street Still Draws MBAs- The Wall Street Journal reports that MBA graduates continue to push to get in to the financial-services industry on Wall Street, despite the difficult economy. Banks, hedge-funds, investment managers, private equity and venture capital firms are all still hiring 30%-50% of Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Stanford graduates. While a lot of these industries are downsizing, they still make room for new MBA graduates.
- Turning Weaknesses into Strengths- As part of the series, “Perfecting” your MBA Essays,” Accepted’s own Linda Abraham, talks about how to write about weakness in Poets and Quants. Some of Linda’s tips include being honest, keeping it personal, and highlighting how you have remedied your weakness.
- The Unofficial Cost of Applying for an MBA- The Wall Street Journal writes about the prevalent trend of MBA applicants hiring consultants to guide them through the application process. The Graduate Management Admissions Council’s recent global survey found that 20% of applicants to MBA programs are using admissions consultants. The reported success rate of applicants that use consultants is also quite high, explaining why the trend is so popular.
- Keeping an Eye on your Online Reputation- BusinessWeek reports on ways that business school applicants can improve their chances of getting into the right MBA program by improving their online presence. Accepted’s own Linda Abraham points out that bolstering your online reputation is not just about cleaning up your Facebook page and making sure no embarrassing articles about you pop up on a google search. Applicants should also highlight their strengths by creating websites, blogs or video series that shed light on why they are the perfect MBA candidates.
- Should Disclosing Grades be Mandatory?- Both The Chronicle of Education and BusinessWeek look at the question of whether the policy of students being allowed to withhold their grades from future employers is a good one. Many feel that not having to share your grades enables students to take more risks in b-school, but a paper written by professors at Wharton School of Business shows that, “in practice, self-reported levels of learning effort have fallen significantly since the introduction of grade nondisclosure.”
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