Transparent MBA: MBA Industry Guide: Real Estate

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Source: Transparent MBA Real Estate When is comes to the hottest industries for MBA graduates, real estate tends to fall lower on the list. Despite opportunity in the field, schools such as Northwestern and Columbia report that only between 2% and 4% of MBA graduates enter the industry. The flipside of these low involvement numbers means that many involved are …

Transparent MBA: MBA Industry Guide: Consulting

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Source: Transparent MBA Consulting is a consistently one of the hottest industries for MBAs. Each year over 1 in three students from top schools such as Columbia, MIT, INSEAD, and Northwestern accept positions in consulting. This is an industry of a few firms dominating the MBA hiring scene – for example, the big three (McKinsey / Bain / Boston Consulting …

What Warren Buffett Tells MBA Students

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Source: University of Maryland by David Kass, 11.20.2016. Warren Buffett’s Meeting with University of Maryland MBA/MS Students – November 18, 2016 (Notes primarily taken by Professor David Kass, Department of Finance, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Additional notes taken by Beija Fu, Yanting Ma, and Shiyue Wu were also included.) Warren Buffett (WB) (age 86) met …

P&Q: Winning The $1 Million Hult Prize: The Ultimate Social Enterprise Challenge

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Source: Poets & Quants by John A. Byrne, 10.11.2016. The team was crestfallen. The four students — from the U.S., Kenya, India, and the Democratic Republic of Congo — had just pitched their idea for a social enterprise startup that fell flat. Competing against five other teams at Earlham College, a private liberal arts school in Indiana, the team had …

Forbes: How To Ace (Or Fail) Your MBA Video Essay

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Source: Forbes by Matt Symonds, September 1, 2016. Smile! You’re on camera — a video camera, now integral to our lives. Video Conferencing applications have gone from nouns to verbs. Most of us Skype, Google Hangout, or FaceTime friends and relatives both near and far. Web conferencing solutions like GoToMeeting and Vydio have become a regular part of our working …

Understanding Power Dynamics Will Make You More Persuasive

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Source: Kellogg Insight Aug 1, 2016 How powerful you feel affects the messages you convey—and the ones you want to hear. Based on the research of David Dubois, Derek D. Rucker and Adam D. Galinsky Persuasion is a fundamental component of communication, whether between brands and consumers, within organizations, or in everyday discussions. So how can you be more persuasive? …

Business Because: FINTECH: 6 MBA Start-Ups Disrupting Finance — From Blockchains To Artificial Intelligence

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Source: Business Because by Seb Murray, July 28th, 2016 Roster of the world’s top tier MBA graduates who’ve joined the fintech wave is growing Financial services are ripe for disruption. PwC, the consultancy, forecast last week that fintech start-ups could steal 20% of the banking market. And the roster of the world’s top tier business school graduates who’ve joined the …

Columbia Recommendation Questions 2016-2017

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Columbia University – Columbia Business School Full-time MBA program – LOR Prompts Columbia requires two recommendations. One recommendation should be from your current supervisor. The second recommendation should be from either a former direct supervisor or from another professional associate, senior to you, who can share their insights on your candidacy. How do the candidate’s performance, potential, background, or personal …

Columbia Essay Questions 2016-2017

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Columbia University – Columbia Business School Full-time MBA program – Application essays What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (51 characters maximum) Examples of possible responses: “Work in business development for a media company.” “Join a strategy consulting firm.” “Launch a data-management start-up.” Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What …

Fortune: Impact Investing Takes Hold on Business School Campuses

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Source: Fortune by Nathan Allen, June 28, 2016. The likes of Harvard and Wharton are teaching investing for both financial and social benefit. Danielle Reed was already an impact investor when she stepped onto the campus of the University of California-Berkeley Haas School of Business in 2013 — though her family didn’t know it. They thought she worked at a …

The Pitfalls of the ‘Financialization’ of American Business

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Source: Knowledge@Wharton Jun 28, 2016. According to Time magazine journalist Rana Foroohar’s new book Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business, the ‘financialization’ of banking, and of business in general, has hampered real growth and innovation while exacerbating inequality. The result is an “upside-down” economy where finance, instead of serving as a catalyst, has …

Los Angeles Times: Thanks to Nike’s Phil Knight, Stanford is planning an ambitious graduate scholars program

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Source: Los Angeles Times by Jason Song, February 24, 2016 One of the country’s most prestigious universities is aiming to bring even more cachet to its California campus. Stanford University unveiled plans Wednesday for a program similar in style to Oxford University’s Rhodes Scholarships but more than three times as large in scope. The program would cover all academic and …