Student Case

Which is more lucrative, PhD or MBA?

Kate:That is so vague. What is your intention with either degree? Neither one is lucrative if you have no career trajectory.

If you want someone to employ you and you want a modicum of job security with a minimum of hours, the PhD in a technical field (expect to do research – think GE labs) will provide that.

PhD in non technical field . . . “

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Tips for Applicants

Test tip

For the Procrastinators
If you're gunning for round 1 but not done with the GMAT, it's time to focus, focus, focus! Please consider taking some time off from work to get your study hours in. But . . .Don't take full days, take half days. When you take a full day off, you are far more likely to slack off throughout the day and accomplish next to nothing. When you take a half day, your body and mind are in work mode. You are more likely to capitalize on your time away from the office.

GMAT Material

Admitting Defeat.

We have all sorts of words for talking about processing events and justifying self esteem. When are we done processing and ready to move forward? How do you balance reflection with action? But more importantly, can we admit when we absolutely stink at something?

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Application tip

High GMAT score, low quant: Are you satisfied with your scores? Read Kate's response to a student question on where your scores stand with the top Bschools.

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Be More Productive by Sitting Next to a Productive Person.

"To increase worker performance, employers often invest in a number of things, from rewards and incentives to education and training. These traditional approaches develop employees’ skills and enrich their work experience. But we discovered a surprisingly simple way to increase productivity, one that was low-cost and had immediate impact: better office seating arrangements."

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