Student Case

What job experience is required for a top MBA?

The work experience and your gained perspective on that experience matter. Have you managed staff? Do you have multiple projects with depth of complexity to walk through? Have you thoughtfully evaluated your own experiences, and can you demonstrate personal and professional growth?

Brand name only helps in giving a certain (low level for the most part) credibility to your profile. It’s harder – not impossible – to lie about being employed by Deloitte for example. That can be fact checked fairly easily if anyone cared to do so (no one really cares to do so, but it could be checked). But being employed by XYZ corp in Nairobi is harder typically to fact check for any non-Nairobi-based program. Even being employed by a small company in the US is hard to fact check. FYI: small companies are Co with less than $1B in revenue. They just don’t hit the radar unless they have a huge PR campaign (hello anything in silicon valley) and often don’t have the kinds of HR departments amenable to responding.

All of which is to say, don’t sweat transitioning to an international brand before applications UNLESS that directly plays into your long term goals. Keep your eye on the your long term and make sure you are really paying attention to the operations you have access to now. There are lessons to learn in every size company in every corner of the world.

Soak it all in and be brilliant!"

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Tips for Applicants

Test tip

With 13 weeks before Round 2 applications drop, you still have time to optimize your scores. Remember, a strong GMAT will help your adcom get past a weak GPA or more limited career experience.If you plan to take in December, book your appointment now! Many test centers fill up just before apps are due and Covid has been a giant headache to navigate for my students taking this past summer. Appointments aren't impossible, but good ones can be tough to get.

COVID thoughts on at home test . . .
Some students appear to be doing better on the at home test. This - technically - is a statistical anomaly.... Or cheating.

To avoid an * on your score, take at a test center.

Language Learning Hack.

Life hack for those learning or improving conversational English (or any local language) Turn on the subtitles when watching tv and movies if you want to sound local. Seeing the phrasing while hearing it can help you reinforce early language learning skills.

Application tip

Off-Load trivial things that have consequences.
Do you find yourself looking for keys, pens, or sun glasses, etc? I hate wasting time on activities with zero benefit. Trivial matters are a part of life. But looking for my keys need not take more than 1/2 second. When you have a specific place for items you frequently use, your brain knows where the items are and lets go of the feedback loop necessary to remember where you last put them. Don't worry, it's not a sign of OCD that you keep items in a regular place.

This goes for anything that is trivial - where I actually keep my keys - but has consequences - if I can't find my keys I can't leave the house and my dog can't hold it much longer....

Automate that activity and you'll free your mind to do more important work.


Bobby Knight once said, "Everybody has the will to win; few people have the will to prepare to win."
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