Student Case

As a teacher, what is the most ridiculous thing that you have to deal with from parents who think that their child is perfect?


Kate:
Mine is nowhere near the worst, it’s just so absurd I’m sharing. It also might be a good caution for parents.

The flavor of ridiculous I get pales in comparison to teachers in K-12, but I am teaching an age group and specialization – kids wanting to go to Harvard Business School (or Stanford, or Wharton, but not much else) – that should keep me relatively immune to parent shenanigans. The kids who come to me are almost all very bright, very competent, very competitive, and dedicated to our process.

I work with 24–28 year old students. NO ONE should have his/her parent contacting me. And yet . . ."


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Tips for Applicants

Test tip

With 12 weeks before Round 2 applications drop: The Dreyfus model of skill acquisition posits that there are five stages people go through:
  1. Novice: wants to be given a manual, told what to do, with no decisions possible.
  2. Advanced beginner: needs a bit of freedom, but is unable to quickly describe a hierarchy of which parts are more important than others.
  3. Competent: wants the ability to make plans, create routines and choose among activities.
  4. Proficient: the more freedom you offer, the more you expect, the more you'll get.
  5. Expert: writes the manual, doesn't follow it.
When it comes to students preparing for the GMAT, type 1 and 2 are the most prevalent. There's nothing wrong with being type 1 or type 2, only when you are type 2 and believe yourself to be type 3 do you run into problems. The key distinction between a type 2 and type 3 student is the ability to prioritize activities with the highest impact. Within your field it makes sense to push through to level 5. With the GMAT it makes more sense to push to level 3 or 4. The gap between level 4 and 5 is that of student and teacher.

RTM.

RTM = Really Tedious Meetings
If you have a job, you work for someone and you have to go to meetings. Regularly. ha ha ha. Wait, no, that’s not right, BWHAHAHAHHHA. hahhaha. ahhhhhhhhh. (small tears). haaaaaaaaa.

Whew, excuse me, back to the point.

What’s a smart, driven worker bee to do? You’re stuck for an indeterminate time. You’re probably rehashing issues and status reports you’ve already read about via email and the project management tool your team is using - double pain if your entire team uses the tool, but your boss does not, because you know there will be total rehash of everything that is readily readable within the PM tool.
Double sigh. Here goes your morning or afternoon or (gah!) both.
As much as many meetings seem like an utter waste of time - and let’s be frank managers, many of them are - you have a great learning opportunity with each meeting. (CONT'D on CONTENT #4) **There's nothing in content #4**

Application tip

If you can't afford to work with a professional make sure you find someone who is familiar with applications such as your guidance counselor from high school or possibly the career center at your college. They will have more familiarity with how a reader will evaluate your statements. The essays need to be grammatically sound, but you will only be judged by your grammar if you make egregious boo-boos. Using MSWord to put your essay together will take care of 90% of your worries in that department. Don't forget any of the short answer questions in the online portion of your application. If it states that the question is optional, feel free to leave it blank. Almost all of the application systems will prevent you from submitting without answering all of the required questions so don't make yourself crazy yet, but do double check. And if you can, have someone look over what you've said in those short response questions. Simple misspelling can be distracting to readers.

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The Quitting Economy

"In the early 1990s, career advice in the United States changed. A new social philosophy, neoliberalism, was transforming society, including the nature of employment, and career counsellors and business writers had to respond. The Soviet Union had recently collapsed, and much as communist thinkers had tried to apply Marxist ideas to every aspect of life, triumphant US economic intellectuals raced to implement the ultra-individualist ideals of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman and other members of the Mont Pelerin Society, far and wide. In doing so for work, they developed a metaphor – that every person should think of herself as a business, the CEO of Me, Inc. The metaphor took off, and has had profound implications for how workplaces are run, how people understand their jobs, and how they plan careers, which increasingly revolve around quitting."

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Find purpose in everyday routines.

What things do you look forward to each day? What gives your life meaning? Research has found that flourishing comes from daily routines, like working on a new skill or reaching out to thank the people you value in your life, and small moments of mastery, connection and meaning.
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