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20 minutes | 2 days ago
Dual HBS/GSB admit research themes, part 1 of 2: B-Schooled episode 52
This episode takes an in-depth look at research Stacy Blackman Consulting conducted across 22 SBC clients who were admitted to both HBS and Stanford GSB (some this past year, others a few years ago). Over the course of two episodes (this episode and episode 54) we discuss the similarities between dual admits and also share how the themes we noticed may or may not have changed this past year due to COVID.
24 minutes | 9 days ago
9 types of MBA hopefuls that should work with an admissions consultant: B-Schooled episode 51
Obviously not every MBA applicant needs to work with an admissions consultant in order to be successful! However, over the past two decades, 9 types of MBA candidates have emerged that we know we’ll be able to help the most. This episode discusses the buckets those candidates fall into and how an admissions consultant might assist in strengthening their candidacies.
19 minutes | 16 days ago
5 paths forward if you've been dinged
After working so hard on your MBA materials for months on end, it can be shocking and devastating if you are not accepted anywhere. What should you do now? This episode discusses 5 paths forward for MBA hopefuls who were dinged.
19 minutes | 23 days ago
12 To Do's for MBA Admits, part 2 of 2: B-Schooled episode 49
This two-part series of episodes outlines 12 things that admitted MBA applicants should do between now and matriculation. Part 2 covers budgeting for your MBA, planning to relocate, and figuring out how to best spend your time between now and matriculation (when you aren’t attending to all of the other to do’s!). As a reminder, in Part 1 (episode 48) we discussed how to head off possible issues with your background check after you’re admitted. If that’s something that concerns you, be sure to check out (on our website under "Work With Us").
23 minutes | a month ago
12 to do's for MBA admits, part 1 of 2: B-Schooled episode 48
This two-part series of episodes outlines 12 things that admitted MBA applicants should do between now and matriculation. Part 1 covers To Do's related to an applicant's current professional network and their future network at school, as well as other important actions to take and things to consider before leaving their job.
23 minutes | a month ago
Planning for a Years-Away MBA
If you know you want to pursue an MBA in the future, but that future is still at least a few years away, what could (and should) you do now to build a strong candidacy? This episode gives actionable advice for all aspects of an eventual-applicant's profile.
21 minutes | a month ago
Social media & your MBA candidacy: B-Schooled episode 46
This episode covers how an MBA applicant's social media behavior might affect his or her candidacy — both positively and negatively.
16 minutes | 2 months ago
How to approach the "Bird in Hand" dilemma: B-Schooled episode 45
In this episode we discuss 4 things MBA candidates should consider when facing the “Bird in Hand” dilemma: namely, when they have been admitted to at least one program, but are considering not claiming their spot, forgoing the sure thing and taking the risk of trying again in the future in the hopes of getting into a program they’re even more interested in.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Negotiating merit scholarships: B-Schooled episode 44
This episode discusses how accepted MBA candidates should go about asking for an increase in merit aid; the four situations a candidate might be in and their associated negotiating tactics; and detailed advice for approaching such an ask over the phone vs. email.
15 minutes | 2 months ago
Similar MBA Candidates, Different Outcomes: B-Schooled episode 43
This episode covers 3 reasons why candidates who seem similar on paper could end up with drastically different MBA admissions results.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Wharton's team-based discussion interviews: B-schooled episode 42
Erika talks with Anthony Penna, a fellow SBC admissions consultant who spent 10 years with the Wharton School in Career Management and as Associate Director of Admissions for the full-time MBA program. As Anthony served on the implementation and design team for Wharton's Team Based Discussion (TBD) interview format, this episode focuses on his insight advice for MBA candidates who will be interviewing with Wharton.
25 minutes | 3 months ago
HBS interviews: B-Schooled episode 41
This episode offers insight into Harvard Business School's unique type of MBA interview, as well as advice on how to prepare.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
Round 3 (or final round) considerations: B-Schooled episode 40
This episode focuses on when it does or doesn’t make sense to apply in a school’s final application round.
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Deciding between MBA programs: B-Schooled episode 39
Are you in the extraordinarily enviable position of having to decide between two or more MBA programs? Are you nervous about your choice or unsure of how to go about making such a huge commitment? This episode pulls together advice from the entire Stacy Blackman Consulting staff on how to approach this decision and what factors to consider (both short-term and long-term).
34 minutes | 3 months ago
For Waitlisted Applicants: B-Schooled episode 38
MBA candidates who've been waitlisted can feel like they're in some sort of admissions purgatory. In this episode, our host Erika and her colleague and former MBA admissions director Lisa discuss what options waitlisted candidates have to learn more about why they were waitlisted and what, if anything, they can do to increase their chances of admission.
18 minutes | 4 months ago
A real application review, part 2 of 2: B-Schooled episode 37
In this episode we share another extensive profile of an applicant Stacy Blackman Consulting worked with. We explain how the former admissions committee members on our staff assessed his candidacy and what ended up happening.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
A real application review - part 1 of 2: B-Schooled episode 36
In this episode we share an extensive profile of an applicant Stacy Blackman Consulting worked with. We explain how the former admissions committee members on our staff assessed her candidacy, what advice they gave to strengthen her materials, and what ended up happening.
16 minutes | 4 months ago
Last-minute applications: B-Schooled episode 35
This episode gives advice (and warnings) to those attempting to pull together MBA applications in the final weeks before the deadlines.
20 minutes | 4 months ago
Underrepresented minority applicants and the MBA: A conversation with Roxanne Mendez, Executive Director of the Riordan Programs : B-Schooled episode 34
In this episode, Roxanne Mendez, Executive Director of the Riordan Programs, joins us to talk about the experiences of underrepresented minority applicants applying to business school. For nearly 30 years, the Riordan Programs have been helping underrepresented and minority students excel at the country’s top MBA programs. Roxanne will give insight into why the number of underrepresented minority candidates considering top MBA programs is still lower than it should be, and will also share what underrepresented minority applicants should keep in mind if they do decide to consider pursuing a graduate business degree.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
How personal is too personal in MBA essays? : B-Schooled episode 33
In this episode, Erika is joined by her SBC colleague Lisa, the former Director of MBA Admissions for the full-time and part-time MBA programs at Rice University’s Jones School, to have a discussion about when it is and isn't a good idea to share deeply personal stories in your MBA essays or interview responses.
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