Inside MBA - View from MBA Alumni and Current Students

Categories : Ceibs

We interviewed Anshuman Pandey, CEIBS MBA Candidate for the Class Entering 2014, and learned about some of the strategies, best practices, and tips for the MBA Admission process (Research, GMAT, Essays and Balancing Work & MBA Admissions).

1) Why did you choose to join an MBA program?

There are many reasons which motivated me to do an MBA:

a. Many of the roles and positions I wanted to apply, required an MBA; or applicants with an MBA were given preference.

b. An MBA widens the horizons and increases your chances to thrive in new functions and new markets thus creating more opportunities. So if, down the line, I feel I need to switch my function, let’s say from Pharma to Luxury Brand Management it wouldn’t be a steep ask.

c.  I wanted to be part of the strategy team of a company that requires a thorough understanding of market forces and finances. An MBA would help me bridge this knowledge...

Categories : Entrepreneurship

MIT Sloan MBA Entepreneurial Student MIT Sloan MBA Program is known to attract Entrepreneurial and talented Engineering Students. Although Stanford has a better record of students starting their own company post MBA, 18% against Sloan’s 8.2%, MIT often attracts students that have started Entrepreneurial ventures, before the MBA program. We had the chance to interview Pawan Gupta, MIT Sloan Class of 2015 student, and asked him about his Entrepreneurial experience.

F1GMAT: You have two patents under your name. Can you share the details of its utility?

Pawan Gupta: The first Patent is a six-leg ladder system that can be used against any surface such as tree, electrical pole, or any uneven surface, rough terrain, and inclined plane. The legs of this ladder can move in all the three directions with...

We interviewed Pawan Gupta, MIT Sloan Class of 2015 Student and asked him why he chose Sloan MBA program, and the funding options available for International Students.

F1GMAT: When did the idea for MIT Sloan came to your mind? Why an MBA?

Pawan Gupta: I wanted to go to Stanford GSB but when I started applying, I realized MIT is more down to earth, and doing better work in social field through Legatum grants and fellowships. I was really impressed by the initiative and the brand value that MIT has.

Related: MIT vs. Stanford

F1GMAT: Which top schools did you target?

Pawan Gupta: I mainly targeted Stanford, and then later MIT Sloan. However, I applied to Wharton, Columbia, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, Kellogg, Duke, UCLA and CMU Tepper.

F1GMAT: How did you find funding for MIT...

F1GMAT: Tell us a little bit about yourself

Kavita Singh: I have grown up and lived all over the world: Calcutta, Dubai, Delhi, Oxford, London and New York. It was a great experience and has shaped who I am quite fundamentally.

I am extremely passionate about innovation, and have spent my entire career in new product and new business development. I was lucky to have discovered my passion early on in my career and realized that as long as you follow what you are passionate about, you are much more likely to be successful in whatever you do. It also made me realize that as your interests develop, you should ensure you let both you and your career evolve with it. We now have the opportunity to make multiple career shifts in our lives, but the common link between those shifts should be what you are most passionate about. I have worked across several different industries –...

Georgia Tech Evening MBAF1GMAT: Tell us a little bit about yourself

Sean(GA Tech Evening MBA): I am in the evening program at Georgia Tech and taking between 2 and 4 classes at night a semester.  During the day I work with Fortune 1000 companies to maximize their Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropic giving for an International non-profit based in Atlanta.  I am responsible for resource development for new partnerships.  I married the woman of my dreams in June 2011, during the program.

F1GMAT: What motivated you to do an MBA?

Sean(GA Tech Evening MBA): My father in Law did his MBA at night also.  His experience...

Categories : Babson College

Babson MBA EntrepreneurF1GMAT: Babson MBA is known for its entrepreneurship. Do you really think you need an MBA to be an entrepreneur? Can an entrepreneur learn entrepreneurship on the job rather than spending 2 years in a program like Babson MBA?

Naveen: My short answer to the question is: No, you don't need an MBA to become an entrepreneur. And if you have a burning desire to start something along with the money to do it, do it now. The money you save by not attending Babson can be immediately invested into your business.

My longer answer would be to consider the Babson MBA and compare it with going to engineering school to become an engineer or to film school to learn filmmaking. Can you learn the without attending these courses? Of course, you can. A great engineer will be a great engineer no matter what his education; so with a filmmaker. But...

Categories : Babson College

F1GMAT: Although the entry criteria for Babson MBA are not as stringent as other top schools, what kind of candidates are Babson MBA looking for?

Naveen: The Babson MBA is a one of the smallest programs in the US with an annual graduation number of roughly around 150 - 165 candidates (including One Year MBA). It is also not selective to the extent of top 10 schools and average GMAT scores are almost 80-100 points below top schools. Key reasons (from my personal experience at Babson) are that students are more street-smart as compared to book-smart and largely come from business family or self-owned business backgrounds where business skills are emphasized more than academic skills. Having said that, many of my classmates and peers have come in from the industry (PE, investment banking, consulting, IT, healthcare, motor racing, advertising, marketing, retail,...

Skolkovo mba indian studentF1GMAT: Why did you choose SKOLKOVO MBA?

Arjun Nair: It is a school with a strong focus on entrepreneurship and at the same time, the learning by doing approach gives you the opportunity to understand how businesses in different geographies (India, China, US and Russia) work.

You gain a first-hand knowledge on the business processes that define the company's daily operations, and get a chance to work on improving a particular processes or developing new strategic initiatives, etc. depending on the scope of work defined by the client.

It is the program structure that really got me interested in the program.
F1GMAT: How has been your experience till now?


SKOLKOVO MBA for EntreprenuersF1GMAT: SKOLKOVO MBA is known for developing entrepreneur leaders. Do you think an MBA is required to be an entrepreneur? How does SKOLKOVO MBA encourage entrepreneurs?

Anna Shay: To me entrepreneurs are self-confident, untamed, idealists, which are the people that
SKOLKOVO attracts. However they need SKOLKOVO as much as SKOLKOVO needs them. Despite the innate qualities, which are much needed there has to also be a sound...

F1GMAT: How should a SKOLKOVO MBA Aspirant prepare for the application and Interview? The video presentation is unique. How did you prepare for the Video Presentation?

Anna Shay SKOLKOVO MBAAnna Shay: This may sound like a cliché, but at the end of the day it’s about being yourself. You may have the knowledge and a vast experience, but you must have a spark in your eyes, which is something that the founders are looking for and that spark is the breaking point. There are now even discussions in regards to usin...

SKOLKOVO MBA is one of the greatest "Intellectual Meeting Places" I've worked. Students come from all over the world, with curiosity and hunger to learn new things.They are open minded, and above all – fun to work with.

Professor Moty CristalF1GMAT: How did your association with Moscow School of Management began?

Moty Cristal: I was observing closely the changes that Russian economy and management styles have undergone. My work with some Israeli-Russian...

David petersamF1GMAT: Tell us a little bit about yourself

David Petersam:
I graduated from Booth in 1996. I started off in strategic consulting and moonlighting as an admissions consultant to referrals. I was very, very fortunate to more or less fall into something I absolutely loved and still do absolutely love.

F1GMAT: What motivated you to do an MBA?

David Petersam:
I wanted to be an investment banker. I had worked as a CPA and had some financial modeling and valuation experience. Alas, like so many others, I ended up changing my track and was very...

F1GMAT Interviewed RSM MBA 2011-12 student, Warren Richardson and here is his tips for RSM MBA Admission Interview.

The most important thing to realize is that once you've been called to the interview you nearly done with the application process. At this stage the admissions team have looked at you application, read your essays and find you interesting, so just be yourself and relax.

RSM MBA Admission Interview Tips

1) Be on time: Try to arrive at least ten minutes early so you can calm down before going into the interview.

2) Dress professionally, that means business formal. While you might feel more comfortable wearing something else, this is a business school you applying to, so dress the part. First impressions is the last impression

3) Being a little Nervous is OK: The interviewer knows you probably nervous...

"Two things that I find interesting in CBS Full-time MBA program are Leadership Discovery Process and A-board"

CBS MBA JapanF1GMAT: Tell us a little bit about yourself

Masami(CBS FT MBA): I am a 30 years old Japanese living in Copenhagen since 2007 and have been married to a wonderful Danish woman since 2010. I had been working in Denmark in a subsidiary of a Japanese electric manufacturing company as MD before the MBA program started.

I am experienced in...

F1GMAT: Hi Zach, Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Zach: Sure, I’m a 29 year old professional engineer, and recent MBA grad, who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  My background is in oil and gas as well as power generation where I have worked in a variety of roles within consulting companies.  My most recently role, prior to returning to school, was as an Evaluations Engineer completing economic evaluations on oil and gas properties. 

Now I am a Market Analyst...