Pursuing Second MBA: Why the Bar Is Higher and How You Can Cross It?

You’ve an MBA degree and have worked for 4 years now, but you aren’t satisfied with your career- either you didn’t get the right opportunities post-first-MBA or, after few years, you found that this industry isn’t your true calling.

It’s now or never, and the best option that comes to your mind is doing a second MBA, preferably from U.S. or Europe.

But unfortunately, many international MBA programs don’t accept applicants who already have an MBA. Some accept with riders. And some unconditionally. But even those who accept, want to know why you are pursuing a second MBA, after all it’s not common. That way, they’ve raised the bar higher for you. Made an already competitive process, even tougher.

But it can be negotiated if you focus on the right reasons for pursuing a second MBA.

How Your Body Language Shapes You – Experiments at HBS? [TED Talk]

Amy Cuddy, a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, delivered this second-most viewed (more than 31 million views as on date) TED talk ever on how your body language can shape you, how you can fake your body language till you actually make it.

In this talk, she talks about the experiments she did at HBS, how high-power posing made difference to the outcome of interviews, and how one MBA student who rarely participated in the class transformed herself.

Specialized master's programs vs. MBA

Which One Is for You – Specialized Master’s or MBA?

Do you know that specialized master’s programs such as Master of Finance (MF) and Master in Management (MM) are steadily climbing popularity charts as their appeal to certain segment of applicants grow?

According to Graduate Management Admission Council’s (GMAC) 2015 Prospective Students Survey, the interest of prospective students in MBA and specialized master’s programs was as follows:

ISB Interview: On What Questions Are You More Likely to Be Grilled? [Recent Interview]

The interview board can grill you (or ask series of supplementary questions) on any part of your profile, but, as it happened with few applicants in ISB interviews this year, you’re more likely to face probing questions particularly on two parts of your profile – leap of faith and the most important accomplishments/ experiences.

In one of the interviews, for example, Q&A on just two experiences constituted more than half the interview time.

Yes, half the time!

And because the interview board is so much more interested in these parts of your profile, your responses here can be a major determinant of your interview’s outcome.

1-year or 2-year? [Infographic]

Torn between 1-year and 2-year MBA programs, “Which one to apply to?”

If that’s the case, then you are not in minority. According to 2015 mba.com Prospective Students Survey, a product of Graduate Management Admission Council, the owner of GMAT, the preference is almost evenly split between the two (in a sample size of more than …

Is Your GMAT Score 30 Points Below the Average Score of Your Target School?

If yes, then read on.

This post may resolve some of your dilemmas on retaking the test in such situations.

There are applicants who think they’ve blown away their chances of making it to top-ten schools after getting an unsatisfactory 720 in GMAT (this post holds good for GRE as well), cursing lapse of those few crucial moments of concentration while taking the test.

Though this example of 720 may be bit extreme, there are genuine cases of concern where applicants fall short of the average GMAT score of their target school by a tantalizing 30-odd points.

MBA vs. Specialized Master’s Programs: Trends

If you’ve just started to think about a business degree, then you may get confused by plethora of options offered by B-schools these days.

There are myriad of MBA programs (full-time two-year, full-time one-year, part-time, flexible, online, executive, and joint degree) and specialized master’s programs (accounting, finance, management, marketing, international management, supply chain management, data analytics, and so on) to choose from.

Of these, which are more preferred?