30+ and applying to MBA programs

Are You 30+? MBA Programs May Have 3 Concerns on Your Application

Average age of the class at HBS is 27 years. At Columbia, it’s 28. That’s usually the range for most U.S. B-schools: 27-28 years. Some schools, however, don’t provide average age of their class; instead they provide average work experience, which usually is 5 years (to name a few: Wharton, UCLA, and MIT – 5, Stern – 4.5, and Stanford, a relative outlier – 4). The average work experience too points toward a similar average age.

Though the average age of most programs is not too far from 30, B-schools do have some specific concerns about the candidature of applicants falling in 30+ age bracket, though very few air it openly. (There is nothing sacrosanct about 30; it’s just a metaphor for older applicants.)

MBA Hiring Trends in 2015 – Industry and Geography Data

If you’re applying to MBA programs, you might be interested in answers to some of these questions:

How has recruitment of MBAs shaped in the last six years? How difficult it is for international students to recruit for small companies? What are projections for MBA recruitment for different global regions? And industries? And more.

GMAC 2015 Corporate Recruiters Survey, which drew responses from 748 employers in 47 countries, including 46 Fortune-100 companies, provides answers to these questions.

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.