Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The question of timing

When is the right time to apply to b-schools?  The correct answer, more or less, is that you should apply when you are ready and can put together the strongest application possible.  For me, however, the issue is a bit more complex. 

The Case for Traders

I am writing this post to clarify my previous post.  A few of my friends e-mailed me about it because they mistakenly assumed that the post encapsulated my beliefs on the value that traders add to b-schools.  Hardly.  I was merely stating what I think are the potential minefalls that traders face in the MBA application process.  As a matter of fact, I personally believe that traders can bring a lot to the table.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Curse of the Trader

In my opinion, traders have a VERY tough time getting into top b-schools, moreso than almost any white-collar job out there (ok, a bit of a hyperbole but you get my point).  Multiple people who have also noticed this have asked me why this is the case. I think there are several key reasons.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Feedback from Tuck

I have nothing but good things to say about Dartmouth Tuck School of Business.  First, the school is super friendly with a tight community and arguably the most alumni b-school network in the world.  Second, the interview with the second-year student was laid back and casual, and I felt like I was chatting with a friend over coffee.  Third, they are one of the very few schools that offer actual feedback from an admissions officer!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Applying to masters programs that you don't really want to attend

There is a fundamental difference between masters programs and degrees such as bachelors, Phd, JD, MD. In today's world, going to college is a MUST (Peter Thiel, I'm talking to you!). As for the advanced degrees, you cannot practice the field, whether medicine, academia, or law, without the degree.

Another MBA journey begins

So per the advice of a great MBA blogger, MBAover30, I have decided to start my own blog to chronicle my MBA application journey. As my post indicates, i have been down this path before: several times actually. After yet another unsuccessful application cycle this year, I have been doing a lot of introspection and talking to good friends who were unafriad to tell me uncomfortable truths. That's what friends are for.

Some brief introductions are in order. I worked as a trader before making a big transition into another area. I will be honestly discussing my thoughts, trials, and hopefully victories, in the coming months as well as dissing out advice to fellow sojourners in this long arduous MBA journey. Comments will be greatly appreciated going forward.

I look forward to writing this blog.