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Episode 175: Wire Taps—Low GMATs, Fuzzy Goals, Visa Issues
As Graham recovers from jet lag after his first bit of travel in ages, Alex sees an opportunity to convince him of the existence of a rather 'unusual' application element at a leading school. Meanwhile, our hosts talk about the flurry of releases of essay topics and make one last pitch for this Wednesday's Clear Admit Essay Insight event (sign up here: https://bit.ly/clearadmitessayinsight). In terms of candidates reviewed, this week's show covers several critical issues including: Can a great candidate make the cut at top schools with a 650 on the GMAT? Does a candidate with interest in banking, consulting, and private equity need a bit more focus? And finally, how does a relocation due to visa issues work for or against a candidate? Tune in for answers to these questions and more! This episode was recorded in Philadelphia, PA and Cornwall, England. It was produced by Dennis Crowley. Please remember to rate and review the show wherever you listen, and to tell a friend to tune in as well.
Episode 174: Admissions Director Q&A—Blair Mannix of The Wharton School
Learn the ins & outs of MBA admissions at the Wharton School! Director of Admissions Blair Mannix joins Graham for a deep dive into admissions at Wharton and much more. How does the adcom read applications? How do the Team-Based Discussions work? Who should apply through Advance Access? How is COVID-19 impacting campus visits, class instruction or anything else? Blair answers these questions and more, while also sharing a handful of tidbits about her own journey to admissions. This episode was recorded in Paris, France and Philadelphia, PA. It was produced by Dennis Crowley in West Philadelphia. Please remember to rate and review the podcast wherever you listen, and to visit www.clearadmit.com for free profile reviews, essay topic analyses, and to join a thriving community of fellow MBA applicants!
Episode 173: Wire Taps—Should I Apply Now or Sit This Year Out?
Alex and Graham tackle a number of key admissions issues this week, ranging from application timing when starting a new job to the viability of substantial career pivots and the challenges of lower GPAs. Our hosts also discuss Clear Admit's 'Essay Insight' events and the excitement around sitting down with the likes of Dartmouth, Cornell, Duke, Michigan, and UT Austin later this week. (Sign up here to join in: https://bit.ly/clearadmitessayinsight). Alex and Graham also unpack the role and timing of pre-terms for MBA programs and the decision made by MIT Sloan to ask candidates who are invited interview to complete two essays. And finally, Graham gives Alex and update on some interesting conversations he's been having with admissions directors at leading programs (which will be airing as special podcast episodes). As always this show is recorded in Paris, France and Cornwall, England. It is produced by Dennis Crowley in West Philadelphia. Please remember to rate and review this show wherever you listen.
Episode 172: Admissions Director Q&A—Emily French of Columbia Business School
Tune in for a deep dive into MBA admissions at Columbia Business School! Director of Admissions Emily French joins Graham for an insightful conversation about the ins & outs of admissions at CBS and much more. How does the adcom read applications? Who should apply ED? How should one tackle the choices of essays? How do interviews work? What might a deferred enrollment candidate need to know? Emily answers these questions and more, while also sharing a handful of tidbits about her own journey to admissions. This episode was recorded in Paris, France and New York, NY. It was produced by Dennis Crowley in West Philadelphia. Please remember to rate and review the podcast wherever you listen, and to visit www.clearadmit.com for free profile reviews, essay topic analyses, and to join a thriving community of fellow MBA applicants!
Episode 171: Wire Taps—Is My Undergrad GPA Too Big of a Hurdle?
Graham and Alex answer several key admissions questions this week, including 'Can one get into a top b-school with a 2.51 GPA?' and 'Where should one apply if they are targeting investment banking in the UK?'. Our hosts also delve into the candidacy of a Japanese national with a superb GMAT score and nine years of experience...and the role that employer sponsorship can play with respect to one's admissions odds. Finally, Graham shares his excitement about emceeing a free Essay Insights workshop with admissions representatives from Wharton, Chicago, MIT, Yale, and Berkeley this Wednesday at 12 pm ET. Sign up here to attend: https://bit.ly/clearadmitessayinsight This episode was recorded in Paris, France and Cornwall, England. It was mixed and mastered by Dennis Crowley in glorious West Philadelphia. Thanks for listening. Please remember to rate and review the show wherever you listen.
Episode 170: Wire Taps—Pivoting Industries with the Help of an MBA
In this week's WireTaps, Alex makes a rather bold prediction about England's chances in the EuroCup soccer tournament before Graham steers the conversation back to MBA admissions, including Clear Admit's free upcoming essay insights events (sign up here: https://bit.ly/clearadmitessayinsight). The theme for this week's profile reviews is career pivoting - from corporate strategy in tech/CPG to PE in the restaurant/hospitality domain, from oil & gas to CPG, and finally from MBB consulting & military (reserves) to tech. Beyond several important lessons about how applicants can make a compelling case for a career switch, this episode also touches on what sort of 'back up plans' are acceptable in the context of what happens if you don't get into b-school (hint: going to law school isn't a good answer). As usual, WireTaps is recorded in Paris, France and Cornwall, England. The show is produced by the incredible Dennis Crowley in West Philadelphia, PA. Please remember to rate and review our podcast and to tell your friends to tune in as well!
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The MBA application process can be daunting but Alex and Graham’s weekly insight, sincerity, and charm ease you in to the process and make for an easy Monday morning listen. They also host weekly clubhouse sessions where they (happily and thoroughly) provide another source of applicant specific advice. Thankful to have them as a resource on my application journey!
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