200 episodes

Get an inside look at how top business schools assess MBA applicants. Interviews with MBA Admissions Directors and students from the world's top-ranked MBA programs. Strategies and tips on how to craft a successful MBA application and best present yourself. Straight talk on how to get accepted to the world's top MBA programs. Get a free, expert profile review at https://touchmba.com

The Touch MBA Admissions Podcast Darren C. Joe

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 105 Ratings

Get an inside look at how top business schools assess MBA applicants. Interviews with MBA Admissions Directors and students from the world's top-ranked MBA programs. Strategies and tips on how to craft a successful MBA application and best present yourself. Straight talk on how to get accepted to the world's top MBA programs. Get a free, expert profile review at https://touchmba.com

    #200 The 3S’s of Scintillating Storytelling

    #200 The 3S’s of Scintillating Storytelling

    “A well-crafted story helps create a magical sort of clarity. It can illuminate an experience your audience could not have fathomed a few minutes before, or draw them so close that they imagine they can feel your heart beating.” - How to Tell a Story by The Moth
    Compelling stories make admissions officers feel closer to you - like they know you better.
    Inspired by How to Tell a Story by The Moth, Darren highlights three tools you can use immediately to improve your stories, so you can show adcoms who you really are and draw them closer to you. Darren also shares over a dozen questions that will help you identify riveting stories for your MBA application.
    Topics
    A Story about Touch MBA (0:00) The Moth (4:40) Shift (6:50) Scenes (9:20) Stakes (13:20) Applying the 3S's to Your MBA Application (16:20) Episode write-up and show notes: https://www.touchmba.com/3s-scintillating-storytelling-the-moth
    Get free, personalized school selection help at Touch MBA: https://touchmba.com

    • 21 min
    #199 10 Application Lessons from 10 Years of Touch MBA

    #199 10 Application Lessons from 10 Years of Touch MBA

    We're nearing 200 episodes of Touch MBA. Feeling nostalgic, Darren reflects on 10 lessons for applicants from 10 years of Touch MBA!
    10 Lessons from 10 Years of Touch MBA
    Introduction (0:00) Know Your Must Haves (2:00) Work on Your MBA Pitch with Others (5:50) Master the MBA Coffee Chat (9:10) Connect Your MBA Objectives with Those of MBA Admissions (12:45) The GMAT Matters (16:15) Resumes: Show How You've Impacted Organizations (19:12) Essays: Unforgettable > Impressive (21:15) Interviews: Answer the Questions Behind the Questions (30:40) Selecting Business Schools: Who Do You Want to Marry? (33:15) Careers: Be Humble, Hungry, and Do Your Homework (36:15) Episode write-up and show notes: https://touchmba.com/ten
    Get free, personalized school selection help at Touch MBA: https://touchmba.com

    • 41 min
    #198 Inside the London Business School MBA & Honing Your Story with Chris Tran, LBS '22

    #198 Inside the London Business School MBA & Honing Your Story with Chris Tran, LBS '22

    Chris Tran, London Business School (LBS) MBA '22, shares lessons learned from applying to and attending LBS, as well as how he landed his first post-MBA consulting gig in London.
    Questions
    Introducing Chris (0:00) Chris' Pre-MBA Career & MBA Application Journey (3:45) Consulting as a Post-MBA Career Goal (9:55) Chris' Top 3 Tips for Applicants (12:30) How Chris Honed his Application Story (16:40) Preparing for the LBS MBA Interview (22:05) Highlights from Chris' LBS MBA Experience (28:45) Making the Most of Your MBA Time (47:45) Structuring Your Network & Getting Help from Alumni (48:15) Consulting Internships & Recruiting at LBS (49:40:) About Chris
    Chris graduated from London Business School's Full-time MBA program in 2022 and works as a Business Strategy Consultant for Accenture (UK). Chris received his Bachelors in Actuarial Science from Keele University. He then worked in investment management in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for 8 years before getting his MBA.
    Episode write-up and show notes: https://touchmba.com/inside-the-london-business-school-mba-chris-tran
    Get free, personalized school selection help at Touch MBA: https://touchmba.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #197 Pivoting Geographies & Breaking into EdTech with Tony Ngo, Harvard Business School 08

    #197 Pivoting Geographies & Breaking into EdTech with Tony Ngo, Harvard Business School 08

    Tony Ngo, Harvard Business School '08, shares how he used the MBA to pivot to Vietnam, first in finance, and then as an edtech entrepreneur with Everest Education.
    Questions
    Introducing Tony (0:00) Tony's Pre-MBA Career & MBA Application Journey (5:00) Tony Pivots Towards Asia - Post-MBA Careers & Relationships (7:15) Networking Your Way to Jobs vs. Resume Drops (13:10) Having a Focus / One Question in Mind During Your MBA (21:00) Succeeding in Private Equity & Hedge Funds (24:40) Sponsors for Educational Opportunity - Vietnam (32:00) Tony's Pivot from Finance to EdTech (36:30) What MBAs Need to Know About Working in EdTech (47:10) About Tony
    Tony Ngo is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Everest Education (E2), which offers live small classes online and operates a network of premium learning centers offering a variety of subjects, including math, English Language Arts, college admissions consulting, test prep, and tutoring. Since 2014, he also has been a board member at Nam Long, a publicly-traded real estate developer. In 2009, he founded Sponsors for Educational Opportunity - Vietnam, a non-profit developing leadership capacity among young professionals in Vietnam.
    Tony graduated from Harvard Business School in 2008 and received his Bachelors (Economics) and Masters (Industrial Engineering) from Stanford University. After getting his MBA, Tony was an investor for Bridger Capital, a long-short equities hedge fund, where he covered Asian and Technology, Media and Telecom investments from 2008-2015.
    Tony frequently speaks and writes about leadership, community building, parenting, and career development. Tony lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and two children.
    Episode write-up and show notes: https://touchmba.com/pivoting-to-vietnam-breaking-into-edtech-tony-ngo
    Connect with Tony online: https://linktr.ee/thaytonyoi
    Get free, personalized school selection help at Touch MBA: https://touchmba.com

    • 54 min
    #196 How I Got Into Berkeley Haas MBA (and HBS, Wharton, UCLA too!) & Breaking into Product Management with Bridget Pujals

    #196 How I Got Into Berkeley Haas MBA (and HBS, Wharton, UCLA too!) & Breaking into Product Management with Bridget Pujals

    Bridget Pujals shares lessons learned from her MBA application journey, culminating in admits to Harvard, Wharton ($70K scholarship), UCLA Anderson ($100K scholarship), and Berkeley Haas ($175K scholarship). She will attend UC Berkeley Haas this Fall.
    While her results are spectacular, Bridget took the GRE three times, and spent two years researching, preparing, and applying to b-schools. As Bridget makes clear, “It was a two year grind to make this happen. No one sees the tears.”
    Bridget and Darren discuss the importance of knowing your priorities, starting your essays early, and the benefits of working with an admissions consultant.
    And after working in product management roles at Postmates and Facebook for 6 years, Bridget shares her thoughts breaking into product management at startups and tech giants.
    Questions
    Introducing Bridget (0:00) Bridget’s Pre-MBA Career & MBA Application Journey (3:20) Bridget’s Best Application Tips (18:20) Prepping for MBA Interviews (29:00) The Consortium & Scholarships (33:00) Picking & Prepping Recommenders (37:40) Breaking into Product Management (41:00) How Bridget Plans to Pursue Entrepreneurship at Berkeley Haas (54:20) About Bridget
    Bridget Pujals will be attending the UC Berkeley Haas Full-time MBA in Fall 2022, where she will focus on entrepreneurship. After graduating from UC Irvine with a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry, Bridget worked for Postmates in business development and sales before transitioning into a product management role. She then worked for Facebook as a Senior Product Manager (Messenger) and Product Lead (Privacy for Instagram Direct). Bridget also launched a coaching service to help more women break into product management roles in technology and serves as a Startup Mentor for First Round Capital.
    Episode write-up and show notes: https://touchmba.com/how-i-got-into-uc-berkeley-haas-mba-bridget-pujals
    Get free, personalized school selection help at Touch MBA: https://touchmba.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #195 Business School Selection Simplified - How to Shortlist MBA Programs You're Excited About and Competitive At

    #195 Business School Selection Simplified - How to Shortlist MBA Programs You're Excited About and Competitive At

    “The most frustrating part I have found is the vast amount of information about schools, applications, and chances that is out there. It’s been hard to sift through all the noise and really figure out what schools are good for you and what your actual chances are.”
    – Margaret, USA
    Feel the same way?
    Trust me, you’re not alone.
    We’ve helped over 3,500 MBA applicants from 50 countries shortlist MBA programs, and hear comments like this all the time.
    What if you could figure out MBA programs you’re excited about AND competitive at, that would be a great investment in your future? And do this with the least time and effort?
    I’m a former MBA Admissions Director who has thought about this problem – how to make school selection easier – for the past 10 years.
    I’ve also observed where applicants end up applying and attending. Why? So I could cut out any part of the research and selection process that has no utility. In other words, to save you time.
    I would like to share with you the 4-step method that I believe is most effective for shortlisting best-fit MBA programs.
    The best part of this method? It will give you the best chance of getting in, too.
    Topics Introduction (0:00) Rankings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (3:40) Step 1: Reflect on Your A, B, and C (9:25) Step 2: Determine Your "Must Haves" (12:10) Step 3: Evaluate Your Competitiveness (17:00) Step 4: Interact to Find Fit (22:00) Conclusion (24:45) Show Notes How to Choose the Right MBA Programs for You: Follow these Four Steps to Find the Right Business Schools Episode write-up and show notes: https://touchmba.com/business-school-selection-simplified
    Get free, personalized school selection help at Touch MBA: https://touchmba.com

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
105 Ratings

105 Ratings

Hashim B ,

Tremendously helpful and insightful

Listening to this podcasts has been immensely helpful for my mba admission journey. It played an important role in providing key insights that helped me get admitted to my two dream schools (Oxford and Cambridge).

Thank you Darren and the entire Touch MBA podcast team!

sam.808 ,

If you’re applying to an MBA, you should be listening

If you’re applying to an MBA, you should be listening to this. This is one of the best podcasts for MBA admissions. Darren covers a number of topics related to MBA admissions better other podcasts. I found the episodes around writing your narrative (those tagged how to & keep attention) and hiring an MBA consultant (#125) particularly helpful. I was able to get admitted to an M7, and Darren certainly contributed to my success. Thank you!

Leafsfan1989 ,

Insightful and Interesting

Honest advice and unique perspectives, delivered in an enjoyable and entertaining way.

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