The Touch Mba Admissions Podcast

Synopsis

Get an inside look at how top business schools assess candidates. Interviews with Admissions Directors & students from the world's top ranked MBA programs. Strategies and tips on how to craft a successful application. Straight talk on how to find and get into your target MBA programs.

Episodes

  • #165 How is Covid-19 Impacting B-Schools? Dirk Hopfl Shares IE Business Schools Response

    #165 How is Covid-19 Impacting B-Schools? Dirk Hopfl Shares IE Business School's Response

    03/07/2020 Duration: 24min

    Darren invites Dirk Hopfl from IE Business School to share how Covid-19 has affected its MBA program and IE's plan moving forward. IE, based in Spain, is one of Europe's leading business schools with one of world's most international MBA programs, regularly admitting 90% of its students from 75 countries outside Spain. Its response offers one possibility for how MBAs will evolve to meet student needs during a pandemic. About Dirk Dirk Hopfl is Regional Director South East Asia for IE Business School. Dirk got his MBA in 1999 from IE and has over 20 years of leadership experience in international management education. Episode summary, show notes and more at: https://touchmba.com/how-is-covid-19-impacting-b-schools-dirk-hopfl-shares-ie-business-schools-response/

  • #164 Inside the Virginia Darden MBA with Tawan (Tina) Suvapatrachai 18

    #164 Inside the Virginia Darden MBA with Tawan (Tina) Suvapatrachai '18

    16/05/2020 Duration: 51min

    Tawan (Tina) Suvapatrachai shares her MBA journey from Bangkok to Virginia Darden and then back to Thailand to do strategy for Samsung. Like many international applicants, Tina didn't have the chance to visit her four target US business schools. How did she research schools and find her best fit? Why did she choose Darden and what did she take from her Darden MBA experience? Questions Tina's background (3:40) Tina's school research and application tips (5:00) How the MBA did not give Tina more career clarity, but rather a powerful career platform (11:30) Common problems Tina sees from international MBA applicants (17:00) Tina's Darden experience (24:40) Blending in as an international student (34:20) How to make the most of the MBA experience (36:30) The importance of the on-campus experience (39:00) Tina's internship and job search (42:05) Tina's big takeaways from her Darden experience (48:55) About Tina Tawan (Tina) Suvapatrachai works as a Channel Strategy Lead at Samsung in Bangkok, Thailand. Before ge

  • #163 How I Got Into Harvard Business School with Graciela Brewer

    #163 How I Got Into Harvard Business School with Graciela Brewer

    01/05/2020 Duration: 01h26min

    As a UX Designer and mother in Kansas City with no MBA network, Graciela Brewer wasn't sure if she "had a sliver of a chance" at her targets: HBS, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern and Cornell Tech. Four months later, she got into all four programs. In this episode, Grace shares how she shortlisted schools, submitted her strongest resume, essays, and recommendations, and stayed sane during a stressful application process. Questions How Covid-19 is affecting Grace's HBS plans (5:24) How family and motherhood factored into Grace's school choices (7:57) Grace's educational and work background (13:10) Grace's post-MBA career goals (16:38) How Grace shortlisted schools (18:33) Why Grace focused her school research process on student clubs (21:25) Grace's most helpful resources: Touch MBA, Poets & Quants, Applicant Lab (24:14) Grace's resume tips and extracurriculars (31:50) How Grace answered the HBS essay (37:00) Grace's HBS interview & post-interview reflection (44:15) How Grace handled MIT Sloan's cover letter &

  • #162 Dont Trust Your Gut for Career Decisions with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

    #162 Don't Trust Your Gut for Career Decisions with Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

    05/03/2020 Duration: 50min

    Dr. Gleb Tsipursky has dedicated his professional life to helping others overcome cognitive biases and make better decisions. In this episode, Darren and Dr. Gleb discuss ways MBA applicants can make better decisions when it comes to business school and their careers. Questions Why Dr. Gleb has dedicated two decades of his life to overcoming cognitive biases with decision making (3:00) Autopilot vs. Intentional decision making (7:45) When our gut serves us in career decisions (14:30) Best practices for overcoming our cognitive biases (20:48) Common biases when making career decisions (27:17) How important are rankings? (33:33) Five questions to avoid decision disasters (37:07) Navigating emotions and decision making (43:48) About Our Guest Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is on a mission to protect leaders from dangerous judgment errors known as cognitive biases by developing the most effective decision making strategies. He has over two decades of consulting, coaching, and training experience as CEO of Disaster Avoidanc

  • #161 The Evolving Professional MBA with Chris Healy

    #161 The Evolving Professional MBA with Chris Healy

    13/02/2020 Duration: 56min

    Do you have to quit your job to get your MBA? Darren invites Chris Healy from Alliance Manchester Business school to share how the part-time / professional MBA has evolved with new technology and student and employer demands. If you're unsure about getting an online, blended, part-time or Executive MBA, you'll get key insights from this episode. Questions How the part-time / professional MBA has evolved over the past 15 years (2:30) How employers view part-time / professional MBAs (15:50) Networking at b-school as a part-time / professional MBA (21:35) The quality of online courses (27:20) How do business schools with multiple campuses maintain quality of faculty? (33:25) The advantages of dual-MBAs (37:00) Grades, format, and commitment required of a typical Manchester MBA part-time course held over 6 months (40:35) The future of part-time / professional MBAs (47:20) About Our Guest Chris Healy is Head of MBA Marketing & Recruitment for Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Mancheste

  • #160 Experience Does Not Equal Performance

    #160 Experience Does Not Equal Performance

    31/01/2020 Duration: 13min

    Inspired by the Harvard Business Review article Experience Doesn’t Predict a New Hire’s Success, Darren shares how you can demonstrate you're a great fit for your target MBA programs - or your next employer - even if you're short on experience. If you feel like you lack relevant work experience for the MBA, this episode is for you. Show Notes Experience Doesn’t Predict a New Hire’s Success (Harvard Business Review) Episode summary, show notes and more at: http://touchmba.com/experience-does-not-equal-performance/

  • #159 Whats Up with the HKU MBA?

    #159 What's Up with the HKU MBA?

    16/01/2020 Duration: 01h03min

    Sachin Tipnis, Senior Executive Director of HKU's MBA, EMBA & 6 specialized Masters programs discusses the Hong Kong protests, curriculum changes, admissions, and picking the right Masters program for your career goals. The Hong Kong Protests - How Has this Affected Students? (2:45) Curriculum, Admissions and Career Services Updates with the HKU MBA (17:30) Full-time MBA vs. Specialized Masters vs. EMBA - Which Should You Choose (45:15) HKU MBA Highlights (last updated Jan 2020) 12-months, Fall intake, 55-60 students/year Typical Class: 5-6 years work exp / ~15 nationalities / 640 GMAT Has 3 tracks: the London track, the New York track, and the Hong Kong/China track. After finishing 9 months of core courses at HKU, students can study at Columbia University in New York, London Business School in London, or Fudan University in Shanghai for one semester HKU has 2 rounds of interviews. The first is similar to a job interview; those that pass the first round may be required to give a presentation in the sec

  • #158 Quantless in Cornell with Gregory Wool, Cornell Johnson MBA ‘21

    #158 Quantless in Cornell with Gregory Wool, Cornell Johnson MBA ‘'21

    30/12/2019 Duration: 01h02min

    Gregory Wool, Cornell Johnson MBA '21, scored below average on the quantitative section of the GMAT. How did he overcome this score to not only get into Cornell Johnson, but win a prestigious tuition free scholarship? Gregory also shares his experience surviving a packed first semester, leading the student consulting club, and recruiting into strategy consulting. Questions Gregory's application and GMAT journey (4:40) What Gregory did to overcome his low quant score (8:50) Gregory's experience with Cornell's L.E.A.D. admissions event (12:45) Gregory's career goals and how they affected his MBA search (18:50) Winning a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellowship (22:40) The importance of speaking to current students (24:30) Surviving first semester FOMO and coursework (26:50) Becoming an officer at Johnson Consulting club (32:12) Recruiting into consulting: clubs, case competitions, career working groups, and live consulting projects (36:15) Social life at Cornell Johnson (48:00) Being an older MBA candidate (54:00) Co

  • #157 Management Consulting  Student Life at Insead with Massine Bouzerar 19J

    #157 Management Consulting & Student Life at Insead with Massine Bouzerar '19J

    02/10/2019 Duration: 53min

    Around half of Insead MBA graduates end up working in consulting each year. Darren invites Massine Bouzerar, Insead MBA '19J, to share how he landed a job with Bain & Company AND made the most of his ten months at Insead's Fontainebleau campus. Questions Massine’s overview of management consulting recruiting at Insead (4:35) Differentiating yourself from thousands of other MBA students applying to consulting firms (7:55) How Massine's career plans evolved at Insead (10:30) Work visas in Europe for non-Europeans (12:35) How Massine explored consulting offices worldwide (14:46) What helped Massine prepare for recruiting in management consulting (18:00) The culture of recruiting at Insead (20:55) Student clubs and recruiting (24:10) Recruiting for non-consulting jobs (26:00) Dealing with FOMO in a 1-year program (29:20) Making connections at Insead (31:40) Academics at Insead (32:55) Massine's takeaways from his MBA experience (40:23) Outsead, Insead's LGBTQ+ student club (44:20) Dating at Insead (47:56) Ma

  • #156 Three Questions to Ask Before You Make a Career Move with Gary Lo

    #156 Three Questions to Ask Before You Make a Career Move with Gary Lo

    23/09/2019 Duration: 56min

    Gary Lo, Managing Director of Glo Consulting and former Head of Admissions for the HKUST MBA, shares three questions to ask before you make a career move - MBA included. Aside from working for 10 different companies in 7 industries, Gary has counseled hundreds of MBAs and professionals as a career coach, so don't miss this episode if you're thinking about making a career move. Questions Gary's three questions to ask before you make a career move (3:10) Is following your passion practical? (13:50) Why Gary believes 10-15 years a good long-term planning period (23:04) The power song exercise (26:55) Applying Gary's framework to the MBA: what should more MBA applicants consider before applying? (30:08) How MBA recruiting has changed (39:25) Gary's questions to help MBA students breakthrough career planning paralysis (42:20) Building your personal brand (46:20) About Gary Gary Lo is a seasoned trainer with extensive corporate experience. He spent most of his career working at Fortune 500 companies including LVM

  • #155 Five Takeaways from MBA Tour Panel in Ho Chi Minh – “Preparing Your Application: Advice from Admissions Directors”

    #155 Five Takeaways from MBA Tour Panel in Ho Chi Minh – “Preparing Your Application: Advice from Admissions Directors”

    09/09/2019 Duration: 22min

    Darren recently attended a panel "Preparing Your Application: Advice from MBA Admissions Directors” at the MBA Tour in Ho Chi Minh. In this episode, he unpacks the application advice given by five admissions directors. Why should you get an MBA? (3:16) What type of experience are top business schools looking for? (7:20) How can you assess school fit? (10:12) What are your top essay tips? (13:00) What are your top interview tips? (16:37) Admissions Directors on MBA Tour Panel (August 2019) John-Derek (J.D.) Clarke, Ivey Business School Kylie Stewart, Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business Gulnura Rakhyshova, Asia School of Business Jessica Morgan, Schulich School of Business John Lee, UCLA Anderson School of Management Episode summary, show notes and more at: http://touchmba.com/five-takeaways-mba-tour-panel-ho-chi-minh-preparing-your-application-advice-from-admissions-directors

  • #154 Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)  The Consortium What You Need to Know with Cristian Molina Cornejo, Tuck MBA 21

    #154 Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) & The Consortium What You Need to Know with Cristian Molina Cornejo, Tuck MBA '21

    26/08/2019 Duration: 01h06min

    Cristian Molina Cornejo, Tuck MBA '21, shares how MBA applicants can take advantage of two programs that champion diversity and inclusion: Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and the Consortium. Cristian also gives his best application tips after getting into four out of five top 20 US MBA programs. Questions Cristian's background (3:20) What you need to know about MLT (14:25) What you need to know about Consortium (26:00) MLT's Professional Development program and its network (30:55) How to make the most out of MLT and Consortium (40:50) Cristian's best application tips after getting into four top schools (45:10) Cristian's thoughts on Tuck (52:50) About Cristian Cristian is a first year MBA at the Tuck School of Business. Prior to starting his MBA, Cristian graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Economics, and worked for Energeia, a research and advisory firm in energy technology and electronics. Episode summary, show notes and more at: http://touchmba.com/management-leadership-for-tomorrow-consort

  • #153 The US MBA Experience as an International Student with Ikechukwu Edeagu, UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA ‘19

    #153 The US MBA Experience as an International Student with Ikechukwu Edeagu, UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA '‘19

    20/08/2019 Duration: 01h14min

    Hailing from Nigeria and having never visited the US, how did Ikechukwu Edeagu shortlist and apply to MBA programs? And what was his process for navigating internships and the job search as an international student? Listen to get a real-time, inside look into one international student's MBA experience at UNC Kenan Flagler. Questions Ike's background (3:53) How Ike shortlisted business schools  (8:02) Ike's application tips for international students (14:20) Ike's thoughts on financing your MBA (22:20) How Ike secured his internship and job with Microsoft (25:08) Ike's recommended resources and research process for your MBA job search (44:30) The importance of soft skills in building relationships and careers in the US (53:55) Ike thoughts on the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA experience and culture (1:00:00) Ike's final recommendations to applicants (1:11:30) About our Guest Ikechukwu Edeagu graduated from the UNC MBA with a double concentration in Capital Markets and Investments and Corporate Finance. Prior to star

  • #152 Kishōtenketsu

    #152 Kishōtenketsu

    09/04/2019 Duration: 16min

    Do you feel like your MBA story is a bit bland? Or uninspiring compared to the applicant profiles you see online? What if you haven't overcome insurmountable odds or accomplished something amazing? Darren explores the possibilities of kishōtenketsu - a four act story structure used by Japanese and Chinese writers for centuries. What makes this story structure interesting is that it relies on contrast - not conflict - to generate interest. Kishōtenketsu in 4 acts: Ki (start) Shō (development) Ten (twist) Ketsu (conclusion) Listen on for ways you can use this Eastern story structure to keep admissions officers' attention AND demonstrate your self-awareness. Episode summary, show notes and more at: http://touchmba.com/kishotenketsu

  • #151 City University Hong Kong MBA Program  Admissions Interview with Christoph Schneider

    #151 City University Hong Kong MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Christoph Schneider

    08/04/2019 Duration: 45min

    Dr. Christoph Schneider, Associate Director of MBA Programme and Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems, City University Hong Kong, discusses what makes the City U Hong Kong MBA unique, the school's admissions process, career opportunities and more. Program Highlights (4:06) | Admissions (18:30) | Scholarships (33:58) | Careers (36:38) About Our Guest Christoph Schneider is the Associate Director of the MBA Programme at City University Hong Kong, where he has also been Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems for over a decade. Christoph has published in premier business journals as well as best-selling textbooks on management information systems and project management. Christoph got his PhD in Business Administration - Management Information Systems from Washington State University. What is unique about the City U Hong Kong MBA? What are its key advantages? 1-year program includes study trips to Silicon Valley (UC Berkeley), London (Imperial College) and an Asian co

  • #150 Behind the Scenes of an MBA Employment Report

    #150 Behind the Scenes of an MBA Employment Report

    26/03/2019 Duration: 55min

    Darren invites Susan Bertulli, Director, MBA Career Management at Ivey Business School at Western University to discuss MBA employment reports. First, why and how are MBA employment reports produced? Then, what should you look for? Which employment figures and statistics matter? How can you use them to shortlist b-schools and plan your career? The Ivey MBA has been ranked #1 in Canada for five years running by Bloomberg Businessweek for both student and recruiter satisfaction, so don't miss this inside look into how a top MBA career services team produces their employment report. Questions Susan's background (5:00) The role of MBA career services (6:55) The challenges of MBA career management in a 1-year MBA program (9:12) What applicants should look for from MBA career management teams (12:16) The context surrounding MBA employment reports (14:30) The challenges of producing an annual employment report (18:00) Key figures for applicants to focus on (20:43) How applicants can approach career services with em

  • #149 Wisconsin MBA Program  Admissions Interview with Betsy Kacizak and Brad Chandler - “Focus Creates Advantage

    #149 Wisconsin MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Betsy Kacizak and Brad Chandler - “"Focus Creates Advantage"

    25/02/2019 Duration: 59min

    Betsy Kacizak, Director of MBA Admissions and Recruitment, and Brad Chandler, Director, Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking at the Wisconsin School of Business of University Wisconsin-Madison, discuss what makes the Wisconsin MBA unique, the school's admissions process, career opportunities and more. Program Highlights (10:45) | Admissions (29:56) | Scholarships (45:32) | Careers (49:08 About Our Guests Betsy Kacizakis the Director of MBA Admissions and Recruitment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Betsy excels at walking you through the admissions process, including helping guide you toward the specialization that best fits your passions and career aspirations. She has expertise as a leader in the field of graduate admissions. She has worked for the Wisconsin School of Business for 11 years and worked for seven years at Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Brad Chandleris the Director of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking at the Wisconsin

  • #148 Starting a Business during your MBA with Sheela Lal, Michigan Ross MBA 19

    #148 Starting a Business during your MBA with Sheela Lal, Michigan Ross MBA '19

    04/02/2019 Duration: 29min

    Guest Host Sabaina Kamara, Michigan Ross MBA '19, invites her section-mate Sheela Lal to share her experience applying for internships, founding DrunkShrub and securing a full-time job post-graduation. Listen to get a real-time, inside look into the MBA experience at a top b-school like Ross. Questions Sheela's background and reasons for getting an MBA (0:47) Sheela's approach to landing an internship (7:20) Sheela founds DrunkShrub (10:33) How Sheela took advantage of Ross' resources to further her business (14:43) How Sheela navigated running DrunkShrub and looking for full-time employment in consulting and government affairs (19:30) Sheela's advice to applicants about applying to business school and entrepreneurship (23:55) About our Guest Host Sabaina Kamara is currently an MBA student at University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. Prior to starting her MBA, Sabaina worked in as an HR Analyst at a management and employment law firm, focusing on HR compliance for diversity and inclusion. Sabaina wi

  • #147 ASB MBA Program  Admissions Interview with Sean Ferguson - An Action-Learning Based Curriculum

    #147 ASB MBA Program & Admissions Interview with Sean Ferguson - "An Action-Learning Based Curriculum"

    27/01/2019 Duration: 01h02min

    Sean Ferguson, Associate Dean and Director of MBA Program for the Asia School of Business (ASB), discusses what makes the ASB MBA unique, the school's admissions process, career opportunities and more. Program Highlights (2:28) | Admissions (24:47) | Scholarships (40:20) | Careers (47:15) About Our Guest Sean Ferguson is the Associate Dean and Director of MBA Program for the Asia School of Business. Prior to joining ASB, Sean was Associate Dean of Masters Programmes at HKUST Business School and Assistant Dean of Degree Programmes at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. He worked at PROS, Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, and Procter & Gamble before entering business education. Sean got his MBA from Rice University. What is relatively unique about the ASB MBA? What are its key advantages? ASB was established in 2015, a collaboration between Bank Negara Malaysia (Malaysia's central bank) and MIT Sloan School of Management Action Learning at ASB is a core (non-optional) course in each of the fi

  • #146 The Three Ps of Performance

    #146 The Three Ps of Performance

    29/11/2018 Duration: 19min

    Darren shares "three P’s" you can use to clarify the value of your accomplishments in your resume and MBA application. Doing so will paint a clear picture of your performance for MBA admissions officers and employers. How did your performance compare to the previous year’s performance? How did your performance compare to the plan? How did your performance compare to that of your peers? If you can match these to the "three P's" of leadership, you can can show even more impact: People responsibility Project responsibility Profit & Loss responsibility Episode summary, show notes and more at: http://touchmba.com/3p-performance

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