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B-Schooled, a podcast from top MBA admissions consulting firm Stacy Blackman Consulting, covers all aspects of the MBA application and admissions process. We offer insight and advice on how to pull together your personal-best business school materials — and make the most of your time once you get on campus. We’ll occasionally hold interviews with current business school students and recent graduates, as well as other important players along a typical candidate’s MBA admissions journey.

B-Schooled, a podcast from top MBA admissions consulting firm Stacy Blackman Consulting, covers all aspects of the MBA application and admissions process. We offer insight and advice on how to pull together your personal-best business school materials — and make the most of your time once you get on campus. We’ll occasionally hold interviews with current business school students and recent graduates, as well as other important players along a typical candidate’s MBA admissions journey.

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B-Schooled, a podcast from top MBA admissions consulting firm Stacy Blackman Consulting, covers all aspects of the MBA application and admissions process. We offer insight and advice on how to pull together your personal-best business school materials — and make the most of your time once you get on campus. We’ll occasionally hold interviews with current business school students and recent graduates, as well as other important players along a typical candidate’s MBA admissions journey.

Language:

English


Episodes

Unique recommender situations: B-Schooled episode 78

10/20/2021
This episode covers who you should ask to write your recommendations if you work for a family business, lead a startup, or can't risk asking your direct manager (or possibly anyone at your current firm).

Duration:00:20:26

Interview Prep Do's & Don'ts: B-Schooled Episode 77

10/13/2021
This episode focuses on smart MBA interview-prep strategies, and also covers which tactics are a waste of time or could backfire and negatively affect your performance.

Duration:00:22:27

What to do after a ding: B-Schooled episode 76

10/6/2021
Yesterday, Harvard Business School was the first MBA program to release its 2021-22 Round 1 interview invites and dings, meaning that thousands of MBA hopefuls around the world have just received news they didn't want to hear. This episode is for anyone who experiences a business school rejection this year and isn't sure what it means about their candidacy or what their options are now.

Duration:00:18:27

Interview with Jenny, Wharton/CBS admit: B-Schooled episode 75

9/29/2021
In this episode, our host Erika interviews her 2020-21 client Jenny, who found a way to differentiate herself from the rest of the financial services pack and gained admission to both CBS and Wharton.

Duration:00:15:34

Round 2 2021-22: B-Schooled episode 74

9/22/2021
This episode focuses on a few important things to keep in mind for MBA hopefuls who are applying in Round 2 of the 2021-22 application year.

Duration:00:16:56

3 Round 1 submission do's and don'ts: B-Schooled episode 73

9/15/2021
Round 1 of the 2021-22 MBA application cycle is soon drawing to a close, and along with those deadlines comes a surge in self-sabotaging applicant behavior. This episode covers 3 things you should do before submitting, as well as 3 mistakes you should avoid making after your materials are in.

Duration:00:20:08

Interview with HBS/GSB/Haas/Yale admit Maddy: B-Schooled episode 72

9/8/2021
B-Schooled's host Erika interviews her 2020-21 Round 2 client Maddy, who was accepted to HBS, Stanford GSB, Berkeley Haas and Yale School of Management, and chose to attend Stanford. Erika and Maddy will discuss Maddy's background, her application highlights and her interview experience at each program.

Duration:00:21:41

Round 1 vs. Round 2: B-Schooled episode 71

9/1/2021
Is there an advantage to applying for business school in Round 1? If your MBA materials aren't ready in the fall, is it significantly harder to be accepted in Round 2 after the new year? This episode focuses on the differences between Round 1 and Round 2, whether or not there is an advantage to applying in either round, and what the single most important factor should be in choosing when to apply.

Duration:00:20:39

Why now for your MBA? : B-Schooled episode 70

8/25/2021
Sometimes “Why do you need an MBA now?” is an essay question that programs ask directly, but more often than not it’s something applicants should end up covering in an essay response even if there isn’t a question about it. Questions around the timing of an applicant's MBA pursuit could also be asked in an interview. This episode covers common reasons why applicants need an MBA now versus earlier or later in their careers, and suggests exercises to help articulate a strong response to...

Duration:00:18:32

The STAR method for essays and interview questions: B-Schooled episode 69

8/18/2021
This episode talks about how to use the STAR method to organize your thoughts for powerful resume bullets, essays or interview responses. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result, and if you follow this structure when telling a story or explaining an accomplishment, it will help you get straight to the point and focus on the information that matters most to the admissions committee.

Duration:00:15:57

Think like the admissions committee: B-Schooled episode 68

8/11/2021
In order to stand out from your MBA competition, you need to take a step back and assess your candidacy from the admissions committee's point of view. This episode explains what they're looking for, how to differentiate yourself if you're in an over-represented demographic or industry bucket, and generally what types of themes successful applicants focus on in their essays.

Duration:00:22:33

Powerful resume writing: B-Schooled episode 67

8/4/2021
This episode builds upon the advice covered in episode 16 ("MBA your resume") on how to create an MBA resume that best positions and differentiates your candidacy.

Duration:00:20:28

Interview with Mike, SBC client and CBS Class of 2023 admit: B-Schooled episode 66

7/28/2021
Our host Erika Olson interviews her recent SBC admissions consulting client Mike, who is about to head to Columbia Business School (CBS) after applying to MBA programs during the intense 2020-21 application year that saw record-high application numbers due to COVID. Mike talks about his background, the strengths and weaknesses in his candidacy, how he approached his essays, and how his CBS interview went, and also shares advice for future applicants.

Duration:00:20:10

Career narratives for MBA applicants with several employers: B-Schooled episode 65

7/21/2021
Being able to tell a clear story about your career to date is a critical part of your MBA candidacy. This episode covers what to do if you've worked for several employers within a relatively short timeframe, especially if your career moves don't immediately make sense "on paper." We'll also cover what to do if you've been laid off or fired for a job, or if you worked somewhere for less than a year.

Duration:00:18:38

European MBA programs - FAQs: B-Schooled episode 64

7/14/2021
In this follow-up to episode 56, which gave a general overview of European MBA programs, Cathy, an INSEAD graduate and one of Stacy Blackman Consulting's European MBA experts, answers frequently asked questions about MBA programs outside of the US. Topics include the differences between European and US-based MBA experiences, the visa process, the interview process, recruiting information, and more.

Duration:00:16:29

5 MBA applicant pitfalls: B-Schooled episode 63

7/7/2021
This episode covers 5 MBA applicant pitfalls – as in, traits, attitudes or approaches that some MBA applicants take that can ultimately derail their chances of success.

Duration:00:19:18

The HBS essay: B-Schooled episode 62

6/30/2021
Harvard Business School's essay is open-ended and has no word limit. This episode focuses on how MBA candidates should approach both the content and the length of their response.

Duration:00:22:28

The importance of extracurriculars (2021 update): B-Schooled episode 61

6/23/2021
This episode covers exactly why extracurriculars are so critical to your MBA candidacy. It also gives advice on what to do if you're light on extracurriculars, volunteer work and community service, from either your college years, your post-graduation years, or both. Our host Erika will discuss if it's worth it to try and beef up this aspect of your MBA candidacy if you plan to apply to business school this year. She'll also address what those in areas of the world still battling COVID can do...

Duration:00:29:13

Calling all social impact applicants!: B-Schooled episode 60

6/16/2021
In this episode, Chandler Arnold, a Stanford MBA, SBC consultant and social-impact executive, shares advice for those in social-impact careers who are thinking about pursuing an MBA, and discusses what some of the top programs are doing in the social impact space. He also explains SBC's first-of-its-kind MBA Social Impact Accelerator, designed specifically for applicants with nonprofit or social impact backgrounds.

Duration:00:27:18

Things to do now that Round 1 is here: B-Schooled episode 59

6/9/2021
The 2021-2022 MBA application season is officially upon us, with several top business schools having already posted their deadlines, as well as a few programs confirming what their essays will be this year. Now that Round 1 is underway, what should you be doing? How exactly should you begin working on your MBA materials? This episode outlines some of the to do's it makes sense to tackle sooner rather than later.

Duration:00:20:11