Beyond The MBA Hype
A Guide To Understanding And Surviving B-Schools
“This comprehensive and attractively written guide should be required reading for anyone contemplating an MBA at an international business school.”
– says Dr Jochen Runde (former MBA Director, University of Cambridge)
Read what the best MBA books won’t tell you. It might save you $100,000+ and 2 years of your life.
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Media reviews for Beyond The MBA Hype
“Anybody who is intimidated by the prospect of stepping into the B-school jungle will find this book helpful.” – The Telegraph
“…Refreshingly unlike any other business and management book…” – Mail Today
“A book that can set you on an effective path” – The Hindu – Business Line
“…Kamat systematically and effectively, demolishes the notion that an MBA is a magic wand that will change your life…the book destroys the myth of the invincible MBA…” – Mail Today
“Bestseller that’s a must read” – The Times of India
What it is all about
Whether you are an employee looking for a change in your job profile or a fresh graduate looking for a secure financial future, an MBA degree is often seen as a silver bullet. Alas, the reality is that the MBA system isn’t all shiny and perfect.
In this guide, top admission consultant Sameer Kamat, an MBA from the University of Cambridge and founder of MBA Crystal Ball tells you home truths that no school website or consultant will ever tell you, including the following:
*Are you cut out for an MBA in the first place?
*How to choose an appropriate school and how to apply.
*What to expect in the classroom.
*Which skills are required in the business world?
*What are the likely job prospects after you graduate?
This book will not just help you embark on your MBA journey with more clarity, it will save you time and money, and, most importantly, direct you to your career goals.
“Beyond The MBA Hype is the bitter gourd (karela) juice that your doctor ordered. You may not enjoy it, but it’ll cleanse your system that’s been subjected to an overdose of sugar-coated MBA content so far.” — Baba Sameeranand
What the readers are saying: Flipkart reviews
“…can be rightly regarded as ‘A Comprehensive Solution‘ for those who have a dream, for a better career, for a better lifestyle…plan to invest that minimal amount of money into this book because it can surely be THE GAME CHANGER.” – Aakash Chhablani
“…Despite the fact that the author himself can be identified as a stakeholder in the MBA industry, he has refrained from presenting an over-optimistic view about what an international MBA means for an individual…” – Prashanta Chettri
“…Though I have been researching Business Schools and the admissions process for a year now, this book showed me how I was thinking within a box…” – Gopi Krishna
“…It is usually said that one should not judge a book by its cover. But with this book, what you see is what you get: A simply written, no-nonsense guide to demystifying B-schools…And as promised, a time and money saver…if you answer the questions truthfully, can even help with deep introspection.” – Zoya M
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | Preface | Introduction
Chapter 1. Why Go for an MBA?
Once Upon a Time (Mitu’s story) | Primary Motivations | Where’s the Negative Publicity?
Chapter 2. The MBA Application Process
Quickly gets you up to speed to the various hurdles you’d need to cross & pitfalls to avoid.
Choosing a Business School | Profile Evaluation | Components of an MBA Application | Pitfalls of Standardized Testing | What’s in it for the Schools? | Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics in MBA Applications
Chapter 3. The MBA Industry
Pulls away the veils and gets you a behind-the-scenes look at the magnitude & dynamics of the industry.
How Big is it Anyway? | The Key Stakeholders | How to Improve Your MBA Profile for the Top B-Schools
Chapter 4. Teaching and Evaluation Techniques
Learn about various teaching approaches and be aware of the drawbacks of each.
Lectures/Presentations | Case Studies | Individual Projects | Group Assignments | Guest Lectures | Industry Tours
Chapter 5. Saved by the Bell
If all you focussed on so far was the MBA application, get a peek into what happens in the MBA class.
Core Subjects – How Core are They Anyway? | The Utility of Electives | Performance Evaluation
Chapter 6. The Skills Gap
Apart from a fancy new degree on your resume, are you getting real world skills that employers value?
Skills Required for the Business World | Skills that They Attempt to Teach | What They Can Never Teach You at B-school
Chapter 7. Networking
If you thought, a top MBA would give you an enviable & powerful network, you’ll be surprised to read this.
What Does It Mean and How Does It Work? | Why It Doesn’t Work for a Majority | Strain on Personal Relationships | Special Interest Groups
Chapter 8. Internships
Most think an MBA internship is an easy way to get a foot in the door. Read why employers may not agree.
Is It A Symbiotic Relationship? | Internship Variations
Chapter 9. Career Hunt
A top MBA on your CV isn’t enough to get a dream job. There are external factors you need to keep in mind – like the
implications of business cycles
Chapter 10. Career Change
If you have been struggling with your post-MBA goals, learn about various popular post MBA destinations.
Technology | Investment Banking | Accounting/Assurance/Advisory | Management Consulting | Human Resources | Philanthropy/Non-profit/Social Enterprises | Private Equity/Venture Capital
Chapter 11. So What’s Your Goal?
Before pumping all your savings & future earnings into an MBA, explore quicker, cheaper (and free) and less risky alternatives.
Knowledge | Career Change | Networking | Money
Appendix A: What Do the Academic Experts Have to Say?
Appendix B: A Day in the Life of an MBA Student
Appendix C: Useful Resources for MBA Applicants
Appendix D: The Query List You Need To Answer
Appendix E: How to get into the best MBA programmes
Appendix F: How to choose the right country for your MBA
Appendix G: How to select the right B-school
Appendix H: How to prepare for the GMAT
Appendix I: How to write impactful MBA essays
Appendix J: How to create an impressive Resume
Appendix K: How to manage Recommendations
Appendix L: How to prepare for MBA interviews
Appendix M: About MBA Crystal Ball
Appendix N: MBA Clichés and What They Really Mean
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