Corporate politics driving MBA growth – Achamba

Written by Sameer Kamat

Achamba - Super MBAAchamba, the Super MBA minus the cape and the bright coloured external underwear, did some research. That’s one of the very few things he’s good at. He wanted to get behind the AAP growth story.

No, it’s not what you are thinking. He wanted to know why the Aam Applicant Pool (AAP) was growing at such an alarming rate.

Traditionally, this category of MBA aspirants was known as the Indian IT Male Pool (or IIM Pool). But the acronym was creating a fair bit of confusion, specially among an audience conditioned into interpreting things in bizarre ways.

Achamba’s intellectual discussions would get derailed every time he mentioned ‘IIM Pool’ and one of his friends would quip, ‘IIMs are our national assets. They should focus on management education, not swimming pools.

So Achamba came up with terms & acronyms that, he felt, had very little chance to be interpreted in any other way – Aam Applicant Pool or AAP.

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Advanced interviewing techniques and skills

Written by Sameer Kamat

You know the basics of how to tackle interviews. You also know about behavioral interview questions. But then if you’ve spent enough time on the internet reading the basic job interview tips, you know what most others know. So what next?
Our guest blogger Rohit Gupta shares advanced interviewing techniques, concepts and skills that aren’t run of the mill.

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Management consulting interview questions

Written by Sameer Kamat

Management consulting interview questionsIf you are hoping to join McKinsey, Bain, BCG, AT Kearney, Deloitte Consulting or any other top consulting firm, your second biggest challenge would be to clear the tough management consulting interview questions.
The first one, of course, is to get shortlisted for the interview. Being in the top 1% of the class gets you closer to the interview stage.
Compared to the regular job interviews, management consulting interview questions are quite different. Sachin Gupta from IIM Calcutta, who recently went through several such interviews and came out victorious, shares his experiences.

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Optional Practical Training OPT to be suspended or cancelled?

Written by Sameer Kamat

The Optional Practical Training (OPT) program has been the lifeline for many international students who go to USA for higher studies. If you aren’t aware of what OPT is and how it works, read this earlier post -> Optional Practical Training OPT on F1 Visa in USA
However, if Senator Grassley has his way, the optional practical training rules and regulations are in for a major overhaul, including an ‘immediate moratorium‘ for being ‘at risk for fraud and non-compliance‘ and ‘vulnurable to abuse‘. Vinay Paramanand, shares a report on this development that could impact thousands of international students studying (or planning to study) in USA.

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Free online business simulation games

Written by Sameer Kamat

Business Strategy GameIf you are a professional and if you haven’t heard about business simulation games, this article is a must-read for you. The best business schools & top companies use them to train future leaders in management concepts. It’s a fun and practical way to learn about topics that are traditionally thought to be dry and boring.

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Early career MBA: Is it for you?

Written by Sameer Kamat

An early career MBA is the generally accepted trend in India. Complete your graduation, crack the Indian MBA entrance exams and target the good MBA colleges in India. For GMAT MBA schools, work experience is a pretty important piece of the jigsaw puzzle. The average work experience in USA is around 5 years at the start of the program.

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One of the best life skills to learn

Written by Sameer Kamat

On business and MBA blogs, the word heartburn is generally used in a symbolic manner to refer to stress. But I’m talking about the real thing here – the burning sensation that you’d get due to indigestion and acidity. It’s got nothing to do with the heart and there’s nothing burning either. Just like gulab jamun has nothing to do with either gulab or ja…sorry, we’re digressing. But the proximity of the symptoms to the heart may cause some confusion and probably that’s how it got the name.

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Tuck MBA Admissions Success Story

Written by MG (Manish Gupta)

Tuck MBA admissionsAmong the Ivy League MBA programs, the Tuck MBA from Dartmouth University figures prominently on the list of many MBA applicants from India. But there are several hurdles you’d need to cross first to get into the high ranking course.
The Tuck MBA application process is highly selective. And it has to be, because the class size is pretty small. The average GMAT score of 718 is just one of those indicators that provide an insight into the competition level. The average age, experience level, international student mix are all in the same range as the rest of the elite MBA programs.
Marketing consultant, Mithun Sundar Raj scored a 660 in his first attempt and he knew this could be a deterrent in his journey. And then there were other other challenges of writing essays, tackling the MBA interview. Mithun narrates more about his MBA admissions experience.

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Careers in Music Industry: Composer / Arranger / Producer jobs

Written by Sameer Kamat

Music Careers & JobsIn our ongoing attempts to uncover and present unconventional jobs and careers, this time we focus on careers in the music industry. Jobs like music composer, arranger and producer can be creative and rewarding.

After completing his engineering degree in Computer Science, like a good, obedient IT professional, Vijay Krishna worked in software jobs for close to a decade. As a loyal soldier of his tech employer, he also served his time in USA.

But along the way, he realised that his real passion was in the music industry. He yearned to get his fingers tapping on a different type of keyboard. He carved his own career path and took up various music jobs as a composer, arranger and producer.
Vijay covers his musical journey and shares tips on how you can break into the music industry, the qualifications needed, the investment in software/hardware (if you decide to take up the freelancing route), the salary you can expect and more.

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Best Online MBA Programs

Written by MG (Manish Gupta)

After covering the topic of best executive MBA programs, we now take a look at the growing trend of online MBA programs and test whether it’s all hype with no substance or a credible alternative.

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