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Oct 15, 2019

The Top 5 Finance Programs in Florida

The Top 5 Finance Programs in Florida

The state of Florida, recently described as an “economic powerhouse” by Business Insider, is a hotspot for businesses large and small. With the third largest population in the country, and the fourth largest economy, MBAs are wise to explore their options in the Sunshine State.

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Oct 9, 2019

Outside the MBA: The Highest Paying STEM Management Degrees

Outside the MBA: The Highest Paying STEM Management Degrees

STEM is everywhere. You hear about it constantly when it comes to career fields. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that there will be more than 10.5 million jobs in STEM by 2028, but not enough employees to fill in the gaps. It’s partially why STEM has become increasingly important in education.

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Oct 4, 2019

Top 5 Healthcare Masters Programs in Western Canada

Top 5 Healthcare Masters Programs in Western Canada

Healthcare in Canada is a booming business. In 2018, total health expenditure was expected to reach $6,839 per person or $253.5 billion total—11 percent of Canada’s GDP. So, it should be no surprise that healthcare careers are surging.

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Sep 16, 2019

Top MBA Recruiters: Charles Schwab

Top MBA Recruiters: Charles Schwab

With close to 350 branch locations and a headquarters in San Francisco, Charles Schwab is one of the country’s ultimate destinations for business school graduates. Its solid reputation and a history that spans almost fifty years make it appealing, but the efforts Schwab makes to recruit are also part of reason to explore working there.

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Jul 23, 2019

Pick Your City: Should You Get an MBA in Miami or Atlanta?

Pick Your City: Should You Get an MBA in Miami or Atlanta?

When it comes to the Southeastern U.S., we’ve already compared Charlotte and Atlanta, but what if you’re looking for a little more fun in the sun? There’s few better locations for pristine beaches, great food, and fabulous nightlife than Miami. It’s a city steeped in culture and the gateway to Latin America, but how does it compare to Atlanta when it comes to business schools?

To help you out, our “Pick Your City” series is comparing Miami, FL, and Atlanta, GA. We’ll give you insight into the cost of living of each city, the job opportunities, the MBA programs, the culture, and more. Continue reading…

Jul 11, 2019

New Bill Could Help International MBAs Maintain U.S. Residency

New Bill Could Help International MBAs Maintain U.S. Residency

There is a ray of hope shining through the recent clouds of uncertainty of post-MBA residency (and access to work visas) in the U.S.

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Jun 27, 2019

What is the Best Business School Laptop for You?

What is the Best Business School Laptop for You?

While preparing for business school means connecting with future classmates, figuring out coursework, and brushing up on your writing and quant skills, other necessities—like what kind of computer you’ll need—can be overlooked.  That’s why we’ve rounded up recommendations from leading MBA programs and highlighted which laptops you should consider.

For the desktop faithful, a powerful computer may be well-suited to take on the MBA curriculum. However, considering the majority of students’ traveling demands, in addition to the ease and comfort of bringing a laptop to class, a portable device is likely a better alternative.

Laptop Features that Business Schools Recommend

The question of having the right kind of business school laptop often comes down to simple prioritization, with cost usually at the top of most consumers’ concerns. But before you start roaming for discount deals, making sure your laptop has the right specifications is key.

Business schools, such UCLA Anderson School of Management, offer prospective MBAs a guide to what kind of computer they’ll need for the program, detailed below:

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UCLA Anderson’s computer recommendations for its MBA students.

The majority of business schools, including the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and the MIT Sloan School of Management, suggest the same technical standards.

Most of the technical specifications listed above are fairly standard for laptops produced within the past several years, so finding a product that hits the minimum requirements is fairly simple. For example, Intel, the primary manufacturer of computer processing units, released its 6th generation Core processors in 2015, succeeding its 5th generation models. The only concern prospective MBA students may have are with computers that have an Intel Core M processor, which are below the suggested standards. Laptops with these processors, however, are often the most base-level on the market, and are typically only found in very inexpensive models. Intel has not released a new M processor since 2018.

Major companies like Dell, Lenovo, and Apple have all or most of the suggested specifications, such as webcam interface, integrated graphics cards, and 802.11 wireless connectivity, included standard in newer models. However, even when looking for a brand new laptop, one major element to take note of is the power of the hard drive. Even devices that would be considered in the mid-to-upper price tier, such as the Apple Macbook Pro and Dell XPS, do not come standard with a 256 GB SSD (solid state drive). Rather, the base-level models are usually paired with a 128 GB SSD, and there is a distinct price difference in comparison to 256 GB SSD models. Of course, for the handy few, installing your own SSD card into the computer is possible, and can mitigate much of the cost differential. But for most students, opting for a model with 256 SSD standard will be the most reasonable route.

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Be wary: even costly base level models, like the Microsoft Surface, do not come standard with a suggested 256 GB SSD.

Software Requirements (Windows Wins at CBS)

While many prospective students won’t belabor the technical differences between certain laptops, the necessary software can often be more important. Columbia Business School‘s own “Choosing a Laptop” guidelines informs prospective MBA students that the software needed for the curriculum is based around the Windows operating system. Which means Apple users may be at a disadvantage, even if their laptops are fitted with Windows OS. In fact, the school recommends avoiding Apple altogether:

“If you intend to purchase a new laptop for your studies at CBS, the School highly recommends that you purchase a computer that already runs Windows natively (not a Mac). Many students who have chosen to purchase a Mac prior to CBS have later regretted the choice because they ended up using Windows more than anticipated, and Windows virtualized in a Mac never performs as well as if it were ran natively (e.g., the OS is slower and more prone to glitches, and there is a learning curve for the keyboard, etc.). For these reasons, we recommend that anyone who has to purchase a new laptop to meet the School’s minimum computing requirements selects a native Windows machine.”

For those hoping to attend CBS that already have an Apple laptop, the business school will provide students Windows OS free of charge. The only requirement, however, is at least 50 GB of free memory (Windows OS requires 35 GB).

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Even if all the hardware specifications are met, Macbook users may be at disadvantage in MBA programs. Many institutions, such as Columbia Business School, require software tools only found in the Windows Operating System.

Affordable Options

MBA prospects that are in the market for a new laptop may be wise to focus attention on affordability. After all, with the cost of education, saving money anywhere you can is a plus. However, this decision comes with an obvious degree of consideration. Laptops under the $500 USD threshold often do not have the necessary hardware to handle an MBA curriculum. But for those who only need a device to get by, several models can do the trick with minimal cost, such as the Lenovo IdeaPad 330.

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MBAs with affordability in mind should consider the Lenovo Ideapad 330.

The 14″ Lenovo Ideapad 330 base model starts at a modest $536.79 and comes with an 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U processor, Windows 10 OS, and 8 GB of memory, to start. The model can be upgraded with a 256 GB SSD, but cost-savvy buyers would do well to check out, which offers several 330 Ideapad models with 256 GB SSD for under $500.

For those wary about performance but still with cost in mind, the Acer Aspire E 15 might be a better alternative. Laptop Mag rates the Aspire E 15 among the best affordable laptops available, with a direct, succinct review:

“Every once in a while, a laptop comes along that defies its low price. Yet again, the Acer Aspire E 15 is one of those laptops. Punching well above its weight class, the 15-inch machine has a sharp 1080p display, good performance and a wide variety of ports. The laptop’s keyboard is comfortable, its battery life is decent and it stays cool under a heavy workload. Despite a few notable shortcomings—a poor webcam, bulky design and unwelcome bloatware—the Aspire E 15 offers excellent bang for your buck, which is why it’s our best overall sub-$500 laptop and a very good choice for students.”

PC World also highly-recommends the Aspire E 15, rating it as the “Best Laptop Under $500.” And like the Ideapad 330, several Aspire E 15 models can be found over at Newegg for under $500.

Considering the Long Term and an Upgrade

MBA aspirants with major career aspirations likely aren’t going to dwell too much on the price of a laptop alone. After all, for those thinking long term, a modestly expensive model will likely be a better investment. For those looking for a bit higher performance, it’s hard to go wrong with the Dell XPS 13.

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For the best blend of hardware, design, accessibility, and price, the Dell XPS 13 has stood out for years.

Tech-savvy readers have likely heard this before. Outlets such as PC MagLaptop MagCNet, and Engadget have been showering Dell with praise since the introduction of the XPS line in 2012, which was the first official Dell “ultrabook.” In fact, it is currently the only model rated by PC Mag with a perfect score.

The company’s flagship 13.3″ laptop comes standard with an 8th generation Intel-i3 core processor, 4 GB of memory, and a UHD Graphics 620 card. However, for the 256 GB SSD and 8-16 GB of memory models, the price increases from a modest $899 to, at least, $1,079.99. Upgraded versions with touch-screen capability and a larger screen are available, but all of the requirements needed for a typical MBA program are met by the $1,079.99 model, which features 8 GB of memory, 256 GB SSD, and an 8th generation Intel-i5 processor.

Sparing No Expense

Your laptop likely isn’t going to just be for school. From major projects, to personal entertainment, and even gaming, your laptop will likely be your personal hub for many years to come. Virtually every laptop in the upper-cost echelon, ranging from $1,300 and up, fits the hardware requirements needed for an MBA program and then some.

For those already possessing a degree of business experience, the sight of a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon may be a bit familiar. A typical favorite of business professionals, Laptop Mag refers to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon as the “Maserati of business laptops” in its most recent review, with the 6th generation model boasting a beautiful Intel Kaby Lake-R CPU, and even an optional 2K HDR display. And unlike many of the aforementioned models, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is built with an extremely sturdy frame, despite only weighing 2.49 lbs. For $1,367.10, it includes a standard 256 GB SSD, an 8th generation Intel-i7 processor, and 8 GB of memory—all of which can be upgraded.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 (6th gen), dubbed the “Maserati of business laptops,” is built perfectly for any MBA candidate.

Finding the Best Business School Laptop Deals

Major online distribution outlet Newegg is a favorite among the tech-savvy and often sports some of the best PC deals you’ll ever find. However, like Amazon, most of the laptop models you’ll find at steep discounts are often among lower-end models (unless, of course, you’re comfortable buying a refurbished computer). In addition, sales are often frustratingly temporary. However, there are certain times of the year when laptops may be had at a modest discount, with the best deals usually happening in the summer.

According to The Nest, “the months of August and September present opportunities for laptop buyers to save money. The traditional back-to-school sale applies to laptops just like it does to other school supplies. A shopper will see advertised sales during the last month of summer vacation and the first month of the new school year. Some laptop sellers even run specials in July as a way of getting ahead of the back-to-school sales.”

This article has been republished and edited with permissions from its original source, Clear Admit.

Jun 14, 2019

Cambridge Judge MBA 2019-20 Deadlines Revealed

Cambridge Judge MBA 2019-20 Deadlines Revealed

Hopeful applicants to the next One-Year, full-time MBA class at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School have some new deadlines to remember.

New Cambridge MBA Deadlines

Round One

Application Deadline – Sep. 9, 2019
Interview Dates – Oct. 21-22, 2019

Round Two

Application Deadline – Oct. 28, 2019
Interview Dates – Dec. 8-9, 2019

Round Three

Application Deadline – Jan. 13, 2020
Interview Dates – Feb. 23-24; March 1-2, 2020

Round Four

Application Deadline – March 9, 2020
Interview Dates – April 26-27, 2020

Round Five

Application Deadline – May 5, 2020
Interview Dates – June 7-8, 2020

Learn more about the Cambridge Judge MBA program here.

Dec 4, 2018

A Stevens’ Therapy Startup for Trauma Victims, and More – New York City News

A Stevens’ Therapy Startup for Trauma Victims, and More – New York City News

Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from New York business schools this week.

Mobile Treatment Tools Can Change Way People Recover from TraumaStevens Institute of Technology SOB News

The Stevens Institute of Technology School of Business recently profiled Mira Therapeutics, a new homegrown startup that uses tech to “help patients manage their symptoms, and give therapists powerful new treatment tools.”

Co-founded by Stevens students CJ Internicola, Seth Kirschner, Gregory Mercado, Nicholas Gattuso, and Annika Roll, the startup’s interactive Mira mobile app “guides patients through crises like flashbacks, anxiety attacks, and dissociation using clinically-established grounding techniques.

Specially designed for veterans, sexual assault survivors, police officers, medical providers, and many other people living with trauma, Mira also records progress by “automatically tracking symptoms and suggesting daily journal prompts.”

Internicola writes, “There are thousands of mobile apps on the market that improve mental health. We are creating technology that addresses problems unique to people living with PTSD. Mira is positioned to become a holistic improvement in the way people recover and grow from trauma.”

“We want to create technology that improves everyday life, translates into better therapy sessions, and ultimately, ameliorates suffering.”

You can find out more about the therapy startup here.

Democratizing Finance and the Unexpected Future of FintechGabelli Connect

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman recently visited the Gabelli School of Business to share his insights about fintech at an event co-sponsored by the Gabelli Center for Global Security Analysis titled “Democratizing Finance: Expanding Access Through Fintech.”

Schulman told the audience, “We have a mission, which is democratizing financial services. It’s very inclusive [and it’s] about all citizens having access to the digital economy…probably the most important value for us is inclusion and diversity. Because if we have a mission that includes all citizens, we need to represent that as a company.”

Center for Financial Services Innovation president and CEO Jennifer Tescher used the event as an opportunity to talk about diversity in fintech—or lack thereof.

“I would say that, why don’t we have more women anywhere? I think it’s a particular challenge in the world of engineering, which cuts across any tech. Why don’t we have more women in financial services, forget about fintech. I think it’s a huge problem.”

You can find out more about the recent event here.

Summit Explores Future of Selling in a Digital WorldRutgers Business School News

As part of a summit that focused on “the future of selling in the digital world,” the Rutgers Business School recently hosted two panels comprised of a diverse array of sales executives:

Panel #1

  • Phil Cohn, Senior Vice President of U.S. Sales for Samsung
  • Jeff Clachko, Senior Vice President for NBC Sports Ad Sales
  • Gary Carleton, President of Sales-Healthcare for UPS
  • Tolga Akcura, Co-Founder of eBrandValue
  • Joel Silverman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Synchronoss Technologies

Panel #2

  • Rita Fawcett, Vice President of Cardiovascular Sales for Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Frank Palumbo, Senior Vice of Cisco’s Global Date Center Sale
  • Rahsan-Rashan Lindsay, Executive Vice President, TV One
  • Jim Sterbenz, Senior Vice President of U.S. Sales at Campbell Soup

The first panel “delved into the role of analytics, metrics and customer relationship management for sales professionals” while the second panel focused on the “challenges and opportunities in sales as a result of technology.”

The keynote speaker was Cocoa Exchange President John Wycoff who extolled the virtues of the growing gig economy, which forecasts to have 7.7 million workers by 2020 due in large part to the growth of digital sales tools.

You can find out more about the recent event here.

Oct 15, 2018

Working Harder, Amazon Wages, and More – Boston News

Working Harder, Amazon Wages, and More – Boston News

Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week.

Knowing What Your Boss Earns Can Make You Work HarderHarvard Business Week

In new research co-authored by HBS’s Zoë B. Cullen and UCLA’s Ricardo Perez-Truglia, it was discovered that “knowledge of managerial compensation seemed to coax more effort out of workers, [but] the exact opposite [is true] when employees learned what peers were making.”

“How Much Does Your Boss Make? The Effects of Salary Comparisons” finds that “these externalities can have important implications for the provision of incentives within the firm and for pay transparency.”

According to the Harvard Business Week article, the paper could have significant ramifications in terms of how companies “rethink the equity of their own compensation plans and the level of salary transparency they wish to maintain.”

You can read the full HBW article here.

What’s Behind Amazon’s Wage Hike?MIT Sloan Newsroom

At a moment where Amazon has received intense criticism of its “labor practices and low wages” exemplified by Senator Bernie Sanders’ Stop BEZOS Act, the e-commerce behemoth recently announced that its minimum wage for all U.S. employees will be $15 per hour, effective November 1.

MIT Sloan Associate Professor of Operations Management and Good Jobs Institute founder Zeynep Ton explains the political strategy behind Amazon’s decision.

In addition to Amazon’s desire to position itself as a “worker-friendly company,” Ton explains, “a lot of retailers are finding it difficult to attract people, especially going into the holiday season. [Outlets like] Macy’s and Target are looking to hire tens of thousands, and it’s going to be harder for them now. They’ll have to up their game, not just for the holidays but in general.”

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Amazon Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, has become part of the focus on Amazon’s questionable business practices in recent years.

Ton adds, “The investors are very different, and their tolerance for low profitability is much lower for general retailers than for Amazon. It’ll be challenging for other companies, and I hope they start to look for ways to make their people central to their success.”

You can read more about the move from Amazon here.

Why Aren’t Companies Getting Better At Breakthrough Innovation?Babson Thought & Action

For their new book, Beyond the Champion: Institutionalizing Innovation Through People, Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business professors Gina Colarelli O’Connor, Andrew Corbett, and Lois Peters posit that “looking to grow and succeed, getting better at innovation is a constant, nagging, and critically important challenge.” Beyond the Champion offers a blueprint for organizational change.

In an excerpt from the book, the authors write:

“Strategic innovation is a “team sport”: it’s so big that no one person has the skill set to do it all. Individuals want defined roles that allow them to take advantage of their innovative strengths—roles that give them some autonomy while still providing guidance for where they should invest their energies. The passion model is great, but it’s not enough in a large, established company.”

You can read the full Babson Thought & Action article here.

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