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The MBA Tipping Point

About 6 months ago I suddenly realized that I had reached the tipping point in my MBA career. For 4 years I had been trying to squeeze more and more value out of the MBA program - expanding my network at networking events, improving my LinkedIn profile by working with the Graduate Business Career Center, informational interviewing to learn more about career paths I was interested in, etc. I was taking as much as I could from the school, my classmates, my colleagues, and any person or organization that was willing to help me with my career.

But this past winter something changed. I got a new job that I love. More and more people started requesting informational interviews with me. I started helping family members and friends update their resumes. I did a mock interview with my husband for a job he was interested in. I started helping some friends through the MBA application process. For the first time in my life, I was the one doing the giving and other people were learning from me. And it felt great!

Now rather than waiting for others to reach out to me for help, I am proactively looking for ways I can contribute to the educations and careers of others. I seek out high potential colleagues at work and start the conversation about career development and where an MBA might (or might not) fit. It's a fun challenge, and I am pleased to finally be on the "giving back" side of my MBA. For those who haven't reached their tipping points yet, it's coming - all that hard MBA work pays off. For some it even pays off before graduation!

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DCIP - Crash course to feeling prepared for B-school

The most valuable preparation, I believe, was participating in Deloitte's Consulting Immersion Program. My background is heavy on Research and Development, but I was interested in consulting as a career because I have always loved solving problems and puzzles. I am almost through my first year of business school and I still consider my 3 days at Deloitte University as one of the best experiences of the journey.

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Learning from the true

An article last February highlights what I view to be one of the most valuable initiatives Carlson can provide to it's MBA students, encouraging veterans to enter the MBA program.

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Imagine my surprise, when what I learned in the classroom was EXACTLY what I needed at my job.

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If you've been admitted to Carlson's Class of 2015, then congratulations to you! As you prepare to leave your workplaces in the next few months, here are a few pieces of advice from my own experience.

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I find the varying backgrounds of the students very interesting. There are stay-at-home moms and dads, teachers, veterans, engineers, people from fortune 500s, people from companies with 3 employees, business owners, etc. The list goes on. The reasons people are in the course, also, vary quite a bit from not knowing what they will use the degree for to career advancement to everything in between.

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When I expressed my intention to attend business school, I was met with justified resistance. I had, in fact, already attended law school and managed to call myself an attorney, although I never practiced. I studied what I wanted to as an undergrad (theatre) and took on considerable debt to study what I didn't want to in law school (the law) and wound up with a job I generally enjoyed that barely utilized my JD (producing commercials). Therefore, it was understandable when my husband questioned my motives, my parents rolled their eyes and my friends joked that med school was inevitable.

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Kansas to Minnesota: A Journey That Led Me to Carlson

Growing up in northeast Kansas never did I think my rural upbringing would land me an incredible career in the construction industry and eventually lead me to attending one of the top-10 part-time MBA programs in the country, the Carlson School of Management. Click to read more about my story from Kansas to Minnesota, a journey which ultimately led me to Carlson.

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If you've been researching Carlson, then you've probably picked up on the "community" theme. That sense of a shared bond and the mutual support it entails was important to me when I was considering business schools. I expected students to have the kind of trust and collegiality that enables them to take risks and to challenge each other in the classroom. I also expected alumni to talk about how their business school networks opened doors for them later in their careers. What I didn't consider, though, was how that sense of community would impact the experience of interviewing for internships.

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It has been said that innovation is at the heart of entrepreneurial careers. But, can anyone with enough imagination and perseverance be that person who can clear the way in uncharted territory? Do you have to go to engineering or business school to become an innovator? How do you come up with an idea? What kind of innovation do we need nowadays?

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