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What is the first picture that comes to mind when you hear the word ‘sapling’? Perhaps that of a small plant, being nurtured to growth. The growth part is spot on, but in this article, sapling refers not to a plant, but to a company founded by a very dynamic entrepreneur – Swetha GB. Swetha has travelled the world, added tremendous value to clients through SAP consulting, and then came back to India to found her own venture, or should we say to nurture her own SAPling. This is Swetha’s story, and the story of how she made it to two top programs at MIT and Stanford GSB, a story of the relevance of the MBA for entrepreneurs, and also one on how Stanford GST appreciates both entrepreneurship and the Indian experience..Indian Entrepreneur Makes it to Stanford GSB, Rejects MIT
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Kellogg: inspiring growth (even in MBA apps! :-))
Working with GyanOne for her Kellogg MBA admission application, Tania demonstrated just why she had achieved heights in her career so soon. She had plenty of stories to discuss, and plenty of points to seek feedback on. This is a sure sign of a serious MBA applicant – he/she comes prepared to the process, and leverages the consultant’s experience well. Tania’s main point of concern was that her profile could have been seen as being too technical, and therefore not aligned to an MBA at this point. She worked, reworked, and sought feedback on the elements she was putting across, ensuring that her career goals were crystal clear, and that her journey was well understood by Kellogg. Kellogg’s second essay on inspiring growth (in sync with the school’s new theme) asked Tania for key points in her life when she had grown, and this is where Tania’s personal passions as well as her professional growth really stood out..From Software Testing to Kellogg MBA: A Success Story
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Persistence, passion, and purpose. These are generally said to be the 3 P’s of success. And yet, few people follow them, in spite of many knowing that they matter. Tania Bhattacharya is one such exceptional professional who has used these principles to convert decent opportunities to outstanding ones. At every step, Tania’s persistence, passion, and purpose have led her to make much more of each opportunity than anyone else in her position would have been able to do. This is her story to Kellogg MBA, with lessons that everyone can learn. While many software engineers dream of development or product management jobs at the big boys of IT – Google, Microsoft, and Facebook – Tania defied the trend here too. She took up a role in software testing, and her passion, purpose, and perseverance led her to great heights here too..Why did an Amazon Professional Choose Kellogg MBA?
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Why did this Indian Reject a Ross MBA Admit?

by GyanOne » Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:17 pm
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The MBA Admissions essays are often looked at in one of two ways by applicants. Some look at them as just a formality to be completed, while others see them as the entire scope of the application. As is usual, the truth lies somewhere in between. MBA Admissions essays matter tremendously, and are the only avenue applicants have, before the interview, to talk about their candidature, their potential, and their reasoning for various career decisions in detail.
At the same time, as we will discuss below, the essays are not the end of the process either. The interview is an equally critical part of the process..Why did this Indian Reject a Ross MBA Admit?
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The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a dream school for many an MBA applicant. Those who seek careers in Operations and in Consulting are especially attracted by the allure of the school. The steely gates of Ross are manned by gatekeepers who are quite particular about the credentials of those who enter. The average experience for the incoming class hovers around 5 years, so to hope to be admitted to Ross with just 2 years of experience was more than even a dream. A dream that Rahul Kumar, a mechanical engineer working with Tata Steel and a GyanOne client, chose to pursue. This is the story of how his dream became reality, with a twist at the end: the success story of Rahul Kumar..Admitted to Ross With Just 2 Years of Experience!
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Should you take the GMAT or the GRE for MBA applications? This is a question that applicants often ask themselves, and others. While it has been a matter of debate since top schools started accepting GRE scores in addition to GMAT scores, recent data on average GRE scores released by top business schools makes it clear that the field is not even for students taking either exam. Yes, you read that right. Applicants using GRE scores seem to be at an advantage, at least as of now. The debate over the GMAT v/s the GRE for MBA applications has traditionally centred on the notion that business schools somehow prefer the GMAT over the GRE. Up until 5-6 years ago, few business schools accepted GRE scores. Today, however, almost all schools do..GMAT or GRE for MBA Admissions?
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Duke Fuqua is counted among the US top-10 B-schools across rankings. However, over time, Fuqua has not quite developed the reputation for enabling entrepreneurs that a lot of other schools such as Stanford and MIT have [here’s proof from US News]. That may be entirely because Fuqua hasn’t quite promoted itself in this domain as much as other schools have. Entrepreneurship at Fuqua is not just alive and kicking, but world leading. Almost every top B-school today highlights its community and claims that it is a closely knit one. At Fuqua, this goes well beyond just saying, though. The school really focuses on its community in a way that few other schools do. Whether in class, in projects, in clubs, or even when undergoing international experiences as part of the program, Fuqua peers, seniors, alumni, and staff are intricately involved.. Entrepreneurship At Duke Fuqua MBA for a Star Cruise Mariner
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SP Jain PGPM Admissions Application

by GyanOne » Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:58 pm
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The SP Jain PGPM Admissions Application requires shortlisted candidates (after the first stage, in which applicants are required to submit basic details and two essays) to create a comprehensive organizational chart, and then appear for an admissions interview. Mentioned below are SP Jain PGPM Application questions and a methodology to help you prepare well for the interview. The SP Jain PGPM interview process is extremely thorough, and will go into greater depth than most other MBA admissions interviews.
In addition to the personal, family and academic details, the interview will also test the candidate on various competencies like Conceptual Skills (e.g. clarity of complex situations or theory; systematic thinking, vision, etc.), Analytical Skills (e.g. analytical thinking, comfort with data, modeling,etc), Managerial skills (e.g. decision making, dealing with difficult situation etc..SP Jain PGPM Admissions Application
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If you are planning to pursue an MBA in Canada, mentioned below is a guide to prepare well for your journey ahead. Tushare Khare, a soccer player by passion and a Consultant at Deloitte by profession and of course, now a student at Rotman, one of the top MBA in Canada, answers questions, most Indian have on their mind, before plunging into the process of studying in Canada. In a very candid discussion, mentioned below are your MBA in Canada life hacks..MBA in Canada, MBA Success Stories, Study in Canada
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CEIBS MBA Interview Questions and Tips

by GyanOne » Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:45 pm
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CEIBS MBA program overview
CEIBS has developed one of the top MBA programs in Asia and it is ranked 17th in the world, according to the Financial Times (2015 edition). The 67-credit full-time programme is designed to lay a solid foundation of management fundamentals while providing the flexibility of tailored programmes to fit individual interests and career ambitions. Students can choose to focus on general business management, or select one of three concentrations in Finance, Marketing, or Entrepreneurship. Furthermore, students have the option to take part in the school’s impressive international exchange programme with the world’s top-tier business schools, and/or to gather experience during a summer internship..CEIBS MBA Interview Questions and Tips
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Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions

by GyanOne » Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:37 pm
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Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions from real interviews
The Duke Fuqua business school is one of the most internationally focused schools in the U.S. Fuqua’s cross-continent MBA program brings students to five different cities—Dubai, New Delhi, St. Petersburg, Shanghai and Durham, North Carolina. The Fuqua MBA begins with an intense month of orientation including a 3-course Global Institute to prepare students to lead in a global environment. First year students have the opportunity to participate in 5 case competitions. Among them the VCIC Case Competition lets student investors and VC firms listen to real entrepreneurs pitch their ideas. The daytime MBA program at The Fuqua School of Business was ranked 8th (U.S.) by BusinessWeek 2015. For the Class of 2014, 27% of 3,161 applicants were accepted to fill a class of 432; the average GMAT score was 697. Fuqua reports an 80% GMAT range of 640-740, with 40% international and 33% female students..Duke Fuqua MBA Interview Questions
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Oxford MFE Interview Questions

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Oxford MSc MFE interview – nature and structure
The Oxford MSc Financial Economics (MFE) is a full-time nine-month programme designed in consultation with leading financial recruiters. The programme is for individuals who are interested in careers in investment banking, asset management, private equity, and management consultancy. The finance faculty at the Business School is one of the fastest growing and most prestigious in Europe and they work closely alongside the most diverse and well-known groups of economists in the world. Admission to the program is through a comprehensive application, followed by a thorough interview. Mentioned below is a list of Oxford MFE interview questions that have been asked to applicants in previous years, to help potential MFE applicants better prepare for the exclusive interviews..Oxford MFE Interview Questions
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Why does one need Career Counselling, whether in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, or even a city outside India? With work dynamics, the work environment, competition, and career growth all becoming ever more complex, navigating one’s career successfully has become a bigger challenge than ever. This article attempts to address some career dilemmas that professionals face, and how career counselling can help. Just a decade or two ago, career planning was rare. Most professionals chose jobs, and then continued in the same firms for a long time. Today, however, that scenario has changed dramatically. The average professional is now expected to hold around 4-5 different jobs (if not more) during the span of his/her career. Further, the pace of change has dramatically increased within jobs too. The need to master new skills, acquire broader experience, and contribute ever so more to one’s employer has never been higher..career counselling, MBA Admission Consultants India
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ISB with 660 GMAT: a success story!

by GyanOne » Sun Jan 03, 2021 9:11 pm
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ISB with 660 GMAT !!?? Most people would discourage an applicant from even thinking about this, let alone doing it. And yet, this is exactly what Ankit Nanda, a GyanOne client, accomplished, winning an admit to the ISB class of 2017 with a score of 660 on the GMAT. Ankit is not an IITian (though he is certainly as accomplished), and has an engineering profile, considered typical for many applicants for ISB (this is not entirely false – 72% of ISB’s Class of 2016 was made up of engineers). However, he is more organized and driven than most applicants we have seen. Ankit’s assiduous planning and excellent execution led him to win an ISB admit with just a 660 GMAT.. ISB with 660 GMAT: a success story!
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Most promising GMAT and MBA Admissions blogs

by GyanOne » Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:47 pm
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GyanOne values quality. Especially when it is tempered with personal experience. This is why we believe that some of the best MBA Admissions blogs are those which feature the personal stories of applicants. To be sure, we have featured dozens of such stories here itself on this blog. However, we have also always believed that more contributions only strengthen the overall narrative. This is why we decided to launch a new initiative of reviewing more than 100 blogs on various topics related to the GMAT, MBA Admissions, and life at different top global B-schools.
After this process, we have found Quintessential thoughts – a blog written by Anubhav Shrivastava, to be an excellent resource in this context. Anubhav writes not just about admissions, but also transformational life experiences that he has had. He is an accomplished professional, having led multiple key marketing and social initiatives as a student too..Most promising GMAT and MBA Admissions blogs
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