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Eileen is Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for the Berkeley MBA Programs for Working Professionals. She enjoys meeting prospective students and helping them explore the benefits of an MBA, and hopes these blog posts provide valuable insight into the Berkeley MBA experience.

Recent Posts

Can a Part-Time MBA Help You Change Careers? Ask Yi Lin Pei.

By Eileen Jacob   |   8/09/2017
Although there are people who attend part-time MBA programs to advance along their current career trajectories, there are some people who attend business school to find their true career path—like Yi Lin Pei.

Can an MBA Help You Find More Rewarding Work? Ask Swetha Tupelly.

By Eileen Jacob   |   7/19/2017
When SwethaTupelly came to Berkeley-Haas to get her Berkeley MBA in the Evening & Weekend Program, she had a specific goal in mind: to find her way to more personally meaningful work by transitioning from a ...

Using an MBA and FinTech to Empower Underserved Communities

By Eileen Jacob   |   7/05/2017
Oportun product manager Pedro Moura works to create scalable solutions to the financial challenges faced by underserved communities. A third year student in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program, he spoke ...

Berkeley MBA Students Share Tips for Improving Your GMAT Quant Score

By Eileen Jacob   |   6/30/2017
Taking (and doing well on) the GMAT or GRE is one way to show you are ready for the quantitative rigor of an MBA program. But getting a good score on the quant sections of these tests isn't always easy. That's ...

Yes, It’s Possible to Achieve MBA-Work-Life Balance

By Eileen Jacob   |   6/21/2017
Swetha Tupelly used her Berkeley MBA from the Evening & Weekend Program to successfully transition from a previous career as an engineer. But within that simple statement lies a complicated story of juggling ...

What Can You Contribute to an MBA Class?

By Eileen Jacob   |   6/07/2017
Business schools look for candidates who not only have something to gain from an MBA program, but also something to contribute. Think about that. What can you contribute to an MBA class? If you don't already ...

Why Business School? For a Career Switch to Product Management

By Eileen Jacob   |   5/31/2017
Swetha Tupelly is about to celebrate her first year as a product manager at ServiceMax, a SaaS division of GE Digital. The new position is a big leap from her previous role as a technical lead and engineer at ...

Why an Accelerated Part-time MBA Option Was Right for Nikhil Kumar 

By Eileen Jacob   |   4/26/2017
When Nikhil Kumar was deciding on part-time MBA programs, a 2.5-year accelerated plan was important to him.

Balancing an MBA With Family—When Family Is in India

By Eileen Jacob   |   4/20/2017
From activities outside the classroom to weekend events, school was center stage from day one for Barun Mazumdar. He was committed to his studies in the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program.

Balancing an MBA With Work, Wedding Planning, and More

By Eileen Jacob   |   4/13/2017
A mentor recommended she get her MBA. She knew it would be a time commitment, but it would help her get ahead.