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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

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.

6 Ways You Can Balance an MBA with Work and Life

By Eileen Jacob   |   3/24/2017
Think pursuing your MBA means sacrificing your family, friends, or current job? Not so.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Part-Time MBA? Zen Menon's Answer

By Eileen Jacob   |   3/22/2017
Zen Menon entered the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program expecting to finish in 2.5 years, but ended up choosing to spend 3 years in the program. Here's why he changed his timeline and why he's glad he did.

The MBA and Meaningful Work: Meet Jim Trenkle of Gilead Sciences

By Eileen Jacob   |   3/17/2017
As a successful bench research scientist for pharmaceutical developer Gilead Sciences, Jim Trenkle, MBA 16, found himself wondering about what came next in the life cycle from bench to bedside.