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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

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.

Earning an MBA While Working, You Become a Time Management Rock Star

By Eileen Jacob   |   3/14/2017
Think earning an MBA while working means sacrificing your family, friends, or current job? The best part-time MBA programs actually set you up to succeed on all fronts of your life.

Video: MBA Application Tips for Your Letters of Recommendation

By Eileen Jacob   |   2/25/2017
Procuring letters of recommendation can feel like one of the more daunting parts of the MBA application process—but it doesn't have to be. Whether you're applying for a part-time MBA program or an executive ...

Why Business School? Berkeley MBA Students Share Their Reasons

By Eileen Jacob   |   2/17/2017
At its core, a decision to pursue an MBA is a decision to take ownership of one's career. We hear often from students about the desire to explore and to move their careers forward in new ways. They also tell ...