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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

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 ...

Am I Ready for an MBA if I Don't Have a Business Background?

By Eileen Jacob   |   2/15/2017
Am I ready for an MBA? It's a question that every potential applicant needs to ask. There are circumstances that could stop you from applying to business school, but one thing that shouldn't hold you back is ...

Video: Which Berkeley MBA Program is Right for You?

By Eileen Jacob   |   1/27/2017
  Choosing an MBA program is, in part, about finding the peer group and the program format that works best for you.

Shaping Your Business School Studies for a Product Management MBA

By Eileen Jacob   |   1/19/2017
Part problem-solver, part storyteller, part trend analyst, and part entrepreneur, a product manager is part of putting The Next Big Thing in people's hands. 

To Find More Meaningful Work: Explore

By Eileen Jacob   |   1/11/2017
Deciding you're restless at work is one thing. Deciding what to do next? That's quite another.

7 Reasons to Choose a Part-time MBA Program

By Eileen Jacob   |   12/29/2016
Congratulations—you've decided to go business school. And you've decided that study in a top-ranked MBA program will give you the knowledge, skills, and network to chart the course of your career, from next ...