Video: From the Wine Industry to an Executive MBA, Opening New Doors

Working in the wine industry, Matt Wood decided to pursue an Executive MBA to take his career to the next level.

At Hess Collection Winery in Napa, Matt Wood works in the wine business as Vice President of Operations. “I oversee everything from fruit sourcing and production, to warehousing and logistics, through customer’s order fulfillment,” Matt says.

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Dream Jobs: Two Stories from the Full-time MBA Class of 2016

They came to Berkeley-Haas not just to find a job, but to find themselves, and their explorations led members of the Full-time Berkeley MBA class of 2016 to make technology, consulting, and finance their top three career fields.

McKinsey & Co., Bain & Co., Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and Deloitte Consulting were the top hiring firms for the 19 percent of the class going into consulting, and Olivia Anglade, now at BCG, was one of them. 

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How an MBA led to more meaningful work for Digital Green's Karin Lion

For many, being a program officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sounds like a dream job. And for Karin Lion, EMBA 15, it was – for eight years.

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Shaping Your Business School Studies for a Product Management MBA

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. 

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Tip #2 to Finding More Meaningful Work: Explore

Deciding you're restless at work is one thing. Deciding what to do next? That's quite another.

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Leaders Who Redefine: Danae Ringelmann, Indiegogo

 

Change with an MBA

She worked in finance for more than six years, learning about the world, business, and how things worked. Then she wanted to change it.

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Why Networking should be part of your search for more Meaningful Work

Networking is not a numbers game—how many connections you have on LinkedIn or names in your contact list. Algorithms can only take you so far. It is about building productive relationships that deliver mutual value and grow stronger over time.

As Berkeley-Haas students seek out and retool themselves for more meaningful work, the Berkeley MBA Career Management Group coaches them on how to network for the best possible results.

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Managing Your Career for More Meaningful Work

Like all big decisions in life, making a career change in pursuit of more meaningful work can give you a whole spectrum of feelings—it can make you question your direction, make you nervous about actually taking the leap, or make you feel antsy to finally take that first step toward having the impact you want.

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Leaders Who Redefine: Adobe CEO and Berkeley MBA Shantanu Narayen

Round Out Tech Skills

Shantanu Narayen earned a Master’s in Computer Science and holds five patents.

He then earned his graduate business degree at night, while working at Apple and studying  in the part-time MBA program at Berkeley-Haas. "It was clear I needed to round out some of my entrepreneurial genes with a business education," says Shantanu.

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Career Management Also Means Knowing When It’s Time to Move On

Are you thinking it might be time for a new job? We've got tips from the MBA career coaches at Berkeley-Haas on managing your career in pursuit of more meaningful work, along with questions to ask yourself—all in our new free ebook.

You've probably heard that timing is everything. And it's true that when it comes to many decisions in life, whether it's to get married, buy a house, get your MBA, or pursue more meaningful work—timing is an important factor.

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