Many Happy Returns: Long-Term ROI on the Berkeley MBA, Part I

Posted by Julia Sprague

02/26/2015

Against the backdrop of frequent stories about the financial return-on-investment of b-school, we wondered about other benefits of the degree that contribute to professional success and personal satisfaction. In this three-part series, we asked several Berkeley-Haas alums for a different kind of MBA ROI—how their Berkeley-Haas studies and degrees have affected their lives in the longer term.

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Topics: evening & weekend, careers, alumni, entrepreneurship

Part-time MBA ROI: A Career Change to Management Consulting

Posted by Julia Sprague

02/18/2015

When Desirae Early, MBA 15, looked at part-time MBA programs, the extensive career resources in the Evening & Weekend MBA Program were an important factor in her decision to enroll at Berkeley-Haas.

She had no idea how important they would prove to be to her MBA ROI. She went from career switcher to entrepreneur back to making a career change—ultimately landing a position with McKinsey & Company. 

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Topics: evening & weekend, careers

Evening and Weekend MBA Startup Jolts Electric Vehicle Charging

Posted by Julia Sprague

02/6/2015

An MBA startup launched by evening and weekend students aims to send shock waves through the energy storage and electrical vehicle charging industries. Last year it developed a product it hopes will redefine those markets, and within its first year counts Google and LinkedIn among its customers and Nissan and Siemens as strategic partners.

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Topics: evening & weekend, entrepreneurship, energy, academics

Going the Extracurricular Mile at Berkeley-Haas Means Extra Value

Posted by Julia Sprague

02/4/2015

Evening and weekend students here at Berkeley-Haas are either over-achievers or gluttons for punishment. On top of a strenuous academic schedule, demanding full-time jobs, and busy personal lives, many are up to their elbows in extracurricular activities—and loving it.

Take second-year student Ennis Olson for instance. He participated in six business case competitions before being on the winning team for the PG&E Net Impact energy ideation competition. Why did he keep trying? Because “each competition was an opportunity to collaborate with team members who brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to everything we did,” he explains.

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Topics: evening & weekend, conferences, speakers, competitions, student perspectives, clubs

A Top-Ranked Part-Time MBA Program with Global Learning Opportunities

Posted by Julia Sprague

01/27/2015

As the top-ranked part-time MBA program, we at Berkeley-Haas work hard to integrate global perspectives into our curriculum and community.

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Topics: evening & weekend, academics, international

Beyond "Balancing": Ways to Integrate Work, Life, and the Berkeley MBA

Posted by Julia Sprague

01/8/2015

A chess game. A juggling act. A balancing act. There are lots of ways to describe the fine art of keeping your job, home life, and studies all in sync when you’re enrolled in a part-time MBA program—and lots of strategies for doing so.

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Topics: evening & weekend, work/life balance

Constructing a New Berkeley MBA Student Experience

Posted by Morgan Bernstein

12/9/2014

Coming in 2016 to Berkeley-Haas: 80,000 square feet devoted entirely to student learning and interaction.

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Topics: evening & weekend, full-time, executive, academics

MBA Group Work: You Cannot Possibly Do It Alone

Posted by Andy Garlikov

12/1/2014

The first time I gave “mba group work” in business school any thought was when I thumbed through the admissions brochure from Berkeley-Haas. I remember, quite vividly, a photo that showed three dedicated Evening and Weekend MBA students peering awkwardly (it was clearly a posed photo) into a laptop, while sitting at a gate at SFO – with a shiny Virgin America A320 parked behind them. Suddenly, group work meant doing sexy consulting projects that would earn me first-class upgrades and probably a great job at an amazing brand. Sign me up! 

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Topics: evening & weekend, student perspectives, mba group work

5 Things I Learned in my First 10 Weeks as an EWMBA Student

Posted by Kate Kleinschmidt

11/5/2014

When I started business school, I had a lot of goals -- learn new skills, grow my network, advance my career and much more. Now, I'm ten weeks into this 3-year adventure, and I've already learned a lot -- not just from classes, but from several parts of the experience. 

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Topics: evening & weekend, events, student perspectives, work/life balance

Work-Life Balance is a Myth. But...

Posted by Andy Garlikov

10/14/2014

Despite what people tell you, there’s no such thing as a good work-life balance. And, since you’re considering applying to the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA program (EWMBA), I should warn you that when you throw school into that, the difficulty of “balancing” goes even further out the window.

But what you can do – what I did – is figure out work-school-life integration. That’s what made my first year in the EWMBA program fun and successful.

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Topics: evening & weekend, student perspectives, work/life balance