Why Business School? Berkeley MBA Students Share Their Reasons

Students from three MBA programs converge in the courtyard at Berkeley-Haas

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 us they want to have greater impact and refuel their passion for work—perhaps find even more meaningful work

Why go to business school? Here are a few reasons shared by students in the Evening & Weekend, Full-time, and MBA for Executives programs at Berkeley-Haas:

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

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 the fact that you see yourself as a non-traditional business school applicant.

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Going to business school could turn you into an MBA entrepreneur


Above: Berkeley MBA startup Planet Murple aims to help kids each more vegetables

If you've ever considered enrolling in an MBA program, you may have pictured yourself getting promoted to a prominent new position at your current company or transferring to an innovative startup after graduation, but have you ever thought about launching your own venture?

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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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MBA Student Perspective: How I'm Leaning In to Become One of the 7% of Women In Venture Capital

Photo: At my internship with my soon-to-be boss, Bee Partners Founder & Managing Partner Michael Berolzheimer, MBA 07

My passion is solving problems that matter. That passion often attracts me to disruptive industries and ways of thinking. My appreciation for risk-taking attracted me to entrepreneurship, and motivated me to apply to business school. 

I chose Haas because one of its Defining Principles, “Question the Status Quo,” deeply resonated with me. From my perspective, questioning the status quo is exemplified by Haas’ vast entrepreneurial ecosystem, the cultivation of emotional intelligence, and its emphasis on gender equity. These three things have defined and transformed my time here.

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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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MBA Team Takes 1st Place at Microsoft Innovation Challenge

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MBA Student Perspective: A Non-traditional Student Finds Her Voice

I am probably not the typical image that comes to mind when most people think of a business school student.

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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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