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Rahul is Director of Admissions for the Berkeley MBA Programs for Working Professionals. He hopes these blog posts provide you with useful insights into the Berkeley MBA experience and questions you may have about the MBA in general.

Recent Posts

IBD consulting project provides a career pivot: Shaun Hundle, MBA 19

By Rahul Sampat   |   4/30/2019
For Shaun Hundle, MBA 19, his International Business Development (IBD) experience in Mexico City provided exactly the opportunity he wanted to hone his ability to “leverage influence in a larger institution.” ...

From scientist to venture capitalist by way of a Berkeley MBA: Juan Cueva, EWMBA 19

By Rahul Sampat   |   3/11/2019
You might be tempted to call Juan Cueva, PhD, MBA 19 an accidental venture capitalist, but you’d be wrong. Every step of the neuroscientist’s career path was strategic and intentional, including his decision ...

How a Berkeley MBA led to a Dodge & Cox dream job—before graduation: Dustin Seely, EWMBA 18

By Rahul Sampat   |   3/07/2019
Dustin Seely, MBA 18, had his eye on Dodge & Cox for years. He first approached the San Francisco firm in 2012 while working as an analyst for Prudential Financial. Equipped with an economics degree from ...

Career redesign—from engineer to consultant: Mandar Kulkarni, MBA 19

By Rahul Sampat   |   2/22/2019
Before he re-engineered his career, Mandar Kulkarni was creating the blueprints for next-generation technology. Working as a design engineer, he developed chips for implantable medical devices for Cactus ...

Coaching Through Corporate Hurdles: Melanie Akwule, EWMBA 19

By Rahul Sampat   |   2/06/2019
Melanie Akwule wouldn’t be who she is—as a person, a leader, or a founding CEO—if it hadn’t been for the hurdles.

Using an MBA to drive digital strategy at Nike

By Rahul Sampat   |   11/29/2018
Sports have always been a big part of Jamie Lee's life, so landing a position as global director of eCommerce at Nike was a dream job. Challenging herself both mentally and physically has been a habit as well ...

Six questions for U.S. Coast Guard veteran and Evening & Weekend MBA student Andrew Price

By Rahul Sampat   |   11/07/2018
When most of us want adventure, we might visit a new city—or try a different kind of coffee. But when former Coast Guard Lieutenant Andrew Price craved adventure out of high school, he decided to move from his ...

Evening & Weekend MBA sense of community inspires grants for commuters

By Rahul Sampat   |   5/03/2018
Abhishek Sharma spent hundreds of hours on Amtrak trains and in cars while earning his MBA, commuting to Berkeley Haas from his home in Sacramento.

Five Skills Every Product Manager Needs—and Why

By Rahul Sampat   |   3/13/2018
On the road to developing the next new thing, product managers need to be able to communicate strategy, negotiate scope and trade-offs, excel at working with constrained resources, speak in technical terms, ...