Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz

Welcome back to another edition of Stacy Blackman’s B-School Buzz, where we share the latest goings-on from the MBA applicant and student trenches. This week, our Buzz bloggers make tough decisions about where to go; get ready to dive back into the job market; and ponder the pros and cons of switching jobs with R1 deadlines just five months away.

And the decision is….—For anyone lucky enough to entertain multiple acceptances, deciding where to ultimately pursue your MBA can be an excruciating exercise. After obtaining feedback from friends and family, Ms. HR looked at cost, end goals, network, fit, and learning style to inform her decision to accept a seat at Vanderbilt-Owen this fall.

The plot thickens—It’s not all case studies, quizzes and competitions at b-school. Like much of America, Ellipser and his classmates share an obsession for the TV show Revenge. Between feverish recaps of this ABC sudser and a discussion of next winter break’s travel plans, it sounds like the Cornell first-year is finding time to disconnect from the madness at least for a little while.

Back to the employment worldLori of HEC Montreal celebrated the official end of P5 this past Monday and will spend the next week or so applying for jobs. After being in school for eight months, Lori calls the return to world of employment “bizarre” and can’t imagine how she would feel after doing an MBA for two years. “The program must feel like an eternal escape from reality,” she writes.

Is now a good time to change jobs?— Many people wonder whether it’s a good idea to change jobs just five months away from R1 deadlines, so Sanket provides a detailed analysis of the issue as someone who recently changed jobs himself. For good measure, he also includes some final thoughts on what he calls “altered definitions of success.”

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