Mark Partridge, University of Washington

In his final blog, Mark Partridge looks back on his business school career and gives some advice on when it might be a good time to study for an MBA  

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

With the end of his two-year MBA programme in sight Mark Patridge is determined to make the very most of all his last moments at business school 

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

A new term brings with it the imminent arrival of fatherhood for one blogger. The work/life balance has never been more important. 

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

It has been a very busy period for one blogger who despite studying on a full-time programme has continued to work part time, adding an additional layer of complexity to an already busy life  

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

A trip to California and Silicon Valley is the perfect opportunity for students to network with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs and get an understanding of what life could be like post-MBA 

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

For many business school students the interview season is upon them and recruiters are flooding the campuses. Students find that they have to prepare carefully and do their homework ahead of any interview 

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

Without realising it, second year MBA students discover that they have built up a network of contacts across countries and sectors and when necessary can tap into this network to the benefit of the students on campus 

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

An internship gives you the opportunity to “see” a company from the inside and helps you to decide whether the company and indeed the sector is really for you 

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

Recently, I took part in a group project where we negotiated a merger between AT&T and Seattle-based McCaw Wireless. It was a fascinating experience, not only for the lessons about valuation. 

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

A game of golf is an excellent opportunity for some networking and the chance to find out more about your chosen career path  

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

For many people, the goal of the first year in the MBA programme is to get an internship. But, once you have landed that big internship, what comes next? This is the situation I find myself in these days. 

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

Accepting an internship offer can be fraught with complications – do you take the first offer even though it may not be what you want or do you bide your time and hope that eventually the right offer will come along? 

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

The spring break gives students the opportunity to take study tours overseas, witnessing at first hand how companies operate internationally  

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

Focusing on your goals and working out how you are going to achieve them is one of the lessons to be learnt at business school 

Mark Partridge, University of Washington

First year students need to tailor their education and make the most of all that is on offer