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Often referred to as a ‘happy surprise’, serendipity has formed the basis of many movies, novels and stories. However, in recent research about the innovation process in organisations, serendipity is used to describe innovation as “the act of finding answers to questions not yet posed”. Read more

Although many business schools require one or more essays to be submitted with an application for an MBA or other course, entry to the USyd MBA is by interview only. But candidates are shortlisted for interview following submission of a one-page statement on the expected professional and personal benefits of doing the MBA. Having been on the programme for a year now, I am often asked what to include in the statement. My advice is always to be honest. And get someone to proof read what you write. Based on my experience here are 10 tips for writing a successful statement:

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I recently downloaded a neat productivity app called Clear, whose £3.99 price-tag seemed pretty steep for a simple, stripped-back and user-friendly list tool. Given my MBA workload, it turns out it is a bargain. What’s more, you also get an enlightening quote after each list you clear. My first was “an ant on the move does more than a dozing ox”, which was said by Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher and writer. Read more

Why are you applying to the MBA now? Whether this question comes up or not, every graduate should know the answer Read more

Being a TA for Chicago Booth’s entrepreneurial finance and private equity summer courses has given me a better understanding of the material I learnt myself earlier in the year Read more

Once you start digging into it, there are three common themes that business schools are asking for Read more

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Despite the challenges the Brexit vote brings, I remain thankful for all that I have learnt this year, for the opportunities given to me and for the ability to apply for a Tier 1 visa. Stay tuned as I await the results of my application…

Establishing strategic relationships is a key part of progressing your career. But what is the best approach in identifying and building these relationships? Read more

Provide a flavour of what you are like as a person, beyond your career Read more

The contrast between real life and business school whacks you over the head like a blunt hammer every time you search for a new fancy-dress costume Read more

The MBA blog will return on Wednesday September 14. In the mean time, why not explore the blog and catch up on some of our previous posts:  Read more

IE Executive MBA Essay in Prezi format.

We are who we are and our experiences are what they are; we cannot change them. The key was finding the voice and focusing effort on influencing the delivery Read more

I have looked back over my past two years and distilled what I loved most, while some of my cohort also offer their thoughts Read more

'Who are you?': Booth in Chicago set an ambiguous and challenging essay question

If the school was anything like its vague and challenging request then I had found the place for me Read more

A project examining the UK’s Senior Managers Regime has meant weekly train trips from Edinburgh to London for interviews at global banks while trying to write my thesis Read more

You need to demonstrate broad knowledge but also illustrate a real understanding of your chosen topic Read more

Business school actually helps to reaffirm who you already are while allowing for a period of experimentation Read more

Those who know you best can be a good sounding board for ideas while an extra pair of eyes can help fine tune grammar, clarity and flow Read more

I found out things I did not even know I wanted just by having to describe my life looking from a different angle Read more

While many organisations will provide MBA interns with feedback, it is important for students to perform their own critiques and ask certain questions Read more

Accra, the capital of Ghana

Accra, the capital of Ghana  © Image by Getty

It takes some getting used to a place with regualr power outages and ridiculous amounts of traffic and where days must be planned with precision Read more

Many benefits of an MBA may not be tangible, but the support from the networks provided by such programmes is certainly invaluable Read more

Birna Einarsdóttir offers candid leadership advice having guided the bank through the financial crisis – this is exactly the sort of exclusive value an MBA provides  Read more

There will always be managers, regardless of degree or experience, who find it difficult to work with others. But it would be a mistake to bash MBAs based on anecdotal evidence Read more

Singapore skyline

Singapore, where people from all corners of the world unite in their differences  © Image by Getty

Pursuing a programme in one of the world’s top tourist destinations has taught me to connect with a place, not just see it Read more