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How to find the right MBA for you!

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How to find the right MBA program:

A significant number of people are interested in a MBA degree as a way to advance their career and increase their compensation package. Employers are not just interested in your MBA degree, but also which school you received it from. Of course the easy answer is that we would all like to get our MBA’s from the top 20 ranked schools. The not so easy answer is that we have to select a school that meets our academic and financial profile. The US has over 500+ MBA schools and picking one can be a herculean task. So what can a prospective student do?

First, evaluate your career goals and see what you would like to be doing 5, 10 and more years from now. As I mentioned yesterday, MBA comes in many flavors, so pick the one that fits best for you.

Secondly, select a school that best fits your academic and financial profile. This is an analytical process and drilling down to the best school for you can be achieved via several dimensions. There is a lot of help out there in selecting the right school, both free of charge and paid consulting.

Lastly, go with your gut feeling.

I invite you your comments on why you would like to do an MBA and in what specialization.

My Life, My Words

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Published by the Democrat and Chronicle, October 1, 2006

There is an ongoing national debate about how to increase the number of foreign students pursuing higher education in the United States. Today the US continues to be one of the most sought after nations in the world for higher education, although other countries such as Australia, Canada, and England are competing today for a spot on the top destinations for international higher education. As an immigrant who came to this country nearly twenty five years ago as an international student on a Rotary scholarship to the University of Central Florida, I speak for many students when I say it has been a life transforming and life enriching experience.

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Within our Reach to Advance Women

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If you are reading this post, you already know the facts. All you need to remember are two important facts:

1. There is a shortage of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

2. Women and minorities face obstacles in reaching their full potential in the workplace.

For more than a decade, countless surveys, studies, and reports from legislators, policy institutes, professional associations, national commissions and councils reach the same conclusion (refer to the two statements above). It would be more productive to act on the recommendations of  prior reports and findings than commission more studies to arrive at the same conclusion! The need of the hour is action, not another report. What are some things we can do that won’t cost money and yet will have a positive impact? Please share your innovative ideas to increase women and minorities in STEM and to create a positive and empowering workplace for women that won’t cost money.

The Myth About Online Job Searches

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Umaglobe_3The Internet has lulled job-seekers into thinking that with a few mouse clicks the perfect offer will show up in their mailbox. Those who have been in the job market will enthusiastically attest to the fact that Internet job searches are anything but easy. In fact, the Internet has made it more difficult, not easy, for employers and job seekers to find one another. Somewhat like the dating game it is confusing and downright painful. The rules of the game are arbitrary and mysterious and while both (employer and employee) claim to enthusiastically seek the other with open arms, neither is finding the experience pleasant nor productive. Over the next few weeks, I will critique the career websites of several Fortune 100 firms and show how some firms may be turning off potential employees! Share your experiences about on-line job searches.

The Three C’s of College Campus Climate

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The Three Cs to survival in academia for tenure-track faculty or junior faculty are Climate, Culture, and Collegiality, according to a new study by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE), a research project based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. More than 4,500 junior faculty from 51 colleges participated in the survey. See highlights of the report.

What is interesting about this report is that implementing its findings won’t cost money.

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International Consulting

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Uma_gupta06Dr. Uma G. Gupta has more than 15 years of experience in higher education administration in the United States and has served as a consultant to several US corporations. She is also a highly sought after speaker. She has presented many seminars and workshops to senior executives and middle management in industry and academia on a wide range of topics. In particular, Dr. Gupta is available for online consulting and coaching educators and managers in India and South-east Asia. Dr. Gupta is an expert in the following areas:

  1. Strategic Planning for colleges and universities.
  2. Building Alliances with US institutions.
  3. Talent Recruitment and Retention.
  4. Organizational Development and Leadership Building.
  5. Project Management

She can be reached at guptaguma@gmail.com

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Preparing and Winning Tenure

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The worry about receiving tenure starts almost the first day one lands a job as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. "What do I need to do to get tenure?" is a question junior faculty ask almost every day of their lives for the first five or six years of their academic career. There are facts and myths about what one needs to do to receive tenure. Over the next few months, experts from academia will share advice on what junior faculty can do to receive tenure. Here are a few pointers from me:

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