Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that you’re having an enjoyable holiday not only filled with delicious food but also filled with good friends and time with family. On Thanksgiving, most people hop into their cars to drive, or set away in overpriced seats in the crowded skies to join their families and celebrate while watching movies, parades, and football games. And during the day, they also express all the things they’re thankful for. But in addition to being thankful for many of the personal things above, many of us also have a lot to be thankful for professionally.
In my view, many of us should also be grateful for access to professional opportunities. And that especially true now where business is tighter than it’s been in previous years and where there are more applicants these days and the pressures to get accepted continue to mount. So we should all take a few minutes to thank those who have helped us along the way, whether they helped us make professional decisions or helped us with the graduate school application process.
Personally, I’m grateful for those ahead of me who aggressively continue to sharing information both in person and here online. So I thought I’d dedicate this post to name just a few online resources that I found interesting or that I used directly when applying. I suspect that my readers are also thankful for these resources, or at least will be thankful that I’ve shared them here in this post. My apologies in advance if I’ve left anyone off the list and to those who I didn’t discover during the application process.
- Marquis Parker, who is one of the 1st MBA Bloggers ever, and is currently the MBA blogger with the longest tenure and likely most unique visitors
- Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), the premier career development program for high potential minorities that are applying to MBA programs
- GottaMentor, an internet start-up that is changing the game for sharing information and online mentoring, and one that I’m also pretty active in
- Michelle Owuku, former MLT coach who helped me through the MBA application process
- Orlando O’niell, who set the stage for blogging at Kellogg the year before I came to campus, and currently writes very insightful posts
- Steven Windsor, another fellow blogger before me at Kellogg, who writes about the venture capital and technology space
- Dino Gane, another fellow blogger a year before me at Kellogg. For those who remember, he began with the name Managing Magic and wrote extensively about his MBA application process
- Jullien Gordon, who is in the careers blogging space and is currently working as an entrepreneur to help people change their careers and their lives
- Paragon2Pieces, who is one of the first, if not the first JD-MBA blogger out there. Either way, she paved the way for JD-MBA writers like myself to enter the space
- NotAboutJackie, who is one of the only other MLT bloggers out there
- Leland Cheung, former MBA blogger and current City Councilman, that also helped me through the application process
- Emmanuel Pleitez, political blogger who began the MBA application process with me before moving into politics and running for Congress
- HellasMBA Blog list, which is a list of bloggers and was one of my first entry points into the blogging space
- Stacy Blackman, a pioneer in the MBA admissions blogging space, and a Kellogg alum
- Linda Abraham (from Accepted.com), who has been sharing valuable information on MBA admissions for years
- ClearAdmit, who has been one of the leaders in sharing information on MBA admissions, for as long as I’ve found it relevant. I also found that Clear Admit Law Blog also has a website dedicated to law school admissions, which I found after being admitted into my program
- Keith Ferrazzi, who is a leading pioneer in the movement on sharing information with others. You might know him from his book, Never Eat Alone
I also wanted to name a couple of “honorable mentions.” Even though I didn’t leverage them during the admissions process or make use of them during my recruiting processes, these resources are definitely setting the stage in the online/ blogging world today and continue to increase the pace of sharing career and professional information.
- ClassyCareerGirl, who is blogging while getting a part-time MBA. She is an excellent resource for women in the business and consulting field. Keep an eye out for this emerging blogger.
- BeatTheGMAT, is an excellent resource not only for GMAT information, but also for aggregating admissions content. It’s a resource I’m currently partnering with to help them bring more information to more people.
- Law School Podcaster, is an excellent resource for law school. They also have a great website for MBA admissions, MBA Podcaster.
That’s because the best leaders and organizations understand the value of sharing information. They realize that more important than always working for ourselves is that we all continue to improve our community by sharing more and more information with those who need it. And that’s especially true for those who might come from families where access to information and to critical resources is limited. And in the end, my belief is that only after we start sharing more freely will be able to make use of everyone’s best talents and collectively unlock our collective potential for change.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!