Graduate Leadership Programs Are Broken. Here’s Why

Structured training programs for newly graduated undergraduates and post-graduates are quickly replacing the standard on-boarding orientation for new hires. Here in Asia, virtually every large multi-national comes to campus pitching their fancy program, whether they're called a Management Associate (MA), Management Trainee (MT), or Graduate Leadership Development Program (LDP). But are these programs actually working? Having surveyed over 200 people who’ve participated in LDPs, along with the fact that operational costs of these programs continue to rise, and the retention rates of organizations going in the opposite direction, it's our hypothesis that these LDPs are failing, especially here in Asia.

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Thinking of an MBA? A Recent Trend that will Force you to Start Planning Today!

Obtaining an MBA is becoming an increasingly popular step in a young person’s career. With competition even tougher than before, being admitted to a top program requires careful planning. New trends are also emerging changing what the “ideal” MBA candidate is. If you’re thinking about an MBA in the future, whether it’s applying this fall or years down the road, let me highlight a recent trend that will force you to start planning today.

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The Power of Student Blogs

If you're reading this article via a RSS reader or by subscribing to my feed or through email, I don't think I need to tell you too much about how powerful and informative blogs can be. Blogs have quickly moved from a niche personal outlet to the mainstream. CEOs from large MNCs to celebrities and politicians are all jumping on the blog (and for that matter Twitter) band-wagon.

The education industry is no different. As students begin to move away from their home town to their new university environments and experiences, they have been quick to use the blog, and other social media channels, as a way to let their friends back home know what they are up to.

Admission departments are now beginning to embrace this new marketing channel as well. While MBA programs have been soliciting student volunteers to be part of their official blogs for sometime now, undergraduate programs are joining in on this growing trend.

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The Best Places to Launch a Career in 2009

This week's (Sept 14) cover story of BusinessWeek magazine highlights their results of the 2009 edition of "the Best Places to Launch a Career"...and $10 says you won't be able to guess who it is. I'll give you a hint. I know this company better than ANY other one in the world.

First, a caveat. This article is heavily biased towards the U.S. job market, and while most of the companies on the list are MNCs (multi-national corporations), some of the specifics that are mentioned in the article apply only to certain U.S. office locations, and not necessary to what is happening in all countries of the same company.

And the winner for 2009...

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Best Careers of 2009

As you enter your final year of school before graduation, whether it's at the high school, university or post-graduate level, you will inevitably have to make the choice of what you want to pursue as a possible career. One of the challenges when trying to determine what career to pursue is understanding what one actually does in a certain profession.


The U.S. News & World Report has recently been publishing a list of Best Careers which it updates each year. While I wouldn't put too much weight on what they consider "hot or not", the 1 page profile they include on each career mentioned is a great source of information.


Here are some of the professions that made the Best Careers in 2009 list...

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