Long-time readers of the blahg (hey! there are a few of you out there!) may remember the saga of our military MBA pro bono program – which is our little way of giving back. We formally launched it several years ago and all in all it’s been a success all around: Us able to provide some freebie advice to help a rather disadvantaged, yet very deserving, segment of the BSer population, and that deserving set of BSers getting an advantage in their quest to make it from the military into business school.
We say “disadvantaged” because military types tend to have a very big hurdle to leap when transitioning from the service into the business world. And, they have an even bigger hurdle when trying to figure out this MBA stuff. Some of them have hardly ever used Excel. There’s way a lot of jargon and confusing mumbo jumbo in bschool land. Despite how adept these men and women may be with a rifle or disarming a roadside bomb, many come to us a little overwhelmed and intimidated by the prospects of trying to get into bschool.
Anyway, that’s our specialty, and we have always appreciate the opportunity to give a little thanks to those who serve. A Teacher of ours once said, “There’s something sacred about a soldier,” and part of our aesthetic is to give back when we’ve been given so much, so this pro bono program is a mutually excellent arrangement. (Note: We also offer services to current and alumni members of the Peace Corps, Teach for America, fire/police/EMT, etc – if that’s you, hit us up with some details and we can tell you what you might qualify for.)
The tl;dr of that post is, as important as service is to us, manners are important, too.
So after one too many aholes in the mix, we shuttered the pro bono program last year.
But we’ve always felt kinda guilty about it. It’s sorta in the DNA to be doing some stuff for free for this sector. They need help! We can provide it! It’s a no-brainer not to do so.
We were flummoxed as to how to open it up again without setting ourselves up for more disgruntledness when lo and behold, a very smart former BSer suggested this: “Why not make it available on a referral basis?”
Aha! Brilliant! See, we told you these guys were deserving!! Smart cookie indeed.
So, this post is to hereby announce that, if you’re a man or woman in uniform, on active duty in or recently separated from the U.S. Armed Services (any branch), and you are buddies with a BSer we worked with before, we’d like to help out. We can extend to you a free Comprehensive Profile Review plus some assorted other goodies like free access to the blahg and stuff. Please follow the instructions on our Military MBA page to submit your request, and be sure to include the name of the person who referred you over to us.
You can thank that former BSer. 😉
PS: If you are a military candidate who happened to stumble into Snarkville but does not know anyone else who can refer you … we still can offer you the basic freebies like access to the blahg, plus we have deeply discounted package rates for any qualified do-gooder service-based candidate who’s interested (like, seriously deeply discounted, in the realm of the ridiculous – available to military, TFA, PC, etc.). So feel free to write in if you want to see what’s available.