Each November, the entire first year class at Yale SOM gathers in the ballroom of the New Haven Lawn Club to take part in the Investor Trading Game. A staple of the core curriculum, the game pits teams of students against one another and the market in a mock stock exchange that builds on and reinforces the lessons of the Investor Perspective course, taught by Nicholas Barberis, the Stephen & Camille Schramm professor of finance.
Many MBA applicants struggle to articule their longer-term career goals. Some applicants have a vague notion of wanting to do something to “serve” their country or region but often don’t know how to express that in concrete terms. Yet the ability to coherently link a private sector career with public service is one way of differentiating your career goals/purpose statement.