M.B.A Admissions Experts Discuss Application Missteps; Take the Mask Down and Pick the Right ‘Recommender’
Great article from the Wall Street Journal to help those who are considering MBA programs in the near future. While applications are down for MBA programs, the competition is still fierce for spots in the top programs. To read the advice: MBA Advice.
I support their assertion that candidates for an MBA program need to enter with an idea of what he/she wants on the other side after graduation. MBA programs are not where one should go to “find” oneself – these programs are designed to advance, or re-invent, one’s career. Do not make the mistake of not having a gameplan before you apply.
Second piece I thought was extremely helpful was paying consideration to the geography of the program, especially for non-top ten MBA programs. Many employers are very regional in their recruiting relationships and only recruit from schools in their “backyard” or where they have had success in the past. Very hard to get noticed by Silicon Valley startups if you are on the East Coast or Midwest. Be sure to ask for a list of where graduates were placed in the past 3-4 years to get a sense of post-MBA career options.
Finally, there are a plethora of program options out there: full-time two-year programs that allow summer internships (very helpful in the placement realm), ‘executive’ programs that allow you to continue working while earning your degree, one-year Masters of Finance (or other business discipline) programs (becoming very popular), and more. Find the program that is the best fit for you AND will provide you the best outcomes for the future.