My last post discussed several resources available to assist you in the MBA search and application process. In addition, I would encourage you to spend time on mba.com, the official site of business school. This is not only the site you will use to register for the GMAT, it also provides several practice tests and GMAT prep resources as well as information about business school in general and profiles of each business school. You can even utilize the search options to find schools that may match what you’re looking for in a program. Take time to familiarize yourself with this site and the free resources available to you!
Another great resource to utilize in the process of determining your future career path, whether an MBA is right for you, and throughout the application process are the people around you. Consider your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, supervisors, clients, and even those people you may have casual conversation with on the train or sitting next to you on a flight. Learn about their backgrounds and how they got to where they are today. You’ll be surprised how much people will actually share about themselves and how they got to where they are today. In doing so, you may learn more about potential paths to your future.
While many times this conversation can be simply informal, you may also want to utilize what are commonly referred to as informational interviews. This type of “interview” is a simple conversation. Identify someone that you see as a mentor or in a position that you may like to pursue at some point. Ask that person to lunch or out for coffee. Let him or her know that you’re considering your future plans and perhaps even an MBA. Ask how they got to where they are today and learn more about their background. Again, it can be a simple conversation and doesn’t have to be a formal interview by any means. The goal is simply to learn about various career paths and the options of getting there that are available to you. At the same time, you’ll likely find yourself building deeper relationships and gaining mentors along the way. This will help throughout your career as well as in the application process. (Don’t forget you’ll need letters of recommendation at some point, which I’ll discuss in a future post!) Taking the time to discover and learn these things will also help you formulating “your story” and essays. (Again, I’ll discuss these things in a later post.)
Well, my flight is about to land in San Francisco and it’s time to shut down the laptop. I look forward to sharing more soon!
Update from the admissions committee: Our online application is now available and there is no application fee! Be sure to read all of the instructions carefully. I’ll be posting more application tips in coming posts so be sure to come back and visit!