So, the idea of going back to business school has crossed your mind more than a few times. Now you decide that it’s now or never. What should your next move be?
Here are some things you can do to get the game started:
– Talk to people you know/ friends of friends who have done MBA’s. Ask them to tell you about their experience, and discuss any concerns or uncertainties that you have.
– Make a list of pro’s and con’s and decide whether an MBA makes sense for you right now. Is there any logic in postponing it, or is it time to bite the bullet?
– Attend an MBA fair. Some of note are The MBA World Tour, The MBA Tour and the Association of MBAs MBA Fair.
– If appropriate, ask your employer about sponsorship for an MBA/EMBA. Have a list of beneﬁts ready to show him/her, and be sure to make it clear you have done your research.
– Think about what kind of MBA ﬁts your lifestyle. Consider how long you can afford to invest in school, which school ﬁts your lifestyle needs, and which specialty ﬁts your desires/ career goals. Some things to consider; degree offered, curriculum, teaching methods, tuition, reputation/rankings.
– Use the rankings to help make your decision, but do not forfeit this for other types of research.
– Take the GMAT! Don’t forget, if you are really serious about attending business school, the GMAT will give you the competitive edge over the GRE and show a school that you are really serious about attending their program.
Taking the GMAT is only one part of a hefty application process for business school. Many people put off going to business school because they are intimidated by the thought of months of preparation and study.
GMAT preparation doesn’t have to be long and complicated. For a lot of people the GMAT is over-complicated and over-whelming, and students often try several different approaches in order to get the perfect GMAT score. It is important to remember that it is how you study not what you study that will make the difference between a mediocre score and an impressive one. It is not the concepts on the GMAT that is the difficult part, rather it is knowing how to tackle a standardized test in the most effective way that will raise your score.
A student with average intelligence but a keen understanding of how to tackle the test will get a much higher score than an incredibly intelligent student with no understanding of it. Why not get ahead of the crowd and fast-track your way to GMAT success? Your ticket to business school may not be as far away as you think!