A Few Reminders before Going Back to Business SchoolTerohan Nula May 16, 2014 0 COMMENTS
So it’s been over 5 years or so since you last submitted a term paper or raised your hand to answer a professor’s question. Within that span of time, you probably didn’t think you’d go back for further education. Things, however, have changed, and have affected your career plans. You want a certificate or an MBA degree.
You might be going against plans, but it’s alright, as you deeply know that the fruits of your labour will be sweet. With this plan in mind, it’s important to remind yourself about the things you need to prepare for, especially the fact that requirements for MBA and other business management course applications today have changed. Here’s what you need to do.
Prepare for your Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT, if you want to take up a master’s degree. Many graduate schools have this as part of their screening process to make sure that they only accept high-calibre students who can cope with the rigorous requirements of the program. For higher chances of passing the exam, preparations require at least 3 to 6 months. You may also consider hiring a personal tutor or attending prep classes.
Delve into 101s Again
Preparation for the GMAT and for the program in totality requires you to go back to basics. If you have an undergraduate degree encompassing business management courses, you should start refreshing yourself on accounting theories and methodologies. Similarly, you need to boost other skills, such as creating presentations, preparing business reports, and organising information charts.
Learn from Your Company
The aim of the business school is to teach you the application of business concepts to real-life corporate settings. Give yourself a head start by being aware of the processes and techniques in your company. For instance, you might want to take a look at how the business comes up with service packages or how the CMO cascades information to the customer service department.
Don’t Forget About the Recommendations
Other than passing the exams, business schools usually accept candidates based on recommendations. Make sure that whoever you reach out to for a recommendation knows you well and is willing to disclose some of your weaknesses in a way that won’t affect your chances of being accepted. Give whoever you ask enough time for a more comprehensive review of your performance.
Going back to business school is one of the most practical decisions you’ll ever make, especially if you’re looking into broadening your professional network and improving certain skills necessary for your career. Prepare well to do well.