Do you think you might want to go to business school one day? If so, it’s a great idea to take some steps now to plan for your future MBA that can set you up for success later.
If you’re reading this while still in undergrad or at university, it goes without saying that the best way to position yourself for the future is to earn the highest grades possible. Also, take leadership positions in one or two extracurriculars that are meaningful to you in some way.
But if you’re working part-time during school to finance your education and don’t see how you could make room for other activities outside of your job and classes, don’t worry! Admissions committees do respect when an MBA candidate successfully balances their courseload and work during college.
Once you’re out of school, start seriously considering taking the GMAT or GRE sooner rather than later. It’s easy to fall out of college studying habits and that “student mindset” once you graduate.
Check out B-Schooled Podcast #106: Admissions Test Deep Dive with SBC’s Director of Test Prep, Anthony Ritz.
Taking your admissions test while you’re still used to a study routine makes sense. This would also give you time to reassess your strategy if things don’t go as well as you’d hoped.
At work, take the initiative and go above and beyond in your role whenever you spot the opportunity. And don’t forget to keep up relationships with bosses and mentors as you progress through roles or switch companies.
Not only will doing so help your network remain strong. It will also make it less awkward when it comes time to ask for those crucial recommendation letters!
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Finally, one of the most impactful things you can do in the years before you apply to MBA programs is to build up your volunteer experience. This is especially true if you didn’t have a lot to show for yourself on this front in college. You’ll likely compete with candidates with similar profiles when applying to business school. Having significant volunteer experience under your belt can set your candidacy apart.
In episode #47 of our B-Schooled podcast, we go into much more detail about other things you can do today to prepare and plan for your future MBA. You can find B-Schooled on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher,
When you envision your path over the next several years, consider this advice:
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