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This is the first in a series of 7 case studies summarizing the challenges, experiences, and success of business school applicants who in recent years have engaged the admissions consulting services of The MBA Exchange. There's no such thing as a "perfect" MBA candidate, but there is a strategic way to perfect your candidacy!
If you're going to enroll in business school in Fall 2011, the fierce competition for a plum summer internship has surely crossed your mind. Good thing, because the time to get started is now.
This is the second in a series of 3 posts from The MBA Exchange.
Competition for admission to top MBA programs is intense. What gaps might exist between you and your admission?
In recent posts we have highlighted some of the gaps that you might be facing. Here, we take a look at two more.
You bring a lot to the table in terms of pursuing an MBA now. That said, regardless of your current status, there are gaps between you and ultimate success. We recently looked at two of the gaps that you might be facing. Here we explore a couple more.
Tags: Career Advisory
Whether you are an undergrad contemplating a corporate future, a young exec with a few years of solid experience, or a mid-career manager reaching for the elusive ”brass ring,” career planning is essential. Regardless of your current status, there are gaps between you and ultimate success. This distance from present reality to your preferred future can seem overwhelming at times, but must be analyzed before it can be crossed.
Determining which gaps are most relevant is a first step. Which of these issues do you face today? Which will you encounter down the road? How would pursuing a first-class MBA degree help you?
Tags: Career Advisory
Congratulations, Round 1 applicants! You’ve earned admission to your dream business school for Fall 2011. Not only have you achieved your goal, but you have the next 6 months to kick back and enjoy yourself. No more stressing about GMAT scores, essays or interviews. You might even be planning to quit your current job this spring so you can relax or travel for a few months before immersing yourself in first-year MBA courses and campus life.
It might be the GMAT, GRE, LSAT or TOEFL. The fact is that you need to do well on such standardized tests to achieve admission to your dream school. You’ve been preparing for weeks, perhaps even months. You know the material cold, but then on test day, you don’t score up to your potential.
So, you prep again, engage an expensive tutor, practice even more and then re-test. Again, the score is way short of what you need. You find yourself confused and conflicted. How could this be? You’re smart and highly accomplished. You did so well in college and are considered very successful at work. How could you allow this test, passed by thousands of others every year, to derail your future plans?
In good times or bad, the value proposition for earning a degree from the elite business schools remains convincing and compelling. The desire to increase one’s earning power, to add a prestigious brand to the resume and to join a global network of industry leaders makes the effort and investment required for MBA admission extremely motivating.
Every MBA candidacy has strengths and weaknesses. These could be academic, professional and/or personal. Admissions committees know and expect this when considering an applicant. When applying to business school, you must do everything you can to sell yourself. This means making sure that your strengths are prominent and clear, but also not just ignoring your weaknesses.