In theory, you know what an MBA is. It’s a Master’s of Business Administration, a degree designed to give you an overarching understanding of business and take your career to the next level. But, what is it really? And what does it actually prepare you for? This week, we’re busting some common myths about getting your MBA and what you can do with it.
Are you considering graduate school, but want to hear from someone that's been there? Current graduate student, Michelle McGuire, shares her first year of experience at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Brandcenter program. Read about her first week experience returning to school as a grad student, the challenges she overcame in her first semester, and her overall thoughts as she finishes her first year.
How do you know if you’re ready to take the GMAT? It’s hard to shake the feeling that there’s always more to study, practice, and refine. After all, your score holds a lot of weight in your MBA admissions and you want to showcase your potential to your favorite schools. Follow these tried-and-true tips from business school students themselves to prepare:
You’ve started planning ahead for your business school application, but have yet to take on arguably the most daunting task: preparing for your GMAT. After all, you probably haven’t taken a formalized test that holds so much weight since your SATs. How do you even start studying for the GMAT? It’s all about finding your study style and figuring out what works best for you.
William Pearson and Nick Doman, co-founders of the Ocean Bottle and London Business School graduates, didn’t found their company with just profit in mind. What started as a shared passion for environmental impact grew into a company tackling the global issue of ocean plastic pollution. Co-founder Nick Doman gives us insight into the Ocean Bottle’s social and environmental impact and how London Business School helped jumpstart their company.
Determining what you want to achieve, whether it’s personal, social, professional, or academic, can provide you with valuable insights and put you on the path to success. Telling the story of what makes you qualified and talented, as well as your motivation and goals provides employers and schools with a better understanding of you as an employee or a future graduate business student.
Are you finding it difficult to make your decision about graduate school based off of school brochures and websites? Sure, there are great pictures of the campuses and an extensive list of programs available for you to check out. But wouldn't it be nice to hear from students who've actually been there, and how graduate school is helping to shape their future? Read about three real stories from an international student, a part-time student, and a current student who have been there!
Do you think going to business school might be in your future? It’s never too early to start planning ahead. The ideal timeline from when you start researching schools to when you step onto campus on the first day of school spans over a year and a half! It may sound crazy, but you need all that time to do your research, start your applications, take the GMAT, tour the schools, submit your applications, interview, etc. The list goes on and on! But before you feel too overwhelmed, here are a few easy things you can start doing now to secure your spot in the Class of 2022 or beyond:
In 25 days I will finish my first year of graduate school and I am feeling every emotion imaginable. I’m excited to reach the halfway point, nervous about where my summer internship will be, incredulous at how fast the time has flown, and scared of the higher expectations that I’ll face next year.
When it comes to going to graduate school, you probably have two main motivations: to get the best education possible and to pay the least amount of money possible out of your own pocket. While graduate school is worth it for your professional development in the long run, the financial burden of tuition and living expenses can be intimidating for both you and your bank account. Before taking out the maximum amount of loans, try looking in the following places for a little extra grad school money: