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:
College may prepare you for getting your first job, but it certainly doesn’t prepare you for life once you finally get that job. How do you handle the sudden change from being a broke student to the salaried life of a young professional? A salary brings both the prospect of new adventures and the overwhelming pressure of student debt payments, credit card bills, and a tight budget. Where do you even start when it comes to financial planning? These tips should help you and your bank account:
Olivia Pechstein, a strategy analyst at the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), knew she wanted to get her MBA on her terms. She wanted to keep her current job, maintain a balanced life, and take her education to the next level. Learn how she chose a part-time online MBA program at the University of Delaware in her quest for flexibility.
Let’s face the facts, women have not had it easy when it comes to building our careers. We still earn less than men, we’re underrepresented in the C-suite, and we’re viewed as less competent leaders. It can be overwhelming and downright discouraging. What’s a professional woman to do?
Did you know the average American switches jobs 12 times in their lifetime? It’s common to study one thing, do some work in the industry, and then have a revelation about where you actually want to be. I know the feeling. I’m an international development professional turned brand strategy freelancer and graduate student. Wondering how to make your own major industry change? These tips will help build your plan of attack:
Do you need a LinkedIn profile? The short answer is 100% yes. LinkedIn takes you from a recent graduate with a resume to a young professional with a digital presence. It is your ticket to a huge professional network of 500 million users and countless opportunities for professional development. It also takes minimal time to set up and doesn’t require constant upkeep.
Alejandra Parra always knew she wanted to live and study abroad. After graduating from college in her home country of Colombia, she moved to Washington, DC, to work at the Embassy of Colombia and pursue her business school dreams. Now a financial consultant at Delphos International and a George Washington University MBA graduate, she shares what her business school experience was like as an international student:
Ask a business school graduate what they enjoyed the most about their classroom experience and the answer may surprise you. It’s often not the amazing professor they had or the business knowledge they learned. It’s the richness of diversity in their classroom and how it shaped their education.