MBA application tips – Going back to school – MBA at Boston University
On New Year’s Eve I wished to stay focused during the year ahead. I knew that besides my job I want to work on my graduate school application and that it takes time. I minimized my social web activities like blogging, tweeting, commenting on blogs, and even reading blogs, an activity that I missed the most. Well, it paid off. I made it to the MBA program at Boston University.
I’m looking forward to being a student again starting this August. I’m also very excited that I’m studying in USA – where else in the world will you go to learn about the art of management?
My school will probably take away from my social media time, but maybe, occasionally, I will be able to share about things that I’m learning at school, observations about the process, and other experiences.
My take away from the school of management application process:
- Go to the information session and other gatherings, it is your chance to put a face to your application. Take the business cards from the school staff and keep them, you may need those later to contact and ask questions. Make a good impression, remember that leadership is the key in Business School.
- Take advantage of the GMAT to improve your English – I actually enjoyed that part.
- Look for recommenders that have recent knowledge about your work experience and accomplishments because it will make things easier for them and you.
- Focus your resume on accomplishments not just skills.
- The essays: there are many books, and websites that talk extensively about this effort, but try not to make this task bigger than it actually is. When I finally sat down to do it, I think that I had only spent 4 hours total (to answer 4 questions, 500-700 words each).
- Prepare for the interview – think about:
- Your reasons for going after MBA
- Your reasons for the specific program
- What are you going to do after the graduation
- Your leadership style
- Come up with a question or two for the interviewer – you must have some in your mind! I asked about how the program is kept up to date. Beside the globalization and the Internet more changes are coming due to social media, location based services, and mobile devices like the iPhone. My understanding after the interview is that the school brings great voices from the field, change agents, and technology leaders to lecture and share about what that they are seeing. The business school is also one of the heaviest user of the technology provided by BU.
I think the most important advice that I can give is to stay focused, to start the process and to finish it.