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@jillianward You've listed some good points and information to help people considering MBA school. I have to say that MBA degrees will become as common as Bachelors degrees. So is it relevant? Yes, I believe so. To round out my private sector experience my MBA helped tremendously with understanding the big picture. If I had a chance to apply again knowing what I know now, I would emphasize choosing a school that's strong in helping graduating MBAs find jobs, has a strong alumni network and be in the geographic region where I want to live and work. I'm glad I tackled earning my MBA when I did not have to take out any loans or be in any debt. That for me was a real plus.
jillianward's profile thumbnail
Thank you! I agree it's relevant today it is an interesting dialogue around how it's evolved over the past decade though. Great tips, thanks for sharing!
ariele's profile thumbnail
How did you pay for your MBA without loans? I struggle to see how the MBA would be worth the cost, even though it would open some opportunities for me.
joannainsf's profile thumbnail
@ariele I saved since I started working. My parents did the same in order to pay for my college. I did not spend much while I was a new professional engineer. Saving was instilled in me by my grandfather. No vacations. No fancy apartment nor expensive restaurants. Did fun things that were free or low cost. Maxed my contribution and I got stock matching. Whatever free money my company was giving out, I wasn’t going to pass that up!
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@jillianward, thank you for sharing! I couldn't agree more, especially on point #2 about doing your due diligence. When I first began looking at schools, I had a hard time distinguishing what made a program's curriculum, extracurriculars, network, or culture unique. It was only through extensive conversations with current students and alumni that those distinctions became clear, and I was able to better speak to "why X school" in application essays and interviews. Don't just look at rankings!
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Exactly - it's same as job interviews - it's a two way street / you are interviewing them. You have to do your homework and find what's right for you.
Thank you for sharing!I'm knee-deep in the process and was so lucky to be invited to all the schools I've applied to so now I am in waiting purgaory.I'd like to add a gew more things:#1 Consider the GRE - yes the GMAT is the one everyone knows about but not everybody cracks it and the GRE is a fantastic other option that all top schools accept!#2 Do your DD - by talking to current students, alumni, not just staff! Super important to assess how career services, the network is adding value but also if you vibe ie. would I want to hang out with those people for 2 years straight#5 AMEN! For my top choice, I wrote exactly 303 drafts in the span of 4 months - not saying this to terrify anyone but because it really is time-consuming as it requires a lot of self-reflection!
jillianward's profile thumbnail
Good luck!! And good points - GRE is a great option as well, but WOAH 303 drafts! Wow that is dedication!
Mbereimani's profile thumbnail
I couldn’t agree more about underestimating the time it takes. I wish I started earlier but I got through it so it’s do able. Be prepared to have tough conversations with friends and family as your time for them will be very very limited! Currently waiting to hear back from schools so hoping all that hard work and sacrifice paid off 🤞🏾🤞🏾
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It will pay off!! You've got this!How early did you start with the process and in a perfect world how long would you recommend for the whole process? (Backstory: I am graduating college and would like to get my MBA in 2-3 years)thanks so much
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@betsytannerOops! Responding took longer but I started a year in advance. I thought this was enough time, but for me, I wished I started earlier.I would recommend using a year to focus on testing and another year to focus on school research and essays. However, I did it in one year so it can be done. The whole process is really different depending on your strengths. I thought I could conquer the GMAT in 3 months but it took me a whole year 😅. Some people conquered it in 6 weeks 🤷🏾‍♀️. I wrote all of my essays in two weeks (I was an aspiring creative writing major in college). Some people took 3 months to write their essays. School research is something you can start anytime and the longer your engagement with a school the better. For my number one choice school, I joined their email list and would attend a few events 2 years in advance. I hope this helps you think about your timeline more. Also, if your timeline shifts, dont be discouraged! I went through the process 3 years later than I intended to , but honestly this year is the best time for me to go back to school.
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Great points!! Thanks for sharing
jillianward's profile thumbnail
Exactly - it was a tight turnaround for my recommenders which I wouldn't recommend haha. Good luck hearing back!!