Understand the Entrance Requirements
First things first, to acquire an MBA you need to be accepted. There will be two different admissions requirements — GMAT and Non-GMAT.
GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admissions Test. It is a multiple-choice standardized test that assesses several skills, similar to the SATs of days old. Over 7000 institutions around the world require a GMAT score for admission, but it has its problems. The first and foremost is the fact that it is standardized test that fails to capture the true talent of individuals. Professionals also need to take time out to study for the GMAT, making it a redundant measurement of a person’s capabilities.
What Should You Look for in an MBA?
Admission process aside, what is most important when looking for programs to apply for is the quality of the institution itself. When exploring your options, you are going to want to compile a shortlist of MBAs based on three things.
The most important thing is a ‘learn today, use tomorrow’ emphasis on your curriculum. In short, what you learn should be beneficial to your career right out of the gate. This requires an equal share of theory and practical education that will help transform your career from the get-go.
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Level of Ongoing Support
You want alumnus support. This means having access to your network, the ability to seek out advice, and an open invitation to any ongoing networking or workshopping events. Ongoing support will keep your MBA relevant and your skills sharp.
Develop the Right Habits Now
While you are waiting for your results, you should aim to improve your routine and habits. Even if you don’t get accepted this time, your goal is to get accepted in the future. Making time to study after work or to learn on your commute every day will make it easy to transition into a work/study life once you are ready.
Create a Healthy Routine
Start by getting into shape and getting healthy. From creating a fixed routine so that you get a better night’s sleep, to eating better every day, these habits are going to improve your career and help you tackle additional learning at the end of the day.
Set Aside Time for Your Education Every Day
Find a great place to study after work. While you are waiting to be accepted you can even start reading up on theory, news, or taking online courses to bolster your skillset. It’s great practice and will work directly towards your goals.
Get into the habit of learning during your commute. You could find podcasts, audio books, or even use the text-to-voice feature on your phone to listen on the go if you drive.
All these skills should be adopted well in advance so that your transition into education can be smooth and successful.