Monday, September 29, 2008

Application Season is about to begin!

Fall is here and the weather is getting cooler! It's time to start submitting applications and scheduling interviews!

It looks like the Full-Time Application will be available Wednesday, October 1st and we couldn't be more excited! Days full of reading applications and sitting down with candidates are on the horizon.

This year promises a great year for the Terry MBA Program. We had the opportunity to usher in a great set of students for the Class of 2010 and we are looking forward to graduation for the Class of 2009. Imagine what the Class of 2011 will be like!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Ode to Work Experience

Work Experience. It is that pesky thing that many employers ask about when you are looking for that first job and what an MBA Admissions office wants to see when you apply. Often, it feels like a Catch-22: You seem to have too little or too much all at the same time.

Times have changed. People now have greater access to a variety of opportunities and more educational choices than generations past. Very few employees stay with one company and move up the corporate ladder. Often, after entering into a job, you get stuck in your current position or fall victim to the “Glass Ceiling” effect. What to do? For many, the answer is getting your MBA and fast-tracking your career.

The top MBA programs require work experience. Work experience will always be prerequisite to obtaining the job you truly desire. But also, it is work experience you will take into the classroom. Think about the new meaning your educational experiences will have when you can make a real-life connection between what you are studying to what you experienced at work in the past.

It is work experience that makes you more marketable in the job market today. The MBA Career Management Center will be instrumental in your job search and in your development as an MBA job seeker. However, it is work experience that ensures you will be considered for higher paying, higher responsibility positions upon graduation. After all, it is the main reason you are considering your MBA, right? With no work experience and an MBA, you will be competing for entry-level positions rather than mid- to upper level management positions.

It is much easier to work your way up if you can get to the middle faster. You can get to the middle without an MBA. But once you reach the middle, an MBA will definitely accelerate you upwards!

World MBA Tour Atlanta

Next we'll be at the World MBA Tour Atlanta on Saturday, October 4th. This event is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the GMAT, attend a career panel, and sample an MBA masterclass. Pre-registration (using the link above) is encouraged and will save you $5 off the registration fee. Please come by our table to tell us about your MBA plans and get answers to your questions.

Great to meet you at the Forum!

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Forte Forum last night. We enjoyed hearing about your career goals and encourage you to come visit us on campus to take a better look at Terry. You can call us at 706-542-5671 or email to make arrangements. I know many of you were excited to hear about our fabulous Graduate Assistantships. We had a great time chatting and hope you did too!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Atlanta Forte Forum

Tonight I will be at the Atlanta Forte Forum along with Anne Cooper, Director of MBA Admissions, Full-Time Program, and current MBA student Erin McCrary hoping to chat with women interested in furthering their business education. You can learn more about the Forte Forums here. Hope to see you there!

Welcome to the Terry MBA Admissions Insider Blog

Hi and welcome to our blog! The Admissions world is not just about sifting through endless essays and candidate applications... it's about nurturing our candidates through the application process to orientation, through their two years (or 11 months) on campus and on to graduation. We are excited to share information about admissions at the Terry MBA program and what else is going on in the Terry College of Business MBA program with you. Please check back to see where we will be next and what we have been up to!