Thursday, September 24, 2009

Finding Yourself at Business School

One of the biggest challenges for me in counseling prospective MBA students is when I encounter someone without a sense of career direction. I often hear students say, "I'm not exactly sure of what I want to do, but I'll have time to figure that out, right?" No- absolutely not. Business school is not a good place to attempt to "find yourself".

In assessing your candidacy, every admissions committee at every business school will consider your employment potential. Why is that? We want to see you succeed! You're coming to business school to develop as a professional and get the job of your dreams, but business school is a lot shorter than you think. Hiring season also happens a lot faster than you think. Here at Terry, classes start in August and students start interviewing for summer internships in September. Hopefully, before you walk into that first interview you've polished your resume, done several mock interviews, researched the company you're interviewing with, etc. So, you have a about a month to (1) move to Athens, (2) get up to speed in all of your classes, and (3) figure out exactly what type of summer internship you want to pursue and start putting yourself out there. Bottom line: if you're not focused on a career path when you arrive, you're going to struggle. You're going to be one of those frustrated students wondering why everyone but you seems to be finding a great internship. It's a whole lot easier to find one if you know what you're looking for.

So, what can you do now to help youself figure out what you want to be when you grow up? Informational interviewing is a great start. Find people who have jobs you think you'd like to have, and then interview them about what they do and how they got there. How do you find those people? Tell everyone you know that you're looking for someone who works in "X" field to talk to about his/her work. You'd be surprised how helpful people can be. Tweet it out. Put it on your Facebook page. Mention it to your friends the next time you're out. Beyond that, CareerLeader is a great tool: Yes, it's not free- but it's worth it if helps you formulate a life plan! Make an investment in yourself. Join a professional association in your field of interest and network. There are lots of things you can do- just do something.

I know- easier said than done. Good luck!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Do Your Homework

So, you think you want to get an MBA? Well, do your homework! How will an MBA help you achieve your career goals? Why is now the right time for you to start your studies? Where are you going to enroll?

This is the time of year when there are an abundance of events for you to attend to really investigate your options- take advantage of them. Try to think of this as application and interview prep. You're building your answers to these all important questions, which will make it easier to write your essays and perform well in your interview.

Full-time Terry MBA admissions staff will be participating in and hosting a number of events this fall where we can meet you and answer your questions. Join us! Terry Travel and Event Schedule

Tomorrow night we'll be at the Forte Forum in Atlanta. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Thinking About Applying This Year?

If you're thinking about applying this year, now is the time to get your application materials together. If you've already started- kudos to you! We like early birds. Please keep in mind that we've moved from a rolling admissions policy this year to a Round decision process, and our deadlines have changed! Round One is fast approaching- get those applications in by October 15th.

So what should you be doing now?
  • Take the GMAT. Schedule a GMAT test date, prep for the GMAT, take the GMAT, and make sure to send us your score report!
  • Start filling out your application form. It's not hard, but it can take quite a bit of time to fill out the detailed online form. Do it a little at a time- you can save your work and come back another day.
  • Request your recommendations. You do this through the online application form. You can skip directly to the recommenders section, input your recommenders' info, and the system will send your recommenders a link to complete your recommendations online. Give them plenty of time to say good things about you!
  • Write your essays. Hastily put together essays read just that way: like they were thrown together at the last minute. Think about what you want to say and proofread, proofread, proofread!
  • Order your transcripts. You don't have to wait until you submit your application to send us your transcripts. We need TWO copies of all transcripts.

A quick word on "face time": We interview on an invitation only basis after submission of a complete application and a preliminary review by the Admissions Committee. We're delighted to answer any questions you may have about the application process, but we can usually do that over the phone or via email.

We look forward to learning all about you!