Tuesday, September 28, 2010
You can view our event schedule for the next few months on our website here.
Friday, September 3, 2010
After seeing Steve Dalton speak this summer in Boston, I’m really excited to be welcoming him to campus today to speak to all of our students.
A Duke MBA and an associate director at the Fuqua Career Management Center, Steve developed this approach especially for the way the millennial generation likes to structure time and work. There is very little truly original in the field of job search advice. Steve’s approach is original. UGA MBAs will be hearing it before the public, since Steve’s book hasn’t yet been released.
Steve’s own words:
“Use your contacts.” “Have a powerful resume.” “Start your own blog.” With so much job search advice online, it is incredibly difficult to decide which advice to actually follow. Distractions and red herrings are everywhere, so it is critical to know how to separate what needs to get done now from what can wait a few days (or be ignored entirely).
The subject of an upcoming book, The Two-Hour Job Search is essentially a “quick start guide” for your job search. Instead of offering laundry lists of tips and leaving it up to you to decide which to try when, The Two-Hour Job Search identifies the most critical steps and provides exact instructions for completing them most efficiently. Spending any less than two hours on this process results in cut corners, but spending any longer is truly unnecessary.
The Two-Hour Job Search was created from scratch using the best practices from MBA disciplines like operations and behavioral economics. It reduces the off-campus search into its three main components – Prioritizing, Contacting, and Convincing – and optimizes each one, maximizing the effectiveness and minimizing the exhaustion of getting from career goal to interview.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
- GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. It's a standardized assessment in a computer-adpative format you take in a test center on a computer. You can schedule an appointment online to take the exam whenever your local test center has an opening. It costs $250 to take the test.
- There are three sections on the test: Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing. You will also receive a "Total" score. This Total score is the number on a 200-800 scale that is most freqently referred to as your "GMAT score." You may not use a calculator while taking the GMAT. The test is timed, and the ability to answer questions both accurately and efficiently is key to your success.
- This is a secure test. You will be fingerprinted and photographed (or other security measures). This sometime unsettles people, but it is completely normal. You cannot leave the testing area to go to the bathroom or get a drink other than at designated break times.
- You'll find out your unofficial verbal, quantitative, and Total scores the day you take the exam. Your official score report, which includes your Analytical Writing score, will come within 20 days; it takes approximately the same amount of time for a school to receive your report (then it has to be matched to your application).
- You can take the test once every 31 days.
- You can download free test prep software for the GMAT if you register on mba.com.
If you think you want to apply to business school, you should plan to take the GMAT sooner rather than later, and you should plan to study prior to taking the exam. Ideally, you want to take the exam once and feel your score is a good representation of your abilities. I've seen many last minute GMAT takers over the years- this does not turn out well. I've also had plenty of people tell me that he/she "took the GMAT to familiarize myself with the exam" or "took it cold just to see how I could do without any prep". This also doesn't turn out well. There are plenty of materials available to help you familiarize yourself with test content and format without actually taking the test, and I've seen many people take it cold only to have the experience completely shake their confidence for a future re-test. Don't wing it. Keep in mind that many test prep services will allow you to visit a center to take a practice exam for free before deciding whether to enroll in a prep class; use that option instead. However you choose to prepare, please prepare.
If you're looking at deadlines and your busy, busy life and you're not sure how long you can wait to take the test in order to make a deadline but still allow yourself the maximum amount of prep time call the school and ask. This is not an uncommon question. We want you to do well, so we're happy to help.
Yes, the GMAT can be daunting, but if you take it one step at a time it doesn't have to be. I know you can do it!
Friday, April 23, 2010
Plan to make the first deadline for next year. Right now you have plenty of time to prepare your materials for the first application deadlines of next year's cycle. Take the GMAT. Work on essays (you may want to contact the schools to which you plan to apply to make sure the questions will remain the same). Request transcripts. Talk to your planned recommenders. The early bird gets the worm, right? Be an early bird and maximize your chances for both admission and merit aid!
Whenever you apply, make sure your application represents you at your best. Here's hoping you meet with success!