MBA Admissions Tip: You’ve Been Accepted…But You’re Still Not Done

by on March 22nd, 2010

So you think getting that fat acceptance envelope means all the hard work is done? While you should definitely go out, celebrate, and relax for a while, you’d be wrong if you thought you had completed the MBA admissions process. There are still a few more things you need to do before you can fully unwind, relax, and celebrate.

  1. Figure out finances. If you didn’t get the fellowship you were hoping for, what are you other financial aid options?
  2. Get a great internship. If you’re all of a sudden bored at work, then don’t worry—that’s totally normal, especially if you’re planning a career change post-MBA. Ask your employer if he can give you an internship related to your post-MBA goals. It’ll help you stay motivated and will give you excellent experience in your future field.
  3. Learn more about your future career goals. If the above option is not available to you, that doesn’t mean you should abandon the idea of learning more about your post-MBA career goal. Take this time before your program starts to set up information interviews with people in your chosen field to find out what course they found most valuable when they were in b-school. Ask about different internship options, career paths, and other information that could benefit you now and in the future. Who knows, maybe one of these informational interviews will lead to an internship or job in the future.
  4. Prepare for life at business school. You don’t want the first few days of b-school to be any more stressful than they need to be. Make sure you take some preliminary organizational measures before you start your program. Set up your apartment, open a bank account, get to know the lay of the land, etc. Getting these things done in advance will reduce some of the natural stress associated with acclimating to a new environment and rigorous schedule.
  5. Unwind, relax, and celebrate! Congratulations! You’ve made it! Now go get to work earning that MBA!

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