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MBA Admissions Mashup: Preparing To Apply

MBA Admissions Mashup

Every Wednesday, we share a round-up of the latest news from admissions blogs at the top business schools. With summer fast approaching, we’re slowly turning our attention to summer internships and the 2016-2017 application season.

At Dartmouth / Tuck, the adcom advises that it’s never too early to start planning ahead to prepare for your MBA. While the post is geared towards those that have just graduated from their undergraduate institution (congrats!), the same holds true for those of you with a couple of years work experience. Especially since you may have some free time this summer, it’s the perfect season to plan. “It’s a great time to start thinking about whether graduate school could be the right move down the road. Unlike some other graduate opportunities, many MBA programs prefer—if not require—full-time work experience before matriculating.”

In IESE adcom office, the feeling is mutual! IESE Director of Admissions Itziar De Ros notes that while their “first deadline for the fall 2017 intake will be in October 2016,” that’s not that far away. “ It sneaks up on you very quickly! Also, there are always unexpected work demands that creep up and distract you from studying. Start studying now for the GMAT or GRE exam to allow yourself time to get the score that you want.”

And, if you’re considering your options and weighing a one-year program versus a two-year program, consider it carefully. INSEAD MBA Winnie Van posted some words of wisdom to those considering the format. While the one-year program comes with many benefits, not to mention opportunity cost (you’re only out of the workforce for one year instead of two), it is a hectic, busy year. “What I’ve learnt is that you can do the things you really want to do, but you can’t do everything else. Every choice you make on how you spend your precious time this year is a trade-off. It’s up to you to work out what you really want to achieve from this year. Make it count.

For current MBA students, the admissions blogosphere has something for you as well. The UNC Kenan-Flagler blog offered up some insight into “rocking” your MBA internship. “Hit the ground running by doing research ahead of time. It takes a new, full-time hire an average of six to 12 months to become fully proficient at a job. Internships only give you 10 to 12 weeks to prove your skills to a potential new employer.”

That’s all for this week. Catch you next week on another MBA Admissions Mashup.


Posted in: Admissions Tips, MBA Admissions Mashup, Planning Tips, Research Tips

Schools: Dartmouth / Tuck, IESE, INSEAD, UNC Kenan-Flagler

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