Things To Know Before Starting Business School
And the countdown continues…
Just think: By this time in a month, you’ll probably be starting classes – or at least moving into your flat. You’ll join your cohort, hit the social circuit, and make new friends. Chances are, you’ll get barraged with opportunities to join clubs and events. And that’s even before recruiters come to campus.
Time is short and the pace is light speed in those early days. And that’s why Alex Dea, a 2015 graduate of the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, recently interviewed several students for his MBASchooled website. Here is some of their advice for adjusting to business school life:
Identify Career Paths Before You Start School
“Think about which industries and what companies you want to recruit with. Know that recruiting with every industry is really hard work and could result in spreading yourself too thin and not forging meaningful connections with the opportunities best for you. Reflect on possible career paths, and don’t be afraid of embarking on a new one. Keep a running list of jobs you’re interested in…and also think about questions you have, things you’d like to learn, or information you need to better understand that particular opportunity.” – Sarah Rumbaugh (’15) / University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Get To Know Your Cohort and Study Team Members
“You will spend countless hours in a tiny (often windowless) team room with these people. Make sure you make time to get to know them outside of school — get dinner, drinks, or coffee. Learn about their lives and meet their significant others. You don’t all have to be best friends, but it’s important to know more about them than how well they know accounting.” – Matt Cairns (’16) / Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
Know What’s Important To You So You Can Make Tradeoffs
“There will be a situation where you’ll have a big company info session on the same day that you need to get an assignment done that’s due the day after,” Dea says. “You’ll have the opportunity to either miss that chance at networking with recruiters and get an excellent grade on your assignment, or you can go to the info session and spend just enough time on the work that it turns out good enough.” – Alex Dea / University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Follow The Golden Rule
“Everyone wants to succeed, but most won’t put down someone else to get to the top, since it’s better to bring them up with you.” – Alex Dea / University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
To read additional student advice, click on the Business Insider link below.
DON’T MISS: CLASS OF 2015: MY BIGGEST LESSONS FROM BUSINESS SCHOOL
Source: Business Insider
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