Explore and expand your network as you gather information on specific schools and programs.
While students, alumni, faculty, campus recruiters, and admissions officers are valuable sources of information about specific schools and programs – and earning a graduate business degree – human resources professionals and colleagues at your current job can also be helpful to talk to.
Human Resources Staff
Corporate human resources (HR) staff knows what business schools and programs have helped make their top managers and executives successful. Most HR people are willing to offer advice on schools, programs, and courses and share what types of MBAs they tend to hire – all highly useful information to have. Additionally, the HR staff you do talk to will become valuable contacts in your network when you begin your MBA internship search.
Seek out the opinions of colleagues you trust and respect. If you work with MBAs, ask about their experiences, what they see as your personal strengths at work, and how they think an MBA could help you further your personal and professional development.
Members of Professional Associations
Outside of work, network with people in professional organizations that represent the industry you want to work in. Ask what school they attended and why, along with their opinions about various types of programs and specific schools. Discuss your prospects of getting a degree and your expectations once you graduate – the insight you gain could be invaluable for your career.