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Planning MBA

1. Start Planning Before You Start Your MBA

Quite a lot of students commit the error of focusing wholly on their studies rather than focusing on how their long term goals. In other word, these students don’t have any plan or strategy about their next career move when they graduate – which eventually hampers the advantages of doing MBA. Remember that it is not very early to begin planning your MBA career.

In addition, fully assess your expertise, current skills as well as personal qualities and then ask yourself the questions of where you want to be or what you actually want to achieve in the next five to ten years, what employer or job look like? What are the various contacts that you have got that will help you reach there? What are the barriers that will prevent you from achieving your goals? What are the gaps in your professional and expertise network?

2. Make the most use of resources, career advice as well as events available in your MBA School

The next tip to planning your MBA is to join hands together with the career service at your MBA School in order to define a clear course of achieving your goal. You also need to use your personal development (PDP) modules to actually concentrate on the precise skills you require in order to accomplish the career goals in your sector or discipline.

Ensure that you attend panel discussions, guest lectures, networking events and career fairs, whenever you can to use them as opportunity to gain new insights and make new contacts.

3. Use the Alumni Network of Your Business School

The alumni network of your business school is pertinent to you by the time you are planning your MBA and when you graduate. Therefore, use it when planning your MBA as it is a very useful resource you must take advantage of. Therefore, connect with your alumni on Linkedln, confirm their career paths and ask them for advice and assistance. They will be glad to provide special ideas of how to market you, some of the general mistakes you need to watch out for and when to take career moves.

4. Get Yourself a Role Model or Mentor

It is time for you to get a role model or mentor that you wish to resemble or take after, as you are now equipped with the necessary career plan and have settled into your studies. Your MBA school may assist you contact somebody from a business partner or alumni network and organize an official mentoring or you may probably want to opt for a person of high reputation who will introduce you to up and coming business people that you can associate with and learn from.

Carry your mentor along when you are planning your career and use him or her to the best of your ability. Ensure that you have a two-way relationship, bearing in mind that the two of you must derive something from mentoring.

5. Be Social

You need to be social for the reason that employers are looking for candidates who are socially skilled to get along with their customers and management teams, most especially when you find yourself in leadership role. It is quite imperative to socialize with your classmates – arrange to go out for a meal with them or even throw a party, chat with them, especially when you are student from a foreign country.