7 smart facts that you should know while at a business school

An MBA degree looks great on your resume and is indeed a great investment in your career which has the potential to accelerate your career in an organisation or get you a great new job. But before you apply, it becomes extremely important to make a checklist about the important things you must really consider about the course to which you are applying. Asia Pacific Institute of Management lists down important facts you must crosscheck before you take the admission to a business school-

  1. Know your interests– Be very categorical when it comes to your choice of specialisation. Research well about the most in demand fields in MBA. Study in depth about their future scope and the rewards/ risks that come along with them. Also make a SWOT analysis regarding your strengths weaknesses threats and opportunities. Choose the right program as per your needs and your strengths.
  2. Make sure your program is worth it– Investment in a professional program is great in terms of money and time. Make sure your investment is worth it all. Make a close analysis about what the Institute is going to deliver to you, the course curriculum, the internships and placement offers and the feedback of the Alumni- be sure to deeply study all these aspects and decide thereafter.
  3. Know your Faculty– A great faculty is what makes or breaks an institution. Ensure the institution where you enrol has a highly competent and qualified faculty and has an awesome guest faculty to provide you with their first hand experiences and real world examples. A good faculty must teach you more than the textbooks.
  4. Show Engagement– Do not feel nervous or shy of taking a seat in the front row. Show complete engagement, get interactive and ask questions. Don’t be afraid of asking questions or clarifying doubts. Leverage the knowledge of your guest speakers. Most of your professors will be professional academics with limited real world business experience, but guest faculties are generally people from the industry. Institutes like the Asia Pacific give you the right exposure through bringing you in contact with the right kind of people, so make sure you use them right and get them to talk about actual challenges they’ve had.
  5. Work on Networking– Studying in a business school improves your network which goes a long way in helping you through your professional career. You are bound to meet some of them later in your career- maybe for some referral or for some collaborative project. Make sure you extend help to each one and expand your network.
  6. Infrastructure– Make sure your institute has the right infrastructure complete with all the modern requirements of your course. If you are into IT, then your institute must be equipped with the state of the art IT lab, providing you with the best of technology. A quick look at the Institute’s campus and infrastructure shall help you decide whether it is worth it or not.
  7. Leverage practical knowledge-While at a business school dig deeper into case studies and practical knowledge as much as you can. Case studies are quite judgmental and people often differ in the course of action. You need to decide between two bad choices often and the best way out is to make use of data without getting very defensive. Use your analysis skills wisely.