You’ve Been Accepted Into The MBA… Now What?
First and foremost, congratulations are in order! Being accepted into an MBA programme at any business school can be life changing, so we commend you on taking the plunge. Whether you’re a first time student or returning to study after a break, there is no doubt that the journey ahead is somewhat daunting. It will be full of challenges and triumphs as you work towards the prestigious Master of Business Administration. If you’re like many students and are wondering how to approach your upcoming studies, we encourage you to consider the below points. They will assist in getting the most out of your MBA experience and set you up for academic success.
Design a routine that works for you
As a busy working adult, there is no doubt that the time management side of your MBA degree will be a challenge. From the outset, you need to anticipate the predicted hours to set aside for your studies, and plan how this will fit in with your existing commitments. It is recommended to plan your week as you would in the workplace, blocking out key time slots for study. Like a meeting, it is bad practice to cancel last minute, so take your studies seriously and give yourself the time you need to succeed. It’s likely that your routine will change along the way, so be flexible and reshuffle your schedule when required.
Read more: How to Manage an Effective Study Schedule
Start connecting with fellow students
Your fellow students will play an important role in your MBA journey, particularly for online MBA students. If you’ve chosen to study with AIB, as soon as you’ve enrolment has been confirmed and you’ve been allocated a student ID number, you’ll be able to join our student and alumni communities on social media. Via these groups, students can connect and collaborate, discuss their subjects, form online or face-to-face study groups and generally support each other throughout the MBA and beyond.
Visit the AIB Community Hub to explore the various communities and join those relevant to you.
Add your MBA degree to your LinkedIn profile
Just as you’d update your LinkedIn profile with a new role, adding your education to your profile can be highly beneficial. It seems simple, but doing so can be highly beneficial! For those who visit your LinkedIn profile (including recruiters), your education listings will show that you’re serious about your career progression and will be up-skilling and gaining valuable industry insights.
Adding your education to your profile will also add you to your school’s Career Insights directory on LinkedIn, through which you can search for fellow students in your field or location, or connect with those you’d simply like to get to know professionally. Fellow students and alumni or other professionals looking for MBAs in your field and location will also be able to favourably find and connect with you.
Don’t be afraid to connect with others and put yourself out there – as students and alumni of a business school, you’ll already have one thing in common.
Establish and familiarise yourself with support resources
Throughout your degree, there are likely to be instances where you require support – both personally and academically. When you’re accepted into an MBA, it’s a good idea to go through the requirements and commitment with your loved ones so they will understand the efforts required to succeed. You should also take the time to learn about the resources offered by your business school, from support staff and their roles, to online forums and libraries. When you know who can help you from the beginning, you will approach your studies with more confidence. You’ll also know who to turn to in times of need, making the experience far less stressful.
Make the most of every MBA opportunity
To achieve your goals post-MBA, it’s in your best interest to seize every opportunity provided to you throughout! This includes participating in networking opportunities, actively connecting with your peers to build your personal network, attending live study webinars and paying detailed attention to the subject material that you study. When people undertake the MBA simply for the ‘piece of paper’, they miss out on a lot of the knowledge that will actually further their careers. Your MBA requires great commitment, so it’s important that you get the most out of your hard work and investment!
Prepare yourself for the challenge ahead
If you breeze your way through the MBA programme without experiencing challenges, you’re either some sort of business genius, or you didn’t open your mind to new ideas and practices. Nine times out of ten, it is due to the latter. When you make the commitment to learn, you need to accept the fact that your current practices may not be the best. While you may already be a well-established business leader, if you welcome new ideas and ways of doing business, you’re likely to get so much more out of the programme. The MBA exists to expand your knowledge, challenge your current ideals and allow you to graduate with an innovative and real-world business education. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either – chat with your academics, peers, mentors and extended networks. Most of the best learning occurs when we challenge ourselves, so this is critical to MBA success and achieving post-MBA goals.
We wish you all the best with your MBA journey!