Top 6 Tips For New MBA Students
When you are new to higher education or returning to study after a substantial break, the thought alone can be daunting enough. Questions such as ‘Who will I contact if I don’t understand?’, ‘How will I know if I’m being successful?’ and ‘Is this the right choice for me?’ are likely to be going around your head. Well, the good news is you’re not alone – most new MBA students are nervous about what lies ahead. If you’d like to get off on the front foot and be as prepared as possible for your future studies, consider the below six tips.
1. Understand your support systems
Before commencing study, it is recommended that new MBA students take the time to learn about the various support systems in place. At AIB, this is in the form of student support officers who are ready to answer any questions you may have. They can also put you in touch with academics if you need to discuss the course content, as well as various other resources for success in your studies. It is recommended that you create a document that lists all key resources, so in times of need, you are not scrambling for the information.
2. Participate in online discussions
Often some of the greatest learning occurs when discussing subject matter with fellow students. AIB boasts a diverse range of graduands from around the world, so it is likely that you will be challenged by the ideas of those from other industries, cultures and locations. New MBA students are encouraged to pose questions to fellow students, and work constructively to tackle projects from new angles.
3. Benchmark against yourself
Even in life outside of study, we are continuously reminded not to compare ourselves to others as this can often result in disappointment. Throughout your MBA journey, try to benchmark against yourself rather than your peers. As mentioned above, your peers will be from a diverse background, making it an inaccurate benchmarking process to begin with.
4. Attend alumni events
AIB offers a range of fantastic alumni events for students each year. These are often inclusive of a keynote speech from an industry leader and are followed by a networking event. The events are a great opportunity to build contacts with industry leaders, fellow new MBA students, alumni, and staff, in a supportive and inclusive environment. Networking is one of the best skills you can build throughout your MBA, as you never know where the new contact may lead you in your career.
5. Don’t be afraid to take risks
For most new MBA students, the fact you have enrolled in an MBA to begin with is a risk within itself. Why stop there? The MBA journey is about challenging yourself and building on your current knowledge of business. It is important to challenge yourself throughout the degree to truly take away a practical business knowledge. Take risks where appropriate and we’re confident you’ll experience some wonderful results at the end.
6. Remember to look after yourself
When undertaking study on top of existing work commitments, time for personal hobbies or activities tends to become scarce for new MBA students. It is important to ensure that this does not impact your personal health or happiness – activities such as exercise and making time to prepare nutritious meals should not be put on the back-burner. In turn, this can result in you becoming unhappy, unproductive and less successful in your studies.
What do you think?
Can you add any other tips for new MBA students to the list? I’d love to hear from current students as well as AIB alumni as to what was helpful to them when they first began their journey. Comment your views below and join the AIB conversation.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.