MBA Admissions activity is in full swing. Programs are in the process of traveling the globe to recruit the best of the best. Work experience, GPAs and GMAT/GRE scores are top of discussion in MBA Admissions offices.
If you are planning to get your MBA, think of what you can offer as a candidate and future business professional. It’s not enough to say that you want to advance your career and are open to any career path. What do you want to do with your future? How do you plan to achieve your goals? Develop a marketing plan which includes a targeted value proposition message that you can deliver to both business school programs and potential employers. The job market for MBAs is competitive, so any potential MBA must be ready to meet this competitive challenge not just in the classroom but also in the job market.
As you start to think about seeking an MBA, make sure you have solid answers to the following questions:
- What is your value proposition? What do you have to offer?
- How can you contribute to the education of your fellow classmates?
- What are your goals? You don’t have to have specific answers, but a successful prospective MBA must be able to talk future direction.
- Why do you want to transition into management? Career changers coming from a non-business background have to provide a better answer than to just want to make decisions and manage people.
- What indicators for success can you demonstrate to a potential MBA program as well as a future employer? Prove your skills that transfer from your former career or position into the career path you plan for the future.
Whether you are changing the trajectory of your career by seeking an MBA or planning to completely change careers, start with your skills as place to start building your “employability” case.
As you attend MBA recruiting events both around the world and on campus, be confident in knowing what you can provide a potential program. You must be able to talk about why you want to get your MBA and how the program and future employer can benefit from your knowledge, skills and experience.