So for the past 3 years I have been a consultant and somehow I was able to get into an MBA program after that experience. Looking back at it I realize that I might have taken the harder route to get in. This includes being denied from all schools my first time applying. So here are some advise for those people who have embarked on a career in consulting or are about to.
- Pay attention to people who write your feedback forms, if somebody writes that well then those are the people you want writing your letter of recommendations.
- As much you want to try everything and do everything try to find a speciality. You want to be known for something because it will give you better materials to write your essays with. When managers talk to you should have a tag associated with you. Be the data person, or the industry expert, or the numbers guy.
- Understand how you get ranked and who are the people on the call. Once you have identified the group of people who like you make sure you stay aligned with them and they will be on your call. It will help when your up for promotion.
- Try to be able to link your projects together by a common theme, it will make essay writing easier.
- Even clients can write letters of recommendation so make sure you consider them as well.
- Do one thing excellently, dont try to do many things good. It makes it diffcult to write essays
- Dont worry if you cant work at a nonprofit, though it seems like it not everybody at a business school works in nonprofits
- Enjoy your time working with the young raw enthusiasm, it wont always be like that.
More GMAT Tips-
-If your not practicing with the headphones then dont use them.
– Just tell yourself the guy next to you is not taking the GMAT. He is probably taking his bartenders test or driving test.
So for anybody heading to business school, there is a big question on what type of computer to get.
I decided to go with theDell XPS Studio 13
Here are the reasons I liked the computer:
- Light wait, at under 5 pounds its not going to be too heavy to carry around
- Its has character, after spending 4.5 years as a consultant I dont think I can look at another boring Thinkpad again
- LED screen- This new screen is supposed to be light and super clear. Its similar to the screens on the Macbook Pro Line
- Sadly I am going to quote the Microsoft Add- Its cheaper then a Mac. An equivalent Mac with the specs I got and the same terms on warranty would cost around $1500, I paid 1000. The difference is either going to my iphone fund, or less student debt. I better write a worksheet that does the work to figure that one out
- Sure Dell’s Customer service leaves a lot to be desired, but hey everything can’t be perfect
- I am not good at the whole dual booting, setting a virtual machine which I would need to do on a mac to get it running Windows, so I will just let the experts handle that.
You can actually go to Best Buy and physically hold the computer before ordering it. Its great and it has potential to be expanded later.
I know as Summer approaches people are preparing for the GMAT, so here are my tips
– For Data Sufficency- AD or BCE is a lifesaver, it quickly lets you narrow down your choices so if you have to make a guess your probability of getting it right increases.
-Dont let the weirdness of the paragraph throw you off. When I took the test one of my reading comprehension paragraphs was about the feeding habits of seals. I totally wasnt expecting it.
-Try to read a variety of topics before going to take the test. Dont just read the WSJ. Coming up to test switch between WSJ, Sports Illustrated, Time, and Newsweek. This way you can get used to different writing styles.
-For math, be neat when working out a problem. I know this is easier said then done, but it helps with accuracy and time.
– Take as many practice tests as possible coming up to the test. Just like a marathon runner trains you should train to. I recommend tests up to the weekend before the test (unless the test is on Monday). And the night before the test watch your favorite funny movie.
-Try to make your practice test just like the real test. If possible start at the same time. Take the breaks and get into a routine. Even if it means walking out of your apartment and walking back in to practice walking into the center.
-Have a friend ready to hang out with after the test. Whether its good or bad your going to want to decompress.
-Have a funny joke that always makes you laugh and tell it yourself half way thru the math section and half thru verbal.
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So this is going to be my blog about my MBA experience hopefully you will find it helpful. Please feel free to leave comments and ask questions and I will try to answer them.
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