by Georgiana Paula Avram
Forté Fellow & MBA Candidate
Class of 2015 – The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Applying to business school is a complex and time consuming process. Nobody wants to take the process too lightly. All applicants want to invest the necessary time into the application process in order to portray themselves well.
It is no surprise that few of us take the time to consider pre-MBA opportunities. However, these opportunities are well worth the time and pre-MBA opportunities come in different shapes and forms! Some pre-MBA events are held before you even decide which program to attend or even before receiving an admission decision.
Pre-MBA conferences represent a great way to meet business school representatives from MBA programs you are considering. You will gain new perspectives into the application process, learn more about your top choice MBA programs and have the opportunity to get more of your questions answered.
Pre-MBA conferences are also unique opportunities to meet more MBA-bound fellow applicants – what better opportunity to form new friendships and network while discussing common interests and goals for the MBA experience!
In addition to pre-MBA conferences, you can also explore different career tracks by applying to various pre-MBA programs. Consulting firms and investment banks are just a couple of types of employers that organize pre-MBA events in order to provide more information to MBA candidates about their respective industries and to attract talented young professionals. Moreover, some pre-MBA programs offer unique scholarship and internship opportunities which are extremely valuable!
While some pre-MBA opportunities target specific industries and career interests, or aim to attract diversity or minority candidates, there is something for everyone so check your MBA programs websites often to learn more about specific opportunities available at your schools of interest! A great way to prepare for your MBA experience is to be a part of a pre-MBA program!