So, you are about to start your MBA program. What is it really like to study for an MBA? How do MBA students manage their workload and their personal life? What short-term sacrifices must you make to earn an MBA? What will be the most important thing you will learn while earning your MBA? Have you thought about these questions?
I think it is difficult to answer these questions without first having earned an MBA. However, you can gain some insight and understanding by reading about the experiences of others as well as those that have attended or are attending an MBA program.
One good source where current MBA students share their experiences is The Financial Times Business Education MBA blog. Over the course of a 12-month period, invited MBA students from business schools around the globe share their experiences through blog entries posted to ft.com/mba-blog. By reading these entries, you learn about the issues that this select MBA student group address while earning their MBA. In addition, some of the blog entries often highlight program differences.
One recent entry caught my attention because it related to some of the things discussed in some of my earlier blog posts (networking, collaboration). The entry by Aswini Anburajan, a 2009 MBA student of the Judge Business School, “On an MBA programme, collaboration is key” seems to emphasize:
- She started her MBA program with little insight into what the outcome of earning an MBA would be for her personally
- Her MBA focused on collaboration, a topic about which she had little awareness at the beginning and now means everything, especially when it comes to generating ideas and selecting colleagues and organizations with which to work
- She completed 75% of her MBA program before figuring this out
I am sure that many of you will make similar discoveries while earning your MBA. However, it may be helpful to start thinking about the journey on which you are embarking.
To help you start thinking about the journey, I recommend three things:
- Take a few minutes to read Aswini’s blog post to see more of her thoughts on her MBA experience
- Read other MBA student blog entries on The Financial Times Business Education MBA blog to gain other insights that may help you answer the questions I posed in the first paragraph
- Become a follower of The Financial Times Business Education MBA blog and add your own insightful comments
My first paragraph of this post asks a series of questions about pursuing your MBA program. Have you been thinking about these or similar questions? Do you have any answers that you would like to share with other MBAs and MBA students? Share your thoughts by adding to the comments below.
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Rodney G. Alsup, D.B.A., CPA, CITP
Founder of MyeEMBA.com