How to find the right Business School for you? (Part 2)

How to find the right Business School for you? (Part 2)

This is part 2 of my previous post, The previous post can be read on this link – Post 1: How to choose the right B-School

This post is specially for those of you who have been able to narrow down their career interest. Generally, this step is avoided by a lot of aspirants because of lack of awareness and professional experience. However, even without experience, specially in the internet age – you can easily get connected to experienced people and learn from their perspective about potential career options post MBA. Also, it’s not like that you can’t change your mind once you decide on an option but it does help if you have an initial idea. Let’s get to the action and understand how to know more about the B-school of your choice-

  • Seek information from Linkedin (as much as possible)
    If you have a sector in mind, figure out interesting/leading companies in the sector and use linkedin to see the profiles of their staff – specially in the roles you’re interested in. Be it the product team of Google, Sales team of P&G, or Investment Banking division of HSBC, you can easily find the profiles of the employees to see their education and academic background. You can also get connected to these people and seek advice from them on academics/projects during your MBA that can help you.
  • Directly speak to the students of the college 
    The more you speak to the alumni of a college, the more perspective you’ll get. You can easily get connected to the alumni through your network, or again, through Linkedin. Rather than simply seeking opinions though, you should ask factual questions. Try to understand about academics, faculty, peer group, placement scenario, and industry interaction. If you have a target company in mind, do ask the students if that company visits the campus for placements and what roles do they offer.
  • Select the right program
    Many a times, an MBA college offers more than one variation of a course which is adapted to the needs of a particular domain. For example, IIM-Calcutta not only offers a health care focussed program but also offers a dual degree program in collaboration with ESCP europe. These types of programs can be more relevant for certain profiles of students. You should visit the college website in detail to not miss out on such details.
  • Learn about the international student exchange program
    Most of the top colleges offer opportunity for International student exchange. These courses are not only beneficial for getting an exposure of studying at the top schools of the world but are also important for getting a world-view and an opportunity to find projects/employment in International markets. Do give a serious thought to this if you’re interested in applying for student exchange to a particular university.
  • Look for scholarships
    There are multiple scholarships that are offered through colleges themselves specially in case of IIMs which might assist you in your expenses. You should also try to find out the selection criteria for them. If you can get a scholarship in a particular campus, it’ll greatly reduce your financial burden. This information is also easily available- IIM Calcutta for example has provided this on their website- https://www.iimcal.ac.in/programs/pgp/scholarships-prizesawards

Good wishes from team gradeup, and do keep in mind that your career is a long journey, make sure that you enjoy it.

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