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Before matriculation

April 24, 2009

Top 5 things to keep you busy before matriculation –

  • Stay connected and keep connecting via Facebook & LinkedIn. If you don’t have an account (really?), create one now! Join relevant groups on Facebook, look up the company profiles on LinkedIn. Twitter your way ahead.
  • Nurture your offline network, at workplace and outside. Don’t give your boss a hard time in the last few weeks. Reach out to friends you haven’t spoken to in ages. Value your present relationships while you get the time.
  • Learn everything that Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint has to offer. Become comfortable with macros and hyperlinks and lookups and all the other features conveniently hidden from you until now.
  • Read business. Think business. Live business. Scour all available resources regularly to keep yourself up to date and be aware of what’s going on in the business world. Develop opinions.
  • Get your post mba goal as clear as you can now, while there’s still time. Get a hold on what you really want to do, learn about companies you want to target, and learn about how to target those companies.

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I have been receiving requests from some readers for information on the Reliance Stanford Scholarship, as perhaps the next cycle must be about to begin. Personally I do not know anyone who qualified for the scholarship and subsequently made it to Stanford. So if you are one of the fortunate 5, or know of someone who is, it would be great if you can leave a note here regarding your experience with the scholarship program so far, or your contact id so that I can ask you some questions and reproduce them here for the sake of this year’s applicants. Thanks!

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I find the blogosphere abuzz with more than usual activity and posts in the last two weeks (probably an excellent side effect of BoB). Applicants for the forthcoming cycles have already begun to log their journeys. To all future applicants – its great that you have started this early, but make the most of your time and make all the crucial (informed) decisions regarding your B school choices as soon as you can. Brace for a hectic application journey; if it begins to take a toll on you, remember that its expected and you should not lose focus from your goal. Only the fittest survive. Since you want more than just survival, make the most of your time NOW.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2009 8:55 pm

    I just included this one in my step-by-step list. Thanks!

  2. April 24, 2009 9:24 pm

    I agree with the emphasis on building and maintaining a personal network in your to-do list. Very smart of you. This year, given the tough job market, I’ve noticed that my connected classmates have had a much easier time nailing down an internship, which aren’t flowing from the traditional campus recruiting sources.

    Even your most basic social network will be helpful. My own summer jig (albeit at a law firm, not a standard MBA internship), was secured through the kind of relationships that a lot of people start to think will be less important once they get to grad school: a high school friend and two sorority sisters are attorneys at the firm and got my resume into the “yes” pile for an interview. I was able to work completely outside of my school’s formal recruiting process.

  3. May 10, 2009 3:53 am

    I wish I’d learned more excel and vba at university, would have made my worklife alot easier!

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