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So you think you want an MBA? Start planning now, even if you’re still in college, or just beginning your career.

Here at Chicago Booth, we’ve seen a strong spark of interest in the MBA degree coming from undergraduate students and early career professionals who are in the process of mapping out their future. Despite being a couple of years away from applying, there are steps you can take now to be a more competitive MBA applicant down the road. Here’s our advice:

While you’re in college…

Be curious. We love to see a diverse variety of courses on your college transcript– ranging from basic accounting to religious mythology – that reflect an eagerness to explore what interests you and an inquisitiveness about the world in general. The curriculum at Chicago Booth is designed from a strong interdisciplinary base, so it’s great for us to see that you’ve already experienced the value of learning across different subjects.

Develop work experience. Do any job that might enhance your professional skills. It doesn’t matter whether you’re crunching numbers at an investment bank or simply answering phones during your work study job on campus – you will be making professional contacts and demonstrating responsibility and initiative.

Get involved. Be as devoted to contributing to your community and pursuing your interests as you are to your academics.  Identify causes you feel passionately about and try to make an impact. Continue to play sports, join on-campus student clubs, or write poetry – whatever you feel naturally inclined to do. This will give us some indication of how you will contribute to the Booth community one day.

Be conscious of the world around you.  Life exists outside of a college campus. If possible, travel to places unfamiliar to you to experience new things and meet new people. Keep up with current events by reading newspapers, journals, and blogs or follow an influential economist on Twitter like our own Austan Goolsbee. You’d be surprised how much being able to converse fluidly on a number of topics helps you stand out during an interview, or in a networking session.

When you get your first job…

Seek out a mentor. Find people in your network that either went to your alma mater, or attended one of the graduate schools you’re interested in and pick their brains. Ask them to share their career stories with you, and learn how they go to be where they are now. Don’t be shy; let them know your goals and seek out their feedback for how to achieve them.

Take on leadership roles. Don’t be afraid to take a risk and step up to the plate. When you’re ready, ask to be staffed on a high level project or even lead one. At certain points in your career, you will need to be your own advocate in order to advance. Get yourself in a position to be challenged and show your mettle.

Maintain balance. In the midst of all your preparations and goals, don’t forget to live your life! You’ll burn out fast if you don’t stop to enjoy yourself from time to time. Make sure you are still carving out space to devote to the people you care about and having some fun. You’re still young, after all.

Want to learn more? Get a glimpse into the MBA. Booth offers a three-week summer business immersion program for undergraduates and/or early career professionals called Chicago Booth Summer Business Scholars, or SBSP for short. In addition to beefing up your accounting, finance and marketing skills, SBSP is a great way to get to know our school and develop a sense for what an MBA Program would be like. SBSP is an opportunity to work and play with people across varied interests, backgrounds, and ambitions – much like Chicago Booth’s MBA program.

To learn more, stay tuned for my next post in which I’ll talk about SBSP in detail. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive more information or like us on Facebook.

All the best,
Meghan

About Chicago Booth

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Since 1898, Booth has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Our rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms our students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges.

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By Chicago Booth January 17, 2013 Leave a Comment

So you think you want an MBA? Start planning now, even if you’re still in college, or just beginning your career.

Here at Chicago Booth, we’ve seen a strong spark of interest in the MBA degree coming from undergraduate students and early career professionals who are in the process of mapping out their future. Despite being a couple of years away from applying, there are steps you can take now to be a more competitive MBA applicant down the road. Here’s our advice:

While you’re in college…

Be curious. We love to see a diverse variety of courses on your college transcript– ranging from basic accounting to religious mythology – that reflect an eagerness to explore what interests you and an inquisitiveness about the world in general. The curriculum at Chicago Booth is designed from a strong interdisciplinary base, so it’s great for us to see that you’ve already experienced the value of learning across different subjects.

Develop work experience. Do any job that might enhance your professional skills. It doesn’t matter whether you’re crunching numbers at an investment bank or simply answering phones during your work study job on campus – you will be making professional contacts and demonstrating responsibility and initiative.

Get involved. Be as devoted to contributing to your community and pursuing your interests as you are to your academics.  Identify causes you feel passionately about and try to make an impact. Continue to play sports, join on-campus student clubs, or write poetry – whatever you feel naturally inclined to do. This will give us some indication of how you will contribute to the Booth community one day.

Be conscious of the world around you.  Life exists outside of a college campus. If possible, travel to places unfamiliar to you to experience new things and meet new people. Keep up with current events by reading newspapers, journals, and blogs or follow an influential economist on Twitter like our own Austan Goolsbee. You’d be surprised how much being able to converse fluidly on a number of topics helps you stand out during an interview, or in a networking session.

When you get your first job…

Seek out a mentor. Find people in your network that either went to your alma mater, or attended one of the graduate schools you’re interested in and pick their brains. Ask them to share their career stories with you, and learn how they go to be where they are now. Don’t be shy; let them know your goals and seek out their feedback for how to achieve them.

Take on leadership roles. Don’t be afraid to take a risk and step up to the plate. When you’re ready, ask to be staffed on a high level project or even lead one. At certain points in your career, you will need to be your own advocate in order to advance. Get yourself in a position to be challenged and show your mettle.

Maintain balance. In the midst of all your preparations and goals, don’t forget to live your life! You’ll burn out fast if you don’t stop to enjoy yourself from time to time. Make sure you are still carving out space to devote to the people you care about and having some fun. You’re still young, after all.

Want to learn more? Get a glimpse into the MBA. Booth offers a three-week summer business immersion program for undergraduates and/or early career professionals called Chicago Booth Summer Business Scholars, or SBSP for short. In addition to beefing up your accounting, finance and marketing skills, SBSP is a great way to get to know our school and develop a sense for what an MBA Program would be like. SBSP is an opportunity to work and play with people across varied interests, backgrounds, and ambitions – much like Chicago Booth’s MBA program.

To learn more, stay tuned for my next post in which I’ll talk about SBSP in detail. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive more information or like us on Facebook.

All the best,
Meghan

About Chicago Booth

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Since 1898, Booth has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Our rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms our students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges.

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By Chicago Booth January 17, 2013 Leave a Comment

So you think you want an MBA? Start planning now, even if you’re still in college, or just beginning your career.

Here at Chicago Booth, we’ve seen a strong spark of interest in the MBA degree coming from undergraduate students and early career professionals who are in the process of mapping out their future. Despite being a couple of years away from applying, there are steps you can take now to be a more competitive MBA applicant down the road. Here’s our advice:

While you’re in college…

Be curious. We love to see a diverse variety of courses on your college transcript– ranging from basic accounting to religious mythology – that reflect an eagerness to explore what interests you and an inquisitiveness about the world in general. The curriculum at Chicago Booth is designed from a strong interdisciplinary base, so it’s great for us to see that you’ve already experienced the value of learning across different subjects.

Develop work experience. Do any job that might enhance your professional skills. It doesn’t matter whether you’re crunching numbers at an investment bank or simply answering phones during your work study job on campus – you will be making professional contacts and demonstrating responsibility and initiative.

Get involved. Be as devoted to contributing to your community and pursuing your interests as you are to your academics.  Identify causes you feel passionately about and try to make an impact. Continue to play sports, join on-campus student clubs, or write poetry – whatever you feel naturally inclined to do. This will give us some indication of how you will contribute to the Booth community one day.

Be conscious of the world around you.  Life exists outside of a college campus. If possible, travel to places unfamiliar to you to experience new things and meet new people. Keep up with current events by reading newspapers, journals, and blogs or follow an influential economist on Twitter like our own Austan Goolsbee. You’d be surprised how much being able to converse fluidly on a number of topics helps you stand out during an interview, or in a networking session.

When you get your first job…

Seek out a mentor. Find people in your network that either went to your alma mater, or attended one of the graduate schools you’re interested in and pick their brains. Ask them to share their career stories with you, and learn how they go to be where they are now. Don’t be shy; let them know your goals and seek out their feedback for how to achieve them.

Take on leadership roles. Don’t be afraid to take a risk and step up to the plate. When you’re ready, ask to be staffed on a high level project or even lead one. At certain points in your career, you will need to be your own advocate in order to advance. Get yourself in a position to be challenged and show your mettle.

Maintain balance. In the midst of all your preparations and goals, don’t forget to live your life! You’ll burn out fast if you don’t stop to enjoy yourself from time to time. Make sure you are still carving out space to devote to the people you care about and having some fun. You’re still young, after all.

Want to learn more? Get a glimpse into the MBA. Booth offers a three-week summer business immersion program for undergraduates and/or early career professionals called Chicago Booth Summer Business Scholars, or SBSP for short. In addition to beefing up your accounting, finance and marketing skills, SBSP is a great way to get to know our school and develop a sense for what an MBA Program would be like. SBSP is an opportunity to work and play with people across varied interests, backgrounds, and ambitions – much like Chicago Booth’s MBA program.

To learn more, stay tuned for my next post in which I’ll talk about SBSP in detail. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive more information or like us on Facebook.

All the best,
Meghan

About Chicago Booth

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Since 1898, Booth has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Our rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms our students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges.

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By Chicago Booth January 17, 2013 Leave a Comment

So you think you want an MBA? Start planning now, even if you’re still in college, or just beginning your career.

Here at Chicago Booth, we’ve seen a strong spark of interest in the MBA degree coming from undergraduate students and early career professionals who are in the process of mapping out their future. Despite being a couple of years away from applying, there are steps you can take now to be a more competitive MBA applicant down the road. Here’s our advice:

While you’re in college…

Be curious. We love to see a diverse variety of courses on your college transcript– ranging from basic accounting to religious mythology – that reflect an eagerness to explore what interests you and an inquisitiveness about the world in general. The curriculum at Chicago Booth is designed from a strong interdisciplinary base, so it’s great for us to see that you’ve already experienced the value of learning across different subjects.

Develop work experience. Do any job that might enhance your professional skills. It doesn’t matter whether you’re crunching numbers at an investment bank or simply answering phones during your work study job on campus – you will be making professional contacts and demonstrating responsibility and initiative.

Get involved. Be as devoted to contributing to your community and pursuing your interests as you are to your academics.  Identify causes you feel passionately about and try to make an impact. Continue to play sports, join on-campus student clubs, or write poetry – whatever you feel naturally inclined to do. This will give us some indication of how you will contribute to the Booth community one day.

Be conscious of the world around you.  Life exists outside of a college campus. If possible, travel to places unfamiliar to you to experience new things and meet new people. Keep up with current events by reading newspapers, journals, and blogs or follow an influential economist on Twitter like our own Austan Goolsbee. You’d be surprised how much being able to converse fluidly on a number of topics helps you stand out during an interview, or in a networking session.

When you get your first job…

Seek out a mentor. Find people in your network that either went to your alma mater, or attended one of the graduate schools you’re interested in and pick their brains. Ask them to share their career stories with you, and learn how they go to be where they are now. Don’t be shy; let them know your goals and seek out their feedback for how to achieve them.

Take on leadership roles. Don’t be afraid to take a risk and step up to the plate. When you’re ready, ask to be staffed on a high level project or even lead one. At certain points in your career, you will need to be your own advocate in order to advance. Get yourself in a position to be challenged and show your mettle.

Maintain balance. In the midst of all your preparations and goals, don’t forget to live your life! You’ll burn out fast if you don’t stop to enjoy yourself from time to time. Make sure you are still carving out space to devote to the people you care about and having some fun. You’re still young, after all.

Want to learn more? Get a glimpse into the MBA. Booth offers a three-week summer business immersion program for undergraduates and/or early career professionals called Chicago Booth Summer Business Scholars, or SBSP for short. In addition to beefing up your accounting, finance and marketing skills, SBSP is a great way to get to know our school and develop a sense for what an MBA Program would be like. SBSP is an opportunity to work and play with people across varied interests, backgrounds, and ambitions – much like Chicago Booth’s MBA program.

To learn more, stay tuned for my next post in which I’ll talk about SBSP in detail. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive more information or like us on Facebook.

All the best,
Meghan

About Chicago Booth

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Since 1898, Booth has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Our rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms our students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges.

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By Chicago Booth January 17, 2013 Leave a Comment

So you think you want an MBA? Start planning now, even if you’re still in college, or just beginning your career.

Here at Chicago Booth, we’ve seen a strong spark of interest in the MBA degree coming from undergraduate students and early career professionals who are in the process of mapping out their future. Despite being a couple of years away from applying, there are steps you can take now to be a more competitive MBA applicant down the road. Here’s our advice:

While you’re in college…

Be curious. We love to see a diverse variety of courses on your college transcript– ranging from basic accounting to religious mythology – that reflect an eagerness to explore what interests you and an inquisitiveness about the world in general. The curriculum at Chicago Booth is designed from a strong interdisciplinary base, so it’s great for us to see that you’ve already experienced the value of learning across different subjects.

Develop work experience. Do any job that might enhance your professional skills. It doesn’t matter whether you’re crunching numbers at an investment bank or simply answering phones during your work study job on campus – you will be making professional contacts and demonstrating responsibility and initiative.

Get involved. Be as devoted to contributing to your community and pursuing your interests as you are to your academics.  Identify causes you feel passionately about and try to make an impact. Continue to play sports, join on-campus student clubs, or write poetry – whatever you feel naturally inclined to do. This will give us some indication of how you will contribute to the Booth community one day.

Be conscious of the world around you.  Life exists outside of a college campus. If possible, travel to places unfamiliar to you to experience new things and meet new people. Keep up with current events by reading newspapers, journals, and blogs or follow an influential economist on Twitter like our own Austan Goolsbee. You’d be surprised how much being able to converse fluidly on a number of topics helps you stand out during an interview, or in a networking session.

When you get your first job…

Seek out a mentor. Find people in your network that either went to your alma mater, or attended one of the graduate schools you’re interested in and pick their brains. Ask them to share their career stories with you, and learn how they go to be where they are now. Don’t be shy; let them know your goals and seek out their feedback for how to achieve them.

Take on leadership roles. Don’t be afraid to take a risk and step up to the plate. When you’re ready, ask to be staffed on a high level project or even lead one. At certain points in your career, you will need to be your own advocate in order to advance. Get yourself in a position to be challenged and show your mettle.

Maintain balance. In the midst of all your preparations and goals, don’t forget to live your life! You’ll burn out fast if you don’t stop to enjoy yourself from time to time. Make sure you are still carving out space to devote to the people you care about and having some fun. You’re still young, after all.

Want to learn more? Get a glimpse into the MBA. Booth offers a three-week summer business immersion program for undergraduates and/or early career professionals called Chicago Booth Summer Business Scholars, or SBSP for short. In addition to beefing up your accounting, finance and marketing skills, SBSP is a great way to get to know our school and develop a sense for what an MBA Program would be like. SBSP is an opportunity to work and play with people across varied interests, backgrounds, and ambitions – much like Chicago Booth’s MBA program.

To learn more, stay tuned for my next post in which I’ll talk about SBSP in detail. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive more information or like us on Facebook.

All the best,
Meghan

About Chicago Booth

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Since 1898, Booth has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Our rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms our students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges.

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By Chicago Booth January 17, 2013 Leave a Comment

So you think you want an MBA? Start planning now, even if you’re still in college, or just beginning your career.

Here at Chicago Booth, we’ve seen a strong spark of interest in the MBA degree coming from undergraduate students and early career professionals who are in the process of mapping out their future. Despite being a couple of years away from applying, there are steps you can take now to be a more competitive MBA applicant down the road. Here’s our advice:

While you’re in college…

Be curious. We love to see a diverse variety of courses on your college transcript– ranging from basic accounting to religious mythology – that reflect an eagerness to explore what interests you and an inquisitiveness about the world in general. The curriculum at Chicago Booth is designed from a strong interdisciplinary base, so it’s great for us to see that you’ve already experienced the value of learning across different subjects.

Develop work experience. Do any job that might enhance your professional skills. It doesn’t matter whether you’re crunching numbers at an investment bank or simply answering phones during your work study job on campus – you will be making professional contacts and demonstrating responsibility and initiative.

Get involved. Be as devoted to contributing to your community and pursuing your interests as you are to your academics.  Identify causes you feel passionately about and try to make an impact. Continue to play sports, join on-campus student clubs, or write poetry – whatever you feel naturally inclined to do. This will give us some indication of how you will contribute to the Booth community one day.

Be conscious of the world around you.  Life exists outside of a college campus. If possible, travel to places unfamiliar to you to experience new things and meet new people. Keep up with current events by reading newspapers, journals, and blogs or follow an influential economist on Twitter like our own Austan Goolsbee. You’d be surprised how much being able to converse fluidly on a number of topics helps you stand out during an interview, or in a networking session.

When you get your first job…

Seek out a mentor. Find people in your network that either went to your alma mater, or attended one of the graduate schools you’re interested in and pick their brains. Ask them to share their career stories with you, and learn how they go to be where they are now. Don’t be shy; let them know your goals and seek out their feedback for how to achieve them.

Take on leadership roles. Don’t be afraid to take a risk and step up to the plate. When you’re ready, ask to be staffed on a high level project or even lead one. At certain points in your career, you will need to be your own advocate in order to advance. Get yourself in a position to be challenged and show your mettle.

Maintain balance. In the midst of all your preparations and goals, don’t forget to live your life! You’ll burn out fast if you don’t stop to enjoy yourself from time to time. Make sure you are still carving out space to devote to the people you care about and having some fun. You’re still young, after all.

Want to learn more? Get a glimpse into the MBA. Booth offers a three-week summer business immersion program for undergraduates and/or early career professionals called Chicago Booth Summer Business Scholars, or SBSP for short. In addition to beefing up your accounting, finance and marketing skills, SBSP is a great way to get to know our school and develop a sense for what an MBA Program would be like. SBSP is an opportunity to work and play with people across varied interests, backgrounds, and ambitions – much like Chicago Booth’s MBA program.

To learn more, stay tuned for my next post in which I’ll talk about SBSP in detail. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive more information or like us on Facebook.

All the best,
Meghan

About Chicago Booth

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Since 1898, Booth has produced ideas and leaders that shape the world of business. Our rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education transforms our students into confident, effective, respected business leaders prepared to face the toughest challenges.

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