We asked our members "What advice do you have for women thinking about pursuing business school?" Below are some of the highlights of their responses!
- There's never going to be the "perfect moment" to go back to school. You just have to make the leap and trust in yourself.
- Go for it! I was on the fence about it for awhile but it is one of the best decisions I've made. It's a big step in taking ownership of your own personal and career growth.
- Find a business school where you truly feel as if you fit in. Your business school becomes your community for two years, and there is so much value from finding a place where you will thrive.
- Do a lot of research on schools and programs to ensure you choose one that matches your goals.
- The business school application process is a marathon - do your research, don't be afraid to ask others for help, and ask thoughtful questions along the way
- If you're someone with little-to-no quantitative background (like me), don't shy away from applying. Often, things you view as your own shortcomings are seen by others as a unique perspective and/or a drive to learn.
- Reach out to current students to chat about the school you're interested in. You'll get to know it so much better. (email firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected to a current SWIB member!)
Do some thorough self analysis and have at least some idea of what you want your post MBA career to look like. Especially if you are looking to pivot your career into a new direction, evaluate your priorities in terms of Industry, Function and Location - which do you prioritize the most?
Admissions Interview Advice:
- Maybe this is just more life advice: Get really clear with yourself about what you want to get out of your MBA and be ruthless about pursuing it. It's really easy to get caught up in the noise, but having a strong core backbone/mission will pay you back in spades.
- Be authentically you. Don't underestimate yourself.
- Have confidence in yourself and your story.
- You don't have to check every box to be a great candidate. If you want it, go for it.
Don't be afraid to ask questions, no matter how trivial they may seem. It's a big decision, and everyone (current students, administrators, etc.) wants to make sure you make the right choice for you!