How to make the most of your MBA year.

Ever so often, we come across things that we think could help us and perhaps some of you get the most of your MBA.

  • Keep an open mind
  • Look at everyday as a learning experience and do not take anything for granted;  even if you think you know all the answers, perhaps they now have new questions.
  • Make it a point to read up on readings; actively read before the class. For 1-week modules, do set aside 3-4 hours on the weekend before to read most of the material / all of it for the coming week. Trust me, its very difficult to get readings done during the week in a 1-week course.
  • Follow-up on terms/ concepts/ people/ books/ movies that you hear in class but don’t know much about. For e.g. SarbanesOxley, Porter’s 5 forces, impacts of the financial crisis, to name a few.
  • Subscribe to HBR, but only if you are sure that you’ll make full use of it.
  • Keep a notebook, where you can jot down ‘lines that inspire you’. These lines could come from anywhere; the lecturer, a fellow student, a business conference.
  • Attend as many social events with the class as possible; there is a wealth of knowledge with your classmates and its a great way to make friends too!
  • Do not, and I strongly feel about this, assume that your way is the only way to work in a group. Take it easy, and be prepared to accept ideas that are better than yours.
  • Spend 15 minutes a day studying German; trust me, is totally worth it!
  • Try and give the lecture your undivided attention; this is especially true for courses that may not be your strongest point. I suppose this is basic, but always worth mentioning. It makes studying for exams that much less stressful.
  • Keep a close watch on those job deadlines- several jobs; especially tailor-made Global MBA programs have application deadlines.
  • Squeeze in some exercise during the week, no matter how busy you may be; it just prepares you a lot better for the weeks ahead
  • The MBA is definitely about getting those hard-skills in place and learning about Marketing, Strategy and Finance, among other subjects
  • However, the MBA is a lot more about you, your personality and your own style in dealing with people. Be prepared to unlearn old behaviors and learn from those around you.
  • Use the time you have to reflect upon your attitudes and leadership styles and never assume that what worked in previous situations can be transferred as-is to the MBA year.
  • Take it one day at a time.
  • Accept that there is a learning curve and that you will get there in your own time. As long as you can look back and see changes in yourself for the better, you have made the most of your year.

All the very best!

3 Responses to “How to make the most of your MBA year.”

  1. Naveen September 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Hey Anitha, Very nice article. Thanks…

  2. Smriti February 8, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    Very well written!
    Thanks!

    • Anita Visvanath February 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by my blog Smriti, glad its of help. 🙂

      Best regards,
      Anita

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