No luck with your first MBA application? Don’t be discouraged.
MBA News Barbara Barkhausen / 04-10-2011
Many first applicants find themselves shut out of the most popular business schools these days. There are just too many people applying for only a few spots. However, despite the first big disappointment: reapplying the next year might be much easier after having had the experience once already. We have found the best tips to strengthen a new application for you in a recent article from US News.
1. Retake the GMAT. If your scores are below average for your preferred programs, raising your scores is essential. So study those books again, take prep courses and take the test a second time.
2. Take on more responsibilities. Showcase your leadership experiences by taking on more responsibilities at work and/or in your extracurricular activities.
3. Reevaluate your school list. Apart from just reapplying to your favourite schools, reevaluate new programs and check rankings and specialities of schools.
4. Revise your career goals. Do you need an MBA for the career that you describe? Or are your goals in the contrary completely out of reach compared to your current experience? Make sure that the arguments, why you need the degree, are strong. Talk to a friend, other b-school students or business people about your goals and ask their advice.