Today, we’ll conclude a special series outlining various lessons from my new book.
So far, we’ve talked about understanding the purpose of the MBA, picking the right format, understanding and using rankings appropriately, how to make a good impression during the recruiting process, and how to develop a high quality application that differentiates you from others with similar grades and test scores. We’ve also discussed how to effectively negotiate for scholarships, and how to maximize the experience once you are admitted to the program of your choice. Then, we took time to cover an important tip for what NOT to do: cheat in any way, shape or form. Last week, we touched on am important distinction: effectively utilizing career services to land your dream job (as opposed to simply relying on them to “find you a job”).
In Chapter 10, we discuss the value of your alumni network. I’ll share examples of students and former students who have leveraged alumni to:
- find a job or internship
- get acclimated when moving to a foreign country
- do business in a new city or country
- find talented employees
We’ll also discuss giving back to the alumni network. I’ll share why this is important, as well as some easy ways to do so, including:
- setting up a recruiting pipeline at your organization
- completing all surveys from the ranking agencies in a timely fashion
- speaking with prospective or current students about your industry
- mentoring current students
After reading this chapter, I’m sure you’ll agree that your alumni network is one of the most long-lasting and valuable benefits of earning your MBA.