I lived for 2 years with an MBA student as a roommate before I came to Booth. At the time, I couldn’t understand why she was always so busy. She also kept traveling from coast to coast at times, and when I asked her why she would say “recruiting.” But honestly, I never fully appreciated how action-packed life can be during recruiting season till I came to Booth myself. So for the uninitiated, here’s a peek into my life last Thursday thru Saturday as I traveled for interviews, while balancing academics and my extra-curricular leadership responsibilities.
Business school can generally be broken down into three main components; studying, socializing, and soliciting (a job). While the first two are fairly straightforward in aims and objectives, that third prong can often be the cause of the greatest variance and corresponding stress levels.
There is no good way to avoid that reality. Finding meaningful full-time employment following a large investment in getting an MBA can be a daunting task, and one that doesn’t always have a clear solution or light at the end of the tunnel.
You may be overwhelmed with the number of avenues and companies available to you. A goal may feel unattainable because a lack of previous experience or a competitive landscape. Or your own preferences may shift after being introduced to new material.
I’m not here to tell you it’ll all be ok (it will without a doubt). I also don’t have specific methods to reducing that stress. But I’m here to point out the really great aspects of recruiting, and why a lot of that perceived trial and tribulation is a result of premium opportunity.
The recent sea of suits, ties, and high heels at the Harper Center signals the beginning of another year of internship recruiting on campus. However, before most first years step into the hallowed halls of the interview center, they have already spent countless hours in preparation with the help of second years who have been there before. This pay-it-forward culture is amazingly pervasive at Booth, and something that makes the school unique. One of the seminal events each winter (and a shining example of this culture) is the Interview Training Program (ITP) that allows first years to participate in a full, videotaped mock interview with a second year volunteer.
Congratulations to all of the Round 1 admits, and good luck to everyone who applied Round 2! A few weeks ago, I posted a few questions I think every early career candidate should ask themselves before applying to an MBA program. As you consider which school is right for an MBA, now is a great time to turn the tables and ask key questions of the programs you’re considering. Here are three I think are critically important:
Congratulations everyone who were admitted to Chicago Booth in Round One! This post continues my story about how Booth helped me switch careers from finance to technology.