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Balancing Act: Family, Work, and Your MBA

From our Working Professional MBA staff and students:

Working professional MBA programs provide an inherent challenge – how to manage the competing priorities of work, school, and a personal life. Many wouldn’t think of adding to that mix perhaps the ultimate challenge, caring for a new baby. Nevertheless, McCombs Working Professional MBA students have shown it can be done, with the right planning, prioritizing and support network.

“There’s never a ‘right’ time to have a baby,” says Denise Xue, Texas Evening MBA Class of 2017, a financial analyst at Intel who gave birth to her son Daniel in April of 2016, during her fourth semester in the program.

Having a baby while getting an MBA is certainly not easy, but I never regret one bit. You will be extremely busy, and feel challenged both physically and emotionally, but at the same time you will also feel proud of yourself for the things that you accomplished.”

Here is some advice from Denise and other recent parents for those contemplating parenthood in combination with their Texas MBA:

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Non-Numeric You: Beyond Your GPA

In the world of MBA Admissions, your numbers are not everything. Applicants do tend to focus on numbers when they submit an MBA application:  Their undergraduate GPA, total GMAT/GRE score, quant and verbal scores, percentiles, etc. With limited seats in Texas MBA classes, measurable figures can be a very helpful tool when determining who best fits into our programs. But…

You are not just a simple sum of your numeric parts. The same way that you are not just left-handed or right-handed — your scores are part of you, but certainly do not define who you are.

We should say up front that putting your best numbers forward is important. That’s why getting your best test score and putting your best GPA into your application is a must. However, in our review of a typical MBA candidate, GMAT and GPA alone do not offer any consistent indication of success in the program. Even if you do have a 780 GMAT, this does not automatically indicate to us that you will make good grades, find an internship, thrive in your study groups, or find a good job after graduation. It is the combination of strong numbers, your unique story, a commitment to McCombs, and many other things that indicate how well you’ll do in the Texas MBA Program.

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Top Tips for Submitting Your Texas MBA Application

If you have reviewed the Texas MBA admissions process, you are familiar with the basic steps to applying. Here are some of those steps we’ve highlighted recently:

Of course, the above list does not cover everything. Every application is unique and you may have a special situation or specific questions. The Texas MBA Admissions Team is here to help!

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Re-Applying to the Texas MBA Program

From the Texas MBA Admissions Team:

The 2017-2018 application is open for all programs, so questions are starting to roll in from those who have applied to the MBA program in the past and are interested in re-applying for the Class of 2020.

First and foremost, having applied in a previous year is not considered a negative factor in your application. We are pleased to see your continued interest in the program and will evaluate your new application on its merits, and in the context of the new applicant pool, just as if you are applying for the first time.

Our best advice: Consider giving yourself a fresh start when you approach your new application. Think through and reassess your application, addressing any weak areas, and add new information that may be helpful in the admission process.

Below is an overview of the application process for re-applicants:

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Deciding Between a Full-Time or Part-Time MBA Program

From Sharon Barrett, Director of Working Professional & Executive Texas MBA Admissions:

Are you still deciding between leaving your job to attend the MBA program full-time, or continuing to work while you earn your MBA part-time? Rest assured you’re not alone. Here are some basic questions I ask people who are grappling with this decision:

What do you want to do with your MBA?

The answer to this question can help determine whether a full-time or part-time program makes more sense for you. The majority of Texas MBA students go into the MBA program with the goal of switching jobs. Our Working Professional (WP) MBA programs – Texas Evening MBA (in Austin), Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth, and Texas MBA at Houston – are an excellent fit for those looking to switch to a career in consulting, or to move into a different function within the same industry (such as operations to finance, or vice versa). The strong general management focus of the curriculum in the WP programs also gives graduates the tools they need to run a company, whether it’s their own or someone else’s. And hands-on experiences through the MBA+ Leadership Program offer students the opportunity to work on a consulting project to sharpen the skills needed for a switch.

If you’re planning a complete industry switch, say from software engineering to financial services, or moving into a specialized field such as investment banking or clean tech, then you may want to think about how your past experiences are related to these goals. If they’re completely unrelated, getting exposure and experience in this field prior to beginning your job search can be important. The Texas Full-Time MBA requires a summer internship, and the elective choices allow students to dive deep into a specific industry or area of focus to position you for a strong career pivot.

Tip: Research your target companies in advance and see if they require an internship with the company prior to full-time employment.

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