We’ve all been there. Despite all the preparations, research and rehearsals, you find yourself nervous about your MBA admissions interview. While this isn’t technically a job interview, you may do well to treat it like one. An MBA admissions interview is a very important part of your overall application and ultimately one of the first steps towards your post-MBA life.
At McCombs, interviews are by invitation only and can come at any time before the decision release date. While some applicants may look forward to the opportunity to interview, others may not exactly enjoy the anxiety thereby engendered. If you are a member of the latter group, look at it this way: the interview affords one of the only opportunities for official face-to-face interaction during the application process, so here are a few ways you can take advantage: Continue reading
You may be one of those people who are trying to decide between quitting your job or not to go back to school and get your MBA. Rest assured you’re not alone. There are some basic questions I ask folks who are grappling with this decision.
1. What do you want to do with your MBA?
The answer to this question can help determine whether one program makes more sense. The majority of Texas MBA students want to switch jobs, and the majority do. Our working professional 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 (i.e. finance to marketing or vice versa). The strong general management focus of the curriculum in the working professional programs give 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 real-time consulting project to add Continue reading
Some youthful things make you feel young like water wars, animated films, and merry-go-rounds.
Some youthful things make you feel old like well drinks, actual young people, and homework.
Our children might not even know what these two are much less how they’re related.
I’m a 30 year-old woman with homework. While my peers continue to do adult things like plan trips and feel competent, I get grounded if I don’t get good marks on my statistics worksheets. No need to point out the fact that I’m the one who would ground me. I know, you whippersnappers, and it only exacerbates the “old.”
I check my answers before turning things in to avoid this feeling.
Life is a blessing, yes, and aging is what happens when you succeed at staying alive. Things like cotton candy taste of childhood wonder. The sugar-spun cloud delights like discovery and potential. “Old” is still lousy, though, and this is why: homework makes me feel slow, and slow gets you eaten by hyenas.
This nostalgic Instagram filter is a lie.
At least once in the next three years, it will come to pass that a fellow classmate will bring home a grade lower than what his or her actual child scored at school. Arguing that the kiddo’s test is over the water cycle instead of statistical regression models is petty, and ultimately unhelpful.
Grad school is cruel like the circle of life.
If you ask about age in the program, and most people do, you’ll find the average age in the program under “class profile.” But you’re actually asking on behalf of your amygdala, the part of your brain worried about survival, developed before numbers were invented and mammoths went extinct.
There is no average age number admissions can proffer that will make me as fast at studying as I was at learning when I was 5 (genius level!) or 15 (all my brain cells!) – and that’s ok, because STATISTICS IS NOT DEADLY.
My cohort is not a wildebeest herd crossing the Serengeti.
Primal fear keeps us human animals from doing a lot of nonlethal things, like public speaking or writing personal essays to apply for school. I have a trick to free up that precious mental bandwidth. If I’m able to recognize that my amygdala is playing a loop of anxiety, regret, or fear, I literally smile at it. Actually, there’s a pair, so I smile upon my vigilant amygdalae, and I say, “Thank you for protecting me. I see the alarm you raised, and I checked it out, so you can rest now.”
I survey my surroundings: a lot of people who want me to succeed, a few who don’t really care either way, and zero hungry hyenas. Coast is clear; I can focus on my midterms, instead of my age.
As an MBA career management advisor for the past three years at McCombs, I’ve seen my share of bad resumes. With that in mind, below are some basic tips I typically suggest to students that will quickly help you to enhance your resume and the value it has to potential employers.
1. Tailor Content – You may have heard the old adage that your resume should be tailored to your audience, which is true. But does that mean each resume requires a complete overhaul? Absolutely not. Customizing your resume may simply entail reordering or swapping out bullet points. Remember, a resume is a summary of your relevant experience, not necessarily all of it.
2. Emphasize Results – Simply put, your resume is more than just a summary of what you’ve done in the past. A recruiter wants to know not only what you did, but whether or not you generated results from your work. Therefore, stay away from bullet points that read like job descriptions and input results wherever possible. If the person replacing you in a previous job of yours can copy and paste your resume bullet points to their resume, that’s probably a sign Continue reading
I’m Ivy Le. I’m an entrepreneur running a print, design, and content marketing shop in Austin, but I’m better known by search engines as the beer reporter for the Austin Chronicle, which I was until this week, when I became a UT McCombs MBA candidate.
I have a husband, who keeps our marriage strong with random acts of Hello Kitty, like this one on my first day of orientation for the Texas Evening MBA program (TEMBA, for short):
I’m the first college graduate in my family, and they’ll be very proud when I finish business school. They’re as anxious about my ability to perform as I am. Continue reading