Making the Most Out of Business School
Career Path : Business
Business programs can be very competitive, so the first thing you can do is pat yourself of the back for a job well done. However, the hard partâs just starting, and with all the time and money youâre spending over the next few years, hereâs some more ways to make the best of what your degree has to offer:
Obviously you want good grades. However, thereâs more you can do than just pay attention and cram for exams. Get to know other students taking business programs, not just at your school but outside your institution. Consider this essential networking, because when you need to review your material theyâll be able to bring fresh perspectives and alternative versions of the notes to your study groups. When the season of paper writing rolls around, you can help each other out with an extra set of eyeballs, and give you some realistic perspective on how hard material really is to stop you from feeling like youâre going crazy.
One piece of advice applies whether a person is studying Mesopotamian dance or business programs. Interact with your professors and Teaching Assistants (TA). Even a seemingly silly question is better than no communication. Not only are they paid to help you understand the material, but if they donât know who you are youâll never be able to take advantage of their valuable industry contacts!
Grabbing an Internship (or two!):
Whether you are enrolled in an accounting or a marketing program, you are going to want the real industry experience of an internship. Even if it isnât paid, take it as seriously as a real job. If this wonât be your future employer, they will be your future references. When trying to grab an internship the strongest rule of thumb is to apply to everything you might be remotely qualified for. Donât undersell yourself; let the employer decide your value. If all else fails and you canât find anything, see if you can get some extra responsibilities at your part-time job. Even if you just convince the fast food restaurant you work for to let you shadow their bookkeeper, it is still experience. Your business programs may give you more ideas for other DIY internships, but if you canât even find a paid job, at least try to volunteer.
Extracurricular activities galore:
Activities donât just keep you entertained and healthy, they also tell your first employer how well rounded you are and can be valuable experience in their own right. Plus, as treasurer or in another position of responsibility in a club or society, you get a taste for organization management. The school paper can tighten your writing, while even the most petty student politics will teach you skills for future meetings.Â If youâre especially lucky, your school has a consulting society. These allow you to network with students in other faculties, generally the engineering programs, and can also be an avenue to starting your own business.
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