ABOUT AN MBA
A Master in Business Administration is a professional degree that seeks to give students the necessary tools to succeed in the business world. Most of the MBAs will last between one and two years and will include a core program and a set of electives form which the student may choose to tailor the program to his own needs.
The core program is intended to give you the foundations in business and how to run any organization. It will typically include classes of Marketing, Management, Strategy, Finance and Economics, among others.
The elective cycle will allow you to concentrate in an area of expertise or to get more in depth knowledge of general management.
Typically a two-year program will give you the opportunity to pursue a summer internship in which you gain real world experience and, depending on your performance and the economic situation, could be a path to a full time employment after you finish your degree. A two year program is very useful for those who have little or no business training or work experience in the field or want to give a new direction to their careers. A one year program can save you time and money and can get you back into the labor market in a record time with all the qualifications of an MBA. However, it is more demanding because you have to acquire the same knowledge in a shorter period of time. It is intended for those who have prior business experience and want to boost their careers in the same area that they have been working. Thus, it is ideal for those who do not want more in depth knowledge in that particular area but rather they want a more managerial role and a leadership position.
Business is not only about theories! An MBA will equip you in “soft skills” as well. Leading an organization requires much more than knowing the state of the art in business. It requires vision and strategic thinking. It is also about building networks, leading and participating in teams, being able to work with different cultures and backgrounds.
A full time MBA is, in this regard, a life experience! You will learn not only in class from your professors but also from your classmates; you will have the opportunity to share your experience and views with a diverse group of people that will prepare you for the globalized business environment.
An MBA is intended to prepare people from any background for a career in the business world. It is a general degree, not a specialized master. If you intend to have a holistic approach to business and are not looking to build technical competences, the MBA is perhaps the right degree for you. There are some individuals who see an MBA as a way to increase their income. While it is true that statistically those who have an MBA degree earn more than other people with a different Master degree do, the motivation for pursuing an MBA should not be just financial. You have to be passionate about business! If you are good at what you do, you will most certainly have an income to have a comfortable life. You have to be good (and extremely good) to succeed in the business world!
Given the nature of the MBA, it is ideal to have a work experience before you start your MBA. Most programs will require work experience because they look for individuals that are focused and can bring to the table their own experiences to enrich the class debates. You are expected to participate actively in the discussions and will only be able to do so if you have good working experience and a well-rounded life. There is no such thing as the right time for each and every one. You have to assess if you have a sound working experience and if you are prepared for an MBA. In addition you have to be able to clearly articulate which are your career goals and assess how an MBA will help you attain them. If you are not clear about the last point mentioned, it would be good to postpone the decision about the MBA.
ABOUT THE EVENT
The event will be held on Saturday August 20th, 2016. The venue will be Hotel DoubleTree, Carrera 11B NO. 96-59 Bogota, Colombia.
The event is free for all attendees.
Yes, the morning sessions are open to everyone planning to do an MBA. So it is not required to have the GMAT at this point.
If you want to participate in the one on one interviews it is strongly recommended for you to have started the preparation process and one of the first steps is the GMAT!
Yes, you should register if you want to participate in any part of the event. There will be registrations the day of the event but if you are interested in the one to one sessions, you should register in advance and submit your CV in English.
PREMIUM MBA CONTACT FAIR is a unique opportunity to learn first -hand about the programs. We suggest that you attend as many presentations as possible. However, it is not possible to attend all as there are concurrent sessions. We suggest that you check the schedule.
If you are invited to an individual session it is necessary that you attend the morning presentation.
In any case, you will receive all the presentations in a CD at the end of the event.
You should register as soon as possible and submit your CV for approval. In the registration form you should select the universities with which you want to meet.
Once you register, THE GRAD SCHOOL ADVISORS will review your CV and suggest changes or approve it. Once your CV is approved the universities will receive your information and CV.
The universities then will choose whom they want to meet. You will receive your schedule before the event so you can prepare for the interviews.
Please note that most of these interviews will be informative, they are not intended to be evaluative/admissions interviews. Neverhteless, you should be well prepared for the interviews because this will be your opportunity to present yourself to the university!
You should prepare for the interview to create a good impression. Make sure you have reviewed the program webpage and think why would you be the right fit for the school.
If you have requested the interview you are expected to honor it.
Here are some questions that can help you prepare for the interviews. You should be able to CLEARLY articulate:
- Why an MBA
- What are your short and long term career goals
- Why will an MBA be key to reach your short and long term goals
- What can you contribute to the program
- What specific features of the program you like
- What makes you a unique candidate
- What are your strengths and weaknesses
If there are specific things about you that you want to discuss with the admissions representatives, this is the time!
Universities have a limited amount of spots available for interviews. Thus you might be a perfectly suitable candidate and still not been chosen for the one to one sessions. Don´t be discouraged!
In the afternoon there might be some open spaces so we might still be able to accomodate you, but you need to be patient.