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Which courses would help before joining an MBA school ? [#permalink]
22 Jan 2006, 20:54
During the free time a student has before joining a MBA school, which courses(or activity) he/she should take that would help in terms of -
1. Supplementing his/her skills in performing better at school
2. Prospective employers would look for.
That depends entirely on 1) what your academic and professional background is and 2) what career you're shooting for (and again, your professional experience). There is no one generic answer that fits all.
Personally, I would travel to places I'd always wanted to go. The core courses in b-school aren't overly exciting so I'd go do something fun beforehand, not load up on more academics.
I have an engineering degree in computers from a college in India and have been working as a consultant in IT field for 8 years. I am shooting for a MBA degree in either general consulting or in IT field.
For example, having studied in India, we don't learn a foreign language which could be a downside (not always, but could) when compared to applicants from the US who would know English plus Spanish/French or anyother language. This is a very general example.
Wanted to get an idea from actual MBA students/graduates of what they think they could/should have done to fare better or that would have helped them.
Duk- As for your comment about Americans studying foreign language in school (high school and college), please do not have the wrong impression. In truth, most students take a year of Spanish in high school, and two years in college, however it`s more like a required ABCs course, emphasizing elementary sentence constructions, which most students forget a year or two out of school. The fact is, (I myself was a linguistics double major) less than 10% of native born Americans ever actually gain "coversional" proficiency in any foreign language. Please do not be misinformed because, unlike our European counterparts, the vast majority of American are indeed monolingual.
You, on the other hand probably speak Hindi as your native tongue and clearly have a superior command of English. IMHO, further refining your English skills alone will make you stand out from other classmates this fall.