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What is the best way to research the feasibility of Post MBA career goals?

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New post 04 Jul 2013, 05:45
I am doing a lot of research into a possible post MBA career option.
I feel my situation is pretty unique (I have no experience in future field or job function).
How should I go about the research?
Cold mailing professors at target schools.
Cold mailing professionals through linkedin.
Searching Forums.
Contacting current students at target clubs.

So far I have been pretty unsuccessful in establishing how realistic my goals are.
So, maybe I am doing a poor job approaching people. How should I approach the above?

Try to make my way to San Jose.

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New post 06 Jul 2013, 13:54
Not completely crazy about any of those options, TechWithNoExp. You want to be careful about your interactions with the school - we usually recommend that people take the approach that every conversation is like an interview and the person is taking notes and may report back about you to admissions. This doesn't literally happen all that often, but it could. Thus, you should go into those exchanges prepared, with your reasons for why you want to go there at least partially formed, so that you can exchange in a dialog with them. If you don't know what your goals are, then that's a huge red flag that advertises the fact that maybe you don't really need an MBA; it's sort of doing things backwards.

We've written about this on the EssaySnark blahg a few times:

Bschool is not the goal
"I could do this, or I could do that."
Thinking about an MBA? Do you really know why you need one?

There's also a bunch of posts about how to actually develop the goals (some require membership to the blahg though so we're not gonna posts links 'cuz that's just lame).

What you should do is tap your network - who do you know, who knows someone, who's working in an area you're interested in? See if you can take them out to lunch.

You could also review the placement reports issued by some schools you're interested in, to see if any of the jobs they list out sound appealing, and use that for further research.

There's lots of career advice on the Internet - if you want to go into IB there's and there's a bunch of other sites (BusinessBecause has some good resources) - and sure, keep looking around on these admissions boards to see what you learn. But cold-calling a prof at a school? Can't see how that would be the best idea.


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