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MY UT Austin MBA JOURNEY 30 years ago

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A full week of orientation kicked off my MBA education. The atmosphere was like at ComiCon! Alumni, who were representing their (mostly Fortune 500) companies, set up over 60 recruiting booths throughout the school of business. They passed out business cards and company recruiting brochures. It was a can-do business festival atmosphere! The alumni gave us newbies positive reinforcement and asked about our ultimate career choices. All company representatives encouraged us to attend the upcoming mock interview sessions and networking events. They also recommended which professors and which classes to take, according to our interests. The formal lectures featured several alumni now in upper management (at various Fortune 500 companies), and established Texas politicians.

All classes were taught by PhD professors, most of whom are “endowed chairs.” The walls of the halls are covered with brass plaques announcing each professor’s appointment and sponsor company. The books you will read are authored by your professors, so you better have read the assignment -- you will be expected to contribute to the class discussion. This is where work experience will be a definite plus. Real-world experience will flavor class discussion with a bit of “been there, done that,” and “this is how it was done at XYZ, Inc.”

At McCombs, you will be expected to think for yourself and to defend your idea. One professor would, at random, ask students questions based on a front-page article in the day’s Wall Street Journal. Discussions are oral, but assignments are written, hence the GMAT sections that test your reading and writing skills. Example: In my Organizational Behavior class, all weekly assignments were limited to a one-page report. So, a 20-page case study had to be “boiled down” and discussed in 250 words (using 12-point type). This restriction was part of the assignment. Why? In the real world, your boss will already have to read dozens of reports. She needs to have actionable and succinct information. She doesn’t have the time to read “War and Peace” every single day.

Be sure to join one of the student organizations. During the weekly meetings, you will be able to connect with other students you may not meet in any of your classes. The dean will ask each student organization to help during the recruiting sessions. This may include meeting the company reps at the airport, conduct breif campus tours, and help setting up their booth. This is an excellent opportunity to informally learn more about the reps’ recruiting objectives and their companies’ vision / mission. Be sure to dress for success!

Your will gain points with the recruiter by easing their burden. Example: After talking with several recruiters about their tours through various universities, I learned each recruiter had to read over 100 resumes every night. By the next recruiting session, I had produced a “recruiter’s package” that showcased my club members. The package included a printed booklet and a floppy disk, each with all our resumes. Now, the recruiter could quickly conduct keyword searches and save their eyes. The dean suggested we sell each package for $50. My club earned over $2,000 that year! Lesson: Find a niche and fill it!

During the day, booths showcased the company, while interviews were conducted in various small meeting rooms throughout the building. During the evening, Fortune 500 companies hosted wine-and-shrimp networking events at various downtown hotels. Here, students rubbed shoulders with upper management -- maybe even with the CEO! Be sure to dress for success and have your questions and business cards at the ready.

Great experience! First class education! No wonder, UT Austin ranks in the top 20! Enjoy the perks of a highly-respected and well-funded university. Good luck and be sure to have fun! You can do it!
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It seems that your journey was very hard.
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New post 15 Dec 2017, 00:53

One of the BEST POST's EVER..!!
We have such great diversity here on the forum.

Thank you sir for engaging on the forum and for sharing your experience.

"BE SURE TO HAVE FUN". This is what I am taking away from reading your post.

Thanks again

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Daiseyrowley: My profession -- I was a small business consultant. Lots of fun, OK pay, used every bit of my MBA to help my clients. I am retired now.
AlenaBrenda: Hard journey -- Not so much. I was probably the last student admitted in R3 1988. I did not receive my acceptance letter until May 1988. I had only two "rough" classes, I got "Cs" and had to repeat them. Otherwise, a very good learning experience. I was well-prepared to my subsequent career. I did have fun, especially when the football team was a national powerhouse. The consulting company of Coopers-Lybrand would pay for a huge BBQ party during several home games. Some marketing professors would host classes during "Thirsty Thursdays" at local pubs. Suds and marketing stragegies..Sweet. :-)
Stonecold: You are very welcome. I wish more MBA's would post their stories.

I have posted my views on the huge changes, of GMAT prep, during the past 30 years. Here is an excerpt...

Students wishing to enter an MBA program, or other professional level program, face a cartel. There are one or two entrance exams from one or two providers. There is a cadre of prep, counseling, and loan companies that sow trepidation among students, while plying very expensive solutions...Students (and their parents) face a tremendous expense just to gain acceptance to, let alone pay for, an MBA program. What is going on? What I see is a vicious cycle spawned by GMAT prep. It has become a pernicious quest for ever-higher scores (beyond 700), aided-and-abetted by fear mongering, and fueled by anxious candidates’ money. :shocked
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Great experience it looks like and thanks for sharing your post. It's good to hear occasionally from someone who is a ways out from their MBA and show gratitude for their experience. It's encouraging.
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