MBA application prep: where and when to start?

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I'm an undergrad graduating in May (non-target, 3.9+). In the summer I'll begin working in economic consulting (think Cornerstone Research, Analysis Group, NERA). After around 3 years (depending) I'd like to leave for MBA. Where do I even begin with preparation? At times I think it's a bit early, but I'm worried I wont have much time when I begin full-time. Thoughts?

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Dec 9, 2018

Congrats on securing a post-UG position! I worked in economic consulting for 3 years before getting my MBA. It isn't too early to start thinking about and planning to develop the strongest resume for your MBA applications. Think about what you are passionate and get involved with that outside of your work. (Yes, I realize you will be working lots of hours at some times!) I encourage you to knock out your standardized test NOW while you are still in 'student' mode. The score will be good for 5 years and it will be one less thing for you to worry about when it comes time to apply.

Stratus offers an MBA Early Edge program through which we work with young professionals like yourself who want to have someone to help them navigate their pre-MBA career to ensure they are the strongest candidate possible when they apply.

Good luck!

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Dec 28, 2018


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Dec 16, 2018

Hi Edward!

At this point, your focus should be on your burgeoning career and doing all the small things in the office that will pay dividends later on with promotions and letters of recommendation. Have a great attitude, be punctual, and don't be afraid to ask questions.

Start reviewing concepts for the GMAT and familiarize yourself with the content for when you finally do a deep dive into it. Take a practice test and see where your baseline is and adjust accordingly.

And finally, pursue your passions and volunteer! Business schools want to see commitment and leadership both in the office and out, so make sure to devote time to causes that interest you.

I hope this helps, and don't hesitate to reach out with any additions questions/queries!


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