4 Questions to Ask a Business School When Applying (Video)

Round 2 deadlines are approaching, and you may be finding it difficult choosing the right business school for you. Below are some important questions you should consider asking to help make your application process run smoothly.

This is a recording of the free online webinar with Loughborough University on October 12th, 2018. It focused on the value internships bring to MBA students, as well as the role of a career centre and the many special events and networking opportunities a business school may offer.

1. What unique features does your MBA program offer?

When hearing the answer, remember to evaluate whether the program’s selling points are in line with your own values and professional goals. If we take Loughborough Full-time MBA, it distinguishes itself from the rest in four ways. First of all, it offers an internship module, giving an opportunity for UK work experience or access to a support system for a business start-up. Secondly, the program has a practical problem solving focus, and trains students in both leadership strategies and business analytics. Thirdly, Loughborough’s MBA is well known for its integrative modules ranging from Leading Strategic Change to Innovation and Entrepreneurship through live company projects. Finally, the university’s award winning career support offers masterclasses and commercial insights from experts across many industries.

2. What special events and networking opportunities can I benefit from?

Learning during your MBA goes far beyond the lecture halls. Keep in mind, that in order to benefit most from this degree, you have to be proactive and seek every opportunity that’s on offer. Loughborough runs three MBA Master Classes every semester, allowing you to get insider’s information on a specific business sector, as well as gain knowledge on how to work in the UK culture. Past classes were led by Shazam CEO, Saatchi and Saatchi former CEO, Andy Cope (author of The Art of Brilliance). In addition, you have the chance to join a range of professional development workshops, career fairs and networking events organized by the career center.

3. Do you offer support to help secure an internship?

In general, this is considered the responsibility of the student. However, many schools do guide you along the way and help you choose the most suitable position for you. For example, Loughborough University publishes a regular Internship Opportunities newsletter and advertises postings additionally on its Careers Network portal. Aniket, a former international Loughborough student from India comments on his internship:

I got to do my internship with two different companies, which offered me a broad experience. When you come as a foreign student for an MBA program, you would like to have some professional experience under your belt in this new country. The internship really helped me build on that. I got to test the waters in the UK market both as a marketing intern and business development manager.  It’s very important that the student takes the opportunity early on, to start applying for internship positions. What I suggest is taking all available resources at the university. Yes, it is a tough process but remember that you are taking the right step forward to building your career.

4. Are there any application tips specific to your MBA program?

Each school has different requirements for its MBA application, and programs may focus on particular aspects of a candidate’s profile. Loughborough’s MBA does not require a GMAT score for example, but does prefer to see a good tailored personal statement. Also, the admissions team recommends you choose your referees carefully and request their recommendations as soon as possible.

Watch the entire webinar recording to hear more about Loughborough’s full-time MBA program. If you’d like more information on finding and applying to the right internship, read The Value of an MBA Internship.

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