All you need to know as an international MBA applicant

As a professional or a fresher there comes a time in your life when your job profile or life become very predictable and monotonous. You start questioning yourself  as to where you are headed and if just hopping jobs is the right decision to progress in life.

Many of you must have thought of doing an MBA as an option to escape your current monotonous life and thought of it as magic dust. If any of you recall the movie “The Prestige” , then you are aware of the opening dialogue. If you aren’t, it goes :

The opening dialogue of Christopher Nolan’s 2006 film, The Prestige:

Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course…it probably isn’t. The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.

You are expecting the same analogy with an MBA.

  • You are ordinary before an MBA.
  • After an MBA, you are transformed with knowledge of a variety of business functions.
  • But what good is knowledge if it’s not put to use? Because acquiring knowledge isn’t enough, you have to use it for turning around a business. That’s the hardest part. That’s “The Prestige” of an MBA.

The beauty of a magic trick is that it only fascinates you after it has been performed. And for that reason, you will only realize if your magic trick is great, after it has been performed.

You must have a lot of questions in your mind though? What if you don’t get into a good b-school? What if you don’t get along with the other competitive classmates at your b-school? May be you’d never be able to repay your huge education loan? All these uncertainties make the decision tougher and I will not tell you that your decision is right or that it’s not risky. But I will tell you that you need to work out a strategy, after a lot of introspection and stick to your game plan until the end.

Dear Readers, You will be paranoid, you will be unsure but you also need to be crazy enough to resonate with  My Way Lyrics of Frank Sinatra and do it your way.  I’m charting out a few pointers for you to introspect on your MBA decision.

  • Why do you want to pursue an MBA? Leave the letter for the ADcom aside. Just really think what’s that single most influential factor that’s driving you to pursue an MBA.
  • Which B-School is best for you? Don’t go by the top b-school ranking charts and thoroughly research which b-school fits your profile the best.
  • How will the b-school improve your profile and add value to you?
  • What’s the teaching style at the b-school of your liking?
  • What’s Your Goal?

To be continued..

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