Your only nemesis in this journey is TIME. Use it well. Hard work pays off. And if you’re serious enough about your MBA, read on:
1. Create an excel sheet and maintain a record of all your research and information you collect while looking at various business schools.
2. Start researching on different colleges and zero in on the few whose offerings align with your professional and personal aspirations. Look at class size, curriculum, specializations, industry wise breakage of placements, scholarship options, brand value and return on investment.
3. Now, start establishing personal connections. Get your profile evaluated BY the admissions committees. Connect with current students and alumni. Start talking to them. Connect with professors who teach subjects of your interest and/or are industry experts. Before you start, make sure you have a list of legible questions to ask.
4. Start researching on companies that hire on campus and attract you, keeping your short term and long-term goals in mind.
5. After selecting your schools and making a list in order of preference, begin your GMAT preparation. Having the list before hand will keep you motivated to stay on track and target a score higher than the mean range.
6. Always have room to re-take the GMAT before you put in your applications. Perseverance is the key here.
7. There are many people on forums who help people out unconditionally. Connect with them.
8. Make a plan of action; chalk out milestones and stick to achieving them.
9. Ask yourself if you can handle all of this yourself. If not, hire an MBA Admissions Coach.
I will be regularly putting up posts related to the MBA journey so stay tuned to this space to get many of your doubts cleared.