Today I was at UC Davis Graduate School of Management San Ramon campus as a part of the Student Panel for the incoming class. I was part of the student panel addressing their questions and advising them on the 3 year journey.
Below is summary of my advise to new students.
=> Priotize, Focus and Act – Beginning of the MBA program we all want to do our best and get all A grades. Soon you realize that it is important to balance life and not go crazy about your grades. Make sure that you choose the important tasks in your life and prioritize them. Focus on the tasks and make sure your act on them.
=>Your MBA grades does not matter. No one is going to ask for your overall grade for a job. As long as you are learning and applying the concepts at work, you will do wonderful.
=> Make sure that you are doing MBA in a good eco-system. You boss or your super boss should not see you as a threat. If they do, thats going to be end of your career. Be careful in the way you message based on your boss.
=> Work for an organization that values your MBA. If your present organization does not value your MBA, then move on. Life is too shot. You dont wnat to convince them.
=> Before convincing your family and peers at work, convince your self about MBA. It must have a strong reason for doing MBA. Dont do it just to get a raise or a promotion.
=> Make sure that you let your family and friends know about the expectations. Your readings, assignments and group discussions take time and your people should know about it. Make use of technology – use google calander and share it with your spouse.
=> Relax – You are going to go through this journey for the next 3 years. Dont stress. Make it fun for yourself and family.
=> Keep in mind the end goal. You are going to get the MBA degree at the end of these 3 years. Hopefully you learn a lot and meet wonderful people.
=> If you have too many things happening in life, make use of the short break between each quarter. Go for a 2-3 day break away from your daily routing and just focus on your family. It helps a lot to bring back sanity to your life.