Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Part II: What I'm looking for in a School....

Its always interesting to see how individuals narrow down their school choice. Motown nice selection critera! I also have a list of things that I'm looking for when choosing an MBA program. Check it out...
  • Concentration: Since I'm making a career change my #1 criteria is that the school I'm interested in have the concentration I'm looking for ( HR Management). I feel the best way to prepare me for my future career is to make sure I receive the best fundamental knowledge available.
  • Culture/ Student Clubs: Making sure the schools culture will be a fit for me is another important thing that will keep a school on or off my list. I can't visit every school before I apply so talking with students and alumni will have to do. The student clubs that are available will also heavily influence my decision. Student clubs are one of the many reasons why I fell in love with my number #1 school choice. They have so many clubs that sound so cool for example "extreme sporting and outdoor club". Sounds fun to me and the description sounds even better!! ... its the little things that make me happy :)
  • Class Size: Coming from University of Michigan and a big company , I want to try a smaller class size out. The expectation is that almost everyone going to business school will become someone great one day. I hope with a smaller class size I will be able to build a stronger network with my classmate.
  • Cost : Hefty loans are something I wish to avoid if possible so I am definitely looking at the tutions cost vs the percentage and profile of students who receive scholarships and grants. Lets be real, Money matters! No one wants to come out of business school with more debt and the same pay or even less pay. The avg starting salary for school is something I also like to look at. It sort of lets me know how valuable companies think that schools MBA is.
Those are my top things I look for when school shopping. Madsmom & folks out there, what are yours?!

-Ms. Hr


A Movie in My Pillow June 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM  

Hey! I know I have been MIA! Along with this list I had a few other things to add:

Collaborative vs. Competitive: Not so sure this is an issue in B-school but this is definitely something I had to consider. I'm of the collaborative camp and believe that will make a student more successful in the long run.

What are YOUR needs: Think about the things you can absolutely NOT live without. Yes you can sacrifice, but don't sacrifice so much that you end up unhappy. If you love the arts, make sure wherever you are going offers that outlet, for example. Figure out what YOU like and plan accordingly.

Do you have a support network?: Grad school is not easy and even though you meet amazing people, you need to have some type of support system that you can lean on when things go crazy. Whether that means being closer to family, friends or being part of a supportive group, like a church, make sure you have someone there!

Happiness: Ask all alums and current students if they were/are happy about their experience at the school. Happiness is critical to your health, success and relationships. Cherish that feeling.

Love you girls........

Monique June 14, 2011 at 2:54 PM  

I'm looking for the following:

1. Family/Partner life bc I too have a child
2. Ranking/concentration - The field I want to switch to is very unique, the better the ranking, the more connections typically.
3. Financial package - I need to go somewhere that has open pockets, hello!
4. Career Dev - definitely looking at what kind of resources the school has for its students. Schools with b-school specific programs are a huge plus. I'm paying enough for you to have a whole center dedicated TO ME! :)


Ms. HR June 14, 2011 at 9:24 PM  

@ a movie in my pillow. Those are some good things to look at! I may have to use them as criteria going forward.

@monique you are sooo right about a school with open pockets!!! so when you find one make sure to let me know too lol... I feel you on the career dev piece too!

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