"For those switching careers, don’t discount what you can do with an MBA! This is one of the only times in your life where you can really make a change in your career. The key is understanding your value, what you truly want out of the MBA, and how your experiences translate into your new career path."
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"Getting an MBA was important to me because I come from a science background and then worked in the nonprofit sector, where I really felt a lack of foundational business strategy."
"There are so many different perspectives in an MBA classroom and so many opportunities to stretch and grow. It’s good to have a plan coming into the program, but make sure to expect the unexpected."
"Make sure you have a group of advocates supporting you – whether it be a friend, mentor, significant other, or family member. Surround yourself with people who will champion you through this process."
"Think of business school as a two-year experiment. It is a safe environment to do all of the things that you’ve been too afraid to do up until now."
"I decided to pursue an MBA to gain additional business knowledge and meet other classmates who share my desire to use start-ups as a vehicle for pursuing a certain goal."
Darden MBA student Jennifer Forman speaks about the Forté Foundation, which helps women launch into fulfilling business careers through partnerships with businesses, organizations and business schools.
Every admissions officer I spoke to gave me the same advice about timing: Don’t submit your application until you are completely ready. If you want to retake the GMAT to get a higher score, or if you need a few more weeks to polish up your resume and essays, take advantage of the opportunity to apply later.
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If you are having trouble selecting the programs to apply to or what to write your essays about, then you need to take a step back.