A career in business can take many forms, but earning a graduate business degree is your key to taking your career to the next level. With a b-school degree, you’ll gain knowledge that allows you to access exciting opportunities, earn a higher salary, and create an expansive network of business professionals. As the semester comes to a close, this summer is a great time to chart a path to success and take the next step in your career journey. Start today with these tips: Get an Internship. Expand your portfolio of work experience and demonstrate your commitment and dedication to potential employers by enrolling in a summer internship. Internships can up your professional game by giving you skills and experiences you can’t always get in the classroom. They’re a great way to try out different industries or professions and confirm your career path. Plus, they expand your network and can help you get a foot in the door with desirable employers, increasing your chances of full-time employment down the road. Find a Mentor. Finding a mentor who can guide you on college, career, and GMAT prep is a crucial step to ensuring long-term career success. Mentors have access to tools and expertise that can advise and inform the critical steps along your professional path and how to best prepare for success. Not sure who to ask? Think about successful professionals you look up to or faculty members that inspire you. According to Forbes.com, “They need to be people to whom you have already demonstrated your potential – who know how you think, act, communicate and contribute. And they have to like, trust and believe in you already (why else would they help you?).” Make Connections with LinkedIn. The LinkedIn profile is today’s digital resume. If you don’t already have one, set up a LinkedIn account to showcase your academic and professional accomplishments. Expand your profile by adding details such as work history, unique skills, and how your accomplishments have made an impact. Include information about your extracurricular activities and volunteerism to give a more complete representation of your skills and interests. Use your account to connect with peers and professionals you meet throughout the summer, and beyond. Research Your B-School Options. Choosing a business school is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming with more degree opportunities and choices than ever before. Give yourself time to research different programs and decide if they fit your interests, goals, and learning style, starting with School Finder on mba.com. Schedule school visits and get a sense of campus culture by talking to students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Once you’ve narrowed your options, research Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) score ranges and benchmark yourself against fellow test takers. Then, formulate a GMAT prep plan and set milestones to help you achieve your personal goals. Plan Your GMAT Exam. With your test-taking abilities at their absolute peak, there’s no better time to take the GMAT exam than now. Math and verbal skills are fresh in your mind and you have access to the best test-prep resources. Your score is good for five years so you’ll have plenty of time to decide where or when you want to apply. And with 600+ testing centers across the United States, you can take the exam wherever (and whenever) it’s convenient for you. Undergrads can save $100 on exam fees, visit gmat.com/forte for exclusive pricing.