There is so much that goes into applying for an MBA — just getting ready for your application itself can be a complete life-overwhelming, all-engrossing project for many many months. Maybe you’ve just hit the Submit button on a bushel of apps, and you’re breathing a sigh of relief. Boy, sure glad that is over!
Hold up now, Brave Supplicant. Not so fast. Your work is far from over.
Consider this: Do you really think you’re ready to go get the MBA? Like, if/when they actually admit you??
Here’s a great resource, courtesy of the generous souls at the Duke Fuqua School of Business in lovely North Carolina.* (It really is lovely there. You should visit sometime. Just not in the late summer. It gets hot.)
Duke has this we’re guessing seldom explored area of its website called MBA Ready. It’s all about what do you need to survive in bschool. Like, stuff to know before you get there. It’s geared for the many people who are facing the prospect of starting one of Duke’s Exec MBA programs, often after many years in the workforce (read: not in school), and daunted by the idea of cracking open a textbook.
The MBA Ready website has this handy dandy Road Map that tells you what you’ll need, as a baseline of skills, to succeed. Basic stuff. Like computer skills. Math skills. Working knowledge of accounting and how to navigate a financial statement. An understsanding of concepts like the time value of money.
“What?” you say. “I thought I was going to learn all that stuff in business school!”
True true, these things are most certainly covered in the core curriculum at most any bschool. HOWEVER — key point — they are taught at the graduate level. Which means you hit the ground running from day 1 and you never look back. If you have never been exposed to these subjects — especially (ahem) the math stuff — it would behoove you to get cranking on some refresher courses pronto. Like, lickety-split and don’t waste a moment. You’re gonna be glad you did.
*EssaySnark is totally not being snarky here. North Carolina is beautiful. And yes, it’s in the South, but it’s not the Deep South. Some of our clients have been very prejudiced against this place, and they don’t even know what they’re talking about. One them even was gung-ho on Darden but didn’t want to go to Duke. Because of the area. Say-wha?