And here’s Part 2 from our former BSer/now MBA grad – appropriately covering what you have to look forward to in Year 2 of your coming MBA experience. If you missed Part 1, catch up here.
Year 2: That internship was fun. Do I want to do that after school?
2nd year of B-school may seem like a long way off, but it happens fast. Yes, you’re probably so ecstatic about the prospect of going to school in this fall and leaving those losers you currently work with behind, but just remember – like your essays, goals can change during the course of B-school. It seems like every first year student’s wet dream is to get an offer from their summer internship so they can accept and then coast through their 2nd year. This is fine if you loved your internship. But what happens more often than not is that people just don’t feel like recruiting and if they have the option not to, they take the summer offer. This is bad. Yes you will have a lot of free time your second year, but if you’re working a job after graduation that isn’t what you’d hoped it would be, you’ve only got yourself to blame. You only get to do this MBA thing once – do it right. Even if you get an offer from your internship, if you have any reservations about it, it means you should be recruiting in the fall. That summer between your first year and second year is a luxury that most people don’t understand. NEVER AGAIN WILL YOU GET TO TEST DRIVE A COMPANY FOR 10-12 WEEKS WITH NO COMMITMENT. Think about that last thing I just shouted at you. After B-school, any time you get an offer from another company, you’ll be going in based off of the interview/headhunting process and until you show up on the first day, you won’t know what it’s like to work there. The internship gives you a free shot at figuring some things out. I’m not saying no one should jump on their internship offer, I’m saying if you’re honest with yourself and know the company isn’t a fit or that consulting/brand management/investment banking/underground cockfighting isn’t quite what you had built up in your mind, be strong and walk away, even if you don’t have an offer in hand. Full-time recruiting differs from internship recruiting in that you’re not on anyone’s timeline. With an internship you NEED to start in June so you can finish in August. That makes finding one by April or May at the latest a must. In full-time recruiting if you don’t have a job by graduation, so what? I understand it can be nerve wrecking, but if you take a little more time to find your Jam, even if it’s after graduation while your classmates are laying waste to Europe and Southeast Asia, you’ll be happier in the long run. I guarantee it – just like the Men’s Warehouse guy.
THANK YOU, FORMER BSER! You’re off to big new adventures in greener pastures now but you may still be lurking around here – and please know that this contribution is greatly appreciated. To all you who are in the throes of the app process, GOOD LUCK! And remember that we also have the Admitted Student’s Guide if you’re struggling with what are the right next steps to take after you’ve been accepted but before you actually matriculate.