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October 11, 2019 - 2:25pm

It’s a challenge all MBA students face: There is so much to do in so little time.

When you begin Maryland Smith’s rigorous full-time MBA program, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But as your first year progresses, you’ll find that you learn a few tricks, you hit a certain stride, and you begin to develop productivity hacks that help you become more efficient with the time you have.

Here are a few productivity hacks I’ve developed throughout my MBA journey:

October 7, 2019 - 11:20pm

Ground your feet. Relax your hands into a resting position. Center yourself. Breathe. 

Then begin.

I was never someone who struggled with public speaking. I grew up in my local community theatre and immediately loved the stage.

October 2, 2019 - 9:02am

Let’s face it, the ultimate goal for completing your MBA is to get a job; not just any job, but the job of your dreams.

To get that, you need a knockout resume – that one singular, sheet of paper that showcases all the expertise you’ve gained throughout your life and career, and highlights why you’d be the perfect candidate for the position.

How can you make your resume standout from the rest? Here are three important tips I’ve learned:

October 2, 2019 - 8:29am

Career conferences are an integral part of the internship and job searching process. The first big one to hit this year was National Black MBA Conference in Houston. I made the trek down there to bask in the humidity and career opportunities.

Here’s what I learned.

Apply to jobs ahead of time

Student behind pile of books
September 29, 2019 - 10:30pm

I wrote previously about the journey to realizing the MBA was the right degree for me. Even with the thought and intentionality behind my decision, I've spent the first several weeks of my first semester relearning what exactly goes into learning. Beyond the obvious things like exams and team assignments (yes, group work follows you beyond undergrad), learning the little things that accompany being a student again has been its own, distinct bit of coursework.

Snow day
September 23, 2019 - 10:48am

Don’t worry, the fall season isn’t over yet.

Last week, I caught up with an old friend. Despite travel, a new position at work and countless other things going on, she had time to talk. And somehow, miraculously, she thought to call.

Life can be hectic in a full-time MBA program. You have more work than time. And your job hunt can be all-consuming if you let it be. MBA students know it’s important to take time to relax. But we’re also acutely aware that doing so can come at the expense of something else that needs to be accomplished.

Woman holds coffee mug that says "do it anyway"
September 20, 2019 - 2:00pm

It’s no secret that gender diversity in corporate board rooms is lacking. Did you know only 22 percent of Fortune 500 board members are women? That’s why women in B-school should start thinking about corporate board membership now — early or midway through their careers.

September 20, 2019 - 12:46pm

Among the many essential things you’ll learn as an MBA is how to put your best foot forward in a job interview. You’ll get expert advice and mentoring, as well as access to a ton of resources.

I recently attended a two-day workshop focusing on the first interview. It was full of great info. Here were the takeaways I found most useful.

Have a bank of stories for all different skills

The Case for a Paper (Yes, Actual Paper) Planner
September 13, 2019 - 11:54am

Back to school – the very phrase can seem a bit intimidating when you’ve been away from academia for a few years. Back to school for an MBA – that’s more intimidating yet.

There are a lot of demands on the MBA student, and seemingly endless tasks, deadlines and responsibilities to keep track of. In my professional life, I’ve always been organized, efficient and on a highly intimate basis with my calendar app. But when I enrolled in an MBA program, I knew I’d need more than an app.

A guide
September 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

The 2018 Application Trends Survey published by the Graduate Management Admission Council found that, of the schools surveyed, 70% of U.S. full-time MBA programs and more than half of U.S. part-time MBA programs saw declines in application volumes. This dip in applicants begs the question – Is taking on the responsibilities of returning to school worth the degree at the finish line?



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