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What are the benefits of going to business school?

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Lisha’s Answer

The main benefits I received from business school are 1) a diverse network across multiple disciplines and industries and 2) a foundational understanding of various aspects of business so I am able to speak intelligently about various topic (i.e. marketing, operations, finance, strategy). Business school typically also creates an opening for you to change careers more easily. Keep in mind that business school is not for everyone especially with the high costs these days. Historically people have gone to business school to increase their salary but the return on investment doesn't always pan out especially if you already have a well paying job.
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Ken’s Answer

It really does not matter what school you attend, as the most important factors are how well you do with the school work, which is an indication to an employer about what kind of employee you will be, and the effort that you put forth in your networking to set up networking connections that will help you throughout your education/career journey. Here is an important video for you to watch: ## http://www.ted.com/talks/julie_lythcott_haims_how_to_raise_successful_kids_without_over_parenting?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=education ##


In determining which school which school to attend or which career to follow, it is very important to to get to know yourself better to determine which career area most closely meets the application of your personality traits and then get to know people who are doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can see what they do, how they got there, and what suggestions and advice that they have for you.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

Ken recommends the following next steps:

The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
• It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
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Kevin’s Answer

Great question! Short answer is - it really depends what you want...


If you're in an existing career and want to stay doing what you're doing - there may not be a need to go to business school.


If you're looking to change your career or specialize in a certain business function (i.e. marketing, etc.) there are programs that add value to your candidacy for those jobs/roles.


Kevin recommends the following next steps:

Think about what your passions are
Focus on what your ultimate objectives are - and then look for programs that align to that
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Monica’s Answer

I attended a business school, specifically Bentley University, and I found it to be very beneficial in my career. My education was extremely focused around business which allowed me to have an upper hand in the job market. I learned a ton and had unique experience. For example, Bentley has a semester-long business case project where students work with a real start up company to build a business plan. This was an experience that I was able to discuss in interviews.

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Brandon’s Answer

Hi Khushi - as a business school graduate, I found that it was an excellent opportunity to learn finance/accounting skills that I didn't get during my undergraduate studies. It also allowed me to broaden my academic skillset to other areas like operations, management, strategy, etc. Another great benefit of business school is the network that you can build. Your fellow classmates will likely be ambitious, career-oriented individuals who will go on to work in a variety of fields. More immediately, your business school will likely have an alumni network of senior professionals already out in the work force that can be a valuable resource to you while you are lining up your post-MBA role. I think business school is a great opportunity to open doors that would otherwise be shut from a career perspective. This can be particularly helpful if you are seeking to transition your career into a new field. Oftentimes people fall into a line of work coming out of their undergraduate program and realize that it just isn't a good fit for them. Business school can be a great way to reset your career trajectory into something new.
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