Corporette’s Tips for Full-Time MBA Students

A friend of mine (and fellow Northwestern alum) is friends with Kat Griffin, the founder / brilliant mind behind Corporette, a fashion and lifestyle blog for women lawyers, bankers, MBAs, consultants, and otherwise overachieving chicks who need to look professional but want to look fashionable. It’s an awesome resource, especially for those of us who dressed super casually for work pre-MBA.

Earlier this week, Kat put together a post full of great advice and resources for women who are starting MBA programs. I was thrilled to get a shout-out in the post (thanks Kat!) and want to share a few highlights and takeaways with you!

The Highlight Reel

  • It gets busy fast. This is something I’ve heard over and over again from students in various MBA programs. Within the first couple of months, you’ll have started classes, applied for extracurricular leadership positions, and started prepping for recruiting. Folks I’ve talked to have recommended making a short list of priorities before school and letting those priorities guide how you budget your time.
  • Don’t stress too much about grades. This applies for a couple of reasons. First, many schools have a grade non-disclosure policy, which means that employers don’t get to see your grades. Then second, even if your school (like Kellogg) does disclose grades, only a couple of industries like banking and consulting will request them. Also, you’ll need to…
  • Make time for networking and social events. This is a huge reason why people de-emphasize the importance of their grades — going to business school is also about building a network and connecting with your fellow students. We haven’t started at Kellogg yet, but I’m already so excited to be part of this class of accomplished, diverse, brilliant peers. It’s hard to say no to spending time with them!
  • Just do the best you can. This is the big one, right? Most MBA students are Type A overachievers, and I think it’s natural for us to want to take advantage of every opportunity and make sure every choice is the right choice. But that’s not possible, so be kind to yourself and do the best you can with the time, resources, and information you have. (We’ll see how good I am at taking that advice once school starts…)

Bonus: Advice from Kellogg’s Career Center

  • Mind the artificial pressure. I recently had the chance to chat with Mark Gasche, the Managing Director of Kellogg’s Center for Career Management. He mentioned that students fall prey to pressure that they put on themselves, especially during recruiting when it’s tempting to measure your success by the success of your peers. His advice was to enjoy the experience of being here and not to be swept away by this artificial pressure, since it’s more likely to hurt than to help.

If you’re digging these highlights, make sure to check out the full post at Corporette for all its info-y goodness, including advice from MBAs in the comments and reading list suggestions!

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