The semester is now over and the MBA class of 2018 is one-fourth of the way through their program. As I was sitting thinking what to write for this post it seemed appropriate to think back on the lessons and highlights of my first semester.
- An MBA program requires a large time investment. This investment extends far beyond the classroom because some of the most valuable opportunities afforded to students come in the form of networking events and private meetings with professors.
- An MBA program requires you to take the initiative in your areas of interest. Go to the events that are relevant to you. Reach out to the people that you meet to learn more about their specific industry. Look for relevant organizations in your area. If you cannot find what you are looking for, create your own organization.
- An MBA program requires you to form relationships and collaborate with your classmates. These relationships will give you the satisfaction of helping others with the areas in which you are strong and will help you with the areas in which you are weak. No one succeeds alone.
- An MBA program requires you to know your limits (what I can and can’t say yes to), as well as your goals and dreams (what I will or need to say yes to). Both of these will allow you to most effectively direct your actions and achieve success.
- An MBA program requires organization in order to keep up with the variety of events, organizations, and assignment that become a part of your everyday life. Keep a calendar, set notifications on your phone, make sure you have a to-do list.
An MBA program requires all of these things and more. However, after only three and a half months I can say that it has been and will continue to be one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.
I recommend it to anyone who is looking to further their personal development, start their own business, change industries, or move up within their company. Whatever your reason, if some part of you has an interest in a business program, there is nothing lost by attending an information session for a program in your area. Of course, I would recommend the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.