With Covid-19 cases still soaring worldwide, many questions need to be answered. However, amidst all the unknowns, there is one concern floating like a phantom across the academic world. How did Covid-19 change the world of MBAs?
To help MBA applicants understand the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Eric Lucrezia organizes different webinars for prospective MBA students. With over 20 years of experience in the education sector – including being the Director of Recruitment for the Global MBA at ESSEC Business School in Paris – Eric shares valuable insights to help candidates during the pandemic.
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Did Covid-19 change the world of MBAs?
It is not a matter of “if” but “how”. While MBA applicants should keep researching their target MBA programs, many aspects of the MBA admission process have changed.
As Eric describes, the many in-person interactions and MBA fairs have been the primary sufferers of Covid-19. So, let’s explore how the pandemic changed the MBA field.
How Covid-19 changed the MBA research process
It’s not a secret that the MBA research process can be overwhelming. Applicants should consider not only an institution’s prestige and ranking but career prospects as well.
There’s one thing, however, that many people in their 20’s and 30’s don’t often consider: health. With Covid-19 being far from over, many applicants might consider shifting their priorities. Eric says that prospective MBA students should start asking questions related to safety measures and precautions.
How Covid-19 changed the admission process
Though MBA entry requirements vary, there has always been one daunting admissions aspect: testing. The GMAT exam is usually the first cornerstone. That said, during the pandemic, some schools have started waiving the GMAT or offering alternative solutions.
Eric admits that he has ongoing discussions with his colleagues on this topic. He thinks that despite the option for a waiver, the GMAT is vital because many consider it to be the applicant’s first MBA class and some of the most sought-after employers use the GMAT score as part of their hiring criteria. Interestingly, for Eric, MBA essays are also essential – the process of writing them can help applicants crystallize their academic and career goals.
How Covid-19 changed MBA references
MBA references play a crucial role in any MBA admission process. Yet, requesting a recommendation letter from the right person can be tricky.
Eric reminds applicants to take the time to explain their goals and of course to express gratitude when asking for a reference, especially during the ongoing pandemic. An engaging voice over the phone or an invitation to lunch can be a great start!
How Covid-19 changed the interviewing process
MBA interview preparation can be thrilling. It’s a two-way process, and applicants should be prepared with sold questions for the admissions committee as well, keeping in mind that they are interviewing the school as well to truly know if it is the right fit.
Eric reminds us that with interviews moving online, applicants should always dress appropriately, have a strong internet connection, and eliminate interruptions.
How Covid-19 changed networking
Online networking has always been essential, with Covid-19 manifesting its importance. From MBA fairs to LinkedIn, networking, and social media playing a crucial role.
While Eric reminds us that travel restrictions may challenge MBA trips, alternatively, online coffee chats and alumni events can help prospective students instead. He encourages students to be proactive in developing their own networks!
In the end, some current changes in the MBA world may or may not remain in the post-pandemic era. However, as Eric says, one thing is certain in this moment of great uncertainty: now is an exciting time to be pursuing your MBA. For more insights into the changes the world of MBA has experienced, watch the full webinar.
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