You might think of yourself as the next Alan Sugar when it comes to business. Thus, you may assume that it will be a walk in the park when you get into business school. At this junction, it is important to note that you may be right – but it is unlikely!
Many students who go to business school describe it as a challenging and humbling experience. The majority of those who begin business school find the first few weeks and semesters intense, with everything they knew about business being turned on its head and them potentially struggling to keep up. But don’t worry! This is perfectly normal and part of the overall process of shaping you into the top-notch businessperson you know you are.
Most Masters of Business Administration (MBA) courses are two years-long full-time and can be completed in person or online – and perhaps the best word to use to describe the experience you will face is ‘immersive.’
During an MBA, you will need to grow not only your skills in running a business but also your social and academic skills – plus, you will also need to do plenty of self-discovery along the way. So, with all of this in mind, what are some of the best ways to manage an MBA program and get the grades you want and deserve?
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Do Not Compare
Firstly, when you begin your business school program, you will be surrounded by incredibly bright people. They are just like you; they are there to learn about business and to go into the same area as you.
Perhaps they are already working as a manager, or this course is part of them getting a promotion at work. Long story short, everyone around you will likely be smart but unique, so never compare your accomplishments to theirs – everyone’s journey is different.
Each person on the course is likely to come from a different cultural, ethnic, and social background, and you may be surprised at how different the baselines are. There’ll be younger people fresh in the business world and older people with decades of experience as well, so aim to consider your baseline rather than compare yours to others.
The same mindset needs to be adopted whether you’re studying at an in-person college or an online one; for example, undertaking an Aston University online MBA will demand the same positive, open-minded approach as if you were studying at a bricks-and-mortar educational establishment.
No matter where you study, among your fellow students will be people just starting in the world of business and those who may already be overseeing several thriving businesses.
Instead of comparing yourself to your classmates, be sure to keep your eyes on your own progress while using your benchmarks to measure your successes – not other people’s.
Perfection Is Not On!
There is no such thing as perfection, even in 2022 – a notion that also applies to business school, companies, and business ideas. Attending business school makes it easy to think you have to learn everything and apply it perfectly to the world around you; however, this isn’t the case.
Remember, you are there to learn, and like most things, you will excel in some areas and not in others. And there is nothing wrong with that; try not to focus on becoming a master in every area of your MBA course, but rather concentrate on building up your weaker spots to a level where you are comfortable.
This approach will reduce pressure, allow you to enjoy the overall experience, and will probably lead to you getting better grades.
The Risks Are On
Everyone who works in business, be it as a manager, an entrepreneur, or a business mogul, knows that this area comes with risks. So, to succeed in the world of business, even in an academic environment, you need to be comfortable with taking risks and accepting that these will pay off sometimes, but other times, they won’t.
The whole point of attending an MBA in the first place is to grow your skills and prepare you for the business world. This means that, in many ways, the best learning methods are diving in headfirst, exploring areas you know nothing about, and taking risks with your learning.
Every time you step out of your comfort zone in the business world, you will be faced with either a great reward or a worsening situation (usually the former!) Therefore, don’t be afraid to use this space and time to discover areas that you may not have the time to explore later, as these will likely benefit you in the long run.
Ask For Help
You have entered an MBA course and are struggling to keep up – either mentally or with the mountain of work you have to complete. What does this mean? It means you are human and that you are learning! There is no shame in feeling overwhelmed with work, especially during the beginning of a new course, so always be comfortable with reaching out for help.
Reaching out is an important skill in general for the world of business. This can be to your tutors, professors, or even your fellow students.
Even doctors ask for consults from other doctors when they aren’t sure what to do, so by asking for help from someone else, you are learning the important skill of realizing that you aren’t coping – and you are being proactive about changing this taxing time into a new learning curve.
More than likely, if you are struggling with the workload, other students will be too. The curriculum of an MBA is tough in some parts and easier in others, so this can be the perfect opportunity for you to support your fellow students and for them to support you too.
There is a lot to take on board when you begin business school, and many people can struggle with the onslaught of stimulation. However, your time management skills are already exceptional, and if they aren’t, this is something that you will need to work on.
Aim to balance your ‘on the job’ aspects of your course with studying the academic ones when you have the time. Keep your calendar open as much as possible to allow business ideas and opportunities to find you. When you are out in the real world, these opportunities are unlikely to come around again, so manage your time and grab them!