With a solid idea of what sort of work they want to pursue with their M.B.A., students can hit the ground running when they begin classes. M.B.A. curricula and the hiring process are often tough, so there's not much room in a two year, sometimes $100,000 program, to change directions, some say.
And often, as they take classes, M.B.A.'s must juggle coursework, job prospects, family life, and more, says Corinne Snell, executive director of the Center for Student Professional Development at Temple University's Fox School of Business, where 95.3 percent of 2011 grads found work within three months of graduation.
The hectic schedule of an M.B.A. program is something the student will have to get used to, Snell says.
"They have so much going on, but welcome to the corporate world," she says, citing the common 60 and 70 hour workweeks of business people. "It's not going to be Easy Street after they graduate."
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