3. Prepare for the fall recruiting season: Because the career search for students starts early, they can use downtime during the summer to research job opportunities, says Livingstone. She recommends students identify upcoming conferences that can help with their career goals and research companies and fields that interest them.
"When they get on campus they're really ahead of the game," she says. Students can then get a head start on working with their career services office to land a job or internship, Livingstone adds.
Starting school with an idea about career goals and skills to improve will enable students to maximize their time in an MBA program, says Swain.
Students don't have to know exactly what they want to do, but they should have a hypothesis, he says. "If you just come in completely open-minded and unscripted, most students will flounder at that point and lose energy and lose time."
Swain, a higher education veteran and 22-year BYU professor, has seen students make a number of mistakes. He asks new students not to make this one: "Some students don't come in ready to work hard," he says. He encourages students to plan on a 50- to 60-hour week to get the full value of their education.
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