Myths about business schools spread among many students.
What do you think about staying in a queue for a long time?
Look at an example. Have you watched the film “Up In The Air”? If you have, you should have noticed that Ryan Bingham (who is the main character performed by George Clooney) was never staying in the airport’s queues for after any old people. He explains that in a simple way. According to Ryan, old people don’t appreciate their or anybody’s time. On the contrary, Asian people seem to be so fast and efficient for Ryan when they travel.
When Ryan’s travel companions start arguing with him, he quit the phrase that it’s faster to stereotype.
Is There Any Grain Of Truth?
Be careful not to fall into the same snare. Evidently, most MBA applicants consider the program as what exactly they want to hear about it. And they do remember only what they really want to know. That’s it. When it comes to the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, one of its best students told that his school is known for its severity in education. At the same time he considered this feature as a positive one, and also he mentioned that the educational program of some certain subject wasn’t so strict.
The student explained that the Darden School had some strict rules in order to keep the environment of creativity and rationalism. He claims that his school is the outstanding place where students can learn a lot about realities of life and necessary skills for their future career. He is sure, that all future achievements of the students can be possible thanks to their strict schedule and saturated learning program.
Just don’t think that myths and stereotypes are related to the MBA programs only. Some students can fail simply thinking that “grades don’t matter”. Aaron Silver who is an alumni of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is sure that not the grades that much matter, but the other factors as the ability of critical thinking, personal development and ability to find the truth in a dispute.
Academic Aspect is Important...Indeed!
Mollie Hartung from the University of Southern California is sure that the academics is important for MBA. The educational program is imprisoned for students who seek to become a successful business partner in future. However, the student is absolutely free to choose the period when he or she would like to complete his/her internship or attend active students’ events.
Mollie was laughing, because there are some stereotypes and half-true facts about every single MBA program. And you never know what is the true and how to identify the false. During the nomination initiated by Poets&Quants for the Best & Brightest MBAs, the students of the MBA schools were about some stereotypes about their schools. Here are the most popular and interesting of them.
1. Myth about the Stanford GSB: Entrepreneurship is unproportionally taught there.
Truth: Federico Mossa from Stanford GSB have also heard about different courses for beginning entrepreneurs especially from the Town Square. But he is sure that focus on general management which is the priority of the Stanford University is more important. During the first year of study students get strong knowledge regarding basic business disciplines, and the second year is for going deeper into a specific area of study. When Federico Mossa started his education in this MBA school, he even didn’t have thoughts about starting his own business, but in the length of the time he has everything needed for starting a successful one.
2. Myth about the Washington University of St. Louis: You will get a job in Midwest or St. Louis after graduation.
Truth: Conn David from the Washington University told that it is just a sure thing that you will be able to get a job in the Washington University or Midwest of St.Louis, but also you can go where you like to go - to the West Coast, to the East Coast or even abroad.
3. Myth about the University of Toronto (Rotman): This education is only about finances.
Truth: Alex Walker Turner from the Rotman School is sure - even though his university focus on the financial aspect of education, it’s definitely not the end of the story. According to this speech, the Rotman School has strong management education together with the newest brilliant programs for beginners in entrepreneurship, such as the Business Design and Marketing practices and also one group which is deeply focused on management and economics in real estate sphere. Alex claimed that applying to the Rotman, you can get a variety of specialization or learn dozens of majors, and finance is only the priority which you will know for sure.
4. Myth about the Duke University (Fuqua): You get soft skills after graduation from the Fuqua.
Truth: Erika Hines from this university ruined this myth. She didn’t deny the fact that the Duke University emphasize soft skills among its students, but it doesn’t mean that this education is too simple. And then Erika explained her own experience of study in Fuqua which made her a real team player and brought her an understanding about personal principles of leadership. Also, she told that she learned how difficult it is to be an empathetic leader while your company has not the best times. But you have to be so in order to save good image of the company, and this university teaches how to do it successfully.
5. Myth about the Johnson Cornell University (Johnson): It’s not easy to get job at the end in Cornell’s Ithaca.
Truth: Patrick Grumley from this university found lots of possibilities to be employed, especially in the New York City. But he prefers to focus on quality rather than quantity. In addition, Patrick met a lot of alumni who want to see students from the Johnson Cornell University in their working teams.