Four tips for future MBA candidates in Vietnam
I had the chance to join my first selection board for CFVG MBA 2013 intake last week, and it was overall a great experience! For those of you who don’t know about this MBA, it is recognized as one of the best currently proposed in Vietnam, with very high standards in terms of candidates selection and education level.
This is not an article about whether or not you should join an MBA. I do have my thoughts on this, and it is another debate. But if you made your choice already, I noticed a few patterns that you should closely pay attention to as a future MBA candidate in Vietnam.
Don’t apply too young
First of all, don’t apply too young.
The whole curriculum of a MBA is designed to provide you the theory behind business situations you faced before.
What do you expect to bring in a group discussion if you never met any real business world example? How to deeply understand an advanced organizational theory and its benefits if you did not experience any organization before?
Through a MBA, the leverage you should get from your experience is not simply a multiplication factor, it is exponential.
I was truly surprised to interview candidates born in the nineties, with barely a year of total working experience…
Read business books
This one seems obvious, but if business is your favorite topic (and it is for most MBA applicants, surprise!), why not read about it? Learn about the latest trends in marketing or people management?
You are trying to convince a jury that you are a future business man/woman. Be serious about it, and know your references.
Amazing fact : of all the candidates I interviewed, none of them were reading any business book. No one, even amongst the best candidates, had any favorite book or author.
MBA is an investment
Though all MBAs in Vietnam are quite different, they have a common factor: they cost a huge amount of money.
If you are ready to invest in this type of education, at least you should do two things.
First of all, you have to be clear about how you will get your investment back, and in how much time. A jury’s job is also to evaluate your future plan, and to make sure you will make the most of their MBA.
Your second objective is to understand the specificities of each MBA, and to pick the right one. They each provide a different curriculum and are looking for different kinds of people. Your role is to understand which one suit you best, and to convince the jury about it.
You build the reputation of your MBA
This is the bonus tip if you manage to get enrolled (and to graduate): as an alumni, you represent your MBA.
First, anything that you will deliver, say or do will now be tagged with the name of your MBA, and people around you will judge this MBA through your performance.
But your mission is also to be a promoter, and to introduce the best people to this curriculum so that its value increases year after year.
You should be proud of your education, and as an alumni, you are the first brand ambassador.
These four tips obviously apply everywhere, but they are all the more important to follow here in Vietnam. MBA is not another line on your CV. It can be a good career enhancer if well prepared, well thought-out, and done at the right time. Otherwise it will just be time – and money – wasted.