And then there was one. One semester left, that is. It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the home stretch of this intensive one-year MBA program and that in just four short months we will re-emerge into the working world.
We’ve accomplished a lot since the MBA Games in January. We polished our negotiation skills, familiarized ourselves with emerging markets and cross-cultural management and created Facebook pages for organizations with the hopes of generating viral-worthy content. We also began the search for our post-MBA careers by way of networking events, job fairs and informational interviews.
What’s next? A summer packed with juicy business courses including operations management, new ventures, sustainability, ethics and strategic management. Our presentation skills will also be put to the test through a program offered by the Humphrey Group.
An MBA field trip to Chile is on the agenda for some of us in late May. We will spend a week in Santiago meeting with some of the most prominent businesses in the area including Methanex, Teck, Nike, Red Bull, Johnson & Johnson and the copper mining giant Codelco. The trip would not be complete without exploring one of the country`s many wineries, so we will also be given a tour of Viña Errazuriz in the famous Aconcagua Wine Valley. (I have to admit that I am well prepared for this portion of the trip. My final paper in our Emerging Markets course was an analysis of the Chilean wine industry.)
So there you have it—a busy summer semester and then we fly out of the nest to make room for another cohort of MBAs in September. It’s been an exciting ride so far and I look forward to sharing all of the good things to come.
Thanks for the questions! Because the GDBA is geared towards those with degrees outside of business, you’re not expected to come in with a full arsenal of business knowledge. However, the one thing I found helpful in both the GDBA and MBA was to read up on current business events both locally and internationally. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with the concepts and apply what you learn to the real world.
The MBA field trip is usually a week long and takes place in the spring. Destination-wise, it has moved around a bit so your cohort may go to South America or somewhere else just as interesting. It was definitely one of the highlights of the program!
My name is Joseph, and I was hoping to complete a GDBA in 8 months.My plan is to transfer to MBA after that. I was hoping to prepare for the GDBA; do you happen to know of any books, notes, or online supplies which could help me preparing for the program?
I appreciate any tips.
PS: I read about the international field trip. I’m curious to know how long is it, and when and where does it normally takes place?
Beautiful place to visit