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Didn’t get accepted for a MBA? Here’s how to cope

So you just found out that you didn’t get into any of the top ten business schools?  It’s quite tragic, especially if you had your heart set on a certain institution.  Top institutions disapprove students when they have too many applicants for a certain academic level to handle.  They will then choose only the top qualifying students.  But just because you didn’t land that study opportunity that you have always dreamt off doesn’t mean that you don’t have a chance of getting a good job and a good education one day.  Here are some great ways to cope with the disappointment and to help you get back on track again.

Apply elsewhere

You might not have gotten into one of the top rated business institutions but there are still quite a lot of other institutions that would love to have you.  Online MBA programs, for example, hardly ever turn away MBA candidates and give you the opportunity to study while you work or do other things in your life.

Didn’t get accepted for a MBA?  Here’s how to cope

Consider waiting

You might have better luck next year.  Consider taking a gap year and do all of the things that you have always wanted to do. Working and getting some hands on experience as a business entrepreneur volunteer can also boost your chances of getting accepted.

Consider another career path

The type of institution at which you study can make a world of difference when it comes to finding a job.  If you really must study at a certain institution then perhaps consider switching career paths to something that still matches your interest.

Don’t worry; others have made a much bigger mess of their lives

What is done is done.  You cannot turn back the clock to redo your senior years.  There are plenty of other students that didn’t study hard enough and still made a huge success of their lives.  There are also a lot of people that made far worse mistakes than you did.  Just take Stephen Collins for example.  Collins was a famous actor that had it all.  He had a good career, was famous and a bright future and he blew it all when information was leaked that he had molested an underage girl years before.  After owning up to his mistake, Collins is starting to bounce back and win forgiveness wherever he goes.  If Collins can recover from a terrible life choice then you can most certainly still make something from your life even though you didn’t get the good scores that you wanted.

Try seeking professional advice

A professional career counselor can help you choose a career path and institution that will give you the best possible outcome despite your low grades so you can still one day enjoy terrific financial freedom.  And if you are feeling depressed from the MBA rejections then help from a psychologist can help you cheer up and stay confident despite not getting the life that you have always planned or dreamed of having.…

When Applying for an MBA, Own Up to Past Mistakes

Nobody likes bringing up their past, and especially if they are mistakes, academic or otherwise. This is particularly so when one is applying for a place at an über-competitive business school. Failing to address obvious weaknesses, such as a low GPA or gaps in employment history, does more harm than good in the end. It is important for one to be upfront about their foibles since it is the best way for them to know how to tackle them in the future, and it will actually increase chances of admission. Below are some of the things that MBA applicants face and how to deal with them.

When Applying for an MBA, Own Up to Past Mistakes

Explaining a Layoff

Many people think that if they tell about their lay off, it will most likely reflect negatively and raise a red flag. It is likely that the committee will notice the employment gap that you’ve been out work. If I were to bet, I would bet that they would wonder what you did during that time since layoffs are common nowadays based on the economic recession that many countries are going through. Keep the explanation short and sweet and draw the attention to how you bounced back, whether you went ahead to open your own business, or went to volunteer.

Handling a low GPA

A low MBA would make the admission committee wonder if you would be able to handle pressure from the MBA. The best way to handle this is to take pre-MBA courses to boost your quantitative profile and remove any concerns about you not being able to handle the MBA.

Addressing a criminal record

Many M.B.A. programs ask a person to explain a mistake they made, or discuss a challenge you overcame. The most interesting candidates have faced difficulty and learned from it, preferably changing their behavior for the better. We took a youthful mistake and showcased a person determined to improve her life.

Admissions officers look for applicants who will succeed in their particular program, as well as in the world after graduation. Showing who you are, your potential, and even how you have overcome blemishes to your otherwise perfect record gives the school insight into your potential as a student and as a future business leader. We all fail sometimes, but the trick is to try to look at your failures through a fresh lens and figure out the good that came from it.

Take a look at the way that Stephen Collins tackled his situation. Stephen Collins was an actor in a popular television show, 7th Heaven, where he played a reverend and father. More than twenty years ago, he had sexual contact with minors, and since then has been undergoing therapy so as to understand why he did it, and how he can keep from repeating the behavior.

It was not Collins idea to have the information come out the way that it did. He was undergoing therapy with his ex-wife in an attempt to salvage their marriage. During one of the sessions, where he made his confession, she secretly recorded everything and then later released the tape to TMZ, bringing everything to the public front. What we should see here is that he had not been going to therapy regarding his acts due to public pressure but due to personal pressure even before the information became public.

This is what he had to say to Katie Couric, “I had dealt with them [the sexual incidents] very, very strongly and committedly in my private life. I think I’m a human being with flaws and I’ve done everything I can to address them.”

He also said, “I deeply regret the mistakes I’ve made and any pain I caused these three women. I admit to, apologize for, and take responsibility for what I did.”

He has been very sincere in his efforts to make things right as he addresses his shortcomings. This is one of the very reasons why we should forgive and support him. It is like for the past 20 years, he has been in a prison of emotional torture at his deeds. He has done everything right, and this included not apologizing to his victims since that would have opened up old wounds that might affect their lives. There are at least three ways as we will mention below:

  • Admitted to God, to himself, and to another human being the exact nature of his wrongs.
  • Made a list of all persons he had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  • Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

He came to terms with what he did and acted to make it right. This is the very same way that MBA students should be. They shouldn’t try and hide their past mistakes but rather work at correcting them.…