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How To Network Before Starting Business School

You can start making useful connections even before you begin your program—and smart networking could even help you secure a place at business school

Thu Jun 22 2023

Most people who enroll at business school know that networking is an important part of the experience. 

Among candidates who participated in the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Prospective Students Survey, 60% said they were interested in pursuing graduate management education to enhance their network.

But did you know that business school networking doesn’t have to start when you join a program? Here are five ways you can start making beneficial connections even before you begin your first class. 

1. Reach out via LinkedIn

The world’s most widely used professional platform, with almost a billion members, using LinkedIn is the easiest way to connect with students or alumni from your target business school. 

A quick video call or coffee with someone who has insider knowledge of your target school can be invaluable for your application and interview prep—it can also help you to refine your school shortlist.

Reach out highlighting your common connections—for example similar work experience, interests or undergrad experience—and you’re more likely to receive a response. 

2. Sign up to GradSelect

GradSelect is part of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a global organization of top business schools. By registering for free with GradSelect, you share your interests and target business schools, and you will then receive information to help you apply and to secure a place at business school. 

You can connect with more than 500 top business schools, including the likes of The Wharton School, Harvard Business School, London Business School, and many more. 

3. Attend open days

Business schools want to help your admission process and will host in-person and, often, virtual open days or admissions webinars to provide you with important information. 

These are an excellent way to speak with current students, faculty and even others who are applying. Keep an eye out for them on school websites as they can be popular. 

4. Join an MBA or Master’s event

GMAC Tours assemble different schools in cities around the world to help candidates hear from a number business schools in one day. As well as meeting b-school admissions advisors, these events are a great way to speak with peers to hear about their application and career journeys.

5. Build an online network

Join the BusinessBecause MBA Applicant Hub, our private Facebook group, to network with other applicants and find support throughout the application process. Who knows, you may find a future classmate or business partner via the group. 

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