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MBA Moms: Q&A With a Successful Working Mother

Posted by Christopher LeBlanc on Jul 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

One of the greatest tragedies for driven, ambitious working mothers is that they feel like their education must be put on the backburner. After all, there are only so many hours in a day and no one can do it all, right?

Wrong.

As Fisher College Vice-President of Strategy and Planning/Chief of Staff, Melinda Cook, MBA, ED.D., can attest, it is possible to be a professional woman and work through master’s and doctoral programs, while also juggling responsibilities as a wife and mother of four.

Here are a few tips Dr. Cook offers to the professional woman still on the fence about continuing her education.

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Topics: Boston DAPS, MBA, Professional Student Posts

MBA to a T: 5 Tips for Choosing the Right MBA Program

Posted by Neil Trotta on Oct 7, 2015 11:03:48 AM

Not all Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programs are created equal.

This isn’t to say some programs are “bad” while others are comparatively “good.” Rather, there are some MBA programs that are better for your needs and aspirations than others.

Because it may be hard to discern which program would be the best fit for you, we’ve compiled five tips to help you choose the right MBA program.

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Topics: MBA, DAPS

7 Study Tips for First Time MBA Students

Posted by Neil Trotta on Aug 24, 2015 10:48:00 AM

Whether you’re going from your undergraduate studies directly into a master’s program, or you’re leaving the working world to pursue your Master of Business Administration, the curriculum can be grueling.

Between work and family commitments adding the extra requirements that go along with a rigorous graduate program can get the best of many first-year business school students.

We’ve outlined seven time management and study tips below geared to help first-time MBA students survive their first semester in business school.

 

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1. Be prepared

“Always prepared” isn’t just the motto for the Boy Scouts. As a first-year B-school student you need to make sure you are ready before you enter the semester.

Buy or rent books early and read the first couple of chapters before you set foot in your first class. Having at least a cursory familiarity with the information will help to reinforce it later.

Sit in the front row and take detailed notes. It’s easier to get distracted when you sit toward the back of class, and being closer to instructors helps them to recognize you should you need help in the future.

 

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2. Increase your reading speed

For MBA students, investing time in increasing reading speed before your first semester will pay off later.

Throughout your grad work you’re going to have a lot of reading to do. Textbook chapters, case studies, lecture notes, and other required readings will take up a huge chunk of your time and effort.

The ability to digest and recall information more quickly is a valuable asset.

 

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3. Create a daily schedule and stick to it

Break studying into smaller blocks. Each day do assigned readings and review notes. If you keep the material fresh in your mind, it is easier to recall later.

Schedule a weekly review to refresh what you’ve studied throughout the week. This will reinforce the information, making it easier to recall later.

 

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4. Study the “right way”

Believe it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to study. A five-hour cram session, for example, is far less effective than five one-hour study sessions.

Although people have different learning styles, psychologists have studied the most effective study techniques. This Washington Post article digs into this research and offers up the most effective of these study tactics.

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5. Schedule regular breaks

Your schedule may be frantic, but you need to schedule blocks of time a couple of times a week to be away from work and school. Burnout is a huge problem for MBA-track students, especially first-years.

You’ll need time to recharge your batteries and refocus on your goals. This Harvard Business Review article offers some tips to stave off frustration and exhaustion.

 

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6. Limit TV time

This may be the toughest sacrifice to make for many people. But TV is a huge drain on your time and it should be limited. In a 2010 interview Stanford University President John Hennessy said he quit watching TV the day he interviewed for his job 10 years before because it is a “waste of time.”

Although it can be a nice way to turn off and relax, rather than watching the tube two hours each day, cut watch time to an hour or less.

 Your free time is valuable. Use it wisely.

 

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7. Make use of “dead time”

Life in a city like Boston means a considerable amount of time is spent waiting. You wait for the T, wait while you’re on the T, wait for your kids or spouses, wait for appointments.

While those small snippets of time may seem insignificant, they add up. Try to keep your study material handy—perhaps in an e-document that can be accessed on the go—so you can use those empty spaces to your advantage.

Although they aren’t a guarantee to make your B-school experience easier, these tips should help to alleviate at least some of the stress involved with the rigors of your MBA program.

 

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Topics: Boston Campus, Boston DAPS, MBA, DAPS

Wanted: Non-Business Major MBA Candidates

Posted by Neil Trotta on Aug 17, 2015 3:10:00 PM

If you’re one of the intrepid few college juniors and seniors edging ever nearer to the precipice of graduation, you may be concerned about what the future holds.

For many non-business major students who are considering changing directions and give business school a go, a significant concern is they’ll lag behind their peers who already have business backgrounds.

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Topics: Boston Campus, Boston DAPS, MBA, DAPS

Investing in an MBA: 3 Factors to Consider

Posted by Neil Trotta on Jul 30, 2015 2:19:21 PM

If you’re a professional contemplating returning to college for a Master of Business Administration (MBA), you know the decision is fraught with concerns and questions.

Having been out of the education scene for several years, and with the constraints of work and family life, many prospective students worry about the finite resources of money and time.

But there’s one thing you have to remember, pursuing your MBA is an investment. One that a lot of industry experts believe is a sound one.

As higher education embraces technology and the increasingly frenetic pace of the modern world, academic programs are more accessible than ever. Flexible and accelerated academic programs and a wider variety of financial aid options have opened the doors of higher-level degrees for modern adult learners.

Before selecting from all these options, consider these 3 factors:

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Topics: MBA, Advice from Admissions, DAPS

MBA ROI: Is it Worth It?

Posted by Anthony Baker on Jun 17, 2015 4:51:00 PM

Is an MBA worth the investment of time, money and effort?

If you’ve got a strong acumen for business, you likely think of your education from a cost versus benefit perspective. Will the return for a higher level business degree, like a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), be high enough for it to be a sound business decision?

The answer, according to many business publications and educators alike is a resounding “yes.”

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Topics: Boston DAPS, MBA, Professional Student Posts

Why Should You Get an MBA?

Posted by Anthony Baker on Feb 2, 2015 11:29:00 AM

Can an MBA Give Your Career the Boost it Needs?

Most business executives have always agreed that the Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate degree is the academic standard for executive level promotion or hiring consideration for most industries. There is certainly no shortage of online resources supporting this opinion.

Eric Jackson recently published The 10 Most Underated Reasons Why You Should Get an MBA in Forbes.com. The article includes important questions to consider when reflecting on the value of an MBA. All of which would help anyone pondering a graduate business education to make a sound decision.

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Topics: Boston DAPS, MBA, Professional Student Posts

Blended MBA in Boston – The Best of Both Worlds?

Posted by Christina Martin on Nov 9, 2014 10:15:00 AM


Here’s some good trend news for MBA candidates:

Just before the summer, the Graduate Management Admission Council – the non-profit organization that administers the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) – conducted a worldwide survey of corporate recruiters that included 565 employers, 36 of which were Fortune 100 companies. The GMAT survey found that the projected hiring rates for all recent business school graduates —MBAs, and those who earn master’s degrees in management, accounting, finance, and other specialized business fields — “are the highest they’ve been in five years.”

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Topics: Boston DAPS, MBA, Professional Student Posts

Fisher College DAPS

Division of Accelerated & Professional Studies

Fisher College first opened its doors in 1903 in the predominantly working-class city of Somerville, Massachusetts, just two miles north of Boston. The school was founded on the belief that the immigrants of that city should have an opportunity to advance beyond unskilled labor jobs.

The Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies was established in 1975 to serve the adult population of Eastern Massachusetts, with branch locations in:

  • Boston
  • Brockton
  • North Attleborough
  • New Bedford

The Fisher Online division began in 1998, and currently serves students from all over the United States and around the world.

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