Congratulations, you would now be highly happier, after clearing your personal interview and group discussion sessions and even by this time, your seat in a top B-School would have been confirmed. Generally, most of the students at this time wish to take complete rest to prepare themselves both physically and mentally for the strenuous MBA session ahead. Even, some students decide to use this interim period for taking up some short-term courses. But, there are certain things you can do at this juncture, before the course begins, such that the next two years of the course period will be less stressful and more enjoyable for you. You can consider the following things as productive Pre-MBA workout:
Read some good management books:
Generally, the first year of the MBA course will be stressful for most of the students. The reason is that most of them will find that the first year, tests their ability to withstand extreme pressure. As this is a never-seen-world for most of the students, the best thing to be done is to get a head-start. This can be done by reading as many management books as possible. Here is the list of must-read management books to strengthen your base knowledge about management:
- Leading Change by John P. Kotter
- 12: The Elements of Great Managing By Rodd Wagner & James K. Harter
- First, Break All The Rules By Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman
- Competing the Future by Gary Hamel & C.K. Prahalad
- The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker.
These books will be of great help in building your creativity and they will be helpful for improving your writing skills as well. Even, one of them can be chosen for your book-review assignment as well.
You might be aware of the basics of PowerPoint. But, this is the time to get deeper knowledge in this tool, so that your presentations will be good in the future during your MBA course. For the next two years, PowerPoint is going to be your lifeblood. So, use this free time to apply elegant animations, learn some innovative techniques for stimulating audios/videos. Also, try to be original as your presentations will directly affect your GPA at the end of each semester. Even, you can take the help of some useful tutorial online to strengthen your knowledge in this presentation tool.
Practice self-introduction speech:
Right from the first day of your MBA course, you will be asked to introduce yourself several times. So, you will be in a position to present yourself gracefully and self-assuredly only when you practice your self-introduction speech well. You can practice in front of a mirror or you can also record it through your computer webcam. You can practice, until you get the confidence to deliver flawless pitch. Even, the practice sessions will help you in refining your oratory and soft skills as well.
The other things you can do is to take up crash course in managerial economics and financial accounting, reading newspapers to keep yourself updated and making your mind for selection of the appropriate specialization.