On several instances, prospective MBA aspirants get befuddled with the following question “Should I Quit my full-time job to prepare for GMAT?” Although different people have different notions on the same, we would however definitely say ‘No’ to the above question. The reason why people start thinking about quitting their job is that the GMAT syllabus seeks more attention and dedication from the aspirants as it deals with the high school standard basics. To excel in the test, the challenge is to solve the questions with shortcuts to get the correct answer in a couple of seconds. Indeed, the majority of the GMAT exam aspirants belong to the working fraternities. It is exhaustive and tiring for them to study after spending nine hours in the office. Nevertheless, this wouldn’t account for a valid excuse since, quitting a job may impose a negative image on the admissions committee. They would think that it represents your failures on the parameters of time management. Besides the AdCom prefers candidates who have good work experience as they believe that these individuals possess the key qualities like Maturity, business acumen and expertise in their particular field. It is true that the MBA program is better suited for students who are experienced since the syllabus is developed that way. In addition to the above, the experienced candidates will be able to comprehend the various management subjects taught in the course since they would have already practically experienced the same over many years at their job. You will also be aware of the hierarchy followed in an organization and how to effectively work along with other teams in your company.
The admissions committees at top B-schools analyze the “Stress Management” capabilities of the candidates and this can be evaluated by proving your balance between ‘study’ and ‘ working hours’. Allocate minimal time to your daily routine activities, steal your time from weekend parties and exploring. You could spend time studying or practicing simple concepts during your breaks. You can learn vocabulary during the time you spend traveling to and from work. These are small strategies which would greatly help in utilizing your time effectively. However, don’t forget to refresh your mind with entertaining or delightful activities since all study and no play would have an adverse effect on your mind. The admissions committee of the universities will look to admit enterprising candidates who are talented and can add diversity to their campus. You must, therefore, set out to map a detailed study plan covering all the topics in the syllabus. This would help you to track the progress you have made periodically. Another key approach is to attempt mock tests at regular intervals. This is one more way to help you measure which are your strengths and weaknesses. You could concentrate on the topics you are not good at and spend adequate time to improve on the same. Mock tests give you an understanding of the testing conditions of GMAT – the break patterns, the adaptive testing method they use, the no use of a calculator in the Quant section etc.
Yet another reason to say ‘No’ is because your job will provide you with financial stability as appearing for GMAT and pursuing an MBA abroad is a costly affair. It will burn a big hole in your pocket and you would have to opt for loans with high rates of interests or go for some internship stipends etc. Sometimes your employers would also assist you in funding your MBA with certain clauses which you may have to agree to. It is wise to keep earning rather than quitting your job just to study for the GMAT. You must invest your time appropriately and plan your studies in a prudent manner on a daily basis. When you are working you automatically tend to be more proficient since you would be communicating with your peers and superiors and learn many valuable skills which textbook knowledge will never teach you.
Instead of quitting the job you can take the help of online or app based learning for e.g., BYJU’S GMAT preparation (BYJU’S GMAT App), i.e. an App based study material recorded in the form of videos which gives you insights and knowledge about every minute topic related to GMAT. It is composed with all the shortcut techniques and tricks by the eminent GMAT topper Mr. P.N.Santosh, who scored 780 and ISB alum as well.
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