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Why attending business school events is a smart investment of time

With so many types of events, which should you go to and how can you make the most of your time with admissions staff?

Admissions event at Cambridge Judge Business School - people networking over a drinks

The Cambridge MBA Admissions team regularly travel around the world attending MBA fairs and hosting information sessions to help prospective candidates make informed decisions. Next month we’ll be attending fairs across South America, Russia, and Germany, holding events across China, and in Los Angeles and London – as well as hosting an open day closer to home at Cambridge Judge Business School in Cambridge.

We look at how you can get the most from MBA fairs, information events and individual profile reviews.

MBA fairs

With so many schools attending fairs, it pays to do your research before you attend. Find out which schools are attending and decide which ones you want to speak to ahead of time. At fairs, you often only have a few minutes to chat, so it’s a good idea to have your questions prepared to get the most from your time with the member of the Admissions team.

Rather than ask general questions which can be answered by looking on the website, use your time at an MBA fair to find out more about an aspect of the programme that has interested you, such as the project work, an elective, or sector-specific learning. This not only shows that you’re well prepared but also allows us to give you genuinely useful and tailored information.

Information events

As well as attending MBA fairs, we also hold our own information sessions hosted by a member of the Cambridge MBA Admissions team. These usually take the format of a presentation about the Cambridge MBA, followed by a Q&A session. These are held in hotels, and will often have a drinks reception, so there’s always plenty of time to network with other candidates and alumni.

There are Cambridge MBA alumni around the world, and as part of our Alumni Ambassador scheme, they also hold information events in the country they are working in, giving an insight into the Cambridge MBA, as well as their own journey. These are worthwhile to get the personal perspective and a great way to connect with someone in the national business community.

Individual profile reviews

Individual profile reviews (IPRs) are held throughout the world, and they are your opportunity to meet a member of Admissions one-to-one to discuss your CV, your fit for the programme, and how the Cambridge MBA might benefit your career.

These are booked in advance and you will need to submit a CV. This is so that you can have a meaningful discussion around your aims and interests, tailoring the conversation towards you, and how the programme might help you achieve your long-term career aims.

As well as these events in person, we also hold online events, such as webinars, Skype IPRs, and Find Out Friday Skype chats. There are so many ways you can engage with a member of the Admissions team – take a look at our website to find out where we are next.