Access MBA event: Don’t

Well I just had a very frustrating evening. Off I went to a posh hotel with over priced tea for the Access MBA one -to -one event. And found out it’s not a one -to -one event they instead offered me group discussion with admissions reps. What good is that? I can find out the same information by reading the website and not get wet!

Tried group discussions before and I don’t think they work. You can’t have a conversation and obtain tailored information. Or the other person dominates the conversation. Kinda like spare room hunting, if you get a two on one situation, you know you ain’t getting the room.

So I wasn’t impressed!

So was it worth the money? Mmm wouldn’t say no. Mainly by stamping my feet I got to see one MBA course on one-one basis and they told me about scholarships I wasn’t aware of! Now that’s worth more than the five pounds entrance fee.

But I would say it was a waste of time. I got to see one school and didn’t see the other schools I was interested in, mainly as I declined to do group discussions.

And no I didn’t ticket the box to say I would recommend this event to others.

What are your thoughts and experiences on one-to-one versus groups at MBA events?

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4 responses to “Access MBA event: Don’t”

  1. domotron says :

    Wow they charged you £5 for that? I have never been to a Access MBA event but I have attended a QS 1on1 in the past. They are generally well organised. Before hand you sign up for time slots and most of the time it really is 1 to 1. Only once did I have to share a time slot with another person but it worked out ok. My main gripe actually is that very few US schools turn up to these events. It’s dominated by UK and EU b-schools.

    • sarahrs81 says :

      I found the lack of US schools disappointing as well-though that does seem to be changing. Tuck and UCLA went to the international QS fair in London in September.

  2. Timbob says :

    I went to a QS event and it was ok, but felt a little rushed although I did get 1-2-1 time – not really at schools I was interested in though. All of these are money making exercises if you ask me, and sound a little too good to be true.

    • sarahrs81 says :

      I’ve gone to two QS events, they were flexible, and you generally got to see the uni’s you were interested in. I liked the event as a way to be introduced to Admissions staff and get informally told whether you have a chance. Makes things much easier.

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