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The one-stop store for prospective MBA students where everything is free

Exclusive scholarships available at the QS Connect MBA event on October 2 at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

It’s a chance to have face-to-face with the admissions directors of some of the world’s leading business schools
September 26th, 2017 6:00 pm| by Dave Smith

“MBA? So this isn’t a basketball game? But we wanted to meet Kobe Bryant!”

Still, there’s something undeniably glamourous about those three letters in unison when they follow someone’s name on a business card.

It’s a stamp of approval that opens doors, and your journey to its exclusive club could potentially begin when you swing through the entrance of the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel on October 2 to attend the QS Connect MBA event.

Organised by QS, the world’s leading global provider of specialist higher education and careers information and solutions, entry is completely free – providing you register in good time, as the number of available spaces is limited!

Seminars and scholarships
Attendance will put prospective master of business administration (MBA) students into direct contact with the admission directors from some of the world’s top business schools and enable them to attend workshops, seminars and panel discussions to further enhance their applications.

This is a one-stop store that is guaranteed to transform a MBA application from ponderous nag to pedigree racehorse.

Specifically, prospective MBA students will be able to attend QS panels offering advice on admissions and studying abroad; improve their GMAT™ scores at dedicated workshops; find out about scholarships worth 1.7 million US dollars (7.26 million kroner) available exclusively to fair attendees; and hear about MBA experience from top business school alumni at dedicated seminars.

Last but not least, attendees can close the evening with a drink at the get-together with all the school representatives, alumni and like-minded professionals.

Personalised schedules
Perhaps most importantly, the event will once and for all confirm whether taking an MBA is the right step – for both the student’s personal and professional development.

It’s advised that all attendees bring an extensive CV, as this will be used to create a fully-personalised schedule of 30-minute meetings face-to-face with the admissions directors.

Representatives will be present from Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), Alliance Manchester Business School (UK), IMD Business School and University of St Gallen (Switzerland), IE Business School and IESE Business School GEMBA (Spain), Tsinghua University (China), BI Norwegian Business School (Norway), ESCP Europe (France) and Hult International Business School.

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Five reasons to get an MBA degree

MBAs are growing in popularity amongst students as well as employers. However, accelerating your career prospects is not the only reason to choose this degree over other business qualifications.

Career change
It’s no surprise that many candidates opt for an MBA to improve their career opportunities. It can enable them to change their job function – and even their industry or location – and give them greater flexibility in the future. For example, an engineer might step back from practice to instead administrate senior management tasks.

New skills
From hard skills in areas such as finance to soft skills like leadership and strategic thinking, students want to be better equipped for the market.

Naturally students want a return on their investment in an MBA. The large majority of graduates do earn a higher salary post-MBA and recoup the study costs within just 30 months.

Starting your own business
Around one third of MBA students are thinking of setting up their own business. For this they want to develop their entrepreneurial expertise. Innovation hubs, startup labs and expert guidance cater for the students’ needs.

Many jobs are filled through networking nowadays, and schools promote their alumni network as one of the key selling points. With international classrooms and a variety of industry backgrounds, you can grow a network for a lifetime.

Choosing the MBA that matches your interests and career plans is not easy. Whilst you can find information online, it is best to seek first-hand information.

The QS Connect MBA event at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Copenhagen on October 2 gives you the chance to learn more about the application process by attending panel discussions and by having meetings with internationally renowned business schools. The event is free to attend, but it is recommended you register online to secure your place.