FIVE YEARS TO B-SCHOOL: THE FOURTH YEAR

BUSINESSWEEK
Jan 26, 2009

D-Day is fast approaching. If you're serious about business school, now is the time to stand out at work, line up your recommendations, and mentally prepare for the application process.
To help you, BusinessWeek.com is launching a new series: a five-year planner for business school. The five-part series—this is the fourth—will provide a year-by-year guide to what you should be doing and thinking about in building the sort of résumé and skill set that will be attractive to MBA admissions committees. Those who can openly discuss their plans with their recommender can take him or her to lunch at this point, suggests JOHN ROEDER, director of MBA Admissions at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management. Use your time together to give the potential recommender an overview of your achievements and your reasons for wanting to go to business school.