Welcome to the C-Suite!
- Attendance is mandatory and all students are expected to participate in the activities during the program.
- Please be sure to fill out the New Student Profile. The deadline for completion is Sunday, June 30.
Before You Arrive: Getting Ready for the MBA Program
Once you’ve been admitted to the GW School of Business (GWSB) and paid your deposit, visit our Getting Started page to learn how to claim your GW NetID and set up your email address. Also, join the GMBA Class of 2021 Facebook page so you can start getting to know your classmates.
Plan Your Move to D.C.
Start considering your options and researching move in-dates, prices and neighborhoods. Since we are an urban campus, GW has very limited on-campus housing for graduate students, so be sure to start planning well in advance!
Arrival and Schedule
Get ready! August is a busy time for new GMBA students. Your first weeks at GW will be a whirl of new people and experiences. There’s a lot to do and remember, but with a little preparation you can hit the ground running.
An overview of the GMBA C-Suite schedule is available here. A detailed schedule will be sent closer to the beginning of C-Suite.
Prior to the start of the C-Suite, we invite you to attend a D.C. tradition, Jazz in the Garden! We will have a section reserved at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden on Friday, August 9. The music starts at 5:00 p.m. We will arrive early to ensure our group has enough space, so please feel free to come meet us and your fellow classmates! We will have food and drinks and picnic blankets — hope to see you there
Career Center Summer Deliverables
One of the primary reasons an individual pursues an MBA degree is to enhance career prospects. If this is your goal then rest assured that the F. David Fowler Career Center team will be an active partner with you on your career journey.
Career management is a life-long process and success depends largely on how prepared you are for the competition. This process starts now and happens in three waves in the very near future:
- Wave 1: Between now and August 1
- Wave 2: During C-Suite, our mandatory GMBA orientation, August 12–22
- Wave 3: During Career Roadmap, our weekly career readiness course during the first six weeks of the fall semester
With that in mind, we want to focus you here on the deliverables for Wave 1, which start now and proceed through the month of July. These deliverables are designed to accelerate your market-readiness for relevant internship opportunities. If you have any questions about the career deliverables, please email Tiffany Connell.
Wave 1 Deadlines Approaching
In this section, we provide detail on the deliverables for Wave 1 before you set foot in the building. These steps are important to ensure you receive ample career support prior to arriving on campus, as the fall MBA recruiting season typically begins within three weeks of when classes start. We understand that the transition from work-life to campus-life is not always easy, especially if you are new to an unfamiliar geographical area.
Your first major interaction with us will be a live video chat with one of our MBA career consultants. To make these discussions productive, we want to have your most current resume in hand. Please email your resume to Tiffany Connell by Sunday, June 30. Once we have your resume in hand, one of the MBA career consultants will reach out to you to schedule a video discussion.
The second step is not contingent on the first, but it does need to wait until we have communicated to you that you have access to a couple of key GWSB systems — notably, Blackboard, Handshake and VMock. This access will likely be provided on or about July 1. Once you have access, we ask that you do the following by Wednesday, July 31:
- Log in to Blackboard. On Blackboard you will find the instructions on how to complete the remaining Wave 1 summer deliverables. You can log in here or you can download the Blackboard App for iOS, Android or Windows.
- Complete the CareerLeader Self-Assessment. CareerLeader is an online assessment that will provide you with a strong indication of your core interests, skills and motivators, as well as potential career paths that you will succeed in and enjoy. Login information for CareerLeader is located in Blackboard.
- Refine your resume by uploading it to VMock. Your resume is a key component of your job search. GWSB has a standard format for all MBA students which enhances your success in the career marketplace. But beyond format, your resume content should reflect the expectations of your potential employers. In Blackboard, there are resources you can use to create a resume that is the best possible reflection of your professional achievements and aspirations. You will upload your resume to VMock, a system that will evaluate your resume and help with formatting. Instructions for VMock are on Blackboard under the Summer Checklist tab. VMock will make an assessment of your resume at each step of the way in anticipation of C-Suite on August 12.
We also encourage you to read The 2 Hour Job Search by Steve Dalton. You can purchase it here.
We hope this gives you a good start for the summer and we look forward to meeting you soon!
Complete the Online Academic Integrity Module
All students admitted to a Master’s degree program at GWSB are required to successfully complete the online academic integrity module.
The Academic Integrity Module will be available on Blackboard and you will need to complete it before spring registration begins. You will be given access to Blackboard around the end of June; use your NetID ([yourname]@gwu.edu) and password to sign in.
Brush Up On Your Quantitative Skills
In order to ensure a smooth start to your Fall 2019 courses — some of which are fairly quantitative — all incoming GMBAs are required to take the Mathematics for Management Online Course by Harvard Business School by Monday, July 15. This course will take about 15 hours to complete online and will give you a robust sense of the skills used in our program and an assessment of where you stand with them. Completing this course is mandatory. Your grade will be used to determine whether you can possibly be excused from Quant Bootcamp on Thursday, August 22, so we encourage you to make your best effort.
To access the course:
- Go to the 2021 GMBA C-Suite course on the Harvard Business Publishing website.
- Once on the Harvard site, you may be asked to set up an account. Please do so using your GW email.
- From there, please follow the instructions in the coursepack.
We have also prepared a playlist on Lynda.com that will help you prepare for your Data Analysis and Decisions class. All GW students have a free membership to Lynda. To sign in:
- Click on the menu icon on the top left of the site.
- Click “Sign In.”
- Then click at the bottom link “Sign in with your organization portal.”
- Type in “gwu.edu.”
- This will bring you to the GW sign in; type in your NetID and password.
- Proceed to the playlist.
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