1. Co-op/Internship Programs
Experience is important. That’s why attending a business school with a co-op/internship program (or solid connections with employers) is important. The more experience you can build before graduation can make a huge difference.
2. Professional Designations
Thinking of doing your CPA or CHRL? It’s important to attend a business school which offers you the courses you need to fulfill the education requirements for your chosen professional designation.
3. International Accreditations
AACSB and EQUIS are two of the most prestigious accreditations. Why are these important? If you apply for jobs/internships abroad, companies can do a quick search to see if your school meets international standards. Few people in Germany have probably heard of Brock University, but I was able to land an internship there because Brock’s business school is AACSB accredited.
Also, you can leverage networking opportunities that come from being accredited. For example, the top 10% of students at AACSB-accredited schools are invited into an honour society called Beta Gamma Sigma which has an inductees-only job board, leadership events, and discounts.
4. Recruiting Targets
If you have a list of target firms, check to see where they recruit from. As an accounting graduate, I can attest to the fact that the Big 4 focus on certain institutions – make sure you don’t end up at a university where they have a small on-campus presence.
Are there any other things students overlook when selecting a business school? Comment below!