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How to Make The Most of Your Next Semester Online

Many students are currently beginning the school year totally online, whether that’s children in elementary school or adults taking graduate courses. While this is a necessary precaution, it also comes with challenges.
Keep reading to learn how to make the most of your next semester online.

Follow These Tips for A Successful Online Semester

  • Take Stretches and Breaks When Possible: If you’re sitting at your desk all day, it’s vital for your physical and mental health to take breaks. Stretch your back out, get some steps in, and let your eyes rest from staring at a screen.
  • Focus on Your Set-Up: Especially if you’re also working from home, you’re going to want your office to be a welcoming place that makes you excited to go to school and work each day. Select a chair that supports your back and allows for height adjustments so you can be sure your computer screen is in your direct eyeline. Make sure your technology is up to date so it can handle the tasks you need it to. Finally, add some decorative touches to the space to ensure you enjoy the time you spend there!
  • Keep Connected: Just because you’re no longer face to face doesn’t mean that you don’t have the ability to stay connected to your fellow classmates or teachers. In fact, thanks to advances in technology, it’s never been easier to stay connected via our phones and computers. Set up a slack channel just for your class. Exchange numbers so you can reach out to each other other than when you’re on Zoom calls. Plan virtual study groups or happy hours. The resources are there for you to stay connected, so use it. When you feel closer with your classmates, school is more enjoyable, and you’ll have someone to turn to if you become overwhelmed.
  • Stick to Your Schedule: When you’re at home, it can be extremely easy to slip away from your schedule and enjoy your TV and couch. But we want to discourage you from doing that. It’s important to create a schedule for yourself to follow so that you still remain as productive as you usually are when you’re on campus or at a physical location. Create a schedule that allows you to juggle your responsibilities at home, your full-time job, and your class load. Break it down hour by hour, and don’t forget to schedule breaks like we’ve discussed.

The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today.

MBA Applications 101: What To Expect

If you’re thinking about applying to get your MBA, first of all, congratulations! This is a huge step in your life and career, and you should be very excited. But, you might also be feeling confused and lost when it comes to actually filling out applications. There’s so much information out there and so much to do that it might be hard to take that first step in filling out applications. 
Here’s what you can expect with your MBA applications.  

Essay

One of the most important parts of the MBA application, the essay is your time to shine! Typically this involves some sort of prompts that you will answer in essay form. Examples of questions include, “what was your biggest failure?” and “how would you describe your past business experience?”. While most applicants find this the most stressful part of the process, it doesn’t have to be. Take a deep breath before starting and know you go this. 
When writing your answers, make sure to include your personality, background, and let your intelligence shine through. Of course, it’s also vital to triple check for any errors. 

Interview 

Though this may not be a designated part of every MBA application, some schools do use interviews to help work through all their candidates. Brush up on your interview skills by reading this blog from our experts

Resume 

Just like with any job application, your resume is an important part of applying for an MBA program! Be sure you dedicate some time to refreshing and updating your resume to include your most recent educational and professional experience details. It’s also a great idea to include any work you’ve done for your community and any relevant awards you’ve received. 

Testing Scores 

Most MBA programs will want to see scores from the GMAT or the GRE from their applicants. Research which tests the school you’re applying for requires and then make sure you include those results in your application. 

Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation

While not every program asks for these, some will. Be prepared for your application to require transcripts of classes and grades from your undergraduate program. Similarly, some MBA programs require letters of recommendation. Be thinking about past supervisors, colleagues, or professors that you have a strong relationship with that you could ask to provide this reference. 
Looking for more guidance on how to really rock your MBA applications? Click here to get six tips for acing your MBA Application straight from our experts
The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA and if you have any more questions about your MBA applications, especially in the face of a pandemic, click here to contact us today. Want specific application tips for our program? Read those here! 

How Receiving your MBA Can Help Your Community

When you first decide to earn your master’s in business, your initial decision to do so may be entirely selfish. That’s totally okay! You want to do it for you, and you want to work hard to make yourself smarter while opening up more opportunities.
However, what you may not realize is that there are many ways how receiving your MBA can help your community. Not sure how? We’ve put together a list below.

What Your MBA Can Do For Your Community

  • Helps to Make Your Business/Other Businesses More Successful: If you’ve accomplished your MBA, you’re bringing the new talents you’ve learned directly into your business or a company you work for. That means more profits, more success, and more money flowing directly into your city and your community.
  • Adds Your Talents to Your City: In the same vein of thought, the more talented and multi-faceted you become, the more your community will have access to those very talents. Maybe your church could use your expertise at marketing, or maybe at the next city council meeting you can discuss the best business tactics you’ve learned. You’d be surprised how much your input can benefit the community around you!
  • Benefits Nonprofits When Volunteering: If you are an avid volunteer, then nonprofits can certainly take advantage of your new skills. Whether you’re helping animals get adopted or assisting with planting more trees in your neighborhood, the business skills you learn from your MBA will help these nonprofit organizations flourish.
  • Younger Generations Can Learn from You: When you have your MBA as an adult and you’re out in the community doing impressive things, those younger than you are certainly paying attention. You might not even know how much of an inspiration you are for others. You could potentially get involved with mentorship programs, where you teach the things you learned from your MBA.

Ready to benefit your community with an MBA? The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree. If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online graduate degree and expand what you can do for your community, click here to contact us today.

Georgia Web MBA Programs Rank Nationally

Recently, two Georgia College online graduate programs have been ranked as top online programs by both U.S. World & News Report and MBA Central. We are proud to hold these accolades for 2020.

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, has recently announced its 2020 Best Online Programs rankings. The J. Whitney Bunting College of Business is proud to be included for both the Georgia WebMBA and the Masters of Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
The Georgia WebMBA at Georgia College has been ranked a Top-50 National MBA program at #40 in Best Online MBA Programs. We are proud to rank as the top online MBA among Georgia Universities, ranking ahead of online MBA programs such as Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, and Baylor.
The Masters of Logistics and Supply Chain Management program has been ranked as a Top-20 program nationally at #17 in Best Online Master’s Business Programs. This ranking includes non-MBA programs across disciplines including accounting, finance, and logistics. We’re proud to rank second in the state.

MBA Central

MBA Central, an editorially unique business-school ranking and resource site, has recently announced its 2020 list of the 15 Best Georgia Online MBA Degree Programs. Georgia College’s J. Whitney Bunting College of Business is proud to top the list at #1. Programs were assessed and ranked on their affordability, quality of classes, and online support services.
Learn more about Georgia College’s WebMBA, Masters of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Masters of Management Information Systems to make your next move today.

How the MBA Degree has Changed over the Years

The Masters in Business has come a long way since it was created. While the core values and beliefs of the degree have relatively stayed the same, there have been constant changes and additions to the program that have helped to make it as beneficial as it is today.
For all the history buffs out there, read below to learn how the MBA degree has changed over the years, broken down into easy to digest bullet points for your reading benefit.

  • The MBA was created in the United States.
  • The very first business school ever created was in 1881 by the Wharton School in Pennsylvania. However, it didn’t offer any graduate courses. But it was vital in setting up the first MBA that had yet to come.
  • The degree was first called the Master of Science in Commerce degree. The first college to ever offer it was The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
  • However, Harvard was the first educational system to offer what is now known as the MBA in 1908 by creating their Graduate School of Business Administration.
  • Here are some fun facts about this first-ever program for the MBA:
    • The school only had 15 faculty members.
    • A regular class saw 33 students.
    • The first-ever graduating class from this degree was at 47 students.
  • 35 years later, the EMBA was introduced, otherwise called the Executive MBA. This was a degree that was made to allow working adults to go back to school and get their degrees while keeping their jobs.
  • The University of Chicago Booth School of Business first created the EMBA in 1943.
  • In 1950, the MBA traveled out of the United States and into Canada first, then South Africa.
  • It wasn’t until 1957 that the MBA was made available in Europe.

While appreciating its history, Georgia College & State University is proud to offer the Georgia WebMBA, a 100 percent online MBA program that’s designed to work for you and your lifestyle. We’re proud to be a part of how the MBA degree has changed over the years.
The Georgia WebMBA, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Master of Management Information Systems at Georgia College offers professionals the opportunity to make their next move by earning an accredited online master’s degree without interrupting their work and personal lives. We’ve created a degree and experience that honors the initial  MBA, but keeps all of our education systems updated and beneficial for your goals.
If you’re curious about how we can work with you to help you complete your online MBA, click here to contact us today.

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your MBA

An MBA can prepare you for a successful and lucrative career in the business world. The skills that you learn and the people you meet while in business school represent a significant competitive advantage over those who never went to school for their MBA degree. The following are 5 tips to ensure that you get the most out of your WebMBA.

Ask more insightful questions during interviews

An MBA might help you get an interview, but it is important to put your degree to good use once you’re actually in the interview. MBAs can (and should) use the business knowledge they’ve gained to ask insightful questions in the interview. This will set you apart from other candidates and prove to the interviewer that your MBA is more than just a bullet point on your resume.

Take advantage of your MBA network wherever and whenever possible

One of the most important reasons to get an MBA is for the networking opportunities the degree offers. Don’t be afraid to use this network whenever possible, even if you don’t feel like anyone “owes” you any favors. Many MBAs are surprised at how helpful their former classmates and professors turn out to be, so take advantage of this invaluable resource!

Use the skills learned in the MBA program to determine which industry is most promising

As an MBA, you have a significantly better perspective on the job market than someone who never got an MBA. Use that knowledge to make a more informed decision about which industry, market, and company to consider when job-hunting.

Help others whenever possible, as you never know when it will come back to benefit you

This tip is a corollary to the second tip. It is always a good idea to help those who ask for it, particularly when doing so doesn’t require an unreasonable sacrifice from you. Earning goodwill from others is a powerful long-term business practice, and could yield benefits even years after the fact.

Realize that getting an MBA is the beginning, not the end, of your business education

One problem that some MBAs face is the belief that they now are business “experts”, when in fact the opposite is true. While an MBA does provide graduates with the mindset and tools to be a successful businessperson, there is no replacement for real world business experience. Remember this when taking interviews and jobs, and remain open to learning new concepts and practices throughout your career!

Qualities of an Effective Leader

At the head of every organization, group, or company are leaders, and no matter their title, be it manager, supervisor, or chief executive officer, they all have a similar purpose — to provide those they lead with the focus and motivation needed to achieve a goal. The most effective leaders are also alike in that they possess similar qualities that make fulfilling this purpose possible. Whether you’re the team leader for a Georgia College WebMBA class project or directing several employees at your company, having the following traits may help things run a little more smoothly.
 
Vision-Oriented
All leaders have visions that keep them focused and motivated. These visions are often goals that convey a mental image of what the team or company hopes to accomplish in the future. The best leaders are able to clearly communicate these visions to their teams for use as a guide and source of inspiration in their work.
 
Ability to Delegate
Most leaders probably feel comfortable working by themselves. In fact, the work they produced alone probably helped them to land their leadership position. However, now that they’re in charge of a team, the workload is heavier and nearly impossible to complete with only one person. This is when the ability to delegate becomes essential. An effective leader knows his team’s strengths and weaknesses, and is able to delegate by matching the appropriate individual with tasks that are best-suited for their specific skillsets. This way, projects are completed on time with the best quality.
 
Organized
Being a leader means more deadlines, meetings, and project schedules, all of which can be impossible to keep track of without proper organization. With a detailed timeline and to-do list, leaders are able to keep things running without hassle. Organization is especially useful for monitoring the progress of several assignments at once and allowing time to plan out focused approaches and strategies for projects and campaigns.
 
Optimistic
Even in the face of adversity, the best leaders remain optimistic. When a project goes downhill or a client leaves, your team will often turn to you for advice on a way to move forward. They’re also expecting you to assure them that this one mishap isn’t the end of the world. The best leaders choose their words carefully when addressing issues and provide their team with helpful lessons and inspiration for better performance.
 
Integrity
While your intelligence and hard work will earn you a leadership position, it takes authority to properly manage the team you’ve been put in charge of. The best way to gain this authority is through establishing a culture of mutual respect, transparency, and trustworthiness in your work environment by exhibiting your own integrity in daily interactions with your team. This encourages a community where individuals feel comfortable doing their work and expressing their opinions.
 
 
 

4 Reasons You Should Market Your Business

 
As a student of Georgia College’s WebMBA Program, you’ll become well versed in all the diverse and complex aspects of business. However, while we guarantee that your graduate school career will give you valuable information to be successful in business, it can be difficult to put all you’ve learned into action.
 
In the business realm you’ll notice that most major corporations spend a ton of money on marketing. Why? Because it’s how your company’s products and services get introduced to customers, which facilitates the growth of sales. A 2014 Advertising Age research study reported that businesses spent more than 500 billion dollars on advertising through major media sources in 2013. This amount was expected to increase by 4.4 percent in 2014.
 
If the statistics above haven’t convinced you and you’re still unsure of spending money to market your business, the following reasons may help you make that next step.
 

1). We said this earlier, but marketing gets your products and services noticed!

By using a combination of marketing, advertising, and public relations, your company can push your goods to the audience they were meant for. Even if you have the best products, without an effective marketing strategy, your goods will often go unnoticed and unpurchased. The more people that are aware of your business and what it’s selling, the better.
 

2). Though the quality of your goods and services also makes a difference in keeping customers, your business’s reputation plays a significant role as well.

Marketing efforts help to build brand image and recognition. This type of marketing can come in the form of charitable donations, community outreach participation, or sponsorships. As your business becomes more reputable, your customers will develop a fonder connection with your brand.
 

3). Marketing helps to even the playing field in the business realm by fostering competition.

Through successful marketing, a smaller, lesser-known business can enter the same marketplace as a larger corporation and have a chance at success. For example, if a small business begins marketing it’s low product and service prices, they gain a competitive edge to win over consumers versus larger companies that may have monopolized a market and can charge any price for the same goods.
 

4). Business just can’t run without their employees – it’s that simple.

Marketing can be used as a tool to help attract potential talent to your business. Show your prospective employees that when they apply to work for you, they’re applying to work at the best company in the world. Brian Hill of The Small Business Chronicle suggests doing this through winning “Best Places to Work” awards in business publications or dedicating a portion of the company website to attracting employees.
 

5 Signs It’s Time to Get an MBA

Maybe you’ve been considering pursuing an MBA degree for months, but aren’t sure if it’s the right time. Perhaps you feel you’re overqualified for your current job, but are hesitant to spend thousands of dollars and put your life on hold to get a business degree. Deciding whether to pursue an MBA is a difficult decision, but at a certain point, you must decide: Should I take the risk and go back to school, or continue to be unhappy in my current situation? To help you out with your decision, here are five signs it’s time to get serious about your next move.
 

1. You want to refocus your career.

If you’re not happy with your career, don’t be afraid to make a change. It’s never too late to change your career path, as long as you have the means to do so. An MBA degree provides you with the knowledge and skills to refocus your career into any business field of interest to you.
 

2. You’re ready to take on new challenges and opportunities.

Perhaps you feel like you’ve outgrown your job and you’re ready to advance your career. Many careers require a graduate degree for advancement. An MBA will make you stand out among a field of competitive candidates vying for the same position.
 

3. You want to make more money.

At most companies, salary raises are sparse. When you’ve reached a point where you don’t foresee much opportunity for salary growth, an MBA can make a huge difference. In fact, MBA graduates earn an average of $27,000 more per year.
 

4. You want to develop leadership skills.

Leadership skills are necessary to thrive in any business environment, but they aren’t inherent; they must be taught, and an MBA program does just that. After receiving your MBA degree, you’ll be confident in your leadership abilities and feel ready to take on a management role at your workplace.
 

5. You want a quality education but are hesitant to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and put your personal life on hold.

If you want to receive a high quality, accredited MBA degree for a great price and without any interruption to your work or personal life, an online degree is the way to go. The Georgia WebMBA® offers students the chance to earn an MBA from Georgia College for about $21,000 – thousands less than other MBA programs. Plus, all of your schoolwork is completed online so you’ll never have to make any sacrifices when it comes to your job or friends and family.
 
If you can identify with any of the five signs above, consider pursuing the Georgia WebMBA® from Georgia College. Ranked in the top-20 nationally in U.S. News and World Report’s “2014 Best Online Graduate Business Programs,” the Georgia WebMBA program offers you the opportunity to earn an AACSB-accredited online MBA degree at an affordable cost and without interruption to your work and personal life. Learn how to apply here and discover how Georgia College can help you make your next move.

Lessons from the World’s Most Successful People

The world’s most successful people didn’t get to where they are on luck alone. They worked hard, took risks, and stayed true to their values. Each one took a different road to get to where they are, but the following ten lessons can be applied to anyone seeking success in their career.

1. They create their own luck. You have the same number of hours in a day as Bill Gates, Marissa Mayer, and Mark Zuckerburg. Don’t wait around for something great to happen to you – make it happen on your own, like they did.
2. They’re not afraid to ask for help. Russell Simmons believes strongly in this principle: “I’ve been blessed to find people who are smarter than I am, and they help me to execute the vision I have.” 
3. They take risks. Sheryl Sandberg writes, “Women need to shift from thinking ‘I’m not ready to do that’ to thinking ‘I want to do that and I’ll learn by doing it.'” This principle applies to men, as well. Taking risks is crucial to achieving success.
4. They do what they love. Find something you’re passionate about, and that makes you want to wake up and go to work in the morning. If you dread going to the office each day, you’re not in the right business. Oprah says, “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”
5. They set huge goals for themselves. Richard Branson says that for people to climb to the top, they have to set seemingly unachievable goals for themselves and rise above them. When you set your goals incredibly high, you’ll work incredibly hard to get there.
6. They understand that it’s not all about money and they don’t lose sight of their morals. Warren Buffett warns, “If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank balance is, your life is a disaster.”
7. They stay true to themselves, no matter what anyone else thinks. Take a word of advice from Steve Jobs: “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
8. They don’t beat themselves up over mistakes. Richard Branson understands this: “Business opportunities are like buses: there’s always another one coming.”
9. They work incredibly hard. Businessman Mark Cuban cautions, “There are no shortcuts. You have to work hard, and try to put yourself in a position where if luck strikes, you can see the opportunity and take advantage of it…Everyone tells you how they are going to be “special,” but few do the work to get there. Do the work.”
10. They’re good at budgeting. Some successful people are notorious for living large and spending money lavishly, but most are actually very frugal. Warren Buffett is known for flying economy rather than business class, and he works in the same modest office he’s worked in for years. If you learn how to manage your money, you’re more likely to find success in life.
As demonstrated by these various businessmen and women, success comes to those who know what they want, make a commitment to achieve their goals, and always look for new opportunities to succeed. If you want to find success in your career, consider adding an MBA from Georgia College to your resume. We offer our program online, where you can receive professional accreditation under full-time graduate professors and save hundreds of dollars in the process. Check out our website today or give us a call at (478) 445-5115. We can’t wait to help you make your next move.
Sources: The Independent, U.S. News & World Report