Charlotte Clarke, Communities Editor

As part of our focus on MBA applications next week, which includes a live Q&A for readers on Thursday with admissions expert Chioma Isiadinso, we asked our bloggers to share their top tips. Here’s what some of them said:

Julia McInnis, Chicago Booth: “Last July I was in the thick of the MBA application odyssey. With the GMAT behind me, I was narrowing down my list of schools and drafting essays. The best advice I can give to a prospective student is that timing is everything. The schools say this and with good reason: don’t apply until you’re ready. I had originally considered applying to MBA programmes a year before I did, but I held off to gain more professional and leadership experience. I feel strongly that waiting a year made a decisive difference in my candidacy. Read more

Charlotte Clarke, Communities Editor

Before any student can dive into the dynamic world of an MBA, they are faced with a long application process. Months can be spent choosing a programme, filling in forms, writing admissions essays, finding letters of recommendation and taking the GMAT or GRE. So what is the best approach to take? We asked a selection of FT MBA bloggers to share their advice:

Merih Ocbazghi, Kellogg School of Management: “The most difficult part of the process for me was the time between submitting the application and hearing back from the schools. This can be an incredibly nerve-wracking period as it feels like your entire future hangs in the balance. What helped me was to return (briefly) to my pre-application lifestyle. Reunite with those friends that you had to neglect due to studying for the GMAT, rekindle that hobby of yours that you didn’t have time for anymore. The worst thing you can do is spend too much time trying to put yourself in the admissions officers’ shoes – this will likely drive you crazy which is not a good situation for anyone.” Read more

Barbara O'Beirne, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business

A full-time programme is a heavy financial commitment, however there are many scholarships available if students take the time to find out Read more