Pursuing an MBA may seem like the obvious answer when it comes to boosting career progression, but that shouldn’t be the only reason to study an MBA. Making an informed and smart decision will ensure that an MBA is the right investment for you, not just on a career level but personal level as well.
Here you should ask yourself the following four questions before deciding if an MBA best meets your needs.
Why do you want to do it and what are you hoping to gain?
Having a good handle on what your future career goals are can help make the decision as to which MBA is best suited to your objectives and aspirations for the future much more straightforward.
Many working professionals take the step back into education for a number of reasons. Where some want to climb the career ladder they’re already on, others may want to branch out and start their own business venture.
It’s also good to consider what area of business you want to focus on. Do you want to perfect your general management skills or are you looking to develop and enhance your knowledge in a technical area of business such as operations strategy, finance or marketing?
The MBA experience should be challenging yet rewarding so ensuring the MBA program you choose to study matches your personal interests and career needs, you should get just that.
Is the timing right?
It’s important to think about where you are in your career – do you want to balance work with studying, or are you able to commit to full-time studies?
From both a career and personal perspective, it’s important to think about the program format and length as well.
What networking opportunities are there?
The opportunity to build your network is just as important as the MBA itself. Whether you study online or full-time, all good MBA programs allow you to interact closely with your cohort as well as with professors and tutors. Doing so allows you to build an extensive network of professional contacts where exciting opportunities may arise later down the line.
What is the reputation of the MBA and business school like?
You want to ensure you’re getting the best business degree you can get, so make sure you do your research first. One easy way of finding out whether you’re set for a top-class education is checking whether the program is accredited.
This is a word that’s thrown around a lot, but it can give you a quick and impressionable snippet into the particular business school you’re looking at.
What’s the teaching style like?
This is very much subjective and dependent on your own professional identity. Do you prefer working alone or in a group? Do you enjoy giving presentations? How about learning in a big class as opposed to a small class? Would you prefer your lecturers and tutors to have academic experience over professional experience or vice versa?
Taking the time to research which program is right for you and using websites such as TopMBA.com as well as the business school websites themselves can be a great source of information.
In addition, many business schools run their own open day events or are part of third-party fairs and tours around the world which allow prospective students the opportunity to meet and speak with professors, current students as well as alumni, and ask any questions that can’t be found elsewhere.
What is the return on investment (ROI) like?
You’ll want to know whether your MBA will provide you with a strong ROI once you get back into the world of employment. Career advancement and financial stability are the most sought-after goals with an MBA.
Many business schools publish graduate employability reports outlining the latest statistics on the most recent students who’ve graduated which can be a good indicator of what the MBA can do for you.
This blog is authored by Kalaiselvi-Technocrat Club