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What can an MBA do for your career?

This article will explore various routes on how MBAs can sharpen up your skills to become a true, all-round leader of a successful organisation.

According to a recent report by CBS News, a Master’s of Business Administration, is a waste of time and money – this is simply not true. The truth is once you graduate from business school, it’s up to you what direction you want to go. Getting an MBA shows people that you mean serious business about your career goals and you refuse to feel stagnant in your career.

Let’s get one thing straight:  it is not for the clueless or the undecided – it shouldn’t be looked upon as a last resort when the going gets tough.  As these degrees are quite costly, it is best that you have a focused plan mapped out – knowing your next career move, knowing the industry you want to work for and what you want to achieve. If you have some valuable business experience behind you, even better! After all you can bump up your salary to the region of £65-£70K – and that’s excluding bonuses! Furthermore, you can take off anywhere in the world with this, as MBAs are internationally recognised.

So how can an MBA enhance your career? In a nutshell it helps you perfect the existing communication and management skills.  During the program your eyes will be opened to every aspect of a business organisation – sales, marketing, human resources and project management and how these departments work in sync together. Above all, you will be encouraged to think outside the box, to spot relevant and irrelevant information in a split second and how to spot and overcome unforeseeable problems and issues.  You will also be taught how to develop, in the broadest sense, people skills and strengthen existing relationships with co-workers by setting attainable goals. In fact once you have an MBA under your belt, you’re looked upon as a true leader of an organisation!

Despite the world of advantages it brings, there’s one thing you need to bear in mind – once you get that MBA, it does not guarantee a managerial position.  So if your place of work that doesn’t recognise the benefits of your hard work, then it’s time to seek for organisations that see the significance of having the business qualification.  This is where the networking skills come into play: In MBA courses, there are opportunities to mingle with fellow students and alumni to seek out exciting new opportunities. Remember these fellow students are also professionals with potentially valuable contacts.

There is another way of finding out whether the qualification is of value to your desired organisation: look up the bios of current chief executives and see if they hold similar qualifications.

So what’s the moral of this story? If you work hard for your MBA, in the long run your MBA will work hard for you!