Is an MBA Right For You?
Now that you’ve finished college, you may consider working on available programs for MBA degrees.
If you are already working and your primary degree is in something other than business or finance, you might find yourself at a disadvantage compared to other individuals at your place of employment.
Individuals with business degrees often have the knowledge and basic skills needed for many jobs but find themselves looking for a greater challenge or advancement in their careers. If you are someone who is currently looking for employment, earning an MBA degree may improve your marketability.
Earning an MBA could create opportunities and make new opportunities available to you. For example, if you are employed in a sales capacity, you might have a need for additional accounting or marketing skills to move ahead in your career. If you’ve decided to develop your own start up business, you may find that you do not want to rely solely on the input of others regarding accounting or business decisions and strategies. Advanced training would provide you with a foundation that would be useful in building a business.
Additionally, completing the requirements for an MBA offers the opportunity to develop presentation skills, team building opportunities and leadership skills in a setting that is not job-related. In a class, you would have the opportunity to take chances and try something new in a setting outside of your job, with no risk to your career.
Working on MBAs requires a substantial amount of time and commitment. What is the best way to make your decision about the best way to pursue the experiences available to you through an MBA degree?
Explore the schools and courses of study available to you. Some universities and graduate schools offer classes in the evenings and on the weekends that would allow you to maintain your employment. Some of these schools offer computer-based classes that allow you to pursue a degree on your own schedule.
Be realistic about the time that pursuing advanced education will take, along with the financial commitment that is needed. Some education programs for MBAs are designed for individuals who have already taken a substantial amount of business or finance classes at an undergraduate level, while others are designed to provide students without this background a meaningful foundation.
Research the requirements for admission to various programs and business schools. In addition, check the requirements for earning a degree. Decide what you want from the experience. Does the program you are interest in providing you with an opportunity to network with other students and professors? Research the class offerings. Students who are employed often work on MBA degrees part time rather than full time, will you have the opportunity to meet the education requirements of the program in a reasonable amount of time?
MBAs are an investment in yourself and your future. There are a variety of options available to you, whether it’s attending classes in person on an ongoing basis, classes that are short term or on line learning.