What is next after MBA?

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What is next after MBA? Once you have a clear mind, then it will be extremely easy to move forward to the next stage. I thought it serves more value to ask you some questions instead of throwing the answer directly. This way will lead you to a linear path and possibly expand your thought further

Put it this way, your career after MBA depends a lot on what you intend to do later. Some of the factors to be considered are the company you intend to work for and the duration you remain there;  the country and location of your future employer; and the stability of your industry all affect where your career will take you.

It has been a while since I graduated with an MBA. From my personal opinion, it’s imperative everyone who is taking the plunge into MBA is aware of the facts of after MBA life and begins the MBA course with right set of expectations. Contrary to what most of the students entering into MBA think or are made to believe, it’s not a bed of roses after all.

An MBA graduate has to work twice as hard as any other graduate for jobs. Just having an MBA doesn’t mean that you get a wild card for very senior positions in the organizations. Experience is just as important as your education background. Furthermore, people graduated with an MBA are not guarantee of any salary adjustment or promotion in the organization. You need to carry yourself well and be versatile in your approach.

MBA true value

MBA true value

An MBA graduates is more preferable to work in groups on various projects than anyone else unless you have an edge with rich job experience or very hangs on. A very successful MBA graduates are expected to handle a team without much hassle, not that you just carry the title with no sense of leadership.

Successful MBA is just like an art, someone with great thought on things to do and hold a competitive edge over your competitor. You should also be easily adaptable anywhere and comfortable working with others whether it’s online or onboard. It could be a chat session, an email conversation or sometimes even a face-to-face interaction.

MBA is considered to be a program that is developed to those who are interested in leadership roles in an organization or future company. A very successful MBA graduates will possess impressive leadership skill and commitment to optimizing the skill continuously.

Why Work First Before Pursuing an MBA?

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Students get together with their future mentors, working colleagues, who are their current faculty’s classmates, and alumni. These notions serve as the nerve center of the program, leading the path to becoming the future business leaders. There are many business schools offering MBA, mainly targeting graduates with no work experience.

EMBA students usually come with a handful work experience, often 5 years or more, compared to other MBA students. Students get in with a suitable work experience from mid-management to senior management and take classes during weekdays or weekends like other students. Students without significant work experience are provided with the right guidance and knowledge to make them competitive in their own arena.

Furthermore, they will undertake class projects, share insights from their own work experience, and build networks that will be lasting for future intention. Entry to this program requires GMAT, work experience and an undergraduate degree as well as interview with a panel. There is an option to personalize your degree through self-designed coursework to fit in your real-time experience into program electives. Depending on your role, you select the coursework that work best for you. Think of what you going to do with it.

This program includes assignments related to your current course to keep you on the loop. Ethics training is often delivered with coursework in corporate social responsibility and corporate governance to give you an idea of what we need to know and do to survive in today’s fierce market. The degree concludes with assignments in business strategy where you need to prepare an applied business project that will last between 6 months to 12 months. When climbing the career ladder, it is imperative to have a wide professional and alumni network to increase your opportunity for future job leads.

MBA vs Experience. Which is more important?

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As someone with an MBA, I can only speak from my experience. It all started with a clear mind to go for it when I see some complacency with my current role. I have to admit that it’s a decision of a lifetime as it’s not a cheap program. It comes with great commitment that you would never expect till you experience it.

Well it’s a long term investment anyway so don’t expect to bear fruits in days. Most important of all, you need to know what you want to do with it. If it’s for Ego or just for title, forget it, don’t waste your money. It needs to serve a purpose, whether it’s for personal growth, open up your gateway or entrepreneurship.

So which is more important MBA or Experience? Old class people will probably tell you that experience comes first, all they need to do is to bring along their thick CV for a job. In contrary, new age people who have multiple degrees including masters or MBAs without any significant work experience will find themselves in trouble landing a first job. Employers see them as overqualified for entry-level positions but under experienced for higher post.

In the real world today, it’s imperative to find a balance between work experience and education background, in my case, I used my MBA to support my already experience background. It turns out to be fruitful as I am now more competitive in the arena. Nevertheless, an MBA itself will not guarantee accelerated success, it need to serve you a purpose. Still, if two persons who have similar work experience, and one has an MBA, while the other has lower qualification or no qualification, the person with the highest qualification would hold a competitive advantage.