You may be someone who completed your Bachelor degree sometime ago, have a few years of experience under your belt and you pride yourself on your practical knowledge of your industry/sector. You might be a senior corporate manager, an experienced executive, an entrepreneur or a development sector professional. Perhaps you have thought about doing an Executive MBA but haven’t been able to articulate clearly to yourself how this can help you in your career.
Here are some potential areas of benefit of pursuing an Executive MBA degree for working professionals. Not all may be applicable in each case but quite a few will be directly relevant to you: 1. Appreciate the theory – the MBA helps to explain the practice
2. Move beyond intuitive reaction to critical thinking skills
3. See the organization as a whole rather than just your team
4. Learn about best practice in management
5. Get a global view and broaden perspective
6. Improve communication and report writing skills
7. Get insights to improve your business if you are an entrepreneur
8. Network with professionals from diverse backgrounds
9. Apply what you learn at work on a regular basis
In general, an Executive MBA is about developing an advanced level of knowledge, insights and skills in various areas of management. The outcome has to be enhanced confidence in your abilities to think, plan and manage. It can also usually mean enhanced market value (money!) within your organization, your sector and internationally if the Executive MBA program you have done has international recognition.
Here’s a tip to figure out if you are in the right Executive MBA program
Look around you in your class. If you have 10 years of experience and the majority of your classmates are bright faced fresh graduates looking for an MBA so they can get job interviews, run! They will benefit from you of course but you are not going to learn anything from them.