Are you thinking about going to school to get your Master of Business Administration (MBA)? The MBA continues to be the advanced business degree of choice for many employers around the world and can prepare you to be the business leader you aspire to be. Wherever you are in your career, whether you’ve been out of school for a few years or are charging right into the next phase of your education, you need an action plan that prepares you for what’s to come. When you are researching MBA programs, there are certain Executive Skills that a program should help you to develop:
- The ability to think strategically, and search “beyond the answer in the textbook”
- The ability to work and thrive in a team environment
- The ability to influence decision makers through strong oral and written communication skills
- The ability to lead others
The biggest difference between undergraduate coursework and graduate course work is the speed at which you move and the higher expectations for the quality of your work. The best preparation is to develop good study habits, work on presentation, writing and research skills and brush up on a basic working knowledge of financial statements. Think about the delivery system for your program. Do you prefer working online or interacting on campus? Maybe a combination of the two will be right for you.
Let your MBA challenge, change and transform you. An MBA prepares students for senior positions in diverse business environments by developing strong, tangible leadership qualities that organizations depend on every day. As a result, students learn to think and act as leaders rather than solely functional experts. The future of business starts with you.