Why should you pursue an MBA?

Its almost a trend in education, isn’t it? Different decades have their own ‘favourite’ streams or disciplines of sort. The 1960s  were a time when most students were happy with an undergraduate degree and many times people would easily get decent jobs with even a Higher Secondary Education. The 70s and 80s saw more of an emphasis on scientific education and the craze seemed to be a BSc. The 90s saw India open its doors to liberalisation and get swept up in the trend of a more focused, global education. The trend of a Masters in Business Administration continues today, with a more global business focus.

 

What then is the advantage of an MBA? Why are students nowadays more drawn to this professional course, over any other? The answers to these questions are what we shall probe for in this article.

 

The advantages of an MBA degree:

MBA or Master in Business Administration is a course that enables an individual learn in a systematic, experiential manner about the workings and nuances of the business ecosystem. What sets an MBA apart from the other postgraduate courses is the emphasis it places on experiential learning and the inter-personal communication that is an intrinsic part of the course’s curriculum. There are many such advantages of pursuing an MBA from a reputed institution and they’re as follows:

 

Managerial Skills: The MBA course is structured such that the knowledge students derive from the curriculum is contemporary and if applied correctly, makes one a good manager. Add to the theory, real world internships at leading corporate houses, where exposure to already efficient managers will bring the knowledge from the classroom to life and makes a world of difference to the student.

 

Developing and fine tuning business expertise: A major plus for students who come from a non business background. An introduction into the world of business is a vital component of the MBA education and provides real insight into the way a businessman thinks and the skill sets that sets him/her apart from an employee.

 

Competitive advantage: A competent MBA program prepares candidates as highly qualified leaders. The specialized skills and leadership qualities taught in MBA programs, provides you with a competitive advantage over others. Most of the leading business organizations prefer to hire MBAs for higher management positions.

 

Career advancement: While an MBA is by no means a golden ticket to the higher echelons of the corporate world, and a candidate has to prove his mettle in the competitive market. The career advancement of an MBA over his non-MBA peers is a matter of academia. Employers look for competence and excellence, two virtues that MBA students are taught to aspire to. That aside the real world knowledge and experience component fuel the career advancement roadmap for an MBA candidate in a lot quicker time than a non-MBA candidate.

 

Career Change: An MBA in general and a Dual MBA in particular, provide you with the cushion of switching your career. An MBA with particular specialization makes it easier for you to move across industries.

 

Business Connections and Networking: Social networking during the MBA academic term helps in establishing business contacts and referrals. In the long run, you can avail these contacts in improving your business position in the market.

 

An MBA is a course that equips you to make an impact in both an organisation and in your own business life. The skills imparted during the course are testament to the range and depth this 2 year course possesses. The 2 most important years of a students life, the 2 years that will chart the entire course of his/her career and propel them to heights of excellence.