Challenge yourself, network with industry professionals, and receive insight and instruction from well-respected business leaders. These elements of an MBA program can serve MBA graduate students well in both their current coursework and future career preparation. Additionally, MBA degree programs offer other advantages you may not have realized. Discover four hidden benefits of earning your MBA.
Cultivate Collaboration Skills
Don Pontefract, Chief Envisioner for TELUS Transformation Office, comments in a Forbes article about the importance of fostering collaborative partnerships between external educational institutions and business institutions, particularly from a career investment standpoint.
Indeed, this example illustrates how MBA programs can cultivate collaboration skills. These skills are essential for conducting business in today’s contemporary corporate culture. Learning how to work cooperatively with a diverse group of professionals can be enhanced with opportunities through real-world collaboration models like Pontefract’s example of the TELUS partnership with the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business in Canada.
Foster Mentoring Relationships
MBA program instructors are recognized experts in the field, and they challenge as well as cultivate their students’ business leadership potential. Sometimes, this challenge means pushing students beyond their comfort zones and placing students in circumstances that test their adaptability.
Mentors can change students’ lives by opening possibilities to them and these relationships can prove valuable even beyond the classroom, as Lindsay Mack describes in an article detailing plans for a mentorship program that the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) is planning to create.
Gain the Gift of Time
Personal reflection can seem to be an almost scarce commodity in the press of business, especially for a business executive. The immersion into an MBA program, however, offers the opportunity for personal reflection.
Ask yourself the following question: After five years of experience, what is being able to shift into a top management track worth to a business professional? “It’s an amazing luxury to be able to get out of the day-to-day grind and actually sit and learn with a little reflection mixed in,” says Forbes contributor Eric Jackson.
Acquire an International Vision
The number of international students pursuing MBAs is growing exponentially. In an increasingly global business environment, the perspective and contacts you can gain from professionals within an MBA cohort is invaluable.
If you wish to become a part of growing your company’s global outreach, start becoming familiar with the diverse cultures, lived experiences, expertise, and perspectives of business professionals from other countries. Consider international travel or international teleconferences to broaden your global understanding of business concerns around the world.
As illustrated here, earning an MBA degree means more than simply receiving a diploma you can hang on a wall in your office. Rather, earning an MBA means you’ve earned the right to challenge yourself professionally, continually forge connections with colleagues across diverse business sectors, gain valuable reflection time and mentors, and broaden your horizons globally.
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