Making Your Executive MBA Work for You

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You’ve heard the expression “you get out what you put in.” Time and effort are both integral elements to success, and students with Executive MBA (EMBA) degrees can find themselves primed to receive benefits from their contributions at work. Discover some long-term strategies that can help you continue to see returns on your career investment.

Be Proactive

Take charge and be proactive in your career development. On average, most students in EMBA programs have more than ten years of strategic and managerial experience compared to those students enrolled in standard MBA programs.

In essence, many EMBA students are classically overqualified and may be a poor match for the typical on-campus recruiters seeking candidates for lower-paying, entry-level positions. But look at the good news: employers looking for experienced candidates often hire from within their industries first. Previous work experience means that you can have first pick of these jobs.

Own your career by understanding where you want to go and what is required to get there. Use EMBA program support services and engage your company in your investment.

If you want to switch careers, do your homework on industry opportunities. Provide feedback wherever possible to help your peers and to strengthen networking bonds while increasing the likelihood that you could be offered unlisted positions that become available.

Keep Learning

Use and build on the business management skills you developed in your coursework. If you consistently strive to apply everything you have learned during the program and seize each opportunity to learn new strategies, you won’t be limited in what you can gain. Real-time rewards can include increased responsibilities, promotions, requests to work on innovative products and services, career development, networking expansion, or business venture launches.

Maintain Your Network

Cultivate your existing relationships with your fellow students so that you continue to grow together and evolve into a strong network. Don’t underestimate the power of your EMBA professional network. Join and stay up-to-date with EMBA groups and alumni networks on LinkedIn or other social sites.

Making these types of connections doesn’t necessarily bear fruit immediately, but the long-term returns are vast. Don’t neglect building relationships with your peers just because they may not be able to do anything for you immediately. Opportunity can arise from anywhere and your aggregate network should include a mix of mentors, peers, and people who are simply good connections.

Here’s one last tip: You don’t always know which are which, so don’t categorize anyone into prioritized groups. The last person you think about might be the most helpful person to you.

Share Your Knowledge

Share what you have learned with your colleagues and company stakeholders so you can boost the organization’s overall knowledge and skillset. Executive MBA students receive a new level of perception which can allow them to see the corporate world with a clearer vision. This perception also gives them a global outlook. Individuals now find themselves able to scan the markets and find more prestigious and lucrative career options.

In short, a vast wealth of experience can be gained not only from the principles learned, but also from their application. Spread that wealth around in the corporate economy and you may become that good connection for others both inside and outside of your industry.

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