There are certain jobs that require a relevant degree. For instance, to pursue a career in engineering, you need to get a degree related to engineering. To be a doctor, you need a medical degree. If you wish to practice law, you need a legal degree. However, MBA skills are not necessarily a prerequisite for a particular career path.
Prospective MBA candidates may come from finance, or management consulting, or a range of different industries and disciplines. They’re all considering an MBA because they feel they’re missing certain relevant skills that an MBA can provide. But can an MBA offer skills and knowledge that life experience cannot?
Is an MBA the only way?
When it comes to MBA courses like Financial Management, International Marketing, Operations Management, or Global Strategy, these are topics that you could research yourself. You could find the necessary literature and begin to piece together skills using theoretical application.
However, developing skills requires more than just researching the relevant information. If you’re lucky, you’ll have someone with practical experience to run your theoretical ideas by. If you’re really lucky, you’ll have opportunities to apply your newly acquired skills and truly make your learning “stick.” In other words, you need to the right environment to maximize your learning and foster your skills. If you feel you can acquire the necessary knowledge to develop new professional skills in an efficient manner on your own, then an MBA might not be necessary.
So, why pursue an MBA?
When you choose to pursue an MBA, particularly a Global One-Year MBA at Hult, you are acknowledging your skill gaps and entrusting us with the aforementioned steps. As a Hult student, you’ll gain access to a tested curriculum, developed through the collaborative effort of industry experts within a multi-accredited institution. Crucially, you are entrusting your education to actual practitioners in each subject. Hult professors are not only academic experts, they are men and women who are still actively involved in the subject that they’re teaching.
You’ll learn through case studies, simulations, and direct relationships with real clients like Google, Audi, or PwC, where you can apply your new skills and demonstrate that you’ve actually absorbed your education. And with the opportunity to study in up to three of the world’s most influential cities through our Global Campus Rotation program, you’ll live a global business education, not just learn about it. All of this is fit into an efficient one-year program.
MBA skills create opportunities, faster
Ultimately, you want to want to fill in your skill gaps to create an opportunity. It might be an opportunity to move up within your organization, an opportunity to switch industries, or an opportunity to move abroad. Those opportunities require skills, and they require skills that keep pace with today’s ever-changing business environment. And today, global business operates on a timeline that’s not likely to be compatible with learning on your own.
This is what an MBA offers you that life cannot: the promise that you can acquire the skills you’re missing in a time frame that can prepare you for the opportunities that await.
Written by Sean Faris, Director of Enrollment for Hult International Business School’s Executive MBA program.