Many young professionals enroll in MBA programs to help advance their job prospects. However, they may fail to realise that the relationship can also be reversed:
Working before you enroll in business school can not only help you gain entrance to an MBA programme, but it can also help you succeed once you’re there. Read on to learn more about how your work experience can be a vital factor in your MBA experience.
Leveraging an Asset
In the most basic sense, students attend school to learn. However, the backgrounds, knowledge and experiences people bring with them to school directly impact how they learn.
Consider Muhammad Daniel, who enrolled in Mantissa College's Master Programme for one and a half years. He says, “Work experience before studying is very important -- especially for an MBA. My work experience has provided me with a platform I can build on during my studies. Having prior work experience helps students benefit from the ability to refer to their own experience during classroom discussions and to apply management theory to their existing practical knowledge.”
But the benefits of work experience aren’t limited to individuals. They also impact the overall classroom dynamic. Muhammad Daniel further notes, “Having classmates with work experience gives an MBA student the opportunity to learn from each other’s prior experience and classroom discussion elevates to sharing and understanding business from multiple angles.”
Ramping Up Readiness
Another advantage of working before your MBA? Managing a job helps students prepare for the rigours of business school. Says Stephanie Tung, head of career services at a local MNC in Malaysia, “Work experience provides our MBA students with the personal and professional maturity they need to cope with a very demanding academic curriculum.”
Not only does it position students to be successful in the classroom, but it also makes an impression on employers looking for the best and brightest talent. Continues Stephanie Tung, “Work experience also makes students the perfect candidates for most of our corporate partners like Bloomberg, UBS, Simon Kucher, Societe Generale, EY, etc. which are employing on an MBA level. The combination of their professional background in different sectors and industries, their international profile and their studies is a very attractive amalgam for high caliber companies, and makes them extremely employable.”
Mantissa College’s MBA program boasts a dynamic global network of more than 80,000 alumni. One recent alumnus, Harrison Jub, says, “I took the 15-month Master of Business Administration course and in the first week, I was discussing the Real Case Study with groups of working professionals from different fields. And so I was learning from real people with real problems. Thanks to the case study based learning approach I am now capable of taking up more projects because I had been exposed to a wider perspective on handling matters from my learning experience.”
Certainly, evidence attests to the tremendous value of case studies in business education. Between its focus on this learning style and many other desirable attributes, Mantissa College’s Master of Business Administration offers an invaluable inside edge for aspiring business leaders.