If you’re drawn to the worlds of consulting, finance and entrepreneurship, a degree in business management will equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to thrive in business. Here’s a closer look at what you should expect.
What you’ll learn Business management courses are usually aimed at recent graduates with little to no work experience who are looking to move into managerial roles. They explore the nuts and bolts of small and large public and private organisations: how departments work together, what they do and an arsenal of management strategies at their disposal.
There is a wide range of courses available, with varying degrees of specialization and international experience, but all management degrees have something in common. They cover the fundamentals of business: finance, technology, human resources, organizational behavior and marketing.
Some degrees offer students the possibility to specialize in a field of their choice. For example, Internatioanl Executive Master of Business Administration (IEMBA) programme delivered at Mantissa College, Malaysia, a programme in collaboration with (Paris Graduate School of Management), PGSM, France Business School. Students are asked in their third semester to choose up to two specializations such as international business management, or strategic project management. Whatever you choose, this should enable you to deepen your expertise in an important business area, based on your career aspirations.
Skills you’ll pick up along the way Studying for a business management degree gives you subject-specific knowledge in customer service, finance, operations and marketing, to name just a few, but you will also gain transferable skills. These include:
How you’ll learn No two business degrees are the same. Some degrees rely heavily on group projects, workshops and seminars to help students develop their consulting, leadership and teamwork skills. Other degrees place the onus on you to get through the reading list and build up your knowledge of vital business areas before you’re asked to produce an end-of-year project with other students.
Some universities have good links with industry, which means visiting executives and entrepreneurs often take part in workshops, lectures and networking events with students. This is the case at Mantissa College, Malaysia, for example, where industry leaders are often meeting students on campus.
To cater to growing demands for business graduates with international awareness, Mantissa College, Malaysia often organise free workshop and trial class with relevant activities related to the understanding of the global business world.
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.