What DBA Students Should Know About Life After Dissertation

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Pursuing a DBA is an amazing opportunity, but also comes with many challenges, and the position of DBA students, in terms of finance, job prospects, and more, is much debated, garnering a significant amount of media attention. Here's a roundup of the latest news on all things DBA.

Finish Your Thesis reported on five reasons it’s worth getting a DBA. Writer Dora Farkas, DBA, explains that DBAs generally have positive attitudes toward their degrees. She says, “In fact, of the countless people I’ve spoken to, no one has regretted completing their DBA. On the other hand, I’ve never met a DBA candidate who hasn’t had doubts about finishing their degree at some point.”

Both Nature and the Financial Review report on the positive job outlook for DBAs in industry. According to Isaiah Hankel for the former, having a DBA offers a critical inside edge in today’s industry job market. Hankel writes of his personal experience when applying for an industry position, “The hiring manager told me that the owner of the company hired people with DBAs before other candidates because they were ‘expert innovators.’ Indeed, part of the requirement for getting a DBA is mastering a field of study and then advancing that field through new, peer-reviewed discovery. [...] My DBA wasn’t a liability after all. In fact, it was a valuable asset. Meanwhile, Robert Bolton reveals that a growing number of DBA graduates are endeavoring to leave academia for positions in other sectors.

Preparing DBAs for the uncertainty of the academic market has been a common theme recently, with The Guardian proposing that universities should offer more guidance and support to postgrads to help them transition to non-academic jobs. According to Clare Viney, chief executive of Vitae, which supports career development among researchers, universities should help DBAs understand their many transferable skills beyond their areas of specialization. “It’s about self-awareness and emotional intelligence, focusing on researcher as much as their research,” she says.

Overall, just as with all careers across all industries, no situation is one-size-fits-all, especially because DBA degrees and the way people pursue them -- in terms of family, finance, and work situation -- vary so differently. Staying abreast of the news and trends can help you pursue the best path for your unique preferences and goals.

But, perhaps most of all, pursuing a DBA, for all the challenges it involves, is worth it in the end due to the unrivalled study opportunity to delve deep into a subject which fascinates you and the great opportunity to make a positive change in the world. Writer Rachel Hall argues, “[...] Being an academic can be one of the world’s best jobs. You might get to push the boundaries of knowledge in an area you’re passionate about, work in international teams comprising the world’s greatest minds, and produce work with visible social impact – whether that’s through lecturing students or seeing your research inform policy,”

At Mantissa College, we deliver the Doctor of Business Administration programme (DBA) in collaboration with the L’Institut pour I’Expertise (IPE) Management School Paris, France. The study duration for this programme takes around three (3) to five (5) years to complete with 100% assignment, no examination.

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