While MBA grads may think the three letters after their name are an automatic golden ticket for high-level employment, they still need to show a desirable skill set—one that not everyone has.
A recent survey by the Financial Times reveals the top skills and attributes that employers of MBA graduates want to see.
The top five? The ability to work with a wide variety of people, time management and the ability to prioritize, understanding digital impact on business, the ability to build, sustain, and expand a network of people, and the ability to solve complex problems.
The survey found that one-third of employers struggled to find MBA graduates with the right combination of skills.
Here’s an interesting twist. Take a look at the least important skills, according to recruiters: specialized marketing skills, complex statistical skills, environmental management, specialized programming skills, and specialized financial skills.
The trick for MBA programs? Convincing students to take the required courses that give them the least important skills—but important to know in the field—and pushing them to expand their horizons by embracing opportunities that allow them to broaden their skill set.
In an article in theFinancial Times,many employers told the Financial Times that MBA qualifications were not their priority—what mattered was the person doing the work and that person’s outlook and willingness to adapt.
Your takeaway as an MBA student? Study hard, try new things, and don’t be afraid to be your best self. Your future employer will thank you.
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.