4 Reasons Why Youre More Employable With An MBA
One of the most frequently asked questions by potential students is whether they are going to be more employable with an MBA. In short, the answer is yes – MBA graduates possess a number of unique skillsets which give them an edge on other job candidates. It is however difficult to give a definitive answer for all jobs though, as every role differs in its selection criteria and recruitment requirements. If you’re curious as to why MBA graduates are more employable, read the below four points.
1. You gain a competitive edge
The MBA programme has a very positive reputation throughout the academic and business communities. The achievement of an MBA is not an easy task therefore only a certain group of people possess the qualification. When interviewing for a role, the candidate who has an MBA versus one that does not, is bound to have a competitive edge. This is of course in respect to the type of role, however the MBA will have relevance to the vast majority of professional employments. The MBA reflects the candidate’s commitment to continuous learning, and ensures that the candidate possesses additional skills.
2. You possess a holistic business knowledge
Throughout the MBA programme, students are taught about the entire business landscape. They undertake subjects such as accounting, logistics management, marketing and leadership. Aside from core business knowledge, a number of other skills that are important in the workplace are applied and perfected while studying. With regular assignment writing and group-based work, both written and verbal communication skills are developed. In addition, skills such as increased organisation, attention to detail and strategic thinking are practiced. Finally, unique skills such as the ability to manage a virtual team are also learnt, which overall assist in making the candidate more employable with an MBA.
3. It is a reflection of your character
Those who have completed the MBA will testify that it requires a great deal of hard work and dedication. The successful completion of the programme demonstrates your commitment towards the end result. As an employer, someone who is able to see a project through to the end despite challenges is an admirable quality to have. Successful completion of the MBA reflects a strong work ethic, and shows that you are someone who challenges yourself and is motivated for success.
4. You possess a recognised qualification
As mentioned previously, the MBA has a very positive and valued reputation around the world. With this reputation comes prestige, and as such, your MBA will be recognised by both industry and government bodies. It’s important to note however that this may not be the case with every MBA programme – you must ensure that you undertake your MBA with an accredited learning institution. Accreditation ensures the competence, credibility and integrity of the MBA provider and the courses in which they offer. If you’d like to be more employable with an MBA, then look for a programme with accreditation from major authorities such as the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
What do you think?
Do you believe that you’re more employable with an MBA in hand? I’d love to hear from graduates and employers to learn of your point of view. Comment your thoughts on the topic below and join the conversation.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.