4 Ways To Maximise Your MBA Experience
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is no small commitment – it is likely to have an impact on you professionally, personally and financially. During your studies, it is therefore imperative that you aim to get the most out of the experience. For each student, the MBA journey will include different challenges and opportunities. There are, however, a number of tips that can be applied to most journeys that aim to maximise your MBA experience. If you’re wondering more about this, consider the below four points.
1. Focus on growing your network
One of the best ways to maximise your MBA experience is to take advantage of the many networking opportunities that exist. Whether this is with fellow students in an online discussion, in person at networking events, or with academic faculty – you have the ability to surround yourself with like-minded business professionals. One of the benefits of the MBA is the diverse range of people that you will encounter, across a number of industries and roles. Your fellow students are fantastic contacts to establish for the long term. Those who you graduate with are likely to become the next generation of CEOs, entrepreneurs and business leaders of the world.
2. Put yourself forward for opportunities
Throughout an MBA programme, business schools will offer their students a number of unique opportunities. These include learning opportunities, networking opportunities and leadership opportunities. If you’d like to maximise your MBA experience, it is recommended that you proactively volunteer for these opportunities. As Robert Allen said, “Everything you’ve ever wanted is just outside your comfort zone”.
3. Make teamwork a priority
While you may be pursuing the MBA for leadership motivations, every good leader must understand how to work effectively in a team. For many, the thought of teamwork during your studies attracts a negative reaction, however, it is fantastic for your learning. As explained by Andrew Carnegie, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment towards organisational objectives”. As a leader, you need to be able to do exactly that. So, embrace the opportunity to study with a partner, form study groups, and use the experience as a further learning opportunity.
4. Know your resources
At every learning institution, there will be a number of useful resources at your disposal. These resources are in place to assist students, enhance the learning experience, and provide them with the best tools for success. At AIB, this comes in many forms, including student support officers, who can assist with information such as how to prepare for exams and structure assignments. Academics are also here to help, and discuss any queries relating to the theory and course content. In addition, there is a comprehensive online library, containing thousands of useful business materials. While it may seem financially viable to sell your textbooks after you have completed a subject, they are actually a valuable resource that you can go back to years after you have completed your MBA.
What do you think?
Can you think of any other ways to ensure that students get the most out of their MBA? I’d love to hear any tips or advice from current and past AIB students. Comment your thoughts below and join the conversation.
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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.