Why You Should Consider The MBA In 2017
As we navigate the first few weeks of 2017, we find ourselves considering our personal and professional goals for the new year. When determining goals, you should visualise where you would like to be, and then plan the steps that you need to take in order to get there. If you think that education programmes such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA) could assist with achieving your professional goals this year, here’s why you should consider the MBA in 2017.
Networking opportunities are continuing to diversify
The MBAs of today make up a diverse, dynamic and invaluable business network. The Australian Institute of Business (AIB) now boasts students from over 90 countries around the world, creating a range of unique networking opportunities with peers. Forbes highlights that providers around the world are seeing a trend in higher quality applicants, with many 2017 MBA classes comprising of more female students and more international students than ever before.
Networking is one of the fantastic benefits of the MBA, as it opens doors for relationships on a local and global scale. It allows entrepreneurs and those in the early stages of their career to engage with senior executives, providing a valuable encounter for all parties. Thanks to increased online networking opportunities, location is no longer a barrier, making 2017 an exciting year ahead. If you’d like to increase your business network and learn from some of the brightest minds, now is the time to consider the MBA.
Top organisations are seeking MBAs
The Global Management Admission Council’s 2016 Corporate Recruiters Survey proves what every potential MBA wants to know – MBAs are in demand for 2017. According to the results, MBAs “continue to remain a high demand source of new business talent across all regions and industries”. So much so, that nearly 9 in 10 (88%) of corporate recruiters plan to hire recent MBA graduates, compared with 80 per cent in 2015.
Employers are looking for candidates in particular who showcase innovative thinking and new perspectives. Many students consider the MBA not just for the holistic business knowledge, but also to develop skills that must be practiced, such as strategic thinking, innovation and effective communication.
Our online MBA provides much-needed flexibility
Higher education providers have recognised that students can no longer afford to put their lives on hold to undertake full-time study. As such, they have developed learning methods to suit the working adult, using the latest technology and education delivery practices. At AIB, our MBA programme that can be completed anywhere and anytime. Professionals are more likely to consider the MBA that offers flexibility, allowing them to study around existing commitments. With advanced technology leading the way in 2017, now is the best time to consider the MBA, as students will enjoy the most flexible and accessible learning experience available to date.
Innovative education practices
At AIB, 2017 is the first year that MBA students will enjoy the new Academic Service and Assessment Models, which are being rolled out to provide a better learning experience. These models see small classes of students supported by Online Facilitators in each subject, enabling a more personal learning experience and enhanced networking opportunities. Alongside this class approach, the improved Assessment Model allows for more diversity in assessment, is more interactive and allows better engagement with students.
The fresh start effect
If you’re a skeptic of the power of a new goal for the new year, you’re not alone. The good news, however, is that research shows that setting goals at the start of the year actually works for many people. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, “there is a considerable body of research that suggests that not only can New Year resolutions work, they can work better than similar decisions taken at other times”. If you’d like to make positive career changes this year, now could be the best time to consider the MBA and determine whether it is the programme for you. Thanks to the AIB learning model, you don’t have to wait half of the year for a new semester to begin, and can commence the MBA sooner than you think.
If not now, when?
Many MBAs often mention that they wished they had started their programme sooner. Once undertaking the programme, they realise how applicable and beneficial the content is to their roles, regretting the delay. AIB MBA Graduate, Cullen Haynes, was in exactly the same position only a few years ago. He said, “My advice to people procrastinating, wondering if the MBA is right for them, or waiting for that perfect time – there is no perfect time”. He encourages future MBAs to make the decision and stick to it; tell yourself, “This is what I’m going to do”. We all live such busy lives, but unless we make time for the activities we want to pursue, they will continue to be on the back-burner.
What do you think?
I’d love to hear from MBA Alumni, who can share their experiences with the MBA and whether they wished they’d started sooner or not. Comment below to tell us why others should consider the MBA, based on your experiences during and post-MBA. For those interested in taking the leap in 2017, learn more about the AIB MBA programme, download an information pack.
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.