5 Skills Gained When Studying The MBA Via Distance Learning
In today’s education environment, distance learning is fast becoming the most popular means of gaining a qualification. It allows greater flexibility for the student without compromising the quality of the education received. It also can be completed anywhere in the world and in any time zone, making it a highly favourable option. While there are numerous advantages to distance learning, one which stands out are the various skills gained and built through this study method. To learn more about these skills gained when studying the MBA via distance learning, read the below five points.
1. Time management
When studying your MBA via distance learning, you must manage your own time and ensure that you meet the required deadlines. If effective time management is not already a skill you possess, you certainly will be a master by the end of your degree. As a distance learning student, you are your own boss, therefore your achievements will be a direct result of your efforts.
2. Online communication
In today’s business environment, it is common to participate in online conference calls, meetings and chat forums. When undertaking the MBA via distance learning, the vast majority of your communication with lecturers, fellow students and support staff will also be online. Distance learning students are likely to develop strong online communication skills, proving very useful in the workplace post-MBA.
While undertaking the MBA via distance learning, personal organisation will be key to your success. You must organise your study around already existing commitments and ensure that you have all required learning materials. In addition, must learn to prioritise between work, study and family commitments. Within a few months of commencing your MBA, you will be familiar with how to organise effectively – a skill that will always be of value throughout your career.
4. Managing an online team
Although you are not studying with others on a campus, this does not mean that teamwork is forgotten throughout the MBA via distance learning. Depending on the subject, it is likely that you will have to work with a virtual team in order to complete a project. The ability to work productively with others in an online environment is beginning to be more and more useful in today’s business landscape. It takes additional organisation, patience and commitment – however is a wonderful skill to possess.
Those who enrol in the MBA via distance learning will be presented with a number of unique networking opportunities. Being an international programme, students enjoy the ability to network with a wider range of people, instead of being limited to the local area. Online networking is a skill within itself however as you must connect with and impress without being able to give eye contact and communicate in person. If you are able to effectively network online, networking in person will become second nature to you.
What do you think?
There are a number of skills which can be acquired throughout the MBA, but above are those which are particularly important when studying via distance learning. Do you have any others which you think should be added to the list? Comment below and join the AIB 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.