If you have been thinking about doing an MBA in South Africa, you may already have some idea of the benefits that this programme offers. But, while many have known right from high school that they were destined for big things in the business world, others may be a little unsure of whether an MBA is the right move.
Essentially, almost EVERYONE in business benefits from doing an MBA. Not everyone has the staying power to achieve this often challenging qualification however. And, even more importantly, not everyone wants to pursue a career path within the business or management sector. To help you get a better idea of who benefits most from an MBA, we have some useful tips that show you what sort of values and goals you might have if this is your dream.
Who Will Benefit From an MBA Programme?
As we said earlier, almost everyone in business will receive some benefit from this sort of qualification. With that said, certain people may be more suited to the challenges of completing the programme…
- People with a clear plan
Going to business school without any plan or focus will end up overwhelming you from the very beginning. Those who attend business schools (whether through distance learning institutes or traditional schools) seldom do so without a clear plan. If you are looking for a two year ‘stop gap’ in your twenties or still trying to find yourself, you very likely will even think about achieving a serious qualification. Very often, future MBA students know what they want out of life from an early age. Each step that is taken is one that moves them closer towards that goal.
- People with working experience
The majority of MBA schools in South Africa and abroad include your real-world working experience when deciding on acceptance. Sure, your previous qualifications and general aptitude are important, but work experience is essential. The ideal age for many MBA students is middle to late twenties. Often, this is because students of that age already have a solid introduction to the world of business and are able to contribute a lot more to the programme. Internships can also count towards that experience to some extent, so don’t feel put off if you have not worked seriously.
- Leaders and influential people
Not all top execs landed instant top level jobs with the help of an MBA, but having leadership traits has certainly helped many get ahead in the long haul. If you have a natural ability to influence, lead, inspire and motivate, you very likely have the right sort of framework to succeed. By nurturing those latent skills through intensive programme modules and networking, you will be in an even better position to get ahead.
- People wanting a change of career
If you are hoping to make some changes in your career path, the MBA is a great way to do so. Students have to develop a broad understanding of the entire business spectrum, as well as various job functions within each role. Whether you want to focus more on marketing than you have previously, or you are hoping to improve your knowledge of management, this programme is an excellent way to refocus and recharge your skills.
- People seeking career advancement
In certain industries and job roles, only MBA graduates are considered as candidates. If you have your eye on a promotion or a lucrative position in the future, this programme is a great way to get all the skills you need to get ahead.
If you think you are one of those who would benefit from doing an MBA in South Africa, contact Regent Business School today and let us help you take the first steps in your future.