Leveraging on Your MBA in the job marketChen Wan Lim
Congratulations! You have successfully completed your two to two and a half year classroom stint and have obtained a Master’s of Business Administration degree. Now, you are ready to relaunch your career to greater heights. Completing an MBA course however is just the first part to your journey. The second and perhaps the more crucial part now is to utilise that MBA to propel your career up the ladder or to transition to another industry. Here are some ways as recommended by STUDYMASTERS.MY on how to leverage on your MBA in the job market:
Even before you complete your MBA, take the opportunity to build your network amongst your course mates, especially the ones whom you think can assist you in your career progress. If you are interested in investment banking, get to know some investment bankers and get them to connect you with other investment bankers. Use your ‘MBA student pass’ to network with industry professionals to understand the industry better and to market yourself. Business schools often organise networking sessions with industry leaders simply to connect and to discuss ideas – use this chance to add people into your LinkedIn friends list.
Visit your school’s career office
Most, if not all business schools have career offices primarily tasked to prepare students for work placements, resume preparations and career counselling. Spend time to meet and speak with your career counsellors to understand the current job market and to see the options available for your skill sets and educational qualifications. Also, use your career office to assist in getting placements or internships with companies within an industry you are looking at building your career in.
Utilise skills obtained from an MBA
One of the hallmarks of any MBA programme is the countless hours spent on analysing and discussing case studies. As an MBA graduate, utilise your intellectual and analytical skills to impress interviewers and to discuss some of the case studies with your potential employers. Display your ability to think critically and to produce workable solutions. Your ability to solve problems using innovative methods will give you that added advantage during interviews.
MBA dissertation topic
An MBA dissertation topic is possibly the strongest proof of your being awarded with an MBA degree. Discuss your MBA dissertation with your potential employers especially if it relates to their business. Your dissertation alone will display your ability as an MBA graduate to identify problems, analyse it and to suggest various solutions for the problem.
After completing an MBA degree, candidates will be equipped with a host of skill sets such as accounting, finance, human resource, information technology and the highlight would be managerial skills. As such, to make the best out of the many new skills you have acquired, candidates would need to match each skill set with the individual job requirement of the new role. Identify the expectations of the new job and match each skill set with each expectation. This way, your potential employers will be able to see value in hiring a person of your calibre.
An MBA by itself cannot guarantee a career upgrade but it is by far, one of the most effective ways to boost your qualifications in your resume to achieve a career shift. A candidate with an MBA signals to employers that you have additional skill sets and that you are a person with initiative and drive to complete a vigorous two year programme. As such, to increase your chances of getting the job you want, do proper research and analysis and strategize on how to best use your MBA to achieve those targets.