Should you do the MBA? Points to consider

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The MBA is one of the pinnacles of business education. This is a business qualification that carries its weight both at home and abroad. It is famous for the competency it develops in graduates when it comes to strategic business management. Therefore, MBA grads are highly sought after.

It is probably fair to say that studying ‘business’ – even at postgraduate level – sounds a bit generic and all-encompassing. It is, after all, a broad subject area. Questioning the advantages of studying for an MBA is therefore entirely reasonable.

For one thing, the number of streams that students can obtain awards in is varied. They include Human Resource Management; Project Management; Finance; Information Systems; Cloud Computing; Marketing or general Business Management. However, there are certain intangibles to studying for the MBA too. Let’s have a look at these.

The chance to focus

MBA students get to take stock of the current business climate and the challenges companies face. They will listen to heads of business give guest lectures, and also have the opportunity to discuss such topics with their lecturers. These interactions will equip them with ideas for confronting issues that can leave many businesses reeling.

Developing ties with industry

Through industry-led workshops and projects, along with guest lecturers, MBA students can get to meet future employers or business partners.

Teamwork skills

MBA students generally have years of experience and ideas of their own. Having to complete group projects teaches students to put their egos aside in favour of observation, diplomacy and developing a workable strategy. In short, the learn teamwork for the greater good.

Creating ties with fellow students

Students on an MBA course generally have years of industry experience. That gives them the chance to learn from each other. In addition, students may build partnerships. The chances are that all MBA students will be goal-focused. That means they will keep an eye on classmates that possess skills and abilities they require. Whether you call it networking or making friends, these can be valuable connections.


Business is like a kind of international language. Many of its methods and strategies work whether a company is in Arklow or Arkansas. Developing a firm grasp of business management is like obtaining a passport for entering the world of global business operations.

Anne Sexton

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