What motivates you to seek out a Master of Business Administration? You could be looking to further develop your career and need a broader background in management. You might be interested in starting your own business and want a deeper understanding of business as a whole. Maybe you have a passion for strategic thinking and analytics and want to apply them more extensively within an organization. Even considering a career change can be reason enough to add an MBA to your resume.
“The value of an MBA has long been recognized in business,” says Jennifer Whitten, Director of Graduate Career Services in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. “You’re going to learn tools that will allow you to be more successful in any organization.”
Earning a Master of Business Administration can prepare you for the business world in more ways than one. As you learn the important functional information about business — such as accounting, finance and supply chain management — you may also be able to broaden the important soft skills that make a good leader. You can build a skill set to become a strong communicator and motivator who can manage priorities, people and time. You can learn how to analyze numbers and present the results in a widely accessible way. You can learn to think strategically as you enhance your ability to collaborate with others and achieve goals. Most of all, as you build these skills, you can learn how business fundamentally works.