What can you do after obtaining an MBA degree?

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Simon Tam, an MBA graduate himself, suggests 11 creative options for other MBA graduates and what can they do after MBA.


Probably many of you ask yourselves whether an investment in an MBA program will be ever paid off. Simon asked himself the very same question and even though many of the major researches on the topic confirmed that education pays off, he struggled with finding types of existing options that MBA graduates can take, other than listings with types of careers. Based on his own experience, he actually concluded that MBA graduates can do a whole lot after they finish their education.

Below you can see some of the things you might choose to do with your MBA degree:

1. Become a teacher at a college:

After you obtain your Masters degree, you are qualified to apply at local universities and colleges. Since, these institutions ask for someone with experience, do not miss an opportunity to speak, mentor, teach community education classes, deliver panels, etc.

2. Contact your alumni network:

As many other MBA graduates have shared, the alumni network is one of the greatest advantages from obtaining an MBA degree. Investing time and effort to maintain those relationships can pay off by learning about possible career and business opportunities.

Check some of the schools represented in PrepAdviser and their alumni networks

 3. Apply for conferences:

Do not hesitate to present your ideas in conferences! Just make sure to learn to develop your ideas and then work on your presentation skills. So, hurry up and look around for any conferences related to your industry and contact them about speaking.

4. Learn new skills:

It is true that your MBA degree has given you general business training. However, do not stop developing your set of skills. A good option is taking a MOOC for example.

5. Explore career options:

After obtaining an MBA degree and updating your resume, you can start considering whether your organization/company provides with options for development.  If you feel that you are limited, you might consider other available job opportunities.

Check out:
MBA Career Services Make the Difference
Top 5 Jobs for MBA Grads

6. Start a business:

You can turn you hobby into sustainable career option by applying your business knowledge.

See How to Become an Entrepreneur

 

7. Take time off:

Award yourself with some time for travelling after your graduation. After all, graduate school is not easy. This might even help you to develop future plans.

8. Volunteer or join a board:

In order to keep your skills, you need to constantly practice them. Look around because non-profit organization will always welcome skilled person on board.

9. Travel abroad:

You can also apply to an organization abroad. It will not only be a great adventure, but you can also get to know another culture and may be even learn a new language.

Check out Top 10 Places to Live Abroad

 

10. Freelance work:

You can get an extra income, practice your skills and at the same time experience multiple organizations and industries by finding a freelance type of job as consultant, mentor, coach, etc.

11. Rotary/civic organization:

Organizations, such as Rotary International, are always looking for skilled members, who are also passionate about resolving certain world issues. You will also have the chance to meet other business leaders and people who want to contribute to a certain cause.

Getting an MBA degree is certainly an investment not only of money, but also of time and effort. If you really want to get the most of your degree, you should try being more proactive, meaning exploring available options, rather than just waiting around for something to come your way.

Inspire yourself with 17 Successful Startups That Seemed Crazy at First 
“Sometimes, the best approach is to treat yourself like a brand/business. If your career was a business, how would you create opportunities? Begin today — that way, you can begin paying down those student loans!”

If you already finished your MBA degree take a look at 10 key Do’s and Dont’s in our infographic:

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Source: The Huffington Post

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20 thoughts on “What can you do after obtaining an MBA degree?”

    1. Hello,
      It will be helpful for you to specify where you would like to pursue a career upon your MBA graduation – region, country, industry/sector, preferred companies and entry positions of interest. This will help you start focused research. You should also contact the career centre of your business school, as they can be of help as well.

      Best regards,
      Iliana Bobova

    1. Hello,

      A more common case is that some Ph.D. holders do an MBA when they want to make a transition to the corporate world.

      Technically speaking there are no restrictions to apply for a Ph.D. with an MBA as long as you meet all requirements. A PhD is a research-oriented degree with career prospects in the academic word, research, industry, think-tanks, NGOs, government. Most often it is a logical step after a Master’s degree. The MBA is a practically oriented business management post-graduate programme with career prospects in the business leadership.

      Please, also check out: How to Choose a Master’s Degree if You Want to Get a PhD Later http://prepadviser.com/choose-masters-degree-want-get-phd-later/

      Let me know if you have other questions.
      Best regards!

  1. Hello,

    Whether you will take an MBA as the next step and how worthwhile it can be for you depends of your career plans. The MBA is for professionals who aspire to business leadership and top management positions. What are you short- and long-term career goals?

    Best regards.

  2. Hello Suman,
    An MBA prepares students for jobs with higher management responsibility and business leadership. Knowledge and skills acquired in business school can be applied in the corporate world, small and medium enterprises, as well as in public or international organisations. Some MBA graduates start their own business ventures. With a focus in IT your careen is likely to be related to the world of technology – a dynamic and growing field. Some of the roles could be that of an IT manager or a manager of a start-up. But there are many other opportunities which you should be able to take advantage of in the IT sector or beyond as IT is now an integral part of many businesses.
    You can find a description of the IT Manager’s roles in Top 5 Jobs for MBA Grads.

    If you are about to select a business school for your studies, please, check out the traditional career paths of its graduates. This will also give an idea.

    Best regards,

    1. Hello,

      Focus on what career you would like to build in the long-term and then think of what job will be best for you immediately after MBA graduation and start applying. You can also consider doing some internships. They will help you make up your mind of what you want and what you don’t want to do for a career.

      Best regards.

  3. Greetings, please can any undergraduate program permit one to take an MBA course? the reason for this question is that i did law and political science at the bachelor’s level and i also have a master’s degree in Regional intergration, so i can take up an MBA with these qualifications? thank you

    1. Hello Ekole,

      MBA programmes usually welcome applicants from very diverse backgrounds. It is important to meet the eligibility requirements of the schools in terms of TOELF/IELTS and GMAT/GRE test scores, quality and duration of work experience. The relevance of an MBA to your career goals is also important and evaluated by business schools.

      Best regards,

  4. I have completed my mba recently an i like to do SAP FICO training ,would it be helpful in my career or no…

  5. hello i have completed with my mba in marketing and HR and got placed by campus as senior executive in marketing filed still i want to continue the further studies…. can u help what and all opportunity i have after mba for study purpose rather then PHD

  6. This month i have completed my MBA my parents r saying m to continue further studies bt I don’t know wt studies vll b there after MBA

  7. Hi
    I had done MBA (insurance and risk managment) recently.. now i want to study Abroad. So plz give Advise What i do after MBA
    And Which courses

  8. I am doing Mba right now.but my interest is also in llb.is it possible to make two courses in same years.s a right decision?

  9. I have completed my MA in leadership and Managment, I live in Somalia where opportunities are unique so what I will start? can any one help me to develop my career? please help me to list any jobs that I can do or create individually

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