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5 Reasons why an MBA is a good idea

An MBA course is an excellent degree to pursue for a number of reasons including opening up new career opportunities. Learn why you should take an MBA course abroad even after you have entered full-time work.


Returning to or pursuing further education at MBA level might seem impractical for an adult, whether they’re in their early twenties or older. With rent or a mortgage, utility bills, car payments, a family to support and a social life to keep up, quitting a full-time job and the salary which comes with it to return to study can seem utterly insane. Meanwhile for others, the thought of higher education at a later age can seem like a major step (backwards), especially if they weren’t a particularly keen student years earlier.

However this doesn’t necessarily mean you should dismiss the idea of studying an MBA course just yet. Below, we explain why an MBA course may be a perfect fit after all:


Stand out from the rest

The economic climate has led to a competitive graduate job market, especially in popular fields like Business. Opportunities for new graduates with major companies are extremely tough to achieve because these are leaders in their respective industries; to get an opportunity with an established, global company at a young age can secure your future as you’ll be working with the best in the industry on important projects.

An MBA is just one way you can distinguish yourself from the hundred or so applications which fall on the desks of Business recruiters. Your qualifications will be the first thing their eye is drawn to in your CV, and having an MBA listed here will immediately catch their eye. Many recruiters deplore long paragraphs of rambling about achievements which actually mean nothing, whereas cold, hard qualifications can’t be argued with.


Return with relevant experience (and the finances)

Some mature students who take a brief break from education to work full-time are able to save enough money to live on while they study an MBA. While they still have to be sensible with their finances, it can take a lot of pressure off that person (especially if they haven’t got someone to support them).

While this kind of work may not necessarily be what you want to do for the rest of your life, it’s honest work which will relieve any financial pressure later on. Furthermore, this temporary work boasts other benefits, such as valuable key skills to add to your CV, work experience and a recent reference. Many undergraduates who move on to MBA study immediately afterwards get anxious about transitioning into the adult world/job market (especially if they haven’t got a lot of work experience to their name). Coming to an MBA course with a significant period of full-time employment to your name can increase your confidence and ability to apply what you learn to real scenarios.


Open up new doors

Even if you’ve studied Business at undergraduate level and you’ve been working with a company for a significant period of time, an MBA can give your prospects that extra boost. Learning further, moving on to new roles and challenging ourselves keeps our minds sharp and life interesting – no one wants to stagnate in the same role for entirety of their working lives. An MBA can push you to do just that. Some career possibilities only appear to us when we have been working full-time already, having entered a company or industry at entry-level and wroked our way up. For instance, when employees leave, new opportunities and tasks may fall to you automatically, as it’s easier to train and recruit from within than from outside. An MBA may be that essential next step which you need to progress further in your company.   


New motivation

Many discover their passion for education or a particular field later in life. Often it’s because we’re more mature or because we have a better idea of what we want to do with our lives. It’s not necessarily a young person’s fault for not knowing this earlier; all it takes is a bad experience in their schooling to turn them off their studies, or circumstances at home to distract them. However, a personal interest, chance discovery or inspiring figure can open our eyes to what we can achieve and what’s out there.

Some MBA students find motivation closer to home. This motivation can be their own family whom they have to support and for whom they wish to provide a better quality of living; hence why they choose to study further and improve their career prospects. Others may use a negative experience as their driving force, such as being made redundant from their job.


Start your own business

Some of us simply grow bored or complacent, so we decide to shake things up a bit in our lives. It’s not uncommon for many to break away from the workplace and start their own business (especially if they come across a gap in the market, a viable opportunity or simply wish to turn a personal interest into a career). Hit television shows like The Apprentice have made us more aware of Business and what it takes to start from the bottom up; more people than ever are watching these shows and thinking, ‘I can do that!’


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About Author

Paul Ellett is the editor for Hotcourses Abroad. His role is to plan, produce and share editorial, videos, infographics, eBooks and any other content to inform prospective and current international students about their study abroad experience. When he's not thinking about student visas in Sweden and application deadlines, Paul is an avid fan of comedy podcasts and Nicolas Cage films.

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