Why study a business qualification?

Why an MBA or an MSc?

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Dr Uddin

A few words from Dr Uddin at Apsley Business School

When I speak to MBA and MSc graduates, 8 clear advantages make them stand out from the crowd:

1. You could advance in your career
If your present career path is a less than perfect fit for your aptitudes and interests, one of the benefits of an MBA program is that it allows you the flexibility to explore your options and provides you with the training you need to change careers. If you're satisfied with your current line of business, a master of business administration degree can prepare you to move into a managerial position within your field.

2. You'll earn more
The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) reported in their 2013 Alumni Perspectives Survey that the median annual salary for MBA degree-holders was $100,000. The MBA alumni also reported that they recouped an average of one-third of their financial investment in their MBA degree program immediately after graduation, and with a 100 percent return after four years.

3. You could get paid training from your employer
As today's marketplace evolves and becomes increasingly complex, many employers are choosing to balance their need to retain good employees with their need to fill managerial positions with candidates possessing advanced-level knowledge and skills. They're doing this by sending selected employees to business school—and footing the bill.

4. You can use your education to start your own business
If you're interested in starting your own business, but not sure you have the necessary expertise to launch a start-up in a high-growth industry, an MBA can prepare you to do everything from writing a business plan to acquiring venture capital to launching an IPO. Research has shown that the failure rate for small businesses started by MBAs is about 50 percent less than the standard failure rate.

5. You'll develop your business savvy
An MBA program will put you on the fast-track to career advancement by offering you the chance to develop a wide range of general business knowledge and a broad base of technical skills in a relatively short period of time, as opposed to the years-long trial-and-error process that tends to characterize knowledge and skill gleaned from on-the-job learning

6. You could become a leader in an emerging field
Our niche Master of Business Administration programs means that you can not only look to business school for a firm grounding in the basics, but for innovative education that can lead to an exciting career in a newly emerging field such as brand management, information technology, e-commerce or mobile telecommunications—just to name a few.

7. You could gain networking resources
Networking is another key benefit. Business school teaching styles encourage teamwork, and over the course of an MBA program, you'll develop important relationships that can serve you well throughout your business career. And no matter the school, you can often get plugged into a network of alumni working at a wide range of companies. This is useful for mentoring, job searches and professional contacts.

8. You'll enjoy greater job security
MBA and MSc grads are desirable in any job market; an MBAor an MSc will give you the opportunities you need to advance in the business world. "

Now that you understand the rewards of earning your MBA, it's time to start learning which type of MBA program will fit with your busy lifestyle.

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Source: All Business Schools.Com and The Complete University Guide.uk

"I had been waiting for someone senior to notice me in my company for several years, and had been passed over in two rounds of promotion. I decided that it was time to do something about it. After enrolling in the MBA, I had the skills to make myself noticed and to emphasise the core importance of Information security in the 21st century to the strategic business case of my organisation. Now I present regularly directly to the Board of Directors and have been invited to apply for the position of Director of Information Security that they are implementing from 2015. Life is good!"

Katrine Bergsen, Information Security Manager

"Studying management through ABS meant I could not just develop my business savvy and negotiate with suppliers more effectively, but also hold my head up and feel safe in my company during a painful phase of restructuring. The confidence I felt certainly showed through in my work and results."

Eva Bobrova, Supply Chain Manager

"Taking my MBA was the wisest choice for me. For years I had been building wealth for my organisation, but I was seeing little of it coming back to me despite a good sales commission. After taking the programme and developing skills in areas I had little previous experience, I was able to take the leap and set up my own company. Now I enjoy all the rewards of my efforts and get to share them with a team of my own choosing."

Viliam Kanik, Real Estate CEO, Entrepreneur