Should you study an MBA?

Discovering why an MBA might be right for you, and how to choose a Business School.

Choosing to do an MBA or not is a tough call to make. The decision is made even harder by the fact that they are offered by most universities, can be hugely expensive and have the potential to change your life. MBA Notes is about using the insights from my journey to help you make an informed decision about whether or not an MBA is for you.

Why an MBA?

After months of thinking, talking to people, agonizing and wondering what to do, I decided to take the plunge. I applied to do an MBA at the University of Sydney, Australia. I’d reached a point where I needed to make a decision. I’d been reflecting and planning what I’d like to do and achieve over the next 2–5 years. Working back from 35 I realised I’d probably want to have started a family, I’d possibly want to live overseas and if I wanted to complete a 2 year course then I’d better get started ASAP. Studying, working and starting a family sounded like a terrifying and sleepless prospect, so I made the leap.

  • What skills do I want to develop and what skills do I need?
    Do I want to develop new skills, build on skills and/or what skills do I need for the roles I want in the future.
  • What do I want to do and where do I want to go?
    Do I want to be a leader/manager or do I want to be a technical specialist?

The Univerisity & The Course

Now, I have to make a confession here. I didn’t exactly go to the best school to get my undergraduate degree. I got good marks but it wasn’t a school anyone out of Melbourne, Australia would really know. I wasn’t going to make that mistake with post graduate study. I figured if I was going to study I had to study at the best school I could get into. It needed to make an impact.

  • AMBA Accreditation
  • EQUIS Accreditation
  • Financial Times (FT) Rankings
  • Bloomberg Rankings
  • The Economist Rankings
  • The Australian Financial Review Rankings
My ultimate decision

Starting the Course

Starting the course and paying for the course are some pretty big challenges in their own right. I’d suggest you look into a few options and apply for what you can as you don’t know if you don’t try.

  • Government funding
  • Employer funding
  • Scholarships (university, business councils, local organisations e.g Rotary)

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