In this internationally way-too competitive job market, it feels at times very impossible to stand out. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree can be (and still is) one of the few powerful tools that helps you to rise up the ranks and kickstart an international career.
Between 2015-2016 alone, there was a 13 percent growth in MBA jobs globally, helping more people to take that often elusive next step in their careers.
The MBA and Executive MBA degree itself is hugely attractive to both employers and employees and include a core curriculum of subjects useful for business and management. Some of the topics covered always include marketing, accounting, operations, and leadership skills -- all useful for those pursuing a managerial position in industries ranging from the public sector and marketing to healthcare administration and human resources, of course.
A combination of theory with practical learning, an MBA will always take your career to new heights. This is one of the few internationally recognized programmes, so wherever you find yourself in the world, an MBA will always give you a professional edge that will help you to stand out in a saturated global job market.
Talking about an international career, we came up with a few ways (five, to be precise) getting an MBA can launch your career.
1. You've lived abroad
MBA programmes are offered at top business schools around the world. This alone is an amazing opportunity to move and live in a country you've always dreamed of living in. This is a chance that will allow you to move somewhere new and discover a different culture, as well as take steps to advance your international career.
A lot of employers always look for international experience on a CV -- this alone is a strong sign that shows you are adaptable and have overcome challenges without your usual support network. This resourcefulness and resilience are seen as desirable for anyone who wants to work in an international and managerial position.
2. Brush up on your English (or the local language)
Many MBAs (if not all of them) are taught in English. This is an amazing opportunity for non-native speakers to improve their language skills and learn business terminology that will be useful in their post-MBA-career life. We all know (and agree) that English remains the number one language for business, so it's critical to an international career.
Another plus here is that it’ll help you pick up another language if you move somewhere where the locals don't speak English. Having one (or more) languages on your CV is always appealing to an employer, and with most MBAs running for 1-2 years there's ample time to, at least, get the hang of the basics.
3. Grow your international network
When on an MBA programme, often you'll be studying alongside other experienced professionals from different backgrounds, countries, and industries -- and they're all there for the same reason as you: to advance their careers. Spending time learning together is a great way to start creating your international network. This will also help you benefit from a global range of perspectives throughout the course.
What's more, the professors and faculty at the university will most likely be well-connected and happy to put in a good word for you with their contacts. Even if you choose to return to your home country after you the graduation, the network you’ve built while doing your international MBA will be (remain) invaluable and can generate a lot of other opportunities in the future.
4. Gain international experience
Doing an MBA in a different country will help you to gain international experience that will make you more appealing to employers. This will, surely, distinguish you throughout any job application process, and will equip you with an “international mindset” that employers often look for in an increasingly globalized world.
Many MBA programmes always require that you complete an internship before graduating and this, in itself, will help you to build relationships within a company you may want to work for, potentially leading to a job opportunity once you've completed the programme.
5. There's demand for graduates worldwide
The MBA market is continually buoyant, with opportunities increasing each and every year. The USA, India, and Brazil are currently the world's biggest markets to hire MBA graduates, closely followed by Canada, Singapore, and China.
Furthermore, the GMAC ‘Corporate Recruiters Survey Report 2017' found that 86 percent of the 959 international employers interviewed planned to hire recent MBA graduates in 2017, while 52 percent planned to raise their starting salaries. Speaking of it, according to a research by QS the highest salaries for MBA graduates can be found in Switzerland with an annual income of up to $140.900 (incl. bonus), followed by the US, Canada, France and the UK.
So, why have a doubt? What’s stopping you? Take the first step towards your international career and head along to an event hosted by global higher education company and MBA specialists QS TopMBA.com in your Paris.
At this event, you'll meet admission directors from top-ranked local and international business schools, such as HEC Paris, London Business School, ESCP Europe, IMD, and as part of the networking session get to mingle with fellow professionals from different industries. Also financially it can be worthwhile to join the events as only attendees qualify for exclusive MBA scholarships.
The event is free to attend, but places are limited so make sure to reserve yours.
QS World MBA Tour Paris
Saturday 3rd March
13:30 - 18:00
Hotel Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile
3, Place du Général Koenig 75017
M° Porte Maillot
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