Finishing an MBA is just the beginning of your career journey. Too often, new MBA graduates forget this and feel discouraged about the speed at which things start moving as they seek MBA jobs. So, degree in hand, what are you to do next?
It’s likely that you have already considered your future beyond graduating, so as graduation from your MBA program approaches, the first step is to review your reasons for seeking the MBA degree in the first place. What did you hope to accomplish? Where did you see yourself? Were you trying to get to the next step in your career? Did you want to make a career change? The answers to these questions will help determine your direction now.
Next, think about where you were when you began your masters in business administration. Were you already working in one of the traditional MBA jobs? Did you decide to get a masters in business administration to hone your skills? Or were you relatively inexperienced in the business world? If you already held a responsible position in business, your options will be different than if you have less industry experience.
The key to success is to network, network, network. You should already have contacts made through internships, work, and business school. Now is the time to use them. Make it your priority to communicate with several of these people each week in the last six months of your MBA program. These are your best sources for MBA job recommendations and information about open positions.
Networking is an important part of the masters in business administration for both traditional and MBA online programs. Building business relationships is key, and many top MBA online programs include concrete networking help for their students. This can include correspondence with faculty and peers, through online forums and web conferencing.
Remember that your MBA degree is the first step in moving your career along the path you want. It is an important first step because you will find that after graduation there are many opportunities for MBA careers. Classic MBA jobs include accountants, auditors, management analysts, human resources professionals, and health care managers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the growth in these MBA jobs will be 16 to 24 percent from 2008 to 2018.1 Clearly, the MBA continues to be an asset.