You can be at the top of your career and hit a wall. This wall is where specialists often falter. You can be an incredible engineer, for example, and not be able to progress further because you don’t have the business skillset necessary to become a manager or higher-level official.
Don’t despair. The best way forward in these situations is with a Master’s in Business Administration. An MBA is jam-packed with everything that you need to know to run a business successfully. It is perfect for those who want to become:
- A manager or executive.
- A consultant.
- An entrepreneur.
An MBA provides you with all that you need to know to take your skillset from your career into the business realm. Completing such an intensive degree, however, requires fine-tuning.
1. Choose a Worthwhile Degree
The best way to actually stay on top of an online education is to want to do it. If you choose the right degree for your career you will see the immediate benefits from day one. You will learn top tips and information that you can apply to your everyday work life right from the start.
For most people later in their career, this will be an MBA. A top-level engineer cannot continue without one because up until this point they have not learned key skills and concepts that those in upper level positions require to carry out their role.
Accounting, international business, enterprise information systems, management, marketing — these are all skills that top managers, entrepreneurs, and consultants need to know. If you want to take your career in any of those directions, an MBA is essential.
Wait Until You’re Ready
Waiting until you are ready for a degree, however, is going to be paramount. Obtaining an MBA too early will only mean you have all this information and qualifications, but no experience to back it up. In fact, many MBAs will require you to already have experience to apply.
Online or On-Campus
When selecting an MBA to complete, the first important decision you make is whether you take time off from work or not.
For most, taking a year off is inconceivable. Many won’t even be able to afford such a move. That is why institutions like Kettering University offer MBAs entirely online, even their specialist options.
Once you know whether you are going to be studying online or on-campus, you’ll be ready to find your degree.
Find the Right Degree and the Right Provider
Finding the right type of degree and the right provider is going to be key in keeping you engaged and working hard. You don’t just want to scrape by, after all; you want to thrive and be at the top of your class. To do that, you need to want to do it. To want to do it, you need to believe in its value wholeheartedly.
2. Apply for Funding Options
It is going to be heart-breaking if you apply, get in, and then find that paying for your degree isn’t possible. Have your finances in order beforehand. If the institution has financing options, apply. If necessary, take out a loan. Most online degrees are very flexible as well so you don’t have to pay for it all at once; instead, you can pay course-by-course. This way you can afford a great degree like an MBA to help whatever career you may have.
3. Start Good Career Habits Now
You will already be starting to get into the groove of online education by completing all the application requirements. Follow up and solidify these new habits by:
Reading, Listening to Podcasts and Staying in the Know
You will be learning a lot during your degree so get started by reading industry reports, listening to insider podcasts, and generally staying up to date with the economy, policies, and your industry in any way you can. You will want to pick up these habits again after you complete your degree.
Tip: Learning on your commute either by reading or listening to audio content is a great way to make a daily activity more productive.
Find Events, Workshops and Talks in Your Area
Not all top theories are going to be grounded. Many are going to be evolving. By attending events, workshops, or going to talks in your area, you can learn developing theories and trends. Network properly and you can even be invited to develop these theories alongside the other top thinkers in your area.
4. Build Your Education Routines
Routines that will help you study specifically include:
- Finding a great after-work destination to study.
- Working at the same time every day.
- Creating reviews of what you have learned.
5. Use Tech Tools to Make it Easy to Learn on the Go
Learning on your commute is a great opportunity, but the options will differ depending on how you get to work. If you take a train or a bus, you can read, write notes, and even watch videos. When driving or biking, however, you need to stick with audio-based notes. Learn how to use the text-to-speech feature on your phone so that you can listen to articles on the go or see if you can download videos for offline use to listen to on your commute.
6. Make It Easier to Stay Healthy in Advance
You will also want to get healthy. Try to be fit and make that routine so that you have all the natural energy you need to complete a full day’s work and then work on your degree after the fact.
- Stick to a healthy morning and night time routine.
- Prep healthy lunches and/or dinners.
- Get in the habit of early morning exercises.
- Schedule social activities.
7. Start a Study Group with Your Online Classmates
You don’t have to do this alone. Get in touch with others who are completing the online degree with you so that you can divvy up tasks. Everyone should read through and learn the information on their own, but making notes and reviews takes time. You can all take turns creating these reviews to lessen your load.
These classmates are going to shape the core of a very powerful network when you all graduate, so nurture it and rely on it throughout your degree to succeed in your education and your career.