Is MBA Just A Qualification?

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“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.” – Richard Branson

 

The most recommended choice for a postgraduate qualification for business management careers across the globe has been “MBA” in the past two decades. For some very mysterious reasons, this choice has survived the challenges across cultural, geographical and perceptual boundaries. Today, we see graduates and professionals from not just business management courses, but also professionals from pure sciences, engineering, law, medicine and other disciplines aspiring for an MBA qualification. While some critics portray and MBA qualification as an over-hyped fad and overrated, many others recommend this universally approved choice as a sure bet to pursuing a successful career.

Organizations worldwide hunt for skills that focus on leadership, team spirit, emotional intelligence, adaptability, creativity, problem-solving and willingness to learn and unlearn. Unfortunately, these skills are not built overnight and neither are they offered in academic avenues across disciplines.  A journey through MBA is one of self-discovery enriched with experiential learning and transformational learning.

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Preparing learners for 21st-century competencies and skills call for innovative pedagogies. While fostering collaboration embedded with technology-enabled blended learning is the key, application of the learning at respective domains of work is critical.

MBA is, therefore, not a mere academic qualification. MBA prepares one for skills and competencies in a stimulating learning environment that involves networking and peer to peer interactions with professional across the diverse industry and cultural background. Avenues for entrepreneurial pursuits are also offered for those exploring start-ups.

Critics have challenged proven paradigms built through a process centered coaching offered in Business schools. Many have argued that an MBA degree kills creative and strategic initiatives and rather builds process driven doers. On the flip side, these arguments have been refuted and challenged by successful leaders.

What makes the difference is how one tackles the two big questions; the two big ‘W’s of MBA: Why and Where. The motivation behind pursuing an MBA and which business school you choose to pursue your MBA matters more. The answer to the first “W” is your call and the answer for the second ”W” could be discovered at reputed learning avenues like Westford.

 

Post written by:

Mr. Zawahir Siddique
Associate Dean

Westford University College

 

Disclaimer: The facts and opinions appearing in the article are personal views of the author and not the official statement of Westford

 

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