This is a question that goes through everyone’s mind – at least once – when considering the pros and cons of going back to school. It may seem really appealing and at the same time a bit daunting. Or you may face the question as more of a challenge, one that you’re determined to overcome. In any case, here’s a brief checklist to help you decide if an Executive MBA is right for you.
The first aspect to consider is your motivation. How do you see an Executive MBA supporting you in your professional or personal growth? Do you want to change your career, or perhaps prepare yourself for a more senior position? Maybe you want to be prepared to step out on your own as an entrepreneur. Or maybe you have a strong motivation for personal growth? Or do you want to expand your network and meet people from totally different backgrounds and countries?
A second aspect to contemplate is your attitude. Are you hungry to open your mind? Curious to challenge yourself? Ready to reach the next level of your personal development? Want to improve by learning from the best?
There are no shortcuts when doing an Executive MBA – but it’s also not rocket science. You need to pace yourself along the way, setting daily achievable goals for yourself – like a professional athlete. Pushing within your limits every day. Then even small steps can turn into big victories. Attitude really counts.
A third aspect are requirements such as time, money, and discipline. An Executive MBA demands on average between 10–15 hours weekly for studying. Are you able to fit this into your schedule? The monetary investment can be arranged in numerous ways, and it’s good to keep in mind that this is an investment in your own future. Discipline is all up to you… and remember, your success is about discipline, not genius.
And finally, make sure you have the support of your family, friends, colleagues and your employer. They need to realise that your Executive MBA will enable you to grow, become better at your job – and be the best you can be in all dimensions of your life.
Yes – it requires a sacrifice. But knowing that you can become a better version of yourself makes it worth it.