This post is sponsored by Griffith University
These days degrees are typically viewed as a necessary line item for the CV but how far do they really help you to further your career? Is extra study the right decision for you? Is a Master of Business Administration (MBA) a requirement for some jobs?
Depending on where you are in your career journey (whether that’s half way up the ladder or not even on it yet!), University study is a must to consider. Give yourself the time to weigh up all the aspects. The options for an education are endless, it could be in the form of online study, full-time, part-time, overseas, Honours, Masters – the list goes on.
Here are the upsides to consider about extra study beyond your degree.
What Do I Get Out of It?
First things first, what will you get out of it? Well… Extra study can help set you up with the confidence, business practices and leadership skills, which will transfer straight to the workforce. Education of some sort is often the key to future success. Completing additional learning can help demonstrate that you have the drive and commitment to learn and apply information, ideas, theories, and formulas to achieve a variety of tasks and goals.
Is an MBA Right for Me?
It’s a big decision to undertake so you want to make sure you’ve weighed everything up.
MBAs can be used to switch careers or for progression within an already established career.
It is believed that studying an MBA can help your career in the long term because it allows you to refresh your skills and stay on top of the game. An MBA can often help fill the ‘knowledge gaps’, plus it can give you a competitive edge when it comes to job promotions.
Ride the Education Wave
One of the biggies to get out of an education is how far it can take you, particularly in terms of your development. Extra study can be powerful for professional development because it can allow you to improve your industry skills, gain higher professional qualifications and develop personal skills to fast-track your career performance.
The advantages of studying online range from flexibility, convenience, more comfortable learning environment (such as in your comfy pants, slippers and no make-up!) and potentially lower total costs (you don’t have to pay for commuting, babysitting etc.). These days a really wide variety of courses are offered online.
Places like Griffith University do multiple intakes each year (Griffith does six), which means you have many options for start dates, rather than try to fit your schedule into a typical calendar year.
Not only do you get to study in your own time and space, but courses such as Griffith’s, also allow you to engage with a network of like-minded professionals online. So you’re not on your own with just your keyboard!
How long does it take to complete an MBA?! Griffith’s accelerated online MBA can be completed in just 2 years part time (it consists of 12 courses that each run for six weeks at a time).
Remember, we are all on different journeys. I personally spent three years studying for my Bachelor of Communications but my sister on the other hand is planning on doing her Masters next year, which will put her at the top of our family leader board with around six years full time study at University. I’ve also undertaken courses online, which I have found to be a great way to study. The key to remember is that we are all different and you need to do what is right for you.
Did you go to University? Are you considering going back? Please let us know your thoughts!
Griffith University offers the following accelerated online programs, each with a Graduate Certificate pathway for those who don’t have a Bachelor degree.:
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Financial Planning
- Master of Finance
- Master of Marketing
- Master of Global Law
Whilst this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.