Last night my brother bought a GMAT book. After spending a good ten minutes going back and forth with him over the pros and cons of one brand vs another via text message, he asked me a question:
Do you think I’m ready to do an MBA?
I told him that at the end of the day, it’s something you can answer for yourself. Because it is not something to jump into lightly. In a presentation on MIP that I attended online, Stefano Ronchi, Director of Corporate Education at MIP, said that the MBA is a “shaking experience”. I wasn’t sure if he meant to use the word “shocking” but “shaking” struck a chord with me. Because it was true. I would be shaking everything up in my life. Leaving the office for the classroom, going to a country where I didn’t know anyone or speak the language, and embarking on a whole new career path.
Was I ready?
Yes. I had the experience and knew that I was ready to handle what came my way. You don’t realize how much of your own working experience comes into play in the classroom. Management and teamwork techniques that you have learned whilst working will help you tremendously as you work in teams and find yourself in leadership roles, even if what you have had is a glaring example of what not to do.
You have to be humble going into an MBA. Enter the program with an open mind. You’ll most likely realize that everything you thought was right, may actually be wrong. You have to be ready to compromise. If you can’t see yourself being okay with this, it might not be the best time to apply.
If you take a long, hard look at what it takes to do an MBA and you still feel ready, then go for it! As for my brother,this is a question he’ll have to ask himself. But I’m more then happy to help him on the way.
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