The road to success isn’t always straightforward, and professionals seeking a C-suite role as their next big career step often aren’t sure how to get there.
Taking on a university degree can seem daunting, but it also provides significant personal and professional growth.
Online learning has enabled ambitious professionals to undertake a Master of Business Administration (MBA) while keeping the momentum of their career on track.
There are many MBA programs available for prospective students, Business Insider spoke to recent Victoria University graduate, Larissa Beech, to find out what you need to know about completing an MBA.
“I chose Victoria University because of its reputation in innovation with a global perspective,” said Beech, who was working full-time at a tech startup when she began her degree.
Victoria University (VU) has been running their MBA program since 1992 and has recently launched an online MBA course which gives students more flexibility to achieve their studies while working full-time.
Professionals trying to enter the C-suite favour MBA programs, but for Beech, the learning process offered her much more than a step up the ladder.
“The goal is not necessarily a career title or an industry or just ticking boxes. If I have a role now where I’m constantly learning and pushing myself, solving problems and being around really motivated, passionate people then I think that’s the goal I’m working towards now rather than something more specific,” she said.
Further study also shows employers that you have a mindset for growth and are willing to learn new things.
What can you learn?
MBAs offer a wide range of units for people looking to broaden their skill set in any industry. The VU MBA offers practical units, such as financial analysis and strategic human resource management to more exploratory units like the art and practice of leadership.
The balance between the theory and practice has been one of the highlights of the course for Beech. Her ability to draw on her own experience in the workforce, and that of her lecturers, has deepened the learning and given insightful, critical frameworks to problem solve complex business challenges.
“[My professor] has worked at many different organisations and across regions such as the Middle East and Asia. She has dealt with a number of cultural issues, like diversity and wages between genders, at various levels within an organisation. Her examples were really inspiring; she could deal so confidently and effectively with these issues,” said Beech.
“By completing my MBA, I’ve been able to develop strong critical thinking skills. When a problem arises, I can tackle it step-by-step, in smaller chunks, and start to consider [the problem] from different perspectives before I form my view.
“I have realised just how much I love that continuous learning, the MBA is almost a starting point for me to continue that process.”