Hope your CAT exams went on well and you will be getting through the exam with flying colours. This is the time you should start thinking about your MBA / PGDM career seriously. This is just a small effort to make you aware about the world of management.
The MBA is currently the most popular professional degree program in the world. Today there are over 2,500 MBA programs offered worldwide; most are offered in English. First introduced at universities in the United States around the turn of the 20th century, MBA programs have evolved to keep up with the demands of the times.
While traditional two-year MBA programs are still common, especially in the United States, one-year programs have become increasingly popular. Part-time and online programs are also widely available for professionals not willing or unable to take a year or two off to do a full-time program. Executive MBA (EMBA) programs are part-time programs targeted at professionals with more years of managerial experience than traditional MBA candidates.
MBA programs are numerous. With so many options, the search for the MBA that is best suited for your goals is a strenuous and demanding process. The first step is to identify the type of MBA you are looking for. Above all, you need to realize that there is no “best” or “worst” MBA. Each prospective MBA student has his or her own vision of his or her career development.
There are ways of preparing for your MBA / PGDM degree
1.Excellent track record
The business schools expect the MBA / PGDM aspirants to show concrete work history at least for two years. So, sign up for stretch assignments that take you beyond your comfort zone and cultivate a strong network. Set yourself up for success by excelling in your work.
2.Investigation of your options
The field of management has exploded in recent years. They have and are changing dynamically in all the areas especially having emphasis on academics. The delivery formats are changing; hence you need to investigate all your options very precisely.
Traditional schools require that applicants submit their GMAT scores with their materials. It’s a four-part standardized test that measures analytical writing, quantitative, verbal and integrated reasoning skills.
Or not (See #1 above) Many accredited schools have kicked the GMAT requirement to the curb. They recognize that performance on a standardized test isn’t always a clear predictor of academic success. As B-school applicants showcase extensive business track records, schools are scrutinizing work histories and previous education.
MBA / PGDM will focus on some salient skills including critical thinking, leadership, and innovation. These skills will be taught in several leadership seminars during the first and second semester of the first year. With the rise of the Information Age, alternate paths to technical business prowess have proliferated. But there’s no substitute for the leadership savvy, decision-making and strategic skills that an MBA degree provides. Signal potential employers that you’re serious about success with a degree that equips you to solve both the technical and human sides of the management equation.