Welcome to AMBA’s inaugural report, designed for people considering an MBA.
No other qualification can prove to employers and clients that you know how to run a strategic business. And a disproportionate number of the world's business high- fliers, thriving entrepreneurs and effective consultants have those three letters after their name. But the MBA is more than just a quality mark. It shows that the bearer has spent time exploring the facets of business – from finance and HR, to sustainability and innovation.
MBAs share ideas with the most diverse thinkers in the world and build life-long networks of thought leaders. Most MBAs will say their qualification has enabled them to do things they could never have imagined.
But it’s a challenge as well as an opportunity and the MBA requires investment of time and money – not least in navigating the maze of information to find the right Business School and programme. That's why AMBA is here to help.
Over the following pages, renowned experts from businesses and world class AMBA-accredited business schools will guide you through the process of application and answer a lot of questions you might have and MBA graduates from all over the world will share their experiences and offer advice.
Last month, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director of Nigerian industrial free zone LADOL. Amy is an MBA graduate who is not only leading economic growth in West Africa, but also working with the UN on sustainability and trailblazing the way for female leaders. I’ll leave you with her thoughts on why she decided to complete an MBA:
'The MBA gave me a platform to rely on for the rest of my life. If I wanted a job in California or Bangladesh, I knew my qualification would be recognised. It also suited me because I’m interested in lots of things. Putting all this together, I had the ideal MBA experience, so my advice would be to go through the MBA with the same outlook, thinking about your ideal experience.
‘This isn’t about anybody else and it might be the most indulgent thing you do for yourself. Embrace this and figure out the ideal MBA scenario. Go for it 100%.’
Enjoy the magazine and don’t forget to drop me a line if you have any questions, thoughts or feedback. Good luck with the next steps.
David Woods-Hale, Editor
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