Showing posts with label MBA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MBA. Show all posts

Sunday, May 10, 2015

MBA in Finance, an Inside View

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Management education has impacted all aspects of our lives, at social, organizational as well as individual levels. 

Management education has offered a plethora of programs that provide food of thought for all types of businesses, be it software world, or the industrial, or anything. 

The enterprises demand professionals who can help the smooth functioning of the businesses by coming up with innovative ideas to help the enterprises grow. 

One such specialization is MBA in Finance, which has given the finance industry the best brains and has brought about revolution in the economic sect of the countries across the world.

MBA in Finance is the specialization which the maximum number of MBA aspirants look out for. There are numerous possibilities in this field and the career options are also vast. 

In countries like India, the trend is quite young as compared to other nations, but nonetheless, there is a healthy demand for qualified degree holders in both public and private sectors. In last few years, the trend has been catching up exponentially.

Besides, the regular compulsory courses being taught in an MBA program, there are courses in subjects like Analysis and Management of Financial Services, Corporate Valuation, Financial Statement Reporting, Insurance Management, International Finance, Management Control System, and Investment Management, Taxation and Tax Planning.

Selecting the B School

To pursue any course in MBA, you certainly need to choose the right B school for yourself. B schools argue that MBA is the best course to invest in oneself, but what they won't tell you is that they also need your money (pun intended)!

Coming back to the point, most of the students remain confused about the B school they want to get into. 

While selecting for a B-school, the students need to consider different aspects such as alumni networks, faculty, infrastructure, placement record, specialized courses as well as foreign affiliations, among others.

The Education

The overall objective of the MBA in Finance is to train professionals interested in the investment process by making use of different types of models, techniques and tools to facilitate and improve the performance of investors in the securities markets, and financing in the company.

Career Prospects

The growth prospects are high after an MBA degree in finance and the opportunities are immense. Banks, financial consultancies and financial institutions are the temples of employment for the candidates with an MBA in finance. 

Entering the world of consumer and investment banking, corporate finance and international finance are also some of the options. If you get hands on experience working with some of the important government or private sector bodies, your career growth can be really interesting.

Career opportunities

The job market is already on the path of recovery and to meet the demands for finance related issues, the businesses seek professionals having a degree of MBA in finance. The functional area includes banks, non-banking financial companies (NBFC), insurance companies, financial advisory, and consultancies, among others.

The salary packages are directly proportional to the B school from where you have graduated. Better the reputation of the school, heavier will be the salary package. Kind of business school you graduate from. Finance MBA degree holders are known to have got the creamiest offers from the best of companies in the related industries. 

On a Concluding Remark!

MBA courses are aimed to bring together the potential entrepreneurs with some really creative ideas that can have positive effects on business as a whole. India has emerged as a fast growing economy globally, which is all set to be included amongst the top three economies by end of this decade. 

Such a tremendous economic growth asks for some new projects and new projects create a number of job opportunities. The increased demand for some best managers is an obvious outcome of such developments.

Author Bio: Rashmi Karan has been writing professionally since 2010, most recently publishing for various websites on topics like employment and education.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Advancing Your Career With an MBA

English: MBA Master Business Administration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Life's not over until you're dead. Many people don't look at retirement as "giving up," but rather another chapter in their life. If you want to keep working in your "golden years," you'll have to stay competitive. You'll be up against a job force that's younger than you, but you have two strengths: your experience and the ability to get an MBA online. It's not as difficult as you might think.

Assess Your Strengths

The first step in getting your online MBA is to know your strengths and weaknesses. In fact, knowing your weaknesses is probably going to be your greatest strength. Make a set of goals for yourself and write them down. Not only does this make everything objective, but it demonstrates to admissions offices that you are organized and confident about the abilities you have.

Keep it simple. Ask yourself questions like:

"Why do I think a graduate business degree is right for me?"
"What do I have in common with business professionals?"
"What future careers fit my personal strengths and abilities?" and
"What kinds of business schools and companies seem like they would be a good fit for me?"
Most importantly, ask yourself "why now?" You should have a firm grasp on why starting a graduate program makes sense for you now, and why you're willing to go through all of the hard work necessary to get one. After you've written down the answers to these questions, let everything "stew" overnight. Revisit your answers in the morning to see if you agree with what you previously wrote.

Decide On a New Career

MBA applicants that have established firm career goals tend to do better than those who haven't. They also tend to be happier with the outcome of their education and degree. Having a career plan beforehand also makes the job of finding a school easier. Since schools don't allow you to change what you want to study mid-stream, it will also save you a lot of time and frustration (not to mention money) in the long run.

Understand Where and How You Fit

Admissions officers aren't just interested in your academic abilities. An MBA has to translate into real-world usability. You have to be able to succeed professionally. This is where you have an edge over a younger applicant. If you already have some type of business experience, use this to your advantage when applying. One of the most important things you can do when interviewing with a school is to be honest. Admissions officers can tell when an applicant is just telling them what the school wants to hear. Be frank about what you want from your degree.

Another sticking point for some applicants is being realistic. It's one thing to say you want to own a restaurant, but if you've never cooked anything resembling a good meal then it's just not practical to expect to be a successful restaurateur.

Be proactive and demonstrate what you can contribute to your future profession. A lot of folks can say what they want to get from a degree. Few understand what they have to offer the profession as a whole. This is crucial, since admissions wants to know why it should spend its resources on you if you're going to take, but not give back to your profession.

Do some research on the school you're applying to. Don't walk in blind. It's always good to be able to tell the admissions officer what you like about the campus.

Study For the GMAT Exam

The Graduate Management Admission Test GMAT is an exam you don't want to put off. Even if you are nervous about taking tests, you need to buck up and get to studying. Your GMAT score is valid for 5 years, so you have the flexibility of keeping that around for a while if you can't get into a school right away. You can always retake the GMAT too if you don't score high enough. A good prep time is about three to six months.

Choose a School

There are more than 1,900 graduate business schools with more than 4,500 programs. You'll find something. Typically, you'll have the option for traditional 2-year programs as well as accelerated 12-month programs. To apply for business schools, you'll need:

  • Undergraduate transcripts 
  • Essays 
  • Work experience 
  • GMAT scores 
  • References and a letter of recommendation 
  • Extracurricular activities 
  • Interviews 

Once you're accepted, classes are done entirely online. You typically communicate with your peers and professors via email and video or teleconferencing. Since you can often dictate your schedule with an online degree, you'll get your MBA on your terms - something on-campus graduates can't claim.

Author Bio:
Guest post contributed by Sarah Rawson. She is currently studying her MBA Finance online and writing as a freelancer. Sarah’s articles mainly appear on higher education blogs.

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