If you’re considering an Executive MBA to enhance you management skills, here’s a glimpse of what you should expect from an EMBA.
An Executive MBA is a graduate level degree in business and management, meant for working professionals. Those who cannot dedicate or take out time for a regular, full-time, two-year MBA, can opt for an executive MBA of either one or two years. An executive MBA enables a working professional to enhance their education in the stream of business studies, while keeping their professional careers.
It is obvious that an Executive MBA means managing work, studies and personal life, all three with a fine balance, which may not be perfect at all times, but it’s very important to make efforts to balance all three.
Here are few things that are very important to keep in mind if you’re planning to pursue an Executive MBA:
1. Commitment till the end
An Executive MBA could either entail weekend classes or evening classes, along with daily assignments, projects, lectures, etc. that a student will have to be up to date with. EMBA could either be a one year or two year course. While it’s very exciting at first to begin studying and the first semester could go into adjusting with the curriculum and more, it’s very important to keep yourself motivated and committed till the end. There may be days when there may be more workload and managing assignments may get a little tough, but this is where you have to be dedicated and keep yourself motivated. Having spent the money to do the course, and having started it, it’s important to finish what you’ve started. Each assignment, project and lecture should have your 100% put in. Remember, it’s going to get over some day, but your performance will remain with you always.
2. Time Management
This is probably one of the most important aspects of an Executive MBA. It is very important to divide and prioritise your tasks at work and in the course. Deadline for assignments should be met, don’t procrastinate, because remember, the more you pile up, the more time you’re going to consume trying to finish everything at once, and this will affect your performance, be it in your assignments or at your workplace.
3. Work-Life balance
While you are working and studying, it’s also very important to remember that you have to take care of your family life, social life and yourself. It’s very important to spend time with your family, take time out for yourself, sleep properly, and eat properly. All of these need to be accommodated in your routine. All these tasks can be fit into your schedule if you know how to maintain a balance between your work and studies.
4. Get family and peer support
It’s always a good idea to have people supporting you when you’re on the path of doing something that requires much dedication of your time and energy. Your family could keep you motivated, giving you words of encouragement during the days when you’re burning the midnight oil, or helping you in your personal chores.
5. Tips from EMBA graduates
It’s a good idea to speak to some colleagues or friends who may have done EMBA, before you get started, to see if you’re up for it. They could share tips on how to manage work and personal life. While struggling with something at some point, it would be good to turn to some experienced players who have been there and done that, see what they have to say about it and they might have some dos and don’ts that could work well for you during your EMBA.
6. Keep your boss and colleagues updated
To expect understanding and empathy during some of the high pressure days, you need to keep your boss and your colleagues in the loop, as to what you’re up to that require your time and commitment. Another idea is to share your learning and bring your knowledge to the table, as it will help you in fusing and bringing your theoretical knowledge with practical realities, which means new ideas on your behalf at work, and learning, simultaneously.
7. Correct EMBA format
It’s very important that you choose the correct EMBA format. Whether you would like to go for the evening classes, or weekend classes, two years or one year, you need to decide keeping in mind the kind of job you have, how much time you can take out, and several other factors that would affect your life.
An EMBA will definitely take up more of your time, require discipline, sincere efforts and commitment, but that doesn’t mean it has to be at the cost of other things going on in your life. You just have to practise effective time management, efficient planning and everything will fall in place!