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“If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”- Henry Ford
Sharing of Ideas
In a diverse MBA program such as the one found at Bentley University in Waltham, the sharing of ideas and knowledge is highly effective. This truth is substantiated by the reality that graduate students at Bentley have wide ranging degrees of industry experience in a variety of different fields. Students are from different countries, cultures, and traditions, and indeed see the world through a unique “angle” as Henry Ford articulated so well.
Moreover, the advent and growth of Facebook and Twitter within the past ten years marked a shift in the global culture toward greater idea sharing. Sharing your thoughts with the world has never been easier. For an education to maximize its effectiveness, shouldn’t it move with the tide of the culture in which we are all immersed? This is the main premise of case learning in education, that a classroom of unique individuals can examine a business situation and share their ideas to create an exceptional learning environment.
Simulating Decision Making
A valuable component of a business education is learning how to make effective and evidence driven business decisions. In case study learning, students are essentially handed the keys of the company facing a business situation, to be the CEO, if only for a moment. In using the facts of a case study to form and communicate your analysis and decision, you are developing essential soft skills that often matter just as much to potential employers than the more technical skills.
In the Bentley University graduate programs, case analysis is emphasized for these very reasons. Students are engaged into simulated, realistic business scenarios and are given the freedom to share ideas and see things through the angle of others.
If success is the goal and Henry Ford is correct, then this type of education is indeed valuable.
Call (781) 891-2108 to learn about the graduate business programs offered by the McCallum Graduate School at Bentley University in Waltham, MA.
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I had a well-paying and stable job, deep family ties, strong long-term relationship, and an influential network of friends and colleagues. I was very confident in my abilities to continue the same path and achieve the success that I had planned for myself. When choosing an MBA program, I was looking for options that were a good fit with my interest in finance.
Bentley happened to me serendipitously. I liked the program; I was most excited about the opportunity to spend one-year studying in Boston on 100% scholarship, and traveling internationally to Turkey and France for field trips. The 11-month timeframe was also good for me personally. I didn’t give much thought, though, to how the MBA program will be able to transform me.
Bentley broadened my perspective. It opened me to a whole new world of thinking and a way of doing and thinking about things. From understanding the stakeholder model to ladder of influence, from learning design thinking to learning the hardcore accounting analysis of case studies– it was a tremendous learning opportunity. Other than learning from the professors, I derived an equally significant learning from interacting with my peers and colleagues, both in the Bentley MBA community and broader Bentley graduate community.
I remember that one of the first projects I did as part of the program was an activity where we had an African lady, a Bulgarian women, a Turkish man, a North American guy, and an Indian, present their views on diversity. I loved the experience. The program helped me look at social issues and social aspects of business more deeply and develop my critical thinking skills. I am confident that I will fully realize the tremendous real value of the program as time goes on.
This program helped me understand multiple facets of a situation. Although, we sometimes got the feeling that in order to cover broad range of topics in limited time, we didn't spend enough time to really explore the depth of the topic. However, I can definitely see the value of getting introduced to so many tools now after I started working.
I have just started my own entrepreneurial venture providing political and policy advisory support to members of parliament in India. It was my passion. I had an offer to join Deloitte Risk Advisory in Boston (campus recruitment) and to join a risk advisory start-up in Washington DC (personal contacts). However, I decided to move back to India and pursue my passion of legislative research. One of my first projects for my first client was to make his political organization more innovative. I used the teachings that Gesa, Bill, and Andy shared in the Innovation theme and the learning I gathered from the leadership activities and teachings, for my project. I also have support of my wonderful BMBA colleagues, particularly Paul Nadaff (Design Researcher at Essential) and George Achilias (Innovator and Serial Entrepreneur), who are experts in this field. I could just pick up the phone and discuss my project and get valuable and timely guidance from both. The faculty and career services always remain actively engaged with me even after graduation. George Thompson and Wendy D'Ambrose, for example, regularly check-in and always available to provide career advice and mentoring. I had a wonderful experience and I continue to remain engaged with the community.
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In the coming weeks we will be having blog posts from Alumni as well as current students.
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Although education itself is inherently valuable, the primary purpose of an MBA program is to expand your career opportunities and prepare you for upper-level management or the launch of your own company. When you evaluate MBA programs, consider the extent of their alumni networks. Your graduate school should ideally boast extensive career services with numerous networking opportunities.
Talk to the admissions representative at the business school about whether students have access to an alumni network. Alums can connect you with valuable contacts and create interviewing opportunities for you. They can also guide you along your education and career path, providing valuable insights in your chosen industry.
Our career services department at the Graduate School of Business at Bentley University was ranked number 3 in the country. You’ll have access to our global alumni network, career success workshops, and much more. These valuable career resources are available to you for your lifetime. Get started with the admissions process today by calling (781) 891-2108.
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When you apply to a business school to earn your MBA, part of your admissions package may involve your statement of your goals. When defining your goals, consider what you would like to achieve and how you can progress in that direction after earning your MBA. However, remember that your goals aren’t set in stone; as you proceed in your course of study and add to your life experiences, you may decide to modify your goals as needed. Retaining a degree of flexibility allows you to take advantage of new opportunities and experiences.
Examine Your Short-Term Career Goals
What would you like to accomplish in the first few years after graduating with your MBA? Your short-term career goals should be specific and measurable, with a narrow focus that emphasizes your preferred career direction, rather than your general field of study. For example, instead of writing, “I’m considering consulting,” write, “I would like to start a consulting company that caters to the software industry.” In general, your short-term career goals should fall into one of the following categories: a vertical advancement within the company you already work for (i.e. become the CFO), a career change, or the launching of your own business. You should have a clear idea of how earning your MBA can help you achieve your short-term goals.
Define Your Long-Term Career Goals
Your long-term career goals encompass how you would like to advance your career in approximately the next 10 years. A long-term goal should logically follow a short-term goal, although long-term aspirations can be expressed in more general terms. For example, if your short-term goal is to start a non-profit organization that strives to provide clean water sources to villages in Angola, perhaps your long-term goal would involve extending your operations to additional countries in central Africa, or expanding your organization’s aid services. When writing your long-term career goals, consider your broader purpose or mission in life.
The Graduate School of Business at Bentley University offers three MBA programs to suit every student’s career goals. Advance your career aspirations today by calling us at (781) 891-2108 to talk with one of our knowledgeable admissions specialists. Or, visit us on the Web for more information about our MBA programs.