An MBA is not just a goal or degree; it’s a means to an end. Achievable in myriad forms, including on-campus, hybrid, online and Masters Leadership degrees, they can help you get a job, advance you into higher positions and essentially make you more money.
Don’t take it for granted. You have spent a lot of time studying and learning about various industries and jobs and have gained new skillsets that will improve invaluable to your career. Now it’s time to choose the right career – one for which you have a passion and will excel.
Look for companies that have sustainable business concepts. For example, in 2012 there’s a push for more green products. Therefore look for jobs with companies that are passionate and aggressive about protecting and saving the environment. Examples include companies that sell solar panels, specialize in hydroelectric power and those seeking renewed energy sources, such as the ones using food or natural resources instead of oil or gas for energy.
Assess and use your key skills. You should have an idea of what you want to do your with online MBA. However, take time to fully assess your skills. You may uncover some innate skillsets that you never knew you had. Knowing all your skills and (specific) abilities will better help you prepare for your new job. ( Quintcareers.com lists some of these skills tests online.)
It is not always the most qualified people who get the job, even with an on-site or online MBA. Employers look for job candidates that can make an immediate impact. Show the hiring manager you are the right person for the job. Assume the role of the consultant and explain how you can help their company. Read articles about both the company industry (and location when relevant, mainly for small businesses) and understand some of their key challenges. Explain specifically what you can do to solve these issues.
Use networking to land your next job. Join professional associations and attend seminars and luncheons with people in your field. Contact mentors or people you know from college, or past business associates if you have business experience.