Studying for an MBA is not the same as being an undergraduate, where you can, in theory, take a year or two to choose a major and consider different career paths. The process moves a bit faster as an MBA student and by now, you should have a solid idea or two in mind, in order to make the most of your courses, as well as networking and recruitment opportunities.
The following jobs are ideally suited to MBA graduates:
1. IT Analyst: These analysts monitor and protect an organisation’s computer network and systems. These are highly sought after jobs and most companies prefer to hire those with an MBA.
2. HR Specialist: A company’s human resources professional works with its employees by getting involved in recruitment, training staff and explaining their benefits. HR specialists do not need an MBA, but they do help in making candidates stand out from the competition.
3. Financial Analyst: These professionals help companies determine when to buy and sell investments and the majority of organisations tend to look for MBA graduates when choosing candidates to fill these roles.
4. Management Analyst: In this field, you’ll provide feedback on improving an organisation’s efficiency and profitability. Competitive candidates tend to have a few years of experience in operations as well as an MBA.
5. IT Manager: While these professionals lead companies’ information technology departments, their role extends way beyond the computer. They’re tasked with supervising employees and communicating with internal executives as well as planning technical upgrades for their employer. Standout candidates will have achieved an MBA.
6. Operations Research Analyst: These analysts use statistics to identify and troubleshoot problems usually relating to production, logistics and sales. It’s possible to find an entry-level position with just a bachelor’s degree, but higher-level operations research analysts usually have an MBA with a specialisation in production and operations management.
Remember, it is important to connect with recruiters early and not just rely on your resume to get you interviews. It is advisable to keep track of which companies you’re interested in and which recruiters are seeking employees. That way, you can reach out to the recruiters ahead of time and be better placed to get your dream job.
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