New semester and new school-year (the final for us!) started with a successful open house, which I will share with you about next Wed at 8 am. I was there to support PMBA and help potential PMBA candidates understand what it’s like to be a PMBA student and what it takes to become one. A very interesting question was asked there by an attendee.
What is the chance for success after graduation from PMBA?
First, I must say the knowledge you gain on the program is worth millions of dollars, because, unlike any other graduate programs in different schools, PMBA does not offer “tell-n-sell” types of presentations to you. You don’t come there with a pen and a notebook to listen to a professor and take notes. Instead, each class is a discovery: everyone participates in a discussion and shares diverse opinions. People in your class are going to be from all around the world, representing a variety of age-groups and professional backgrounds. It is as if you were getting free consulting-services by 38 international consultants! How would you like that? You don’t actually just learn from book-reading and case-studying. You rather learn from a combination of discussions, presentations (by you and your classmates), hands-on activities and the like. So, the unique knowledge you obtain during the PMBA program will provide you with a strong competitive advantage to ensure your long-term success.
Besides that, there are many opportunities for meeting people, who have “the golden key” to the “door” that leads to your next best opportunity. Your professors will invite guest-speakers (COO of UPS, for example), you will be able to get the access to the huge GSU LinkedIn network, you will be provided with several chances to attend great events, such as Business Hall of Fame or Women’s Leadership Forum (complimentary!), and many-many other great ways to gain exposure in your industry, establish good business-connections and demonstrate your expertise and the value you bring to the table. So, a strong network of like-minded professionals, many of whom are decision-makers, will allow for another competitive advantage.
I can keep going on and on with the list, but the best illustration of your chances to succeed is this story, which one of the attendees of the open house shared with me as we walked to the parking garage. He is a 40+ high-level professional, with years of strong background in his field. He was interviewing for a very desired position. And he said this: “On the final stage, I got beaten by a kid with an MBA. I was very upset as it was a $400,000 job. It became clear to me what the next step should be, and that is why I am here, at the PMBA open house, today”. … Enough said, right?
PMBA will help you develop the essential skills and competencies and supply you with knowledge and tools you need to stand out among competitors and be successful, whether as an employee or a business-owner.