Managing in today’s complex and ever-changing business environment demands constant investment to ensure that your knowledge, skills and capabilities enable you to advance your career. Your decision to pursue an MBA is one of the most life-changing steps that you can take for your personal and career growth.
The GIBS MBA journey has been designed to broaden a graduate’s business, country and world view, and to enable them to develop their skills and business acumen to assume a general management role that requires them to lead a division or entire organisation.
Interactions with our MBA students suggest that there are three main drivers behind students choosing to pursue an MBA: career acceleration, career migration and career switching.
Students motivated by career acceleration are looking to fast track their ascent up the corporate ladder. Career migrators know they would like to shift their careers, but need an MBA to help them decide where they want to go, while career switchers have made a choice to use their MBAs to make a dramatic shift in their careers. They are often individuals who have decided to start their own business, or professionals such as engineers who want to shift their focus to general management.
The GIBS MBA has been designed to accommodate these three streams and to provide students with both an immediate competitive edge in the short-term application of relevant knowledge, while also focusing on enabling them to build long-term strategic value for their career.
By pursuing a GIBS MBA you will be exposed to a curriculum that is tailored to give you an understanding of how to run a business in the context of a dynamic market. With growth and innovation shifting to the dynamic, but complex, markets of the east and the south, fresh challenges and opportunities arise for individuals, businesses and governments that seek to enhance their competitive performance and run better organisations.
Research with our alumni and employers indicates that the value of a GIBS MBA extends far beyond the technical knowledge and skills that students gain about general management. Our students report increased levels of confidence to operate across all areas of their businesses, enhanced critical thinking and decision-making skills, higher levels of self-insight and productivity, and improved interpersonal skills. Our alumni frequently state that their GIBS MBA has also heightened their understanding of the complexities of the business environment and the need to manage demands from multiple stakeholders ethically and responsibly.
Choosing an MBA is as much about researching and choosing the most suitable school to meet your needs as it is about the school accepting your application. I encourage you to take time to research this important decision and visit schools to determine which MBA will be best for you.
We look forward to meeting you at GIBS and wish you every success on your journey.
Professor Nicola Kleyn
Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science