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Three EMBA Program Survival Tips

Once you decide that you need to go through an EMBA program, you have to prepare yourself for the experience. The biggest mistake many executive students make is to assume that the program won’t be that difficult, since the hours tend to be part time. What they fail to realize is that juggling any MBA program with a full time career and possibly a family life and personal life can be stressful and exhausting. The following tips are designed to get you off on the right foot so you know how to survive the next year or two of study.

1. Choose your program according to hours and program structure, not just reputation.

When you went through degree programs in the past, you probably considered the reputation of the school before you thought about anything else. While that still remains important when getting your EMBA, you have to give more thought to the structure of the program you select this time around.

You probably have a lot more going on in your life this time, since you are now working full time and may have more serious personal relationships or even a family to take care of now. This means you need a program that will fit into your lifestyle in a reasonable manner. It may not be entirely comfortable or easy, but it should be possible to juggle other responsibilities while going through the program.

It doesn’t matter how reputable a program is if you cannot possibly meet all requirements of the program right now. Find something that fits your life right now.

2. Be realistic about what you will have to give up in order to make it through the program.

The EMBA is designed just for working professionals like yourself, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t have to sacrifice to get through the program. Once you know what the schedule will be for the program, figure out your schedule and take account of what you may have to give up to make it through the program.

For example, you may have to give up watching your child’s football games or being home on time for dinner every night. You may have to sacrifice weekends to be in the classroom while spending weekdays locked in the office at work.

If you are mentally prepared for these sacrifices going into the program, you will handle the stress much better. It is when these things come as a surprise that EMBA students struggle emotionally.

3. Keep your mind open to learn new things and expand your skill set.

Too many EMBA candidates come into the program thinking they have at least a few years of working experience in the business world and they already know it all. They feel like the degrees they have already achieved and their work experience has already prepared them for a successful career in management or even at the corporate level. They have closed minds and do not get the most out of their programs.

Whether you are going into your EMBA program on your own ambition or you have been required to undertake the degree by your employer, acknowledge that you still have a lot to learn. No matter how far you climb up the ladder at work, there is always something more to work. Keep your mind open and you will get more out of your time studying.

5 Tips to Find the Best Online MBA Program

Masters in Business Administration is one of the most popular courses in brick and mortar as well as online colleges. Almost every online university offers this course. That is all the more reason why you should be careful in picking the right university for completing your degree. The wrong choice could waste your time and money and not provide any value either.

Accreditation

With a lot of students wanting get an MBA and add more security to their careers, a lot of colleges are out there to trick them. Not only is the course expensive, but it is also a good source of income for colleges, given the influx every year. That is why you must ensure that the college you are applying to, has an accreditation from recognised institutions and that the degree they offer is valid. Without checking for this accreditation it would be unwise to enrol for any online course for that matter.

Support

If an online course has lot of students enrolled supporting all the students could prove difficult. Support could involve addressing students’ questions and concerns, providing face time with the tutors and offering a mentor to provide career advice. Without this support, it would be very hard to complete Master’s in Business Administration, as it will prove really difficult. So the course you are enrolling in must offer support, with the teacher student ratio being as high as possible, preferably around 10 – 15 students per tutor.

Learning management system

If an online university doesn’t give you the benefits of a learning management system, there is no point enrolling in that college. A learning management system is more like a common platform for all the students, a website where every student has a login profile to get all the information related to their courses including timetable for exams, lesson schedules, online teaching material shared, downloads available if any etc.

Opportunity for internships

It would be unwise to think you will be able to think your Master’s in a field like business administration online entirely. The university should be reputed enough and have associations with top companies so that students of MBA programs can get a chance to complete projects and internships and learn more about the industry, adding to their learning experience. If the brand of the university couldn’t find your seniors decent internships or projects, chances are that the program is not highly valued in the industry and it is best to not enroll for it. The same holds for the opportunity of jobs when you complete education. Talking to past students will always provide sufficient information in this regards.

Flexibility

This is one factor that holds good not only for MBA but for all online courses. Unless you get the flexibility, online programs cannot be ruled a better option than joining full time college. This flexibility is possible through recorded lectures, good content, chat sessions with tutors etc. allowing those with a day time job to do justice to their course and education.