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Nottingham Trent University

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What skills will I develop when studying for an MBA?

The commercial world is constantly evolving and it can sometimes be a challenge to keep up with the pace. Therefore, it’s not uncommon to feel that there are areas of professional expertise you could improve on.     

An MBA may be the key to sharpening your business skills and could enable you to achieve a new sense of professional fulfillment. In fact, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) found that 9 out of 10 MBA graduates from 2016 and 2017 found the experience personally rewarding. Refined skills and the confidence boost that goes with them can help you capitalise on new career opportunities or drive organisational change in your existing role or business. 

So, what are some of the skills an MBA could help you develop?

Ethical decision-making

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has become a major driver for businesses in recent years; in the UK alone, the gross value of CSR activities is £76billion. Guiding commercial enterprise in a way that considers environmental and social impact has multiple benefits in business, including improved organisational reputation, financial savings, competitive edge and boosted brand awareness.    

Truly effective leaders therefore need to understand the importance of considering ethics and sustainability in business. Exploring different business cultures, responsible leadership strategies, your own personal and professional values and those of others as part of an MBA can give you the knowledge and confidence to follow a moral bearing when making commercial decisions and leading others.

Strategic analysis and research 

The ability to get under the skin of a business challenge, or potential new opportunity, and weigh up its merits can be a great advantage in your career. Our Online MBA allows you to evaluate real and simulated business scenarios through data collation and examination. Building upon your current experience of critical analysis and research can help you make better-informed business decisions in real-time. 

Risk management 

An important element of making business decisions and propelling progression is the capacity to assess risk. No organisation can afford to stand still andan MBA can enable you to gain the risk management skills you need to help your business negotiate continual development and periods of rapid growth.

Our Online MBA includes a workplace simulation, designed to test your abilities to anticipate and respond to change in business. As part of a team, you’ll work together to make your simulated business a success, using managerial judgement to meet key targets and generate profit. Experiential projects like this can help you improve upon decision-making skills you need to put towards changing initiatives within your own organisation.

Interpersonal and people management skills 

People are one of the most important assets of any business. Understanding the way they behave within varying organisational structures is fundamental to effective communication and team management, and ensuring a workforce is aligned behind a set of common objectives.  

Exploring organisational behaviour can help you grasp how the individual motivations and personalities of people in business, as well as the social aspects of a company, can influence performance on a micro and macro-organisational scale. Keen interpersonal skills and a perceptive sense of what makes people tick are highly sought-after by employers, since social congruence is so vital to wider business productivity. 

Studying for an MBA can give you the opportunity to reflect on the way your professional people skills have developed so far in your career. With access to a personal mentor, our Online MBA can allow you to evaluate your working relationships for even more impactful communication and negotiation.

 
Gain capabilities that could take your career forward 

An MBA qualification can help you build up areas of knowledge and experience integral to professional advancement, giving you the tools to prepare for the next stage of your career. Our Online MBA is designed to allow you to achieve this development without taking a break from work, making you progression-ready and able to apply new skills in real-time. 

Find out more about what this course could help you accomplish by filling in our online form