An MBA degree is a good degree to have but it is no guarantee of future success especially for Construction Professionals.
If you are a Construction Professional and you intend studying for an MBA consider the following 4 things:
1. You need a minimum of 5 years working experience
Yes this is not a requirement from some educational institutions offering MBA programs but consider this:
- Studying an MBA too early in your career might turn off potential employers because the impression you are giving is that you are not focused on your current job instead you are in a hurry to get a management role before you even learn the basics of your career. In other words you want to walk before you learn to crawl.
2. You must be in a management role when studying for MBA
- You need to study relevantly i.e. when consider studying further you really have to consider a course that will be immediately helpful to your career i.e. whatever you decide to study must be implementable immediately not in a few years down the line.
- Your MBA studying will be more useful to you if you can immediately implement what you learn in your studies therefore first get into a management role before studying for your MBA not the other way around
3. Technical experience more important at early stages in your career in the built environment
- MBA stands for Masters in Business Administration when you start a career in the built environment your career is not about Business Administration it does come in but only later in your career you will therefore be better off ensuring that you learn as much as you can about the basics of your chosen field before considering going into business administration .
- To be a good manager in the built environment you need to empower yourself with technical knowledge about your current career because understanding the basics is a sure way to success in your career in the built environment
4. Management roles in the built environment require a technical knowledge
- Management roles in the built environment require a good grasp of technical knowledge in fact that is more important than management experience because in most cases you can learn to be a good manager on the job, you are therefore better off ensuring your technical knowledge is on point in order to advance in the built environment.
An MBA not your only way to the top and it also does not guarantee you success in your career in the built environment but if that is your chosen path you are therefore advised to remember that you need to crawl before you walk otherwise your MBA qualification will not help you advance your career. You must first get your hands dirty.