In Addition to the MBA Degree, Look for Practical Work Experiences and Internship Opportunities.

Author:Fisher, Randall

In the ever-changing business landscape, it is essential that Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduates possess the expected competencies government employers require in the 21st-century workplace? Organizational leaders are seeking talented MBA graduates that have practical work experiences. How does one demonstrate to an employer that he or she has good work experiences?

Employees and business students use internships as an opportunity to try out a potential career path and generally hope to secure a permanent job offer. In my recent research, about half of respondents accepted jobs from the organizations where they had previously interned. This suggests internships are another key decision point where individuals and employers can demonstrate focus and preference toward a particular career path and grow their hiring opportunities. Internships are a key way to demonstrate how an MBA works in the government environment.

Value of the MBA Degree

The MBA History

Background. The MBA degree has been in existence for more than 100 years. Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration instituted the first MBA program in 1908, a time when the United States was industrializing, and companies sought scientific approaches to management. One hundred and eleven years later, hundreds of thousands of students across the United States have earned their MBA, many of whom hope to become managers.

In the late 1950s, responding to criticism raised in Ford Foundation and Carnegie Foundation studies, MBA schools began to adopt more rigorous, scientific-based curricula. The leader in management theory at the time, Frederick Taylor, proposed that the principles of scientific management be adopted to professionalize the field of management and establish scientific approaches to management thinking and practice. The 1990s saw the greatest surge in MBA program enrollment as universities started to make great efforts to promote their business degree programs. Consequently, the MBA degree became one of the most sought-after qualifications in business and management. An MBA degree was the "golden ticket" to succeed in business, particularly if the graduates earned their degrees from a prestigious business school. The MBA degree was also seen as a fast track to lucrative salaries and well-ranked positions in many industries, including the government, and a requirement by many employers for certain management positions.

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