How can you make the most of it?
Overseas or in Australia? If you are looking for commercial connections and see your future career in Australia, then you might be better off with a local MBA according to Akiko Jackson. (Some MBAs offer international exchanges, with up to a semester in a partner business school, and lecturer exchange programs)
Networking. Jackson and Mayers emphasise the value of mixing with people of diverse backgrounds and business experience. Mayers recommends putting effort into understanding other students and their backgrounds. It can be those who cultivate close ties with prospective employers throughout the course who walk straight into a job at the end.
Choose optional modules with care. Explore some of the more esoteric courses which stretch and challenge your thinking, recommends Mayers. Know why you are choosing different subjects and have a compelling reason for your choice.
Prepare your family for the time commitment. You’ll need their support and understanding for late-night team meetings and evening lectures. The teamwork that characterises many MBAs is time consuming, but increasingly facilitated by collaborative online tools and conference-calling.
Evaluate the benefit of your MBA over time. And with more than a simple cost/benefit criteria based on your starting salary straight from the course.