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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.

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