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5 questions to ask before pursuing an Executive MBA program

An Executive MBA (EMBA) adds more to your work experience. It’s usually opted for, after 10-15 years of working in a field that requires managerial aptitude. It’s a different type of MBA which is often mistaken for an evolved form of a normal MBA degree.

Choosing an executive MBA program can be difficult, especially when you have interesting managerial degrees that can add to your skill set in a particular field. Education organizations like SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Management Development Institute (MDI), and Jaro Education believe that a student should be able to answer why they’re choosing EMBA. It should not be based on a trend, or ‘follow the sheep’ culture. Here are the 5 questions a professional should ask himself/herself before enrolling for EMBA.

Do the EMBA program’s values align with yours?

EMBA aspirants need to ask themselves why they’re opting for an EMBA. Do the values driving your decision to choose EMBA match with the objectives of the EMBA program you are choosing? If not, then EMBA might not be for you, particularly, that specific program might not suit your needs.

Is the community helpful?

The community of teachers and students plays an important role in EMBA courses. It’s mostly because there’s a lack of interaction and the classes usually run alternative weekends. SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) keeps the community close-knit and fosters communal values through programs like Abhyudaya.

Does the program structure meet your needs?

Aspirants need to explore more EMBA programs offered by various institutes. Pay attention to the mission statements, for example, Jaro Education provides an International EMBA program from Ural Federal University, Russia. Jaro Education states, “Programs create a base for knowledge and corporate excellence of the global level so that you find a niche in leading multinational organizations across the borders”. Hence, from the statement, one can make out that Jaro Education focusses on niches.

How is this EMBA program different from others?

As a corollary to the first and second question, aspirants need to ask themselves ‘How is the EMBA program I have chosen, different from others in the academic market?’ Better options might reveal themselves after this question is asked.

Is the initial review positive?

Always review the program of your choice and the school before you apply. For example, MDI’s reviews on Careers 360 are positive and rank it high up in terms of infrastructure, placement, faculty and overall exposure. Ask former EMBA students about their experience and how the course impacted their career. Once these questions are answered, it’s time to move ahead towards a promising career. Good luck!

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