The Advantages of Life Experience for MBA students
With all professional knowledge, there is a hands-on component that is absolutely necessary for the completion of your education. You are expected to make your living and career out of the practice or application of the theories and concepts you have learned in the classroom.
Most professional education begins with the theory and goes on to the practice but interestingly, the MBA is built the other way.
The MBA program was conceived and constructed for people who were working or who had substantial previous exposure to a workplace and who were now ready to take their chosen career to the next level and help in the administration and policy making of the organization they belonged to.
While the MBA curriculum is designed to give you all the knowledge you will need in order to fill a managerial function in an organization, it also presumes a certain level of maturity and exposure to a few years of working in a business enterprise. This is because all the skills required to become a good manager cannot be taught from the classroom alone. Many of these skills are taught naturally by life while you go about your daily tasks and routines and live through your social and familial relationships. The MBA classroom can polish and hone those skills to perfection once you’ve acquired them. It cannot get them for you.
The actual, sensory knowledge of workplace dynamics gives you the founding material on which your MBA education can be built and your life experiences contribute to your emotional and physical maturity which, in turn, makes you better able to relate to and to absorb the material taught in an MBA curriculum.
Teamwork and group assignments are more rewarding and you can participate much more in the peer learning and networking process if you already have the confidence and exposure to a work culture
And finally, you become a more attractive package to recruiting agents if you have a differentiating experience to support your MBA degree.