5 Signs Getting an MBA is Right For You


If you’re looking at MBA programs, you've certainly been presented with the idea that the degree is an investment. What does that actually mean? An investment delivers returns and, if managed wisely, promises to earn more than it costs. But an investment only realizes its maximum potential as it matures. In other words, every investment is an investment of time.

As you contemplate your current job responsibilities, family obligations, personal goals and professional ambitions, figuring out whether you should return to school right away or simply begin making plans now for an eventual transition back to the classroom can be something of a challenge. Whether you're considering a full-time MBA program or a part-time evening program that would give you the flexibility to continue growing in your current position, making the right decision requires that you ask yourself some critical questions — and pay special attention to what your answers have to say about your priorities.

If any of the five circumstances below describe your present circumstances, now may be the perfect time to commit to pursuing your MBA.  

1. You Want to Move Ahead in Your Profession

Do you feel like you're stagnating in your current role? Are you beginning to realize that the obstacles preventing you from advancing in your career have to do with a need for more hard skills? Are you actively searching for new opportunities to utilize your skills?

Our MBA curriculum is designed to do more than provide you with fundamental knowledge about all aspects of business operations. An MBA helps you to grow by requiring you to move out of your comfort zone. Not only will you collaborate from colleagues who come from diverse personal and professional backgrounds — you’ll also learn from them. Even more importantly, you’ll test your decision-making abilities by addressing those difficult problems that even the largest corporations in the world face.

Moreover, in many industries, an MBA is required for certain promotions, especially to C-level and leadership positions. Obtaining an MBA demonstrates to your employer that you're a self-starter who values lifelong learning and prioritizes continuous improvement.

2. You Want to Expand Your Business Skills

If you want to gain specific high-level skills that will serve you well throughout your career, a quality MBA program is one of the best places to attain them. You’ll acquire a combination of technical knowledge, tactical proficiencies and team-building expertise. An MBA program asks you to think strategically, analyze current issues and expand your leadership experience both inside and outside of the classroom environment. This allows you to hone your existing capabilities while adding new abilities to your professional toolkit.

Our programs award students ample opportunities to integrate their skills, passions and career goals and align them with key features of the contemporary global business environment, giving them a significant competitive advantage among peers in their industry.

3. You Want to Make a Shift in Your Profession

An MBA program is ideal for anyone looking to enter a different industry. According to data collected by "Poets & Quants" and TransparentMBA (a data-driven job matching platform for business school graduates), roughly 87 percent of MBAs assume new responsibilities or go to work in new industries after leaving business school, and 69 percent of those individuals also adopt new roles within new industries.

Perhaps you've reached the limit of what you can accomplish in your field, or you've developed a newfound passion for a different kind of work. Either way, experiential learning is a pillar of TCU's MBA curriculum. Through case competitions, internships, networking with successful alumni, study abroad trips, Neeley & Associates MBA Consulting and other initiatives, our students add meaningful experience in new industries to their resumes — all while broadening their range and exploring the best fit for their talents.

4. You Want to Increase Your Salary

If you’ve achieved your maximum earning potential in your current position, getting an MBA is a smart way to invest in yourself and increase your future earnings. Professionals who go back to school for their MBA typically increase their salaries. In fact, TCU MBAs routinely double their salaries upon graduating. Meanwhile, figures released by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) indicate that MBAs can earn almost $1 million in cumulative base salary within a decade of receiving their degrees.

While increasing your salary is certainly an indisputable ROI, the real ROI comes in gaining access to a rewarding career path that might not have been available to you without your MBA experience.

5. You Want to Expand Your Professional Network

The importance of building and strengthening your professional network cannot be overstated. An MBA program introduces you to a whole new community of fellow professionals who, as classmates and project collaborators, have a vested interest in seeing you succeed. TCU hosts numerous networking events — from the START Workshop required for all incoming students to C-Level Confidential dinners — that lead to valuable corporate connections and exciting career opportunities.

Just as importantly, TCU's highly-involved alumni network regularly participate in MBA program events, where they share their experiences, expertise and time with current students. TCU's alumni are committed to helping current MBAs navigate the challenges that come with going back to school so they can thrive following graduation.

TCU’s Neeley School of Business offers several cutting-edge MBA programs that cater to a variety of career interests. Our MBA programs also boast small class sizes and expert faculty who have been ranked #2 in the world by "The Economist." Learn more about the many ways TCU is home to a graduate business program that's right for you by visiting the Neeley School of Business website.

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