How to pick the best MBA for your career

Considering enrolling in a Master of Business Administration (MBA) for your career? One key question you probably have is whether you’ll see a return on your investment and the MBA will actually help you achieve your career goals.

No matter your career goal, the right MBA can provide you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to move forward. 

Here are 3 questions to consider to find the best MBA program for your career:

1. Will my MBA give me the knowledge and skills I need to succeed, no matter what the future holds?

MBA alumnus Jessie Sadler at Brisbane Fashion Month
UQ MBA alumnus Jessie Sadler at Brisbane
Fashion Month 

Studying an MBA isn’t just about the knowledge you’ll gain. A good MBA will equip you with the capabilities, confidence and networks required to solve problems even when you don’t know the answer yourself. It will also prepare you to embrace disruption and overcome obstacles in a constantly changing business environment.

Jessie Sadler is Founder and Director at inclusive fashion line Christina Stephens and a graduate from The University of Queensland (UQ) MBA. She says,

“The UQ MBA gives you contacts and confidence. It gives you a great framework and the means to help your ideas come to fruition. Even if you don’t know the answer to a problem yourself, you learn how to find the right people and get the right answers.”

If you choose to study your MBA at UQ, you’ll learn from some of the most awarded teachers. But you’ll also gain practical experience and the capabilities to achieve your professional goals through extra-curricular opportunities.

These include working on community projects and expanding your personal and professional networks by attending events with alumni and industry and joining student clubs.

Business Manager for CMS and UQ MBA alumnus, Kate Green, says, “The UQ MBA facilitates so many opportunities to network and get to know a diverse group of people. I gained as much value from the people I studied with, the ongoing relationship with lecturers and the alumni network as I did from learning the course materials.”

2. What career support is available to help me succeed?

During your studies, the UQ MBA Careers and Professional Development team will work with you to position you for success in a competitive global market.

One of the key advantages of the UQ MBA program is that you can continue to access personalised career coaching and advice even after you graduate. The UQ MBA team is as committed to your career success as you are, evidenced by UQ MBA graduate results. On average, for example, UQ MBA graduates earn $60K more than peers who graduate from other Australian MBA programs and 100% of surveyed graduates seeking a new role found it in 3 months (2020). 

Marketing Manager Margo Camus found the UQ MBA helped accelerate her professional career. 

The UQ MBA took my skills and knowledge to the next level across multiple areas - UQ Alumni Margo

Sam Rush can also vouch for the graduate outcomes that are possible with the UQ MBA.

“Five years on from graduation, I have made my way up to executive management at Suncorp.  I am also about to launch my own consulting firm that will help small business and not-for-profit organisations to solve their challenges. I am excited at the prospect of taking my career in a new direction; applying the knowledge gained on my UQ MBA to transform organisations and make a difference, to be at the place where real change happens."

3. Will it lead to personal as well as professional growth?

While many people looking to study an MBA seek career outcomes, when reflecting on their studies, many UQ MBA graduates say one of the most valuable and unexpected consequences of their studies is the personal transformation they experience.

UQ Alumnus Rob Sutton
UQ MBA current student Rob Sutton

Many students are drawn to the UQ MBA for the diversity of thinking they'll encounter. Coming from a range of different industries, UQ MBA students have an average of 12.5 years’ professional experience and around six years in management. This diversity makes for engaging classroom debates and will challenge you to think and see the world – and yourself – differently.

For current UQ MBA student and Mirragin Managing Director Rob Sutton, the UQ MBA exposed him to personal learning opportunities that resulted in him changing career direction.

He says, “The UQ MBA gave me the courage to realise that the path I thought I wanted to be on, wasn’t the right direction for me. I came to this realisation through personal reflection during the program but also by being exposed to different people doing different things and recognising that moving up the ladder wasn’t the only road to career success and fulfilment”.

Melanie Stojanovic, who works as an Executive Leader at WorkCover Queensland, also found the UQ MBA to be a personally transformative experience.

“The program challenged the way I thought about problems and pushed me out of my comfort zone in many aspects, including how I thought about global issues, the limitations I thought I had and the relationships I developed with my cohort."

When it comes down to it, it’s important to feel confident that the program you enrol in will be the best MBA for your career. Before you make your final decision, consider whether the MBA program you’re interested in will give you the knowledge, skills, confidence and support to take the next step professionally. 

Learn how a UQ MBA could transform your career and help you achieve your professional goals.