The Versatility of a Management Degree
Do you feel stuck climbing the ladder of success? Have you been in your company for a few years but find yourself without much more responsibility than when you started? These promotion decisions, especially in big companies and corporations, often have less to do with how you perform than with your level of education. But how can you prove you have the skills to lead if you're not being given that opportunity? A management degree solves that problem. Not only does it prove that you have the foresight to further your career, but it exhibits a skill set that your employer is looking for-the abilities to understand the direction of the business and assume responsibility for it.
Many nonprofits have failed unnecessarily, simply because being goodhearted does not mean you can run a successful system. A management degree is one of the most coveted resume points in breaking into a nonprofit at a high level today. And many management degree programs offer coursework specializing in nonprofits, which means that when you have your degree, you'll be well versed in nonprofit tax law, exemption status and the workings of obtaining sponsorship and membership, to name a few.
Again, you might have the heart for your career, but you need hands-on experience and real world voices guiding you. If you have always dreamed of opening your own business, a management degree is a vital first step. You'll have enough to think about that first year without stumbling over management decisions, and this degree will give you the confidence you (and your investors) will need to pull off your dream!
So think about what you want most in the business world, and go after it! Management degrees are offered at several educational levels, from Associate's to PhDs, and the programs vary as much as your dreams. Most people should go after a program that accommodates their schedule and offers career counseling and job placement services. And be sure to tell your instructors up front what your career goals are-this will make your education more valuable, because they'll be able to guide you via real world experience. Good luck!
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