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Start MBA Application Before Reaching Saturation Point: Motivational Factors for you!

MBA Application Motivational FactorsMost MBA Aspirants look at MBA as a mean to switch career both in job function and in industry. But when do you know that you have reached the saturation point in your career?

After joining your first job, there are three phases before you hit the saturation point

Learning Phase

This is the phase where you are introduced to terminologies, technologies, and techniques to solve the problem in the industry. Depending on the industry, this might last between 6 months to 1 year.

Application Phase

Once you have learned the fundamentals and gained experienced through smaller projects, you begin to apply what you have learned. This is an interesting phase. It will test your leadership, problem solving and communication skills. Cherish this phase. If you are lucky, this phase will give you insights into customer problems and goals rather than a narrow scope of the project. This phase can last between 1 to 1.5 years.

Growth Phase


You have several smaller projects and a couple of major projects under your belt. Your boss now wants you to step up to the next level. What would you do? You take the challenge, learn new functions, and go through the whole process again.

During the Growth Phase, if you feel that the step up to the next level didn’t exactly match up to the expectation and you are pretty much doing the same thing again and again, more likely for a different client, then you have reached the Saturation Point.

Not all employees feel the same. Lot of them will love the change in responsibility but if you
are a rare few, who is equally interested in the job function, then it is time to think about an MBA.

The problem with career switchers is that the phase when they decide to make a career change might be right in the middle of the saturation point. When you reach the saturation point, then the efficiency in the work will go down. It is not only a loss for your employer but also for your career record.

It is therefore important to predict or plan the career path right from the learning phase in your career. Very few MBA Aspirants actually think about planning their career. They assume that the motivation for the job will remain the same for the next 5-10 years. It rarely does.

Now what should you do on reaching the Saturation Point?


Let us look at some action steps for someone who would like to move from a technical to project management role.

1)
Ask your boss for a change in Job Function

2) Tell your boss that you are ready to shadow a project manager and learn about the various processes in project implementation and planning

3) Don’t ask for a hike. You can even suggest compensation based on performance metrics – completing the project within the deadline, meeting all quality standards and achieving customer goals.

If you cannot successfully negotiate with your employer for a job function switch, it is time to prepare for your MBA Application. Now why would you take all these steps before deciding to join an MBA program? The Admission process is a 1-Year long ordeal that involves GMAT Preparation, MBA Application Essay Writing, Interview Preparation, and Funding. You need stamina and long-term vision to go through the process. If you know that you have done everything under your power to make that career switch without an MBA, then your motivation to get an MBA would be much higher.

The motivation to join an MBA program
is not only important for the MBA Admission process but also gets reflected in the effort that you put for GMAT preparation and the essays you write. You can’t fake your intention when you have 3-4 essays that tests your motivation. The AdCom can easily see through it. When you don’t score the intended GMAT Score, the stamina to retake the GMAT can only come when you know that this is the only path to reach your goals.

To reinforce the motivation for an MBA looks at the following facts

1) Change in Job Function for 6-8 years exp


In most industries, it will be rare that an employee will be given the opportunity to lead projects after 2-3 years of work experience. It would take 6-8 experience to get such opportunities. This is exactly where an MBA adds value. A 2-year MBA will allow you to buy 1-3 years of your time and would give the confidence to the Employer that you have developed the skills and knowledge to lead a project.

2) Increase in Salary


According to the latest Top MBA Salaries and % Increase data, most of the schools had a post-MBA salary range of $79809 - $192179 and a salary increase range of 60 -201%. When you compare that with the current industry salary increase without an MBA, it is at an average of 10-25% increase every year, after 3 years of work experience.

3) Job Function Switch

GMAT 2012 Corporate Recruiters Survey Report shows that the recruiters are planning to fill 66% of the Mid-Level positions with candidates having an MBA - the highest preference given to one degree over other degrees like Master in Management, Master of Accounting, Other specialized Masters, and Non-Business Masters.

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