Do you have an Executive MBA? Do you have any other advanced degree? If you recently graduated, all of the information and skills you learned during your education are likely fresh in your mind. However, with time, that information can easily blur and get lost in the general commotion of your memories. If you are able to get a job immediately after you graduate, you won’t have time to forget anything. But what happens if you can’t (or don’t want to) land a job in your field for months or even years after graduating? Here are a few tips to help you remember and apply the skills you learned while earning your MBA.
Remember What You Know
Read: You had to read in school. You had to read a lot if you wanted to get good grades. So now that you have your fancy MBA, why aren’t you still reading? While textbooks and analytical papers aren’t always the most interesting, you need to keep reading them. Contact your professors or other students and ask what they would suggest you read. By reading just a few books a year (in your specific field), you will be able to keep all of the information fresh and ready for when you do make a transition to a new career.
Study: You might not realize it, but there is a website out there dedicated to just about every educational skill, field, and department you can think of. Find a website that focuses on business (or any other degree you might have) and become active in its community. By constantly communicating with your peers and others interested in your field, you won’t have time to forget anything.
Subscribe: You can find both scholarly and general publications for anything you are interested in. Subscribe to a journal, magazine, or other periodical that focuses on your prospective field. By staying connected to the latest changes and advancements in your field, you will not only focus on what you learned, you will acquire relevant information for when it comes time to interview. Note that this is different from becoming active on a website because the information will be credible and informative as opposed to conversational (both have their benefits).
Social Media:There are plenty of great social media and networking websites that are devoted to business professionals. By staying active across a variety of platforms, you will be able to make relevant connections and meet people that might open new doors to your success. Social media is also a good place for you apply your skills, as you have the opportunity to communicate with your degree-specific peers.
Career Services: Chances are your university has a department devoted to helping students (past and present) find jobs. Visit your school’s career center as often as possible. It can help you update your resume, find potential jobs, and even find places to volunteer if you feel your skills are getting rusty.
Get a Job: The best (and most obvious) way to apply your MBA is to get a job that requires it. Easier said than done, right? Getting a job can be difficult, but it is possible (especially with an advanced degree). There are always circumstances that will prevent you from getting a new job, but you shouldn’t let fear be one of them. Unless you have a legitimate reason to delay, take a leap of faith and start looking for a job.