From C-Level to Startup, an MBA is a Valuable Investment

From C-Level to Startup, an MBA is a Valuable Investment
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

If you’re looking to climb the corporate ladder and work your way up to the executive level, “an MBA should be considered your best bet. 

According to an analysis by the Financial Times, almost a third of all CEOs leading companies in the Financial Times 500 have MBAs. As BusinessBecause notes in their discussion of this analysis, “this research suggests that the world's top companies are placing great value on the earning of an MBA degree.”

The market for executives with MBAs is especially strong here in the US. Over 46% of US-based FT500 companies have CEOs with MBAs, compared to 37% of UK companies, and in other parts of Europe, “including France and Germany, less than 10% of chief executives have MBAs. In mainland China, figures are about the same.”

In terms of Nebraska’s place within these statistics, there’s one standout reason that local business professionals hoping to reach a C-level position should seriously consider an MBA: Omaha is home to five Fortune 500 companies. Nebraska has a competitive business environment with numerous opportunities for business professionals seeking high-level career advancement, and an MBA can help build the skills needed to succeed within that competitive environment. 

Working your way to the top takes ambition, experience, and skill, all of which can be honed while earning an MBA. Returning back to BusinessBecause’s commentary on these C-level MBA statistics, recruiters from several industries noted the value of an MBA in a competitive corporate environment. From “a significant advantage when it comes to banking a top job—especially for those lacking financial experience,” to the fact that MBA graduates “understand the commercial side of the business, and are even more relevant in sales,” the experience and skills gained while earning an MBA provide professionals with a competitive edge while trying to reach a top-level position. 

An MBA won’t guarantee you a C-level position at a leading company in the US—nothing will—but it is a big step forward in your business career, and a great way to show that you’re serious about your business aspirations. The fact that there are so many top-level CEOs with MBAs isn’t a coincidence, and anyone hoping to work their way to the top should seriously consider a graduate business degree. 

Whether you want to start your own company or work your way up to chief executive of a Fortune 500 company, an MBA can help lay the foundation you need for success in all aspects of business. From increased salaries, to a better understanding of high-level business, to personal growth and strong networking, the value of an MBA in today’s dynamic business environment is clear—no matter what your career goals are.

If you’re a busy professional looking to learn more about how Midland’s hybrid MBA program can help you advance your career, contact us directly in the comments, via LinkedIn, through Twitter @MidlandMBA, or by phone at 402-941-6517.

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