Guest Post by Claire Payne at the London School of Business and Finance
Though many may believe that getting to the top of IT mostly requires technical knowledge, the field is not that different from the others: you still need managerial experience to succeed.
A postgraduate MBA can help you do just that, offering an ideal opportunity to develop your skills and ultimately improve your long-term career prospects.
You can pursue a range of different postgraduate programmes in Canada, helping you to acquire new useful skills as well as refining your existing abilities. This is invaluable when it comes to your professional advancement, and it will give you a helping hand onto the next rung of the career ladder.
You may also find your salary increases, as most sectors hold MBA qualifications in high regard.
Being a strong communicator is vital if you’re looking to reach the top – even in the tech industry, which has a reputation for being anti-social as everyone focuses on their own project. To progress in your career, you must be able to communicate effectively with clients and with your staff.
Developing your workplace communication can also improve your knowledge of conflict resolution – something that is extremely important for managers. Managing your clients’ expectations and pushing back on unrealistic project deadlines is a vital skill for management.
Postgraduate study can help you to build on these skills, as the courses often involve group projects and practical work for businesses.
- Practical skills
Many postgraduate courses can help to develop your practical and technical skills, as there are many specialised subjects that you can choose from. With technology advancing rapidly, there are always new skills to learn –a postgraduate degree will help you keep on top of the latest techniques and tools.
Another important skill you will learn or improve in most postgraduate degrees is negotiation. The ability to reach compromises and get the best out of deals is vital, especially for those working freelance or as consultants.
- Managerial skills
Postgraduate programmes, particularly MBAs, can help you with the skills you need to apply for senior roles.Among other things, MBA’s can help you to develop:
- A better overall knowledge of your field, so you’ll know what works and what doesn’t
- Strategies to help increase everyone’s productivity – not just for your project
- An understanding of how technology and business intersect, such as how new innovations can help with marketing tech products
- Better approaches to product development
If you want to create a start-up company instead of working for someone else, a postgraduate degree can be invaluable to you.
For one, you will immediately be managing a lot of people and projects. This means you will have to develop an understanding of how your company will work at an individual level for your employees, and in the wider context of where you want to take it.
It’s not enough to know how to successfully complete individual projects – you will now have to oversee multiple tasks that are all happening simultaneously. Often, the owner of a tech start-up is the person who came up with the innovative idea. They may be a genius on the technical side, but they will still need guidance when it comes to leadership.
This is where a degree like an MBA will come in useful, teaching you how to guide your business in the direction you want to take it and help others to help you.
Networking can be incredibly useful when it comes to taking the next step in your career. Postgraduate education gives you with valuable networking opportunities, as the connections you make while studying could very well be the people who help you secure employment for an exciting new project.
Your new connections might not always be your fellow students – most universities and colleges that offer postgraduate degrees also arrange events where you can meet successful business people and entrepreneurs. If you make the right impression, you can find business partners, consultancy opportunities, or freelance work with ease.