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If you are three years’ in to your career and looking to climb the ladder, change sectors, create a start-up – then the MBA is the degree for you says Sharon Bamford, Chief Executive of the Association of MBAs.

chose to take up a full-time MBA at Rotterdam School of Management.

He had never considered formal management training until his mentor told him that many people chose to do a management degree later in their career but recommended it was better to do it early on, so that you can actually change and learn from the formal training that you receive.

Your future has the potential to change if you choose an MBA. My favourite quote says ‘there are two types of people in the world - those who make things happen and those who let things happen’. Those who choose to study for an MBA are truly people who will go on to success and pursue their career ambitions.

The Association of MBAs Student of the Year sums it up by saying “the MBA changed my life. In a very short space of time I was opened up to a whole new set of friends and a network of people around the world.

It has given me access to new job opportunities and my professional background combined with MBA business skills puts me in a niche.” An Australian by birth, Alex had been building businesses in developing countries, connecting farmers to markets and building distribution companies, before he

An MBA can also inspire the entrepreneur in you, as our winner of the MBA Entrepreneur of the Year discovered. Jörg Wiemer was looking for a new challenge and said “I found that in an MBA environment. I wanted to go on a new learning curve and increase my own market value.”

Jörg not only found a new challenge, he found two like-minded MBA students on the ESSEC and Mannheim Executive MBA and together they set up Treasury Intelligence Solutions in Germany, which became a successful internet- based payment solutions company for enterprise. “The cradle of the company was the MBA course we did,” Jörg says.

To study for an MBA at a business school accredited by the Association of MBAs, students are required to have a minimum of three year’s postgraduate work experience. It is a degree for experienced

Alex Dalley, AMBA’s Student of the Year

professionals. This enhances the value of the course as students are not only learning from the experienced professors they are also sharing a wealth of experience from the charity, private, leisure or entrepreneurial sectors as well as the more traditional financial and corporate.

The MBA is also the ultimate international business degree. In particular, the full-time MBA in the UK and Europe attracts students from across the world. Again this is something that differentiates an MBA programme that has received accreditation from the Association of MBAs. As our criteria stipulate an international cohort, you know

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