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MBA or master in management ?!

  • Posted by - ramylebanon - on 11 August 2012 - 12:02am


    i just need some advise, i had my B.A. in finance from C.N.A.M. university from Paris and i have a 1year and 8 months experience as a full time intern (HR department) and now i am an employee ( 4 months ago) in the HR department in a well reputable bank in Lebanon.
    now i have to take the decision MIM or MBA ?
    i guess that only 2 years of experience wan't allow me to take full advantage of the MBA program, on the other hand, i am thinking to pursue my career in Europe (mainly France, UK, or germany) or even US, and i know that the MBA in these markets is much more important from MIM.
    since i am a recruitment officer, i feel like i have to get special qualifications that allow me to enter a multinational company,

    so please help me, should i go to MIM (in a lebanese university) or wait for one more year (so i should have 1.5years experience + 1.8 years fulle time intern, so approx 3 years of experience in the HR field) and go for the MBA program in a multinational university (ESA).
    and if i do the MIM would i have the chance to get a good job in europe ? or i need to have an MBA to take me seriously?

    thank you in advance for your help, appreciate it

    • Posted by - ramylebanon - on 12 August 2012 - 4:44pm

      hello Thomas,

      first i want to thank you for your reply,

      and just one more question : I've decided to do my MIM in a local university (in partnership with the University of Bordeaux I & IV and the University of Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille ) then i have decided to take my MBA or EMBA (it depends on the years of experience) from ESA (in partnership with ESCP europe)
      1st : do you think that is the right path for a recruitment officer in the HR department ?
      2nd : do you think that i even have the chance to enter the ESCP university ? do i have the right profile?

      sorry for my many questions, and thank you in advance for spending your time in replying,

      Best regards,

      • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 12 August 2012 - 5:09pm

        Hi there,

        thank you for your question.

        I am a bit confused, however. You already have a job as HR manager at a renowned bank in Lebanon, correct? Why do you want to do a Master now? If you really want to work as HR manager I suggest that you work some years and gain experience - and then do a Master.

        The other question is: Which Master?
        If you want to keep on working as HR manager - why don't you do a Master in HR Management?
        MIM and MBA make only sense in my opinion if you want to move on beyond HR management.

        Best wishes

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 12 August 2012 - 1:58pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your question. Here is my advice:

      If you are happy with your current job position keep on working.
      If you are not happy decide for a postgraduate program.

      If you would like to work in Europe, go for an European school. The likelihood that you find a job in Europe is much higher if you have a European degree that local firms know and if you can profit from a European school's network.

      If you have decided that you
      (1) want to study
      (2) want to study in Europe

      go for an MIM if you have less then 2 or 3 years of work experience after your graduation;
      go for an MBA if you have at minimum 2 years (more would be better) of work experience after your Bachelor graduation.

      There maybe other ways and options of course - but by this I provide you a straight forward approach that should help you disentangle your question into its subquestions.

      Best wishes