Posted by SanaTG on 06/30/12 11:14am
I am a scientist who is seeking opportunities to get management skill.I understand difference between MBA and MSci in Management, and also that it would be totally up to the priority set by myself for my future career goal. Yet, I would appreciate if you could provide useful suggestion/information, which will be helpful for me to make a decision with some more confidence. Here is my information.
[background] I am a biological oceanographer and senior scientist working at the ocean research institute in Japan for with 12 yrs experiences after getting my PhD in the areas of marine ecosystem responses to regional to global environmental changes. Ocean study in a global scale is not possible without close international collaboration, and there is an increasing demand for natural science communities to work with social science communities. After working on the pure natural science for long years, I now feel the need to learn 1) skill of promotion/management of international programs on global change science (particularly on ocean area) in fully international circumstances and 2) how to apply the scientific finding for social benefits in practical manner. In particular, Japan lacks such human resources nevertheless it is one of the ocean science giants, such as USA and Euro.
[Possible jobs after school] I am considering to be,
I have so far 3 courses in my mind.
My understanding is....
With all of my background and personal conditions, could you please advise me on the course selection? I am not an early career professional who have already established career in my field, yet should I still consider the reputation of the school to get good international job opportunities, then should chose LSE rather than University of Westminster?
Posted by Thomas Graf on 07/01/12 12:35pm
thank you for your question. You have a very interesting professional biography and I would like to congratulate you for your self-reflection. It seems that you have thought a lot about your career preferences and that you even have done some research in potential schools and programs. GREAT!
Now, my first reaction coming immediately to my mind is: Why do you want to a fulltime program? In your situation - many years of professional experience and with a job position (I guess you are employed right now, right?) - I would never give up my job because
Instead, my recommendation would be: Choose a part-time program!
As for MBA programs there are two types of part-time programs:
My recommendation at this point is: Think about this for a moment. Maybe it solves your questions to a large degree and brings your inner discourse into a new direction.
Posted by SanaTG on 07/04/12 5:40pm
Thank you very much for useful advice.
I understand you recommend me to take a part-time MBA, and I wish I could. However, I am currently working in Japan, and have to quit my job if I enter the school in UK or any other foreign countries. Also, as a non-Euro citizen, I cannot take part-time course at school without certain kind of visa, working visa supported by UK employer, spouse visa, etc. I have no choice but quitting job to enter the school in UK, and getting MBA in Japan will never be my choice because I need to get the management skill/knowledge in fully international environment. Yes I will take a risk but I really want to get new skill/knowledge.
I appreciate if you give some advice for entering the full-time class in UK school. In any way, is your recommendation is MBA definitely rather than Master of science in Management?
Posted by Thomas Graf on 07/05/12 5:16pm
I don't really understand why doing a parttime MBA should be a problem. There are parttime MBAs with just some residential periods, there are Distance MBAs or Online-MBAs where you don't need to travel at all. Check the Open University in the UK for example or google for Online-MBAs. But you know your situation better than I do and I am sure you will have your reasons for a fulltime program.
As for MBA or (MSc in Management) MIM, I would definitely go for an MBA in your situation. If MBA students are younger and less experienced than you then MIM students are even younger and less experienced. You should try to study in a peer group that is on the same level as you or even more developed - then you learn from them and don't feel isolated.
Regarding UK schools, it is difficult to provide any general recommendation. My suggestion is that you follow a goal-oriented search strategy:
Overall, I think you need to make sure what you want to do later on specifically - how your job should look like and for which firms you want to work. By using this as a lens you can select your school.
Posted by SanaTG on 07/12/12 11:31am
Thank you very much for useful suggestion.That's very practical.Well I will think about those before making a decision.
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