Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Transform Your Work Prospects; ADVERTISING FEATURE EDUCATION / MBAStudying for a Master's Degree, Postgraduate Qualification or MBA Can Be a Passport to Success at Senior Levels

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Transform Your Work Prospects; ADVERTISING FEATURE EDUCATION / MBAStudying for a Master's Degree, Postgraduate Qualification or MBA Can Be a Passport to Success at Senior Levels

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WHEN it comes to employability in professional or senior roles, postgraduates do far better than those who only have a first degree.

However, postgraduate study does more than enable you to specialise in a field or hone your leadership style.

"I have found my inner strength and unleashed my potential," says Henley Business School alumnus Ole Petter Anfinsen, the founder of an international executive health and performance consulting firm, as well as a management consultancy. He adds: "The MBA increased my confidence and improved my self-awareness."

Networking with fellow students and real-world experiences can be transformative, with Anfinsen saying his class trip to South Africa was "lifechanging". The MBA students worked with a charity in Cape Town, bringing them face-to-face with poverty, political disruption and crime. "The people reminded me what matters and gave me new meaning," he says.

While not every MBA student works on such exciting projects overseas, most say the learning experience gives them a new perspective.

Ant Thomas, director of audit at Grant Thornton, is one of a growing number of MBA students benefiting from the apprenticeship levy. Not only does this mean no tuition fees for the MBAs (which can cost PS70,000 at elite business schools), they can apply what they learn in the workplace.

"It has opened my eyes to a range of new areas and shown just how varied the business world can be," he says.

Learning on the job also means MBA and master's apprentices can continue to advance their careers and earn the salaries that go with them.

This is why a growing number of business schools are offering these apprenticeships and flexible options.

Birmingham Business School, for example, enables its MBA apprentices to complete their programmes in up to four-and-a-half years, with modular delivery over long weekends. …

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