A friend of my friend. I have been working at the grassroots level for 5 years. I have encountered bottlenecks in my career development. I want to study for an MBA to improve myself.
She asked an old leader’s opinion, and the old leader said: “You need at least three to five years of management experience before going to an MBA is more meaningful. Because there are many business case analysis and practical observations in the teaching, you have not experienced it. It is difficult to digest and absorb."
She was not sure whether the input and output of the MBA was worth it. She found me through friends and wanted to hear my opinion.
In fact, people who have worked at the grassroots level for more than 5 years have encountered professional bottlenecks. At this time, do you want to get an MBA to improve yourself? Today we will talk about this topic.
5. Have you met the ceiling of the workplace after working for XNUMX years?
Xiao Cai worked in the sales department of a large private enterprise for 5 years. From graduation to now, her work ability has been recognized by the leader, and her performance has been completed smoothly.
However, as she grew older, she obviously felt the lack of her ability.
For example, her strengths are at the grassroots level, and her ability in team management, interpersonal relationship coordination, and strategic decision-making is relatively weak. This makes it difficult for her to move up, and she can only be a good salesperson at the grassroots level.
The manager of the marketing department next door, Ai, joined two years earlier than Xiao Cai. He was also a staff member before. After finishing the MBA, he was promoted to supervisor, and soon he was promoted to deputy manager of the marketing department.
Xiao Cai also has a college classmate who has finished MBA. I heard that his salary has risen a lot. In this way, I am only one MBA away from being promoted and raised!
I asked Xiao Cai: "Why are you still hesitating?"
Xiao Cai said: "I estimated the benefits of studying an MBA, but after all, the investment is quite large.Even if you pass the exam, you need a credit card overdraft for part of the tuition.So I was thinking, can MBA really solve my career problems? "
XNUMX. Will I get a promotion and salary increase when I study MBA? Don't be naive, wake up!
Asked the point in one sentence.
Many people regard studying MBA as a good medicine to solve career bottlenecks: after studying an MBA, you will definitely get a promotion and raise your salary, and everything will be better!
wrong! These are not facts.
MBA is not your magic weapon to solve the professional bottleneck. The bottleneck problem is mostly the problem of ability. The MBA solves mostly the problems of knowledge and thinking.
If you have to find an appropriate word to describe, MBA is more likeThe icing on the cake.
Generally, there are three aspects of gaining MBA: knowledge, academic qualifications, and circle.
MBA covers many courses in economics and management. Such as corporate management, marketing, human resources, financial management, investment and mergers and acquisitions, etc. It can enrich your knowledge system and get a master's degree.
There may be business bosses and executives among your classmates, which will allow you to enter a higher level circle.But circles are not equal to contacts.
The circle refers to the intersection of your activities, and the network reflects a kind of social relationship with each other.
The bond that maintains this social relationship is your value.If you are a noob, this kind of circle is of little significance and value to you.
The ability to survive in the workplace is fundamental. The people we see who get promoted and raise their salary after studying for an MBA, can it really be the MBA that has made them?
My answer is: very few.
Judging from the career counseling cases I have handled:It's not because they got an MBA to get promoted and raise their salary, but because they were like that, they went to get an MBA.
They have the ability to take care of their work and life well, and other things are just a matter of course.
I saw a sentence on the Internet: "When an anxious person goes to an MBA, it is like a man going to take'Viagra'. No one knows how long it will work, but at least for the moment, the state is full immediately."
with all due respect,For many people, learning is more like a placebo, it relieves your temporary anxiety, but it does not play a fundamental role.
I am not saying that MBA is not important, but that if you need to solve some very specific abilities, the best place to improve is not in the classroom, but in the workplace.
XNUMX. How can I quickly switch to a bottleneck in my career?
Based on the above, I think people in the workplace who have the same confusion as Xiao Cai can consider the following two aspects to seek breakthroughs in career bottlenecks.
1. Jump into an entrepreneurial or growth-oriented company
The biggest characteristic of entrepreneurial enterprises is the coexistence of high growth and high risks. High growth means you have more exercise opportunities and a better exercise platform.
Of course, in order to reduce career risks, you can filter startups through 4 criteria.
Does this company do things in line with your values?
- Is the leader worth following
This can be feedback through interviews.
- Can the team culture be integrated
This group of people working together, can you adapt to their working style and work habits?
Can the company's channels for obtaining funds ensure the normal operation of the project?
A growth-oriented enterprise refers to an enterprise with good future development expectations in a relatively long period of time (for example, more than 3 years).
How to judge a company's future development potential? Simply put, it can be seen from the following three aspects.
The industry is a sunrise industry or emerging industry.
Have a complete innovation system and strong innovation and development capabilities.
2. Look for opportunities within the company
Due to the special economic environment this year, you can also pass"Minimum cost iteration"Way to find opportunities within the company.
For example, to be the leader of a small project, this opportunity is much easier to obtain than promotion.
By being responsible for a small project or cross-departmental collaboration, you can exercise your team management, interpersonal relationship coordination, and strategic decision-making capabilities.
For young people fighting in the workplace, nothing is more exciting than learning to "change yourself". I understand this desire!
However, the idea of using MBA as a panacea for solving professional bottlenecks is not reliable.
You won't be at the pinnacle of life just because you have an MBA, and you will not change the course of your destiny.It is just a piece of your life experience, a cornerstone of development.
It is not unimportant, but it is not yet important enough to bring about a fundamental change in your life.
The author of this article is Sun Ruixi, a senior career consultant, the author of Toutiao signing contract, and an expert on the external jury of Qingyun Project. Author of the book "Deliberate Growth" based on the analysis of career cases. WeChat public account: Ruixi Online (id: ruixizaixian01).