I start my MBA today, and am looking forward to it. You might ask why the owner of a small recruitment consultancy needs or wants to do a two year course devoted to understanding how large firms exist and operate, so here are my three reasons why:
First and foremost, I want to do it. I enjoy learning and I find aspects of the business world extremely fascinating. This is critical, there aren’t too many things that you’ll devote time, energy and money to if you don’t want to do it.
I pride myself on really understanding the clients I work with, and having an intimate knowledge of the roles I recruit for. I’ve seen a lot more complexity in these roles over the past few years and furthermore, more focus placed on candidates possessing broad business knowledge and not simply technical or industry understanding. To qualify these people better, I think I should know more myself.
I think we’re at the start of a process that will see traditional recruitment companies lose their relevance. Companies have access to all manner of tools that are allowing them to recruit themselves, and RPO providers are growing rapidly. But neither of these address the big issue as far as I’m, concerned – how can the HR and/or recruitment function be a better business enabler than it is today? I see ‘engagement’ as the key word for the next few years, whether the context is improving productivity and commitment of current employees or ensuring the best candidates are aware of and excited about your company, and ‘recruitment’ will extend from this policy of engagement. I believe possessing an MBA helps me to be well positioned for this change.
Every few weeks I’ll be providing an insight into some of the MBA work I’ve been doing, so watch this space!
I did likewise 6 months ago for similar reasons. love of learning, greater understanding of business environments, help me get ahead of the pack. I hope to complete my distance learning course in 2 years. Good luck!
I will certainly comment as you provide more insight from your MBA experience!