Attending Business School is like an experience in itself, especially if you’re doing the AGSM MBA. The decision to go for an MBA is always a well-thought out one although very few people would actually follow a traditional decision making process usually followed in business. Unlike any other Undergraduate course or postgraduate course, the MBA places great stress on all-round development.
So while it is important to learn about finance, accounting and the other core business subjects it also important to know how to create and deliver an effective presentation, how to handle difficult conversations and most importantly how to network . These are qualities and skills that most people, who have been in the workforce for a couple of years tend to take for granted. But step into a global MBA and only then would you realize that what you knew is just the tip of the iceberg.
One of the core competencies that any global Manager must possess is excellent networking skills. These are not only essential to find the right job but later on become an important tool for growing a business, winning important contracts etc. The MBA places great stress on this area and more than 30% jobs in International B-Schools are found through effective networking. However that is easier said than done. Psychologists and experts have identified certain barriers that prevent people from Networking effectively, some of these are:
- We feel pushy.
- We feel shy.
- We feel intimated.
- We fear rejection.
- We consider it to be a waste of time.
Most International MBA programs run sessions to remove these fears amongst their students and at AGSM this starts of from the very first day when each student is encouraged to know all his classmates, something that is not possible at Wharton or Harvard given the number of students in an MBA class.
The video below is an excellent guide on how to overcome your anxiety of meeting people and establishing effective contacts.