Chapter 1 Reading – Wall Street Journal Article on MBA Skills

September 2, 2009

For me, this article highlights something important—the fact that business schools are responding to the concerns expressed by employers and seeking to adapt their curriculum to make sure that their students have the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to get the jobs they want and succeed in the work place. While the job market for the type of jobs most MBA students seek is always competitive, in this economy, its imperative that students have all of the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.  That means MBA students must understand the fundamental aspects of business and management taught in traditional business school classes while also developing the leadership and communication skills required to succeed in today’s work force. To get in the door and succeed once you get there, you have to have the communication and leadership skills to show clients and co-workers how you are applying the knowledge you have obtained and how your actions benefit them and to address any concerns they may have in an appropriate and effective manner. By adapting their curriculums to meet these demands, business schools are working to ensure that their students have the opportunity to build effective communication and leadership skills. It is then up to the students to make sure that they make the most of the classes and other opportunities provided and acquire the skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive work environment.

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