Decision to Pursue a Masters of Business Administration degree Bertheia Gary MGT/521 July 12, 2010 Thomas Kenfield Abstract In this paper I will describe an argument on my decision to pursue an MBA degree to enhance better job opportunities, become a business owner and explore a more exciting career. Using the Jungian 16-Type Personality Assessment results the writer will support and prove why the decision to pursue an MBA was the right decision. It is thought that by the time a senior graduates she should know what career path to take in life.
As I walked across the stage as a young graduate many years ago it was unclear to me that career path I wanted to take in life. I always believed that I wanted to live a multipurpose life. I wanted to do something that I loved. I wanted to do something challenging and with good pay. I could be a Sports Therapist, a teacher or even a lawyer. After changing my major several times, I decided to obtain a BA in English, which led me to become an Educator. That is until recently when I was laid off because of budget cuts.Order now
That very safe career as a teacher was no longer promising. Guess I could say it was a good thing because out of the 11 years that I taught, I spent four of those years trying to figure out what I wanted to do and how I was going to make my big career move. I found it difficult to return to school in pursuit of a Master’s degree because the majority of my free time was taken up with continuing education courses to become and stay a highly qualified teacher. Teaching was okay. It is a satisfying feeling when a student finally gets it, but that wasn’t enough.
I needed a career where I thought I could show off that “spunk” in me. I wanted to make big decisions and become a leader. I felt the need to do more and make more money than what a career as an educator would allow me to do. I decided to pursue my MBA with a concentration in Health Care Administration because despite the recession it is still a promising career. The appealing part about an MBA is that it will allow me to explore and give me options. I don’t have to get locked in to one particular job.
I believe it is critical to get my MBA because of my lack of experience and knowledge in the health care field. I want to give myself every opportunity to land that great job. The MBA targets to build on the foundations of work experience and by providing skills and knowledge to allow the student to become more efficient and knowledgeable to a higher level of responsibility. In today’s era of fierce competition, it is critical to have a more comprehensive education to get promotions and good salaries.
In the new fast paced world experience starts to play secondary roles and personal abilities and education comes to the front (Barger, 1995). Although there is plenty that I have to learn, I think I have many qualities that will allow me to become a good Manager. Through working in the juvenile system I have learned many ways to communicate properly with others. Communication is very important in everyday life as well as on the job. To be a good communicator one has to know how to send and receive messages. Everyone communicates differently in today’s society thus making it essential in everyday lives.
To reach our target audience it is not as important to understand how we perceive ourselves as it is important know and understand how we are perceived by others. Perception of oneself can be contradictory to the perception of others and this is one of the hindrances in being successful career wise (McKay, n. d. ). Many people, and some companies use personality assessments to learn more about themselves and potential employees. The Jungian 16-Type Personality Self-Assessment is designed to help people understand themselves better through one of the 16 personality types.
The intentions of this assessment is to measure an individual’s thinking style, ways for dealing with information and group setting interactions. After taking the Jungian 16-Type Personality assessment, I found the results favorable of being a manager. My score was ENTJ. I am an Extrovert. To be successful as manager, CEO, or regular employee one has to be outgoing. Managers must attend meetings, express ideas and opinions. Most good leaders are extroverts. I am intuitive. This could be good when complemented with rational thinking. I am a thinker and can be judging.
The interpretation of my analysis is that I am outgoing, visionary, argumentative, have a low tolerance for incompetence, and often seen as a natural leader. Possible career choices include: manager, management trainer, stockbroker, lawyer, chemical engineer, police officer (Pearson, Prentice Hall 2007). I know that getting my MBA will become a very useful tool in learning how to build and manage a successful business. My husband and I just bought in to an online gift store and I am currently exploring advertising ideas and learning the ends and out of the business.
I am learning new and creative ways to market the business. It can be challenging but I am up for the challenge. I also know that it will take time for the small business to grow. In conclusion I think that I need to brush up on my creative side, and learn more about presentations and business terminology along with other aspects of being a manager. I have stated several reason why deciding to pursue a MBA was a good choice. I can change careers, own my own business and explore better job opportunities. Deciding to get my MBA was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I will reach my dreams and goals long as I continue with my MBA and continue to educate myself on the world of business. References Barger, N. J. , & Kirby, L. K. (1995). The Challenge of Change in Organizations: Helping Employees Thrive in the New Frontier. Mountain View, Ca: Davies-Black Publishing. McKay, Dawn Rosenberg. Career Decisions: Self Assessment. Retrieved on July 9, 2010 From http://careerplanning. about. com/od/selfassessment/a/self_assessment_2. htm Pearson Education, Inc. Pearson Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River, NJ. 2007.