An MBA program offers multiple opportunities for learning that can be grouped in in two dimesions: curricular and extracurricular activities.
Through classes we improve our knowledge in business administration, either in one specific field or in several fields at the same time. Even if one student has a large experience in Finance, he or she can still find opportunities to learn marketing, operations or project management through the academic curriculum.
However, collaborating with our colleagues enables us to further develop our teamwork and communication skills. Every time we work with a new person (from a different section) we find an opportunity to develop our ability to work in any type of team and to learn more about new cultures and sectors that are very different from our own.
A top MBA program offers plenty opportunities through the student association to further develop the leadership skills that will be expected from us with our future employers, or employees. The difference between just doing what is necessary to successfully pass a course, and taking full advantage of the learning opportunities available to us through working to improve the MBA experience by working with our colleagues is large one .Getting involved after all is not a prerequisite for graduation, but nevertheless will significantly enhance your abilities to work in multifunctional and cross cultural teams.
Therefore, if we want to improve the soft skills that will be expected from us in the future, it is pivotal to take this valuable opportunity to get involved in activities that go beyond the academic curriculum. Moreover, these activities will expand the school’s reach by improving its image and prestige, which in turn will have a positive impact on all current students and alumni.