Why management school is the key to advancing your management career


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By Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou

There are a number of reasons why managers and executives enrol in management development programs at a Masters level.

Maybe you are looking for a higher salary, better networking opportunities, a promotion or even a change in career. Or perhaps you are just looking to challenge yourself with new knowledge, approaches and ways of thinking.

Whatever your reason for going back to school, the decision comes with an important question: How do you find the right program to fit your busy life, career goals and will teach you what you are looking to learn?

Management school yields immediate impact

If you are looking for an education that will allow you to begin improving your management skills immediately, a management program may be the right fit for you.

Unlike business administration driven programs, management programs like the International Masters’ Program for Managers (IMPM) focus classroom time on building strong managerial skills that can be immediately applied at work, giving you the resources to find solutions to your real workplace challenges.

Management school lets you learn from the experience of others

One of the benefits of completing management school mid-career is the opportunity to benefit from the experience of others. For example, IMPM students are all practising managers with an average 15-20 years work experience. By bringing together these experienced participants, the IMPM allows them to build on their existing expertise by learning from their peers. Further, you will see yourself and your experiences reflected in the classroom.

It does not have to become your second full-time job

There is no arguing that returning to school mid-career is a big commitment. The prospect of balancing work, school and home life can be a daunting task for many people with family responsibilities.

Luckily, there are now plenty of education options that can help make this balancing act easier. For example, the format of the IMPM – with five, 10-day modules over 18 months – means that classroom hours are focused, causing minimal disruption to your regular working days and day-to-day life.

Learn the skills to lead across a broad range of roles and contexts

Today’s managers wear many hats: as a figurehead, a spokesperson, a liaison, a negotiator, a motivator, a problem solver or an entrepreneur. With so many different roles, managers increasingly need to focus on developing skills that will allow them to lead teams across cultures or manage in international contexts. If this sounds like you, the IMPM can help you focus on developing a “worldly mindset” to lead global organizations, deliver immediate impact and ultimately grow your career in the long-term.

About Dr. Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou

Dr. Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou is the Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University, Canada, since September 2015. The IMPM is jointly managed by the University of Lancaster and McGill University. To learn more, please visit https://impm.org/.

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