Once you’ve earned a bachelor’s degree and have begun working within your field of study, you suddenly realize you’ve only made it to an entry level position and there is more to life than this. You could be earning so much more and have a better chance at a career with a future if you’d only study for a masters in business administration. After all, you can become the Chairman of the Board with a degree like that! But do you have the motivation and drive necessary to complete a degree of this stature?
And if you work full-time and study online, is the online MBA as rigorous as the campus-based MBA program? These are just a couple of the questions you will be asking yourself before you finally make the leap to register. If you wonder whether or not you have what it takes to complete an MBA program, you only need to ask yourself a few questions and then you’ll know.
You Don’t Live Close to Campus, Can You Still Enroll?
Those who live far from the school of their choice may want to register for an online MBA program, but there may be issues if you are not a resident of that county or that state. So, you may need to ask the registrar one simple question. “Does the online MBA have any residency requirements?” Typically, you will find that the only residency requirements most colleges ask you to meet is for those classes that you must attend in person, on campus.
Those are usually short practicums so don’t be disturbed. The entire course, other than a short practicum, will be online and is the same exact program as you’d study on campus. So there you have an answer now to both of your questions. Yes, an online MBA program is just as rigorous as an on-campus program and maybe there are a couple of minor residency requirements.
How Can I Stay Motivated during My Studies as Busy as I Am?
When it comes to motivation, there are certain ways you can keep energy levels high when you feel like you are being pulled at from all ends. While some people claim that you need to keep the end in sight, other people say that this might be a mistake. After all, you are only six months into what will be another 18 months of rigorous study, all the while working full time at your current job.
Which works best for you, personally? Does it help to dream of all the advances you can make when you’ve achieved your goal or is it better to think of acing that next exam or writing a superior term paper? Everyone has different ‘triggers’ as to what motivates them and only you know your personality type. If looking too far in the future just doesn’t help, try going from one milestone to the next. But always take time out for a little R&R. There is nothing like a breath of fresh air, so to speak, to reinvigorate you and keep you motivated for the long haul. Yes, you’ll go far with that MBA and you really can stay motivated; just take it one step at a time and you’ll be just fine.