By Sarah Townsend
Hays UAE warns an MBA alone will not open doors to top-level employment
An MBA without relevant experience does not translate to a high-level career, a top Middle East recruitment agency has warned.
A senior executive at Hays UAE said regional employment prospects for recent MBA graduates with little accompanying work experience are substantially slimmer than for their counterparts without an MBA but who have relevant industry experience.
Bethan Robbins, commercial director of Hays UAE, said: “With the current economic climate we’ve found employers are being more strategic with their senior level hiring, tending to recruit established professionals with specific industry experience.
“An MBA can fast-track your career, however in today’s job market relevant industry experience counts for a lot too.”
In a statement from Hays following a career seminar at Manchester Business School in Dubai, Robbins’ colleague Jon Ashcroft, senior business director at Hays UAE, added: “An MBA alone will not open doors to executive level opportunities.
“It is certainly a qualification that is well valued in the job market, but it must also be complemented with the right experience, track record and personal skill-set.”
He advised people seeking to gain an MBA to study part-time while retaining relevant employment – which gives them “the advantage of practical experience that some of their full-time counterparts may not have”.
Ashcroft said: “To be more attractive in today’s job market, part-time students should look for potential internal promotion opportunities in order to consolidate their theoretical studies. This will help to maximise their practical experience for executive level jobs in the future.”