Wouldn’t you just love to take 2-3 years out of your life to go get an MBA? While getting an MBA is certainly a good way to learn about business, it’s not the only way to learn. Additionally, it’s not often the most practical choice for education. It’s difficult for any business owner to quit his or her job for the length of the program. MBAs are expensive. And, relocation is often necessary in order to complete the program. If you are able to make these sacrifices for business school, then great! More power to you. However, it’s important to remember that there are many other ways to stay educated in business and in your industry than going to business school. Here are some ways to keep those wheels turning as you thrive in your career.
Read Books And Blogs Religiously
It’s hard to argue against the fact that one of the best ways to learn is by reading. If you are planning on thriving in your industry, you should be consistently consuming content on the internet and in the latest books on the market. More than ever, keeping up on the internet, and reading the latest books on business, is the best way to learn current business practices. In fact, reading is so important that you should schedule time in your day for it.
Online education is huge right now. There are so many different places where you can sign up for an online course and either learn a new skill or refine a skill you already possess. You can find these courses by either searching Google for the skill you would like to learn (I promise, no matter what it is, it exists), or you can visit an online education site like Udemy. Another great place to find suggestions for online courses is on top industry websites. Top industry websites will sometimes promote and advertise courses that will help you thrive in your industry.
If you are a great student and have a true hankering to learn, but don’t have the time for a full MBA program, you should consider a mini-MBA program. Places like the Barbri Financial Skills Institute offer business classes that take any where from a few hours to a few days to complete. The benefit of these classes is often substantial, and will change the way you conduct business.
There is so much to be said about what should be known as The University of YouTube. Whenever I want to learn something new, I simply YouTube it, and after a few good minutes I have possessed a new skill. Through YouTube, I have learned how to fix my car, how to repair a lawn mower, how to use InfusionSoft, and how to play the guitar, and have acquired many other skills. It’s also important to remember that many top universities offer their courses via video. That means without applying to business school, you can potentially eavesdrop on every lesson.