The business and management skills that you have gained in your professional career to date are a valuable asset; practical experience is, of course, essential in learning how to be an effective manager. If you are looking for the best way to build on this experience as you move forward in your career – whether you are looking to update your skills, fast-track your development or change to a new career path – a particularly powerful combination can be achieved by choosing to study academic management theory at Aston.
The opportunity to explore the various functions of management in different organisations and business sectors, and reflect upon the impact of different management styles, will both broaden your understanding and allow you to critically review your own performance. Some of the key benefits of making an investment in your future by embarking on this course of study are:
Adding Depth to Practical Experience
A course of study that is designed to encompass all areas of business will give you an insight into both your own areas of expertise and those in which you lack practical experience. By studying academic theory and strategy, you will radically improve your understanding of the management techniques used by yourself and others.
Keeping Abreast of Changing Technology
The business landscape evolves rapidly and a qualification in management can help inform you about the changes affecting the wider business, roles, processes and communication. Further study is the best way to arm yourself with up-to-date knowledge and relevant skills.
Seeing the Bigger Picture
It will almost invariably be the case that your practical experience has been gained in a few particular organisations or departments, depending on the roles you have held. You may have honed your skills in a small business or a large multinational, in finance or in marketing, and so forth. It is vital to build an understanding of the bigger picture and the way in which all the various operations that form a business are managed and function as a whole.
Understanding Current Best Practice
While nothing is as valuable as practical, real-world experience, theoretical models and case studies can give you exposure to new ideas, concepts and best practice strategies, which will equip you to make better business decisions and will make you a more rounded management professional.
Interacting with Mentors and Peers
If you have been working in management for some time, returning to a course of study is a great opportunity to gain feedback and insight from your peers on your own ideas and management style, and to offer feedback on theirs. Mentoring opportunities can also be taken advantage of, both from lecturers and fellow students. You will have the opportunity to learn from each other's experience as you progress through the course.
Building Your Network
Every business school graduate understands the value of networking. Embarking on a management education course will give you the opportunity to build relationships with a wider network of people for your future career.
Understanding People and Organisations
It is useful to learn about the ways in which people behave within organisations and about the nature of power, leadership, influence and negotiation. By reflecting on the theories behind these ideas, you will equip yourself with valuable management skills and tools.
Gaining Transferable Skills
The chance to develop valuable complementary and transferable skills, such as critically reviewing your own performance, analytical and research skills, is another major benefit of management education.