Some of the Best Learning Experiences Occur Outside the Classroom

Today's companies are hiring ambitious MBA grads, and that number is increasing year by year.  Though unemployment rates for the general population may be high, unemployment rates for graduate degree holders were 3.9% as measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2010 and are expected to have dropped since then. Employers are seeking employees that can innovate, think critically, and communicate effectively.  New hires need hands-on knowledge, not just any MBA degree.

Businesses and organizations demand real-world experience. That means  the ability to make decisions and handle situations that comes from experience, not just the classroom.

In a recent survey of corporate recruiters from MBA.com, results confirm the needs modern companies have to hire MBA grads that are vetted with experiential education and past work performance:

The Mason MBA gives you the opportunity to connect your studies with the contemporary business environment. Classroom experiences are made far more valuable by high-impact out of classroom experiences that allow you to integrate theory with practice and advance your leadership and management abilities. A true education must go beyond classroom learning, making interaction with industry experts a part of the curriculum.

At George Mason University, we constantly find new ways to connect students with business leaders and influencers. Recently, students had the opportunity to spend the day with Warren Buffett at the corporate offices of his company, Berkshire Hathaway, in Omaha, Nebraska.

While it’s challenging to assign a value to something like the opportunity to meet an international business leader, student reactions make it clear:

“Mr. Buffett instructed us not to throw him any softball questions. Listening to him speak about investing made a difficult topic sound easy. The trip was an amazing experience that I will never forget,” said Andrew Desing '12 George Mason University MBA.

The Mason MBA also offers other experiential learning opportunities including a semester long consulting project that gives you the opportunity to work directly with a partner organization on a business plan, product launch, or market research. This hands-on course allows you to take business theory from the classroom and apply it in a corporate setting.

Make sure you build the skills you need before you graduate.

George Mason University School of Business

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