I studied communications in college but now working as an operations manager. The shift has been quite drastic and operations management is really not my forte. It is totally different from what I am used to. I never really understood how operations work - the KPIs, metrics, process flows, etc. I had to study hard on operations management while doing the actual work.
I remember, a couple of years ago, my bestfriend actually invited me to take up MBA. I was hesitant since MBA takes a lot of time and money at the same time. I never realized the value of MBA until that time when I was crumbling and needed the knowledge that MBA could have provided me in order to do my job well. When my friend invited me, I thought, why would I need an MBA when I already am on top of the ladder. I was already a senior manager at that time and things are running quite well. Little did I know how little I know about business and common sense may not be enough all the time especially when your team has grown from a hundred to a thousand. You need to use some scientific ways in order to keep the team running and have them work together.
I was a fiction writer and getting into business was not something I dreamed about nor prepared for. When I was there, yes, I was able to get by but it was not enough to just get buy. Although my position is already what other people will call dead end, an MBA would have prepared me for all the challenges that a growing company face. An MBA would have increased my value in the company a lot more. It would have prepared me for other options outside the company. It would have opened a lot of opportunities.
Well, it is never too late. I am now taking up MBA and already on my second year. It is a journey and the good thing is I am able to apply what I learn from my classes at work. Operations Management in the company has been a lot better than it was before. Structures are now in place, metrics and KPIs were set up. I am doing well and I am getting better each day.