Capitalising on learning: an exploration of the MBA as a vehicle for developing career competencies

Sturges, Jane; Simpson, Ruth and Altman, Yochanan (2003). Capitalising on learning: an exploration of the MBA as a vehicle for developing career competencies. International Journal of Training and Development, 7(1) pp. 53–66.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2419.00170

Abstract

This article reports the findings of a study of Canadian MBA graduates that explores the skills, knowledge and capabilities which they gained from the programme within the context of a career-competency framework. It concludes that the development of knowing-why career competencies (relating to career values, meanings and motivations) were the most important outcome of the course for the graduates. Knowing-how career competencies (relating to skills and job-related knowledge) were also valued highly. Increased self-confidence was a valuable form of career capital for the graduates, although the antecedents and consequences of this appear to be somewhat different for men and women.

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