Change is everywhere. Companies restructure, technology evolves and processes must be addressed to keep up. Employees are required to learn new skills and teams must integrate to work together efficiently.
As these aspects of the working world shift, your management degree can help you facilitate organizational improvements to deliver performance and results in a challenging environment — giving you greater opportunities to advance professionally.
As a Benedictine graduate with a MS in Management and Organizational Behavior, you will be able to excel in numerous career paths. A graduate degree in management and organizational behavior prepares you to assume important leadership roles in business, government and civic organizations. Or you may prefer the variety and flexibility of working as an independent management consultant. Whichever path your career may go, with your degree you will possess valuable management skills and human behavior knowledge that you can utilize in the workplace to address the human side of business while advancing your career.
Discover some of the potential career applications below.
Management analysts, or management consultants, advise organizations in improving their profit, performance and efficiency. These consultants focus specifically on organizational behavior or organization development and specialize in the human aspect of business including change management, improving productivity and human capital development. They provide an external, objective assessment and develop strategic recommendations. This career requires a mix of analytical, creative and problem solving ability, as well as strong communication, interpersonal and time-management skills.
The job outlook for management analysts is promising. Employment is expected to grow 22 percent between 2010 and 2020, outpacing the average growth rate of all occupations.1 In 2010, close to 23 percent of management analysts were self-employed.
Human resources professionals lead recruitment, hiring, development and management coordination of staff. They also work with the executive leadership on human capital planning, facilitate the operational change of policies and serve as a connection between management and employees.
A career in human resources can range across many responsibilities and many industries, with various titles to match. These may include: corporate labor relations executive, payroll manager, director of employee benefits and services, performance evaluation specialists, employment and recruiting manager, employee grievance specialist and staffing managers.
For someone with strong interpersonal and managerial skills, a decisive nature and good organizational skills, a career in human resources may be a good fit.
Training and development managers identify, plan and implement initiatives to increase employees’ knowledge and/or aptitude to do their jobs. This is essential to ensure a company remains competitive, keeps employees engaged and reduces attrition.
Although not required, most employers prefer that individuals in this area have a master’s degree and have worked in the industry in which they train and develop others. In this career, critical-thinking skills to assess and determine the training needs of a company, in addition to interpersonal skills, are crucial.
Job titles can include: director of training, training and development specialist and chief learning officer.
Rising to the top requires the ability to motivate and inspire people while thinking strategically and decisively about the management and growth of the organization. In an evolving landscape, human-focused management skills are a major asset, as organizations must work harder than ever to stay competitive. The MS degree in Management and Organizational Behavior has armed many executives with the skills needed to shift from personal success within their role to harnessing the ability and tools to manage a team and helping their organization accomplish goals.
Read About the Impact of Organizational Behavior
If you are interested in finding out more about how the learning outcomes in the Master’s in Management and Organizational Behavior play out in the real world, here are several articles focusing on specific skills emphasized in the program:
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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Management Analysts, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/management-analysts.htm (visited April 25, 2013).