Recently, I was honoured to be invited to attend the TRIUM convocation by three of my clients who had earned their eMBA degrees there. The ceremony was held in London’s Guildhall , one of England’s historic business hubs steeped in history dating back to 1480.
Afterward, while congratulating and chatting with my clients, I noticed how meek and mild they were about such a major accomplishment. They kept referring to the degree as an MBA, but it is NOT, it is an Executive Master of Business Administration! The difference is worth the added emphasis and excitement. Don’t diminish that difference. Shout it out!
While you must use “MBA” on the front page of your resume, as the official nomenclature has not been changed, you CAN and SHOULD use eMBA or fully spell out “Executive Master of Business Administration” on the last page of your resume.
Don’t limit mention of your full degree to your resume alone. There is a huge difference between the MBA and the eMBA, savvy hiring influencers know it. For those who don’t? You must articulate the message that this degree represents significantly greater academic rigor, commitment, travel, and value in a job search or wherever you discuss your skills and talents. Every communication with hiring influencers, interviewers, and network contacts should include mention of your eMBA and how it is different from an MBA.
I’m passionate about my eMBA clients getting the full value and credit for the incredibly hard work they have put into earning this prestigious, valuable degree. Don’t allow modesty, cultural conditioning, or a shy temperament to diminish your accomplishment or its value to your career. Be bold, be fierce in talking about your eMBA: This is a valuable degree, and you are all the more valuable to employers for having earned it!