How important are extracurricular activities at MBA?
Students involved in extracurricular activities are more likely to
become leaders, more willing to complete tasks, more willing to voice
opinions says a University
Hyderabad|India|August'2010: How important are extracurricular
activities at MBA? It looks like they are very important, otherwise
business and management colleges wouldn’t have been in hurry to introduce
so many activities. They realise that power of learning is by doing.
Surveys after surveys reveal that 40% of learning in MBA happens in peer
Sometime back there was a book titled "What They Don't Teach You At
Harvard Business School" published. The answer to this question is "how to
be street" says its author Mark H. McCormack in the book. What it seems we
need along with the business school education is the street knowledge that
comes from the day-to-day experience of running a business and managing
people, says he in that book. The book was a great hit so much so that
somebody had to bring out an another book "What they really teach in
Harward Business School" as a sequel to it.
The Bookish knowledge is bookish knowledge and it takes that far only. It
alone will not help in life. What matters after that is how one uses the
knowledge in real life. And one also need those skills which help him or
her to be absorbed by the industry readily.
India today has 2500 management colleges and 25 high quality Business
schools like IIMs and ISB etc. Though many graduate out of these
institutions, not more than 25% are employable, a NASSCOM study revealed
some time back.
But, how far MBA colleges geared up to groom management graduates whom
industry can absorb quickly. We need MBAs that offer training mapped to
Industry requirement. Employability skills which are best learnt when
classroom replicates key features of real work. And faculty's role must be
to facilitate and coach rather than lecture. So the management faculty
must make its students to take much of the responsibility of their own
learning. Students must take responsibility to be a constant learner.
So business colleges are gearing up to develop employability skills in its
management students. It is found that subject knowledge is useful only 15%
and what really matters in gaining employment is soft skills which matters
Besides series of lectures, discussions, workshops and group practice
sessions it is required to develop essential skills for leadership like
effective listening, communication, presentation, team building,
assertiveness and problem solving etc.
So colleges are all geared up to offer Soft Skills to bridge the gap
between Academic Education and Industry requirements.
Some institutions even feel that all work and no play makes Jack a dull
boy. They are extending classroom beyond campus. Life in campus is totally
different now. Indian School of Business(ISB) on joining, puts all
students to go through the Leadership Development Programme (LDP) to
inculcates a spirit of team play and leadership. It has student clubs,
community services, business and art programmes etc and other
Life at Singapore Institute of Management Global Education isn’t all work
and no play. Over 50 arts, cultural, special interests and sports clubs as
well as round-the-year student activities exist for community bonding,
personal growth and networking says the institute.
Unitedworld School of Business is offering one year internship at its
Extracurricular activities can empower students to make their own
decisions and help them gain vital experience and skills to lead them on
the path to their future.
Today companies hire management consultants to solve their problems.
Mangements look for such consultants only who play a leadership role in
their own life informs Mr. Naresh Reddy, Alumni - IIM Bangalore.
MBA is a Mind Brain Activation said Prof. Anamitra Chatterjee, Alumni of
IIM-C and Prof Executive Education of London School of Business.
According to the Montana State University, students involved in
extracurricular activities are more likely to become leaders, more willing
to complete tasks, more willing to voice opinions, and more likely to
graduate from high school and have annual incomes of more than $50,000.
Extracurricular activities are also a good way to explore social,
political, and career interests.
Extracurricular activities help students gain experience in a variety of
areas that will enhance their future. Through participation in sports,
students learn cooperation, teamwork and time management. By serving as an
officer in an organization, students learn responsibility, problem solving
and communication. Extracurricular activities can also help students
discover hidden talents, meet people they might otherwise not encounter,
and learn about things outside their own environment.
Extracurricular activities are great fun. At the time of college admission
or job interview applications extra curricular activities reveal glimpse
of students life-style and personality. Your list of activities will be a
track record that tells something about students participation, but also
about his or her commitment to a goal, depth of interests, and attitude.