South Africa or Dubai - please advise!


JohnDoe55

Hello everybody,

I am now working in Dubai for an international shipping firm. I am aiming to start an MBA next year.

My ultimate goal is to go to South Africa and settle in Johannesburg, and I am certainly considering the MBAs at Wits and Pretoria. However, my problem is that I have great potential for upward mobility at my current job, which would be helped a lot by doing an MBA. That's why I am also considering a part time or executive MBA in here in Dubai, for instance the Executive MBA at LBS.

I know that this not a lot of information, but this is the general question: does it make sense to hold onto my job and get an EMBA, in hopes of eventually moving to South Africa? Or should I make the jump now and simply hope I can land a great job after an MBA in the country?

Hello everybody,

I am now working in Dubai for an international shipping firm. I am aiming to start an MBA next year.

My ultimate goal is to go to South Africa and settle in Johannesburg, and I am certainly considering the MBAs at Wits and Pretoria. However, my problem is that I have great potential for upward mobility at my current job, which would be helped a lot by doing an MBA. That's why I am also considering a part time or executive MBA in here in Dubai, for instance the Executive MBA at LBS.

I know that this not a lot of information, but this is the general question: does it make sense to hold onto my job and get an EMBA, in hopes of eventually moving to South Africa? Or should I make the jump now and simply hope I can land a great job after an MBA in the country?
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Duncan

This totally depends on whether your work in Dubai makes your route to South Africa easier or harder. If you don't have a good network in South Africa, then a full-time MBA there is a good asset. I did the London EMBA with the South African field trip and, as it happens, all my team were invited to join the firm we consulted to.

This totally depends on whether your work in Dubai makes your route to South Africa easier or harder. If you don't have a good network in South Africa, then a full-time MBA there is a good asset. I did the London EMBA with the South African field trip and, as it happens, all my team were invited to join the firm we consulted to.
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JohnDoe55

A lot to think about, thanks. I don't actually have a great network in SA but working on it now. Your EMBA experience sounds promising. Thanks again!

A lot to think about, thanks. I don't actually have a great network in SA but working on it now. Your EMBA experience sounds promising. Thanks again!
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