Most candidates who opt for an Executive PGPM is either trying to climb up the corporate ladder or looking to switch careers. But what most people fail to realise is that they are signing up for intensive study exercises, classroom activities, working on projects and additional workload a full-time PGPM student is faced with on a daily basis, on top of working in an organisation.
But is it as daunting as it seems? Here are a few tips that will help you through the process, change your outlook on the program and view an executive PGPM as an opportunity rather than a challenge.
Steer clear of stress
It’s easy to get burned out and feel the overwhelming effect of stress when you need to work “X” hours a day and then study at night after spending quality time with your family. But, trying to be competitive and beating yourself up for every mistake you make along the way will only make things worse. The best way to go about it is to give it your best and learn to be sportive even if the results turn out the way you expected.
Get better at managing time
The last thing you would want to do after a long day at work is stay up all night with a pile of assignments and books to meet deadlines and score good grades. But time is absolutely crucial in an Executive PGPM program. Manage your time effectively, schedule your programs well ahead and maintain a to-do list so you keep a track of what needs to be done and make sure that nothing gets forgotten or left behind.
Use the Executive PGPM to your advantage
Putting up with all the pressure of dealing with a management program gives you an advantage over your peers at work – an opportunity to implement newly acquired skills and knowledge in your organisation. This will contribute greatly in helping you get a better understanding of the subject and might provide you with the essential tools to further your position in the organisation.