Executive education pays off

15 June 2012

Valeria Araya went up NOK 350,000 in salary and got a new management position in Switzerland after she completed an Executive Master of Management programme at BI Norwegian Business School.

“I sacrificed many evenings, weekends and holidays. I didn’t have much of a social life for three years. But it was worth it,” Araya told the Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten. She went from a position as product manager at Kraft Foods Norway’s office to a project manager position at the company's main office in Zurich.

The disciplined student enrolled in BI’s part-time Master of Management programme was named the best student, with A’s in all subjects. A month after graduation she was offered a management position in Switzerland.

“It suited me well privately, and it was an exciting career step. The cost of living is higher in Switzerland than in Norway, but the increased salary offers a good standard of living and opportunities to travel around Europe. Now I’m just a short train ride from Munich, Milan and Paris,” Araya told Aftenposten.

“The typical continuing education student is a highly educated woman under 40 years of age who works in the private sector. Their motivation is to enhance their career opportunities and improve their job skills. Seven out of ten say that continuing education boosted their job satisfaction, and nearly half have been offered a higher level job,” says Janne Log, EVP of corporate communications and public affairs at BI.

Nearly two out of three students who enrolled in a continuing education programme at BI say they have received salary increases after graduating. Increased job satisfaction and career gains are other benefits of continuing education, BI’s Graduate Job Market Survey shows.

Read the entire story (in Norwegian) on Aftenposten’s online edition: Etterutdanning gir lønnshopp.

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