A big part of pursing an MBA is gaining support from your employer. Whether you are just starting to think about an MBA, or you’ve already begun the admissions process, it is important to thoughtfully approach the conversation you will have with your employer.  Getting buy-in from your superiors can sometimes be a difficult discussion to have.  Below are a few tips from two University of Utah Executive MBA alumni who have been in your shoes and shared with us how to make the process of gaining company support easier.

  1. Don’t make assumptions about your employer’s willingness to support you.

Executive MBA Class of 2014 graduate Anna Scott explains: “Ask for support even if this is not typical for the company. You might be surprised by what they are willing to do.”

  1. Put your company’s needs before yourself. Lay out expectations up front.

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