Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Monday, February 2, 2015
What an interesting topic of discussion! I suppose there are really two questions here…
Are you hoping to work in some sort of IT role, and/or within an IT environment/company?
Or are you simply looking for general IT/computer skills that will render you more attractive to prospective employers?
If would like to work in a business-related IT function, you probably want to discuss this with your current school right away, and perhaps layer in an IT Certification on top of your present MBA studies. That will give your MBA a distinct emphasis, and may help attract better job prospects post-graduation.
They may recommend online IT classes, and/or courses offered through another institution. But I would pursue this sooner rather than later, in case you need to alter your degree program slightly, to involve some more formal education.
I can’t say for sure which classes you ought to pursue, because that will depend greatly on the type of IT work or the type of IT company you are looking for, after completion of your MBA. For example: an IT job in Business Analytics versus Business Operations; or a more general job within an IT company focused on social media, versus a job with an IT company focused on healthcare.
I might recommend connecting with alumni from your current program, perhaps through LinkedIn, and identifying those with strong IT skills, or current positions in the IT industry. Find people on the web who have the jobs you would love to do someday! Review their work history and credentials, and dissect their skillset and educational experiences to determine which areas of knowledge or certifications have proven to be the most valuable to their careers.
If you are just looking to pick up some general IT know-how, I would recommend pursuing courses related to organizational, quantitative, analytical, financial, concept-design, and presentation skills. By enhancing an already solid knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, you will be well-prepared for many common business responsibilities in the world of work.
Hope this helps!