And then after you get the job what training and management development will you need to keep your career on an upward trajectory?
Traditional management development is expensive and few organisation can justify spending a lot of money of a very few managers. The MBA may look good on the CV but it is not the most effective way of growing the type of manager specific to your organisation needs.
What organisations increasingly need is a cost effective way of developing the leadership skills of large numbers of managers in a way that moulds them in to the type of manager best suited to the organisations' needs. Preferably without taking them away from their day jobs. Ideally through an approach that allows them to dip in and out when time and opportunity permits. Such an approach focuses on a management development programme based on executive coaching, management learning sets, mentoring and posting discussion material on the intranet. The aim is to give managers insight into how their behaviour affects others and to provide opportunities to share and reflect on their experience.
Be realistic if you want to get ahead don't push to be sent on an MBA instead ask about mentoring and explore the value of learning sets.