1. Self-employed creative. 2. B-school. 3. ??? 4. Profit!
November 2, 2011 7:53 AM Subscribe
What are some logical and plausible post-MBA career goals for a self-employed creative type?
posted by Socky McSock to Work & Money (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Bio: early 30's, male American applying to 2-year full-time MBA programs. 720+ GMAT, humanities BA from one of the most prestigious public universities, self-employed as a photographer since college, and a strong writer with an interesting story and a well-established Internet profile. I have lots of good reasons to pursue an MBA: to gain familiarity with operating in a corporate environment, to broaden my knowledge of business (and just as importantly, to credential myself as having said skills), and of course to network, which will be especially relevant with this big career change. My target schools based on fit are Kellogg, Yale, Darden, and UCLA.
What I'm missing is a set of clear, logical, plausible, and defensible set of career goals. There's no need to pretend that these are set in stone, especially with how much people sometimes alter trajectories during b-school; however, I will still need to have a target to guide me during the application process and through the early stages of school and the internship search. My question to those who are more familiar with the MBA/jobs landscape is: given my profile and the recruiters/jobs that are likely for the schools I'm targeting, what are some of the next steps that "make sense" the most? Are there niche consulting firms that like to take creative doer types? What about marketing possibilities for those with a strong background in the visual arts and Internet communities? What are some common paths for those coming from an arts/humanities background?
Any specifics (for example, names of likely companies and positions) would be especially helpful. Also, if you're a student or an alum from the above schools (or if you have any insights you'd prefer to share in private), please *please* MeMail away. Thanks!