I'm an engineer with a career in software and I recently finished an MBA from a good school. I'd like to keep the learning going, preferably in something that complements my background, but I don't have any specific direction in mind. I guess I'm hoping that someone might suggest something that's entirely off my radar. What should I be thinking about?
My MBA was great. It was a part-time program, so I didn't have much time for the social aspect, but I gained broad knowledge in a bunch of useful fields: accounting, finance, econometrics, economics, operations, marketing. I knew little about all of these before I started, so the benefit for me was really that it circumscribed the depth of my ignorance -- it converted some unknown unknowns into known unknowns, so to speak. I highly recommend the experience, even though it was expensive.
I want to let it ride, but I don't know what direction I should take. A few qualifications:
- The goal isn't to make me more valuable to the company I work for -- or any other company -- but to make me more generally capable and informed. That said, I'm looking for a degree program, not a "go to the library and read books" program.
- I'm probably only interested in programs that can be pursued part-time, at least for now. Opportunity cost of full-time school is too high. (But if there's something really cool that is full-time only, it'd still be nice to hear about it.)
- I thought I'd maybe like to learn more about law, but I don't see a practical way to pursue worthwhile credentialed education.
My current thought is to try for an MS in statistics, as the wide applicability of stats was the biggest eye-opener for me during my MBA, and I know I'd enjoy it. But that's depth rather than breadth. And it feels like an unimaginative choice for an engineer.
Also: I know the refrain that you should figure out what you want to do, and then get the schooling to allow you to do it. It is sage advice, but I'm not sure it applies in this case. Maybe it does.