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tired of engineering, want to learn MBA-level social skills. how?

So, I've been doing mechanical engineering for ~6 years now and it's becoming apparent that I could do a lot better (for myself, for others) with truly top-notch social/leadership/networking skills. What's a good way to gain these skills? [more inside]
posted by sninctown on Sep 3, 2014 - 11 answers

How do you balance graduate school and raising a kid?

I will be starting a highly ranked MBA program in August with a full ride. I already have one graduate degree, but this time I have an added degree of difficulty: I am now a mom. Does anyone have advice for balancing going back to school with the needs of a three year old? [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jun 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Putting that degree to use, but just how?

What are some ways by which you keep current in your professional field? How do you find ways to put your education to use and to continue learning? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Apr 27, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me choose a MBA research paper topic - due in two weeks...

What is the best topic with lots of reference material that deals in International Business Ethics? Something like a review on international bribery or the sale of vaccines or baby formula for profit. I'm looking for the topic that will be the easiest to write because there is so much reference material available. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Apr 6, 2014 - 13 answers

(Career Filter) LA to Shenzhen and back

You may remember me from THIS question, when I wanted to leave a large entertainment company, move cities, and pivot industries. I ended up making it happen and for the past 2 years I’ve been in Chicago consulting at a consumer goods start-up focusing on new product development. It’s been a challenging change as I went from becoming an expert at what I do to being a newb in my mid thirties. Can you help me plan my next steps? [more inside]
posted by gillianr on Apr 1, 2014 - 0 answers

MBA, MSEOM, or other?

I'm considering further education, and I'm looking at either an MBA or MS in Operations and Engineering Management. I've already got the MSME and significant aerospace product engineering experience, and MSOEM would help give me a leg up to Engineering Manager or Chief Engineer. But an MBA would be a more business-focused curriculum, which could help me leverage my experience and knowledge into perhaps a wider field. So, which one gets your vote, and why? How much of a factor is the choice of school? What other questions do I need to ask? (Assume that tuition is not a factor.) [more inside]
posted by disconnect on Feb 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Midlife crisis: Suggestions for a career path out of media?

I'm nearly 40 years old and by some measures, successful. I graduated from a top university and have been employed by major companies for nearly 20 years of my professional life. I've grown increasingly dissatisfied with my chosen career though, and I was hoping some of the wise minds here could give me some advice. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 6 answers

MBA Internship Blues

Internship maybe coming to an end with no offer what to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Your experience with MBA programs and opportunities?

Is taking the GMAT in August realistic? And is this even a good idea? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jul 23, 2013 - 12 answers

MBA and MBA-like programs: Looking for your experiences

My company will pay for my graduate management degree, so it seems wise to take them up on the offer. Can you give me advice from your MBA or MBA-like program experience? [more inside]
posted by BeeDo on May 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Seeking Upper, Upper Management at a Fortune 500 Oil & Gas Company

The facts: I'm a reservoir engineer at a Fortune 500 oil and gas company. I have six years of experience. I have a BS in Petroleum Engineering from a top school. I've been told I'm on the fast track to management. I've also been told that unless I get an MBA, I'll reach a point in my career one day (maybe 10-15 years in the future) where I can't rise any higher. The question: I realize that there is no black-and-white answer here, but I'm looking for general advice on if I should get my MBA, so as not to plateau in my career advancement possibilities at a major oil and gas firm. Is an MBA generally considered to be a requirement for reaching the upper echelons of management at a Fortune 500? Are enough of my peers getting an MBA that it will be hard to complete with them if I don't also have one? Any advice you can offer, especially with respect to the oil and gas world, would be helpful (that said, advice on Fortune 500's in general is welcome as well). Obviously, getting an MBA is a major personal, professional, and financial commitment, so I want to consider all of the angles. What gives me pause is that when I look at some of the executives in positions I'd like to one day be in (general managers, VPs, or higher), some do not have MBAs.
posted by Shaitan on May 29, 2013 - 17 answers

How do I balance big career opportunities with starting a family?

Early 30s married lady here. I have recently been offered some big opportunities for advancement in my career. However, my husband and I have also decided to try to start a family. I'm a little freaked out that this is all happening at once, and am not sure how much of this opportunity/ambition I should take on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2013 - 25 answers

Should I pursue an MBA?

Please help me evaluate whether or not I should aim to go to business school (many personal details inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2013 - 14 answers

Career Coaching recommendations please! (especially in LA)

I'm looking for a professional careers coach in LA to give me advice about changing careers (especially ones who are good at talking with MBA grads who don't necessarily want a typical MBA-type job). The variety of coaches available out there is a bit confusing and some of them are expensive - can anyone personally recommend one? And what criteria should I be judging them on anyway? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Jan 30, 2013 - 2 answers

To-do list for MBA survival

I'll be starting a full-time MBA program this fall. What can I do now to make that experience easier? [more inside]
posted by cranberry_nut on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Are international MBAs or other MA's taken seriously in the US

How accredited are international MBAs or other graduate degrees in the US? [more inside]
posted by Wazooga on Dec 29, 2012 - 2 answers

What is on my roadmap for a Top 20 MBA program? And how do people pay?

What is on my roadmap for a Top 20 MBA program? And how do people pay? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Nov 27, 2012 - 16 answers

Is there such a thing as a pocket MBA?

Please help me acquire a working simulacrum of an MBA. I'm currently undergoing a career transition into a field where many if not most of the folks have MBAs, and MBA-related knowledge- specifically related to investing, public and private equity, and enterprise funding- is part of the air the profession breathes. Getting an MBA isn't really an option for me for a number of reasons, and I'm wondering if it's possible to assemble a syllabus for myself- through online and print resources- that will be a quick and dirty way to acquire some of the knowledge and rhetoric of the field- a kind of pocket MBA, if you will. [more inside]
posted by Corrective_Lenses on Oct 19, 2012 - 13 answers

Former Account Exec with MBA pariah for data jobs?

Looking for how to get skills that would make me qualified for a data analyst position. [more inside]
posted by hrj on Oct 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Ideas for optimizing my time at social events I have to attend?

I'm at business school, and we have regular social functions, mainly happy hours, promoted by the school with the aim of expanding our networks. It's not like I'm bad at them. I'm actually pretty sociable. But I'm there for a reason, and I wouldn't be there if I had a choice. Can anyone suggest ways to optimize this socialization time, for example, exercises I might practice at these events to be more witty, funny or charming? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Sep 23, 2012 - 13 answers

What's the best way for me to make use of my IT company's tuition reimbursement and get into management?

I work in tech support for a medium-large IT company, and I'd like to move into a management position within the company. I have a bachelors degree in liberal arts. How can I best make use of my company's tuition reimbursement benefit? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Sep 10, 2012 - 8 answers

How do you get off a blacklist? And how do you know if you're on it?

How do you determine if you are on an employment blacklist? I have an MBA degree, and I have more experience and credentials than most of my MBA class, but I have not been able to get hired, and the only jobs I've been close to getting are at much less compensation than the average for my class. I interviewed for a position, made it past a phone screen, and went through a second in-person interview. I was told that they would get back to me in one week, but less than 1 day later I get a voicemail saying the company has chosen to go with another candidate. It's not the rejection, but the swiftness of the rejection after initial enthusiasm that makes me suspicious. If you are on a blacklist, how can you find out? And what can you do about it?
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2012 - 41 answers

Is an online MBA worth it?

I am thinking of pursuing an MBA in IT Management and have been accepted into an online program. But I've heard it said that if an MBA doesn't come from a top-25 or top-50 school, it may not even be worth having in the eyes of job recruiters and hiring managers. What's the real story? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Aug 15, 2012 - 25 answers

I got my MBA and all I have to show for it is a pocket sized diploma

I got my MBA, and moved from the suburbs to the city -- why can't I find a job to apply for? And those I do, no interview. [more inside]
posted by hrj on Jul 23, 2012 - 15 answers

It's MBA draft season!

What does "MBA talent" mean to you? Do I have such talent? [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Jul 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Is it better to get an MBA in the U.S. than elsewhere?

Is it better to earn an MBA at a 2nd or 3rd tier b-school in the U.S. or a top 5 b-school at a developing country? Especially if the student is planning on eventually returning to the U.S., will that MBA be accepted in the U.S. in terms of a job offer, considering it’s globally accredited? [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses on Jun 4, 2012 - 9 answers

MBA admissions resume

I am applying to a MBA program and need to submit a resume, how do I change my professional resume into one that fits a graduate program application? [more inside]
posted by TKL0125 on May 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Why should I play for the MBA?

What exactly do they teach in MBA programs? [more inside]
posted by taltalim on May 9, 2012 - 13 answers

All these jobs and I can't tell which one fits!

I have the degrees. Now where do I go to feel worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Should I get my MBA after I get my Bachelors of Science in Computer Science?

Should I get my MBA after I get my Bachelors of Science in Computer Science? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Dec 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Can I take MBA-level classes (part-time) with transferable B-School credits without enrolling in an official MBA program?

Can I take MBA-level classes (part-time) with transferable B-School credits without enrolling in an official MBA program? [more inside]
posted by ariela on Dec 22, 2011 - 12 answers

Alternatives to an Economics PhD

I am planning on applying to economics PhD programs for next year, but before I commit I wanted to think about alternatives, especially in light of all the articles lately about how PhD programs and academia in general are a pyramid scheme. What other careers/education might be a less painful way of getting to a job that fits my life goals. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Nov 4, 2011 - 13 answers

1. Self-employed creative. 2. B-school. 3. ??? 4. Profit!

What are some logical and plausible post-MBA career goals for a self-employed creative type? [more inside]
posted by Socky McSock on Nov 2, 2011 - 7 answers

1. Want MBA. 2. Have 2.0 GPA 3. ??? 4. Profit

How often are MBA applicants admitted with a poor (2.0) undergrad GPA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2011 - 12 answers

Leaving a good salary for an MBA

Leaving a $120k salary behind. Am I really insane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2011 - 56 answers

How to get into a math/finance profession

Help me crunch numbers for fun and profit (mostly profit). I need help deciding whether and how to get more education for a change of careers, and which direction to head. Big picture is that I’m an architect, considering retraining for a math and finances based job. [more inside]
posted by meinvt on Mar 15, 2011 - 11 answers

MBA to make a difference

Using a marketing MBA for world good [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Mar 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Are B-School Essays Read in Order?

I am working on my application to Anderson, and the questions are presented in an order which I can logically reference the content from the "first" essay within my response in the "second" essay. However, reading the second essay first, I fear the logic will be lost, and the reader might be left thinking the essay fails to convey my complete thought. Can I assume the essays are read in order? If not, can I assume the reader would make the connection after reading the "first" essay second?
posted by ZakZack on Mar 10, 2011 - 4 answers

How do MBA admissions folks determine who's over the hill?

How old is too old for an MBA? [more inside]
posted by zamboom! on Mar 4, 2011 - 22 answers

Student loan hacks

Student loan hacks? Going to grad school (MBA) this fall most likely, and will be taking out loans for tuition and some living expenses. Any pro-tips or tricks of the trade for doing this most effectively? Also anything I should be aware of so that I don't screw myself over in the future?
posted by AceRock on Feb 10, 2011 - 13 answers

Failure + Redemption = Success?

Does my (big, big, big) failure from 4+ years ago preclude my getting into a good business school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 - 14 answers

Should I drop out of law school or finish my last year, or get a MBA? I need help fixing my life.

I am 24 years old and am just having a tough time with life in general. One of my most specific problems is that I am currently in my second year of law school (the school is ranked right around 100) and I hate it. I don't know whether it would be best to finish my law degree, apply to a MBA program, or just drop out completely and get whatever job I can find and start working my way up. [more inside]
posted by mephesta on Jan 27, 2011 - 23 answers

My Mind Is A Hot Mess, That Means It's Time For Grad School!

Bipolar, doing better, wanting to get an MBA... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Double-degree while keeping job

Is it possible to do a part-time MSc and a part-time MBA at the same time while continuing to work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 - 13 answers

Looking for 15-inch Computer Monitor

Is it possible to get a high-quality 15-inch or 17-inch external monitor for my MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by alms on Dec 16, 2010 - 6 answers

Good/Bad MBA

My company will no longer pay for the majority of my MBA, does it still make sense to go? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly on Nov 23, 2010 - 20 answers

Airline industry resources for MBA candidate

Resources for an MBA candidate interested in airline industry? [more inside]
posted by HoyaSaxa on Oct 24, 2010 - 6 answers

online MBA ASU Penn State

How math intensive are the online MBA programs from ASU and Penn State? [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77 on Oct 7, 2010 - 6 answers

Which MBA program is better, Liberty or Walden?

I am contemplating whether or not to enroll in an online MBA program. I am on the last term of my undergraduate degree and will be done on October 15th:) I am doing Liberty University's online program and will have a BS of Multi-Disciplinary Studies with cognates in Business and Psychology. I am weighing out whether to stick with Liberty and pursue their MBA program or to enroll in Walden for theirs. It seems impossible to find unbiased ratings online to adequately compare the two. Is there a significant prestige difference between them? Would earnings potential be higher at one over the other? Am I making a mistake all together in going for it online? I have a full-time job and soon to be two children that take up a lot of my time, so the online format is very helpful for my lifestyle. Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post. I appreciate any relevant insights or experiences that you could share. Have a great day!
posted by gibbsjd77 on Sep 27, 2010 - 26 answers

Embarrassment of riches or just embarassment

Grad school/business school decision freakout. Need help and perspective. [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Sep 9, 2010 - 13 answers

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