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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

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

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

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

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

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

Quit my job while applying for an MBA?

Should I take the dive? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Apr 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Switching jobs before applying for an MBA

Should I take a new job shortly before applying to MBA programs? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Apr 14, 2010 - 5 answers

Journalist ponders life outside this sinking industry

I want to be a corporate litigator. Or a government economist. Or a geophysicist. Or corporate finance guru. Or something. Please held this 32-year-old journalist explore possible second career options. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Apr 12, 2010 - 30 answers

How to overcome fear of starting my own business

How did you feel about starting your own business? Specifically looking for stories from people who left a fairly good corporate job, and how you found the courage to do it to help inform my own decision to stay or leave. (lots more inside) [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms on Mar 2, 2010 - 13 answers

MBA-filter: are there any recent studies about the impact of earning an MBA on career success?

MBA-filter: are there any recent studies about the impact of earning an MBA on career success? [more inside]
posted by kaufmajm on Sep 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Can a MBA offer creative career paths for a right-brainer?

Are there opportunities for creativity and non-soul sucking work at the end of the rainbow if I elect to get an MBA? Or does getting an MBA lock you into a certain career path that can't be escaped? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2008 - 14 answers

How to find out if MBA is the right thing for him/her to do?

How to find out if MBA is the right thing for him/her to do? I'm contemplating to do fully employed MBA (FEMBA). Doing full time MBA is out of question for me. Lot of former MBA students advise to find out whether this is the right thing for you to do, before you get in. [more inside]
posted by tvjoshi on Sep 23, 2008 - 9 answers

Help me get out of an IT contracting loop!

I'm 26 years old and stuck in a IT-contracting loop. Would an MBA, Masters or going back to get certified in certain hardware/software help me out? What kinds of opportunities could they open up? [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on May 20, 2008 - 7 answers

Making a career in theater, sans stage

I think I'd like to make a career in the management side of (preferably non-profit) theater. How should I go about doing that? [more inside]
posted by ictow on Apr 14, 2008 - 3 answers

What should I do after college?

What do I do with my life after college? I want to do something I don't hate, and might even like. I want YOUR suggestions and ideas. [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Feb 7, 2008 - 8 answers

Finding a graduate program that's not a traditional MBA

I was thinking going back for an MBA, but realize I may be looking for something different. My background is in Internet, technology and media, and I have a degree in computer science. I'm also good at design. I've started technology businesses on my own, but I want to make a change and open up new directions. My interests lie more in the area of innovation, new product development/design, consulting and entrepreneurship. From the research I've done, most of the MBA programs are pretty similar, and geared to people who want to work on Wall Street or in large corporations. While I'm not particularly interested in these areas, I definitely want to learn about business as pertains to my areas of interest, and make new connections. Are there any graduate programs (MBA or otherwise) more tailored more toward my interests?
posted by lsemel on Jun 5, 2007 - 12 answers

MBA level work from home

Looking for work ideas that utilizes a fresh MBA that can be done from home. [more inside]
posted by ransom on Jan 2, 2007 - 5 answers

Hot for teacher experience

How can I become a community college or contunuing ed instructor? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Oct 12, 2005 - 5 answers

Help me find a new at-home career or revive my old one

What can a marketing consultant do to earn $500-$1000 a month from home without continuing in marketing or writing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2005 - 7 answers

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