Right now, I plan to start business school in the fall. It's a top five program, and in all likelihood, my salary after school will be about twice what I make now. That said, I'll be borrowing about $80K to cover the costs in the short-term. Is this a good idea? I'm excited about b-school in general but perhaps not to the extent that I'm willing to incur a debt that will burden me for decades to come.
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?
MBAFilter: Where can I find an overview of different business models, their merits and downsides? [more inside]
Is an MBA worth it for me, or am I just trying to keep up with friends who all seem to have letters after their names now that we're hitting our late 20s? [more inside]
MBA, GMAT, life goals - and I'd perfer not to be an assistant for life..... [more inside]
Where can I get business case studies? [more inside]
Looking for work ideas that utilizes a fresh MBA that can be done from home. [more inside]
How much is an MBA from a lower-tier school worth? Especially when compared to a Masters in Accounting from a higher-end school? [more inside]
What are the peeves/dislikes/hates/sources of job dissatisfaction for people in finance related careers? Specifically, careers related to financial risk management, hedge funds, financial engineering/quantitative analysis, etc. [more inside]
MBA or alternative for a busy single mother executive? [more inside]
I just left my marketing job. What sort of information/recommendations would be useful for future job / MBA applications? [more inside]
So I bombed my GMAT test today. Can I still get into grad school? [more inside]
Trying to find a good path from MBA to CEO of major media company or studio. Any thoughts? [more inside]
Regarding reference letters for MBA applications... [more inside]
I'm in business school and am getting sick of my classmates boring group presentations. Building upon this question, what are the best tips for giving a group powerpoint presentation? [more inside]
Reading/BusinessFilter: I've started reading some business books that I found on the PMBA reading list and I'm intrigued. I was wondering if any of you had any suggestions expanding on this list, whether it be business books or business magazines. [more inside]
How can I become a community college or contunuing ed instructor? [more inside]
What can a marketing consultant do to earn $500-$1000 a month from home without continuing in marketing or writing? [more inside]
After using numerous prep books, official guides and the Powerprep software, I am stuck at the 700-720 range. I checked this post, but I am looking for more specific help for a really high score. Right now, I am answering 90% of the questions correct. Do I need to get 100% right? Or get more questions right in the beginning? What am I doing wrong? I am exactly three weeks away from the test.
Graduate school, Mechanical Engineering or MBA, what to do? [more inside]
I will be taking the GMAT on monday and was wondering if anyone had some last minute tips, particularly things that you might not find in a GMAT book. [more inside]
I would like to enroll in a MBA in a good school in the US or UK, but I can't really stop working for a couple of years right now. And since I live in Brazil, nighttime courses are not really an option. So I am seriously considering an Online Distance-education MBA. Several schools offer this and I am a little lost with the huge offer. Any experiences or recommendations to share?
A friend of mine will be working in Nigeria for a while and he will be having lots of free time. He wants to do a long-distance MBA through the Internet(s). Any clues on good and cheap programs?
Is an MBA worth getting? I've seen a lot of talk to the contrary lately, and most of the MBAs that I know don't seem to be doing work now that particularly requires an MBA, so I'm wondering if it's just a waste of time and money compared to just gaining more work experience? I was thinking of getting an MBA as a way to shift into less pure-IT related work, since I can't seem to get rehired as a developer after a long absence.
What, exactly, does one do with an MBA? [more inside]
Anybody have any experience with University of Phoenix? I'm considering their MBA/e-business program, but given it's a $25K investment, I'd like to hear more about how this particular piece of paper is valued in the marketplace, if at all.
My boyfriend is almost finished with his MBA from a state university, with focus in marketing and human resource. He struggled just to come up with an unpaid internship. He is not a US citizen which complicates his finding job. Is there much hope out there for him finding a job that has something to with his degree, aside from selling clothes in a department store, like some other MBA grads we know. What is the best part of the country to look for a job? Any advice is welcome.