In my Report, Back to School For a Mid-Life Career Change, I emphasize the importance of learning what other students are doing. So if you read this blog post, how can you use this information?
First, the blog is transparent. You know it’s published by the school so you know it’s going to be biased.
I think the post would actually have more credibility and influence if the author had been allowed to present a more even-handed picture of her life at the university.
Second, the author notes that she went from a government job to developing her own business. If you were considering an MBA, especially from this university, as a bridge to a new job for a corporation, you would be wise to question whether this graduate’s story applies to you.
When starting a business, an MBA can be helpful in gaining credibility. Few MBA programs directly address challenges of entrepreneurship but you do learn the basics of accounting, marketing, finance and management. From a purely financial perspective you’d have to ask if this approach makes the most sense: are there other ways to take classes and learn?
Of course, money isn’t your only consideration. If you’ve been laid off and you are undergoing a major career shift in any direction, a year or two at a university can be a good way to evaluate your options. You often get access to resources who can help you as well.
For more info on returning to school for a career change, click here.