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Is Getting An MBA Degree A Good Idea?

Mariana Zanetti

When you scratch the surface of the apparent exclusive benefits of MBA programs you may discover that all that glitters is not gold…

MBA programs are great and have a lot of career benefits.

But when it comes to analyze your education investment, you should do it the same way you would analyse any other investment: In contrast with its alternatives. And when you scratch the surface of the apparent exclusive benefits of such programs, you may discover that all that glitters is not gold

Let’s analyze these supposed benefits:

A top MBA degree will always look great in someone’s resume. Most employers will value the degree and, faced to a tie between two candidates for a job, they will always pick the MBA guy. But ties between candidates are very rare. Most often, there is one candidate who has the most valued skills an employer is looking for, usually specific professional experience, or rare and demanded skills such as languages or technology knowledge. So why would you invest a fortune to buy a hell-expensive tie-breaking joker instead of staying in the market earning the winning cards for much less?

The network developed during an MBA program is an amazing, life-long asset. You will be able to meet high-potential brilliant people at business school… that might never be related to your professional projects. Amazing and interesting people just like you are everywhere and are open to connect with other amazing people whether or not they hold golden credentials. In addition, only a small fraction of the most successful people in the business world hold MBA degrees. You can go out there, learn a few social skills and master social networks to connect with them. If you have what it takes to get into Business School, you have what it takes to connect with great people and succeed regardless.

An MBA gives you a global and general vision of how big established businesses work. That’s a very nice-to-have knowledge, but an MBA may not be the most cost-effective way to earn it. The world has changed a lot in the last decades, and what is really valued in today’s business environment is knowledge and skills strategically oriented to add specific value or solve specific problems in the context of a specific industry. So look for that knowledge first; may be you can read some books to get the rest.

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