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Age 30/31. Engineer in the silicon valley. too late for MBA?

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Age 30/31. Engineer in the silicon valley. too late for MBA? [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2013, 13:16
I was talking to a few friends who already have their MBAs and they suggested that getting a MBA at age 30/31 isn't a very wise idea cauz I won't be able to move from an engineering role to a business development/product management type role.

I have about 8-9 years of exp as an engineer since I completed my undergraduate studies at Age 21. I would like to go for a FT MBA and switch into business development type or product management type roles in the tech sector itself. Is 30/31 just too old for a FT MBA from a top 20 school?

I live in the bay area. Should I instead look at a PT MBA. Will a PT MBA help me move from engineering to biz dev, prod mgmt type roles?

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Re: Age 30/31. Engineer in the silicon valley. too late for MBA? [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2013, 18:09
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Hey! I just came across your post and couldn't resist the temptation to add my few cents. I don't think it's late at all, most people in the B-schools are in your age group. I know it is difficult to switch careers after having worked for 8-9 years, but it's not impossible at all. A 2 year full-time MBA would be perfect for you because it will give you an opportunity to do an internship in a role of your choice, and then just try to materialize it into a job offer. A full time MBA will equip you with the skill set and the network required to switch roles. A part-time MBA would not really help switch roles, at the best you'll get a promotion! If you want to do an MBA then just go for it, don't worry about what people say. It's not late at all. in fact I believe that if there is a right time to something it is now! Good luck!
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