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I am currently working for a market research firm, 4 years of experience as a Senior Project Manager. I would like to switch to Managment Consulting firms post MBA. Not sure whether a part-time MBA is good enough or I really need to go for a FT? Currently making 95K plus bonus, so it'll be a kill for me to quit.

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Re: Career Switchers - Is Part-Time MBA good enough? [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 19:06
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Part time program are more geared towards those who want to move up in a current company. The problem with part time programs and career switchers is that you don't get to do an internship. Furthermore, many schools do not give part time students the same access/support to career services as full time students.
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Re: Career Switchers - Is Part-Time MBA good enough? [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2010, 07:17
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I am currently working for a market research firm, 4 years of experience as a Senior Project Manager. I would like to switch to Managment Consulting firms post MBA. Not sure whether a part-time MBA is good enough or I really need to go for a FT? Currently making 95K plus bonus, so it'll be a kill for me to quit.

Any advice would be appreicated!

You can potentially land a consulting job, but you're going to want to get an internship. Most PT programs are 3 years long and allow you to do an internship between your 2nd and 3rd years. This could allow you to keep your job and quit only if you get an internship at an MC firm that you're shooting for.

Booth is probably the best-suited PT MBA program for pulling this off, but Anderson and Haas have great PT programs as well. I'd imagine that your current location is going to be a big driver in determining whether it's feasible to attend any of these programs.
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Re: Career Switchers - Is Part-Time MBA good enough? [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2010, 11:12
I am living in the Bay area so I'm considering applying for Haas. I was in their information session last week and it sounds like they do give great career services to PT as well. But it seems everybody from top MC firm is from FT program so I am really hesitating.

Has anybody heard/knew someone in top MC firm is actually from a PT program?

Thanks for everyone's reply! really helpful!
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Re: Career Switchers - Is Part-Time MBA good enough? [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2010, 11:20
hi everyone,
i have a similar situation. i am currently working at the WSS division in a big bank. but i would like to join the asset management field after my MBA. should i go for PT MBA or FT MBA? any advice will be appreciated!!
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Re: Career Switchers - Is Part-Time MBA good enough? [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2010, 23:30
I think that the new economy as well as the changing trends of professional working life are starting to shake up the old rules in regards to full-time vs. part-time MBAs.

In regards to the new economy, the opportunity cost of pursuing an MBA has risen. Many people do not have the resources to pursue an MBA on a full-time basis (especially if their spouses are struggling or wish to hold on to their positions). Because of this, you have some really stellar MBA students who find themselves in part-time programs. If employers do not see this now, then they would be smart to do so within the next 5 years. Life happens...even to brilliant, career-driven individuals. Resumes are becoming more and more diverse. A part-time MBA is just one of those features....which will be popping up a lot more frequently and prominently in the resumes of excellent job candidates.

In regards to changing work trends, the average working professional will change jobs, even careers, several times. This will happen with or without and MBA (full-time or part-time). If you are younger (under age 30)...the part-time MBA will even be more irrelevant in regards to your ability to switch careers.

How the part-time and full-time MBA programs differ the most are in the learning environment and networking opportunities allotted. Understand however, that even this exists on a spectrum. For example, a part-time MBA at NYU-Stern may have access to a greater network and career resources than a full-time MBA at Shippensburg University (in PA). Going off of the little information you provided, I would be surprised if at your career level and position, that you had absolutely no contacts already that could help you break into Management Consulting. You may find that by 'working' your current network and expanding it a bit, you could already have a big leg up on many other B-School students. And you would not have to forgo a very decent salary. I would go for the part-time option. Unless you really wanted to dive into the 'B-School experience' and take your chances with getting picked up by a Fortune 500 company....if that is the case, I would go with full-time.
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Re: Career Switchers - Is Part-Time MBA good enough? [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2010, 14:24
From my understanding, you pretty much have NO shot at something like M/B/B coming out of even the top schools like Chicago, NYU, Kellogg.
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