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General Management MBA and the roles post-MBA? [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2010, 15:59
I have been heavily looking into a General Management/Operations Management MBA, however I do not know much about the different roles one can land after getting an MBA. I currently work for a aerospace company and wouldn't mind coming back to either this company or another engineering firm, but are there roles that you could fill in perhaps financial companies, insurance companies, banks, etc? I am just trying to gain as much info as I can about post MBA options given this concentration at a FT program.

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Re: General Management MBA and the roles post-MBA? [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2010, 18:55
Simple answer yes there are roles in almost every company you can think of. Its hard to get into some and they are pretty tiny. I am in a GM/Operation track for a manufacturing company, they hired another guy but he seems destined to be in their sales leadership and has no interest in operations. I am the only person in my path this year and they last hired people into it like 5 years ago (the last group are now regional managers overseaing several plants and GMs). They probably will hire 1-3 this year but it depends on the candidates.

Programs vary a lot and so does the expectations of where you will end up. Lots of companies will peg you as a project manager and nothing too high. Others will expect you to advance to run the company. I tend to think its better to be one of a handful of people in a large company. If you are the 1 of 1 to 3 people in a 10k+ person multi billion dollar company you probably are going to get a lot more opportuniities than someone who is 1 of 30 at a similar sized company.

There are a lot of odd companies that hire MBA's...everything from high tech to CPG to commodity companies. Some are easier to get in front of since they actively recruit a lot more and hire a lot of people. But you could find a direct competitor in the same industry with the same market share who doesnt hire much and may end up offering a better fit. Personally after doing and internship and lots of recruiting/networking I came to realize that function and the work you will be doing is personally more important than the industry or company. I want a true GM role and in the end that meant I needed a company that owned manufacturing plants and want me to eventually advance to running one. I found that plants are typically run as almost independent companies thus giving you the best chance to play mini CEO and run your own show.
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Re: General Management MBA and the roles post-MBA? [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2010, 17:52
thanks river. congrats on your somewhat recent graduation.

yeah i see what you are saying and i know the type of jobs you are talking about since i am currently employed by a manufacturing firm. to be honest, ive never thought of working outside of the engineering world even post-mba; however i see the massive number of people jumping into finance and consulting and can't help but think that i am missing something or pigeon-holing myself by wanting to stay in the manufacturing industry. i know that in the end, enjoying your job is what matters, but compensation plays a significant role if i am going to invest 150K for a degree. i just want to make sure that i am leaning towards the right path for me.

on a side note, is it true that the concentration you select in your application is the one you have to follow through with or can you change your mind when you start school in the fall?
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Re: General Management MBA and the roles post-MBA? [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2010, 15:13
What kind of experience would be good prior to MBA in Management?
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Re: General Management MBA and the roles post-MBA? [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2010, 04:52
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thanks river. congrats on your somewhat recent graduation.

yeah i see what you are saying and i know the type of jobs you are talking about since i am currently employed by a manufacturing firm. to be honest, ive never thought of working outside of the engineering world even post-mba; however i see the massive number of people jumping into finance and consulting and can't help but think that i am missing something or pigeon-holing myself by wanting to stay in the manufacturing industry. i know that in the end, enjoying your job is what matters, but compensation plays a significant role if i am going to invest 150K for a degree. i just want to make sure that i am leaning towards the right path for me.

on a side note, is it true that the concentration you select in your application is the one you have to follow through with or can you change your mind when you start school in the fall?


I am not an expert but i assume that it is true that the careers that you can opt depend on
1.prior experience, so if you earlier were a IT Guy and then did Finance and then looking for jobs in IT Section, then you would be suited to manage finances in an IT company.
2.If you were a Engineer and then you graduated mba in GM,Consulting then it would make less sense in applying for an IB. You obviously can apply because you were an engineer but you did your mba and never took finance, i hope you get my point.
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