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Hello, I came across this forum through google search and i am very pleased with all the information i have found so far. However, i feel that my situation is a bit different than most of the people here. I am a 25 year old female and I just graduated with a BA in arts/graphic design. My ultimate dream is to design shoes and have my own studio/company. My professor/mentor advised me to get an MBA in entrepreneurship. I am already taking the necessary prerequisites for the MBA program. I don't have any experience in managing (only supervising) and i don't know if my background in graphic design is good enough for MBA. Am i taking the right steps? For me is very important to finish all my school before i am 28-29 and ready to start a family. At the same time i don't want to waste 2 years of my life for something that might not help me in the future. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Plenty of entrepreneurs have succeeded without MBAs. It's far more important to your business's future success that you good be good at designing shoes than that you have a foundation of managment skills. That said, as a secondary priority, acquiring management skills would be a good thing for you to do, and an MBA is probably the most rigorous and recognized way to get those skills. One way to get it without interrupting your career is to pursue a part-time MBA.
As for your arts/graphic design background, that will help you get into B-school, not hold you back, because it will set you apart from the crowd, and B-schools will want you for diversity. You also don't need managing experience per se, though you definitely want to be able to show leadership experience, though it can be from any aspect of your life, including community, extracurricular etc.
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