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Is MBA right for me? I have no work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2010, 02:08
Hi everyone. Please help me. I am confused. I have 3 questions. :-D

1: Is it more beneficial to go straight to MBA after college or get experience first? Would not having an experience lower my chances of being accepted in schools? :?

2: I want to be a business analyst that's why I want to take MBA. I just graduated this year with BS Industrial Engineering in the Philippines. I worked for 2 months as a Business Analyst there but eventually had to migrate to United States cuz of my family. I love everything about my previous job from day 1. Do you think I can get a Business Analyst job here without having to get MBA first? What are consulting firms looking for? I was thinking that maybe I'm at a disadvantage here because firms would think I don't have a grasp yet of how business is in the US since I'm new here.

3: Can you please tell me the difference between a strategy consultant vs. IT consultant? All I know is I love looking at current systems (diagrams, business process models...etc.), spotting problems, proposing solutions, improving systems. Would I be able to do that as a strategy consultant or IT consultant? Plus, I don't like to deal with corporate politics that much, I'm wondering if I'll be in that kind of atmosphere a lot when I'm a strategy consultant cuz I'm dealing with the bosses. Btw, I think I kinda like IT. But I'm not really sure what's in there yet. All I see now is the outside view of IT from the programmers I worked with.

Thank you for reading my long post. :-D
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Re: Is MBA right for me? I have no work experience [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2010, 02:48
If you know skills you are looking to learn for then go ahead.

MBA on other hand is a practical program, where you related and hone your practical skills, unlike other academic programs where theoretical knowledge is basis of learning new skills.

1. It's much better to get the experience first, it will allow you get more exposure of real world business. Once you have that, first, you'll gain more from the program, secondly, you'll be able to contribute to the class.

2. Getting Business Analyst position should be possible without an MBA.

3. Strategy consultant is wider term, depends what kind of strategy you want to get in viz., Market expansion, new product launch, etc. It could be IT strategy as well. To differentiate IT Consulting can be part of Strategy consulting, but not vice versa.

The way it sounds, IT Consulting will be your better bet.

My two cents: Start working, if you don't like it, you'll know and if you do you'll know as well.
Re: Is MBA right for me? I have no work experience   [#permalink] 30 Oct 2010, 02:48
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