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MBA after PhD? [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2012, 12:24
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I am currently doing my Phd in Physiology in a US University and I am hoping to graduate in the summer of 2013. After my PhD, I would like to enter preferably a biotech/pharmaceutical industry. To increase my career growth I want to do a MBA with a major in international business. There are a couple of concerns
a. by the time I am done with my PhD I will be 33 years old. Most of the B-schools in U.S. have an average of 27/28 years, some being even younger,
b. the only experience I have had is working for 2 years in a small lab back home in India.

Naturally, my concerns are that am I too old for a B-school and is my background a big deterrent. I have been seriously thinking of taking classes for accounting, statistics and economics at a local community college, to get a bit of background as well as show my ability to cope with subjects vastly different from current field. Any thoughts will be highly appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: MBA after PhD? [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2012, 22:08
Ya everything is possible..If you like to do phd after MBA then this is possible.....Because MBA has so many values in the economy.......Most of students are there who likes to do MBA But MBA in Marketing field is better in the economy.........Demand for Marketers is too high in these days.....
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Re: MBA after PhD? [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2012, 22:14
To be honest, I think you may be better off to get some full-time work experience sooner than later. Doing two more years of school full-time won't make you any more employable (you said it yourself -- you're a guy in his 30s who has very little full-time experience, and in the real world that is what companies value more than credentials).

If you want to do an MBA, you're likely best off doing a part-time program while working.

Also, from a b-school admissions standpoint the big concern is whether you're employable with all this school under your belt. Remember that schools are just as conscious about their own placement numbers as the students themselves.

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Re: MBA after PhD? [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2012, 12:11
Thank you for the replies. Real work experience is one of my strongest drawbacks and you are right I do have too much school under my belt. Goes on to show, too much learning is a bad thing :). Bachelors, Masters and now doctorate. I really do not want tread the age old path and end up doing a post-doctorate.

I have considered doing a part-time MBA while working, but if I understand correctly it does not allow you to network as a full time MBA, and networking is very important to land a good job. Also, I am not sure if a part-time MBA carries the same value as a full-time MBA. Another concern is that a part-time MBA may not be a good option for someone like me who is trying to switch into a radically different field. Any thoughts on these?

I have always been a good student and was hoping that if I take finance, economics and advance statistics classes, I can show them that I can adjust to a very different program. I was under the impression that PhD being very independent venture, as it requires planning, co-ordination, and collaboration among different individuals might be able to balance the scale. Do you think asking admissions office of B-schools directly will help, or are they too busy trying to sell their program?
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Again, it's not about academics. It's about employability.

Also, learning new things and getting degrees are not synonymous. Learning is always a good thing (and should be a lifelong thing), but collecting degrees is not. You can and should be learning outside of the academic environment as well. That's what b-school adcoms and recruiters value as much as anything else.

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Re: MBA after PhD? [#permalink] New post 27 Jan 2012, 11:25
Thank you Alex for your reply. I wanted a feel before I dived in. I really appreciate your input. Now that the idea of accounts and economics classes have cropped up, I think I am going to go ahead and take the classes :). I think it will be interesting and refreshing from my current line of study. As for my MBA, I will shelf it for now.
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