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I'm looking to solicit people's opinions on whether or not I should return for an MBA. I've been admitted to Sloan for Fall '08 (HBS was only other school I applied to but dinged). A little about me:
Undergrad/grad from MIT in EE / 5.5 years W.E. at top IB / 1 year on strategy team at F500 tech co
I'm looking at school as an opportunity to build my network and potentially launch something on my own when I graduate. In case I dont find something I'm passionate about to start, I would go back to my current job until the right time. But I have a few concerns about getting my MBA:
1) My current job is very interesting and the challenge/pay/hours combo is excellent 2) I'm older (30 upon matriculation), recently married and perhaps bitter from 6 years of IB, so I'm reluctant to spend 80 hours a week working on problem sets, papers and projects. I'm looking for a bit "softer" experience than MIT undergrad was. 3) Given my career options of doing something on my own or going back to my current job, is the MBA worth it / needed at this stage of my career?
I'm curious if anyone else is or has been in a similar situation. Also, does anyone know if Sloan is as academically intense as the undergrad school?
Thanks for your reply. I chose those schools because I need to be in Boston for personal reasons and they are both strong in entrepreneurship. By "soft" I am referring to the workload. My brother attended Chicago GSB and said the workload was very heavy (though he didnt have a business background going in). By comparison, all my friends at HBS said the workload is very manageable, but you spend a lot of time in outside activities with classmates. I do not know what it is at MIT Sloan as I don't have any personal friends there. My only experience was MIT undergrad which was very heavy. I'm not willing to sacrifice the quality of the school to have an easy curriculum, but I am looking for a balanced experience where I won't be studying all the time.
i dont think workload will be a problem, given mit sloan has a pretty flexible schedule. i believe its only 1 semester core and then you are free to choose your classes, so you can make it softer if you want. im not sure how much you will benefit from the sloan community since you are already entrenched in the mit community. do you need an mba for the businesses you are interested in starting?
Re: Should I go back to MIT?
11 Apr 2008, 10:23
Final decisions are in: Berkeley: Denied with interview Tepper: Waitlisted with interview Rotman: Admitted with scholarship (withdrawn) Random French School: Admitted to MSc in Management with scholarship (...