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working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 12 May 2010, 22:26
All, what are you guys' opinion on working while studying full time for an MBA?
Does this actually happen? bad idea/doable ?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 13 May 2010, 04:19
I have a classmate who is working while doing her MBA. She also considers 5 hr of sleep to be a "good night's rest".

I honestly have no idea how she does it. I think you'd have to sacrifice some of the benefits of b-school: socializing, networking, your learning during classes.

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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 13 May 2010, 10:46
Thanks RF
Was she the only one who does this there?

5 hours of rest?? Hmm..I just had an 8 hour deep sleep..not a good sign.
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 14 May 2010, 03:01
She's the only one I know of.

I do know of a few 2nd years who work "part-time" for the company they interned with over the summer, but that's much different. The 2nd year is much less demanding in terms of time and the "jobs" are more like projects that require 10 hr/week or so.

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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 14 May 2010, 06:06
I don't know of anyone here who's working during school. In the fall there were a couple students who were working on a consulting basis for their former employer, but that was pretty much just a few hours a week to finish up whatever projects they were working on. The dominant view here is 1) there's more than enough school-related stuff to do that there simply isn't enough time to fit in a job, and 2) we have our entire lives ahead of us to work, let's enjoy these two years while we can.
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 14 May 2010, 09:19
I know people who are working part time, 1-2 days a week, but thats very rare. It depends on how your program is structured and what your taking for classes. I dont think working fulltime and going to school fulltime would be possible. Even if you could schedule classes at night meetings and everything else typically takes place during the day. Plus you have social activities and homework and exams...so school often keeps you as busier than working 40hrs a week.
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 16 May 2010, 09:06
I see..cool, thx guys. Good to have some students' perspectives there.
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 24 May 2010, 22:56
i think its a bad idea but its mainly depends on you. my many frnds doing MBA full time and they do part time job so its mainly depends on you how you manage
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 25 May 2010, 22:32
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If none of you have ever bartended, I'd bartend one night a week for the rest of my life, no matter what I was doing. Social and sexy, and guess what, analytical as well, multi tasking, number crunching and quick thinking / decision making. Also a few extra cash bucks per week for lunches / coffees out. Also every saturday night spent bartending while doing my undergrad equated to a sunday that was productive because I wasn't hung over. I think working less than ten hours a week is a fine idea, especially if it is something you enjoy doing, or if it is something that can give your mind a break.
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2013, 21:13
Hey! I just wanted to resurrect this thread and see if anyone has an opinion on how feasible working part-time while doing a full-time MBA is. While I haven't been accepted anywhere yet, my current employer has floated the idea of me working on a freelance or retainer basis if I do get accepted, and I'm seriously mulling it over and would welcome your thoughts. Right now my team is scattered across the country, so most of our work is done by email/phone anyway. Actually being available during regular business hours all the time wouldn't be a problem.

So, how many hours per week could you work freelance without missing out on content from MBA classes, socializing, networking, etc.? 10? 15? 20?
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2013, 02:06
Yes and its tough
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2013, 14:12
I was pondering the same question. From my experience, it sounds like if you must work, it is good to find something where you can have a really flexible schedule that doesn't require too much mental/emotional investment. Since this will be two of the most important years of your career, it seems pretty crucial to put every effort to succeed in the program and make meaningful connections. At the same time, you have to pay the bills, though. It seems really tricky to me!
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 30 May 2013, 21:56
The students who are pursuing full time MBA doesn't having any time to do the part time work, it affects mentally on students.
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 31 May 2013, 04:58
Can anyone comment on working while doing a full time online MBA (such as Penn State iMBA)?
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 31 May 2013, 05:08
SharkWeek wrote:
Can anyone comment on working while doing a full time online MBA (such as Penn State iMBA)?


Isn't the point of an online MBA to continue working while pursuing it? If you weren't going to work, why not do an in person full time program?
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2013, 07:01
For a one year MBA, it's almost impossible to even have part time work, unless it's something that you could do in your own time. This is due to the intense class schedules and group works where usually the other team members would want you to contribute in the work. For a 2 years MBA, well...maybe it's doable.
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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2013, 20:41
If you're going to go back to the same employers it shouldn't be a problem as you wouldn't need to focus on recruiting.

If you need to focus your time and energy on other things such as recruiting, it's probably a case by case basis.

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Re: working..while doing a full time MBA? [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2014, 22:53
I know this is an older post, but doing MBA homework now. Decided to Google working full time, MBA full time and this post showed.

Well, I can say this - I am mentally fatigued most of the time, usually finishing my school projects at the 11th hour, juggling the one child I have left (oldest one finally in college, but luckily other kid 50% of time), and right now very tired while I attempt to gather any energy leftover to work on even a small amount of HW.

I work as a Senior Project Manager and still have to have my brain functioning during the day. I have no idea how I do this, but I am.
My program is also online and works for me. As to attending a brick and mortar school, at this point in my life, would not coordinate well with schedule.

So if you want no life, go ahead and do it!! :lol:
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