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PT or FT MBA (Non-Career or Company Switcher)

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Needing advice on whether I should do part-time or full-time MBA.

Two years ago, I was in sales operations at a well-known but small and private CPG company (i.e., non-feeder company and doesn't actively recruit MBA's). My goal was to transition to a marketing role at a large CPG company, so I applied to top 15 programs and either got stuck on the waitlist then dinged or dinged outright.

Since then I actually managed to transition to a marketing role at another well-known but small and private CPG company (i.e., non-bschool feeder and doesn't recruit MBA's) and most recently joined a marketing rotational program at a gold plated CPG firm (i.e., Fortune 500, actively recruits MBA's, feeder to top schools). Mostly everyone in my department has an MBA from one of the top schools (M7, Tuck, Fuqua, Ross).

I still want to get my MBA because I think it still holds long-term value, but should I go part-time or full-time? I think my company would be willing to sponsor for part-time, but I doubt for full-time. Personally, I'm leaning towards full-time for the superior network, leadership development oppourtinies, global immersion through classroom experience or excursions, and scholarships. Either way, I would want to return to my current company doing exactly what I'm doing now and would only be re-applying to full-time top 15 programs or their part-time offerings, if applicable.

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Hi - thanks for writing, and congrats on joining the marketing rotational program!

Regarding whether to go PT or FT, here are some of the pros/cons:

PT: Pros - maintaining income while studying, remaining fully plugged into your current company, potential sponsorship. Cons - having to balance work/study, somewhat less tight of a network/less immersion (since everyone's also working), fewer company networking opportunities

FT: Pros - being immersed into all aspects of program (including global) with a tight network, exposure to a broad range of companies (within and outside of CPG), being able to focus solely on the program. Cons: ~1.5 years of foregone income, no sponsorship (scholarship is possible depending on the quality of your application, but it's a competitive process), not 100% certain you'll be able to return to current company (good chances, but depends on timing etc)

So as you'll see, there are many factors to weigh, making it a very personal decision. Best of luck, and let me know of any other questions - hope that helps a bit!


NickPapagiorgio wrote:
Needing advice on whether I should do part-time or full-time MBA.

Two years ago, I was in sales operations at a well-known but small and private CPG company (i.e., non-feeder company and doesn't actively recruit MBA's). My goal was to transition to a marketing role at a large CPG company, so I applied to top 15 programs and either got stuck on the waitlist then dinged or dinged outright.

Since then I actually managed to transition to a marketing role at another well-known but small and private CPG company (i.e., non-bschool feeder and doesn't recruit MBA's) and most recently joined a marketing rotational program at a gold plated CPG firm (i.e., Fortune 500, actively recruits MBA's, feeder to top schools). Mostly everyone in my department has an MBA from one of the top schools (M7, Tuck, Fuqua, Ross).

I still want to get my MBA because I think it still holds long-term value, but should I go part-time or full-time? I think my company would be willing to sponsor for part-time, but I doubt for full-time. Personally, I'm leaning towards full-time for the superior network, leadership development oppourtinies, global immersion through classroom experience or excursions, and scholarships. Either way, I would want to return to my current company doing exactly what I'm doing now and would only be re-applying to full-time top 15 programs or their part-time offerings, if applicable.

Thanks!

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