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Quality of life make up for possible weak ROI?

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Hey all,
I work in a very technical field with little upward mobility and the major determining factor for promotions is years of experience, not ability. The quality of life in my current position is also very poor and the only thing keeping me is the pay (I am contractually obligated to make at least 130k in the next 4.5 years). I am interested in going to business school and I would like some insight on post-MBA careers and quality of life. Looking at the numbers it would take me over 8 years to break even, conservatively. What I am more interested in and haven't really been able to find in my research is the quality of life after business school. I have found at most schools, most students work finance or consulting afterward. What other roles (please no acronyms) are popular post-MBA? Assuming I graduate from a T25 school what type of finance positions would be viable? Stress level of these positions? Work hours? Work holidays? Work weekends? How much vacation/sick time? Friendly coworkers? Commute time to affordable housing? 401k match%? Do all consultants travel? Stress level for consultants? Work Weekends? Work holidays? Same questions for general/operation management and any viable marketing job.

Sorry I have a lot of questions! Thank you for the help! Also to paint a better picture, my ideal job would be M-F, 8-5, short commute, decent vacation, holidays off and moderate stress. Pay is not overly important but also don't want to struggle to live a conservative lifestyle.
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New post 04 Nov 2018, 00:39
two203 wrote:
Hey all,
I work in a very technical field with little upward mobility and the major determining factor for promotions is years of experience, not ability. The quality of life in my current position is also very poor and the only thing keeping me is the pay (I am contractually obligated to make at least 130k in the next 4.5 years). I am interested in going to business school and I would like some insight on post-MBA careers and quality of life. Looking at the numbers it would take me over 8 years to break even, conservatively. What I am more interested in and haven't really been able to find in my research is the quality of life after business school. I have found at most schools, most students work finance or consulting afterward. What other roles (please no acronyms) are popular post-MBA? Assuming I graduate from a T25 school what type of finance positions would be viable? Stress level of these positions? Work hours? Work holidays? Work weekends? How much vacation/sick time? Friendly coworkers? Commute time to affordable housing? 401k match%? Do all consultants travel? Stress level for consultants? Work Weekends? Work holidays? Same questions for general/operation management and any viable marketing job.

Sorry I have a lot of questions! Thank you for the help! Also to paint a better picture, my ideal job would be M-F, 8-5, short commute, decent vacation, holidays off and moderate stress. Pay is not overly important but also don't want to struggle to live a conservative lifestyle.


My advice would be to stay away from investment banking and consulting. Your best bet is to go with corporate or even government positions.
However 8-5 still might not be realistic for something like a Brand Manager job at a CPG firm; could be for accounting or finance. Varies based on the firm and location for sure. If you are willing to take it on, self employment requires a lot of up front hours but the possibility of less hours down the road.
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