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Question from Taiwan about...WHY MBA

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New post 09 Jul 2011, 17:27
Whats up gang--another great question...this time from TAIWAN. Enjoy.
Question about jobs after MBA
1,What should be the reason to go for MBA and what is the advantage to looking for a job after graduation? What kind of job can we get normally?
2.Do we learn more things form professor’s teaching or mostly from self-study and discuss with classmate?
3.What is the general background MBA students have? Will it make difficult to get along with people due to the rich working experience everyone have (when they are having discusses in class)?
4. I heard that the courses are all very heavy and hard, will that make it difficult to graduate?
5. I don’t have management experience, but have six years of working experience in International Trade. Is that bad?

Hey there! Happy to offer up some thoughts here. Let’s go in order shall we?

Lots of reasons to go get an MBA. To meet interesting people, to get better jobs, to explore new fields, to take a couple years off from work…these are all great reasons. Many people who graduate from MBA programs go into management consulting—although many go into other areas, including banking and general management.

You will learn MUCH more from your classmates than from your professors. This is especially true if you go to a school which focuses on the case study method—that method MEANS that the professor’s job is to help the students teach one another.

The whole point of the MBA classroom is that everyone has DIFFERENT background. This doesn’t make it hard, it makes it AMAZING! That is how you will learn so much—by interacting with people from such different backgrounds.

Some schools are easier than others of course. But generally, your first year will be hard, and your second year will be much easier. It all just takes…some getting used to. I was up until 3 or 4 every morning during my first semester at HBS. But then…that passed.

Many people use the MBA to achieve a career switch. And it works well for them! But one word of warning—do NOT say that that is what you want to do in your apps! Career changes are VERY risky, and you will not want to focus on that in your essays. Tell them that you will go back into your current field; that way they will be assured you will get a JOB. That’s critical stuff. Once you’ve assured them of this fact, once you get to school, you can do whateeeever you want. : ) But avoid career changes in your app at all costs.

Hope this helps my friend, and good luck!

Jon Frank
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