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Old 02-08-2013, 09:50 AM   #1
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Any MBA holders here?- worth it? or just a check in the box?

Hi all, so its time for me to consider grad school. The army reserve said they'll cover it but I'm conflicted as to which degree pathway I want to go. I graduated with a psych degree and a business minor. I had originally intended on following up with psychology but my dad (who owns a wholesale distributing business) has decided he really wants to retire and wants me to take over as the rest of my siblings are too young or too inexperienced with the family business. I'm not completely opposed to the idea as I've been working here on and off since I was 18 (25 now) and its given me a lot of the opportunities I've had but if I were to go this pathway, a masters in psych would be intrinsically pleasing but not very useful other than being able to "read minds" as everyone assumes all psych majors can do, Haha.

So with that back story, I'm contemplating getting an MBA down here in San antonio and that's when I'm hoping any current MBA holders can chime in: is it worth for an entrepreneur and not someone just trying to check a box so They can get promoted in their company? Will I actually learn useful advice/knowledge that I can apply or is it like my undergrad where it was a shotgun blast of info to the face and then you braindump it after a test? Please consider cost and money is not an issue (as most MBA holders have seen to be the biggest issue) as the army will be footing the majority of the bill. I just looking at this from a practical, "will I actually learn and use what I learn" perspective.

I figured I'd ask the taco crowd because of such a diverse demographic as opposed to some business forum who'd just be too bias whereas taco guys could.honestly.chime.in because no one gets butthurt until someone calls someone else's truck ugly, Haha. Thanks guys.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:22 AM   #2
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mba without work experience is useless. most people go for mbas so they can get to next level position. if you are a true entrepeneur, use the money for seed capital. tough job economy does not help anyone and older guys with mbas and tons of experience will be chosen over you.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:40 AM   #3
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Sure you might learn some things but so since you're going to be taking over a family business I wouldn't bother myself. Granted if its free it certainly wouldn't hurt but as the poster above me said this is more relevant for moving up in your career/having an edge over another candidate at your company. That doesn't apply to you.

I also would never go for an MBA right after getting an under grad degree even if you werent going into a family business. You'd benefit a lot more from an MBA with good real world experience. Again a different situation than you're in.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:42 PM   #4
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oh wow, thats both really good advice and insight. yeah, i figured with the army footing the bill, i'd try to pursue a master's and figured a business related degree would make more sense but maybe i will just end up following up with my psychology degree that way i have another career option just incase. thanks for the input guys, it's really appreciated.
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:15 PM   #6
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My MBA helped get my salary into the six digits. It was worth it for me. I've been in my field for over 10 years though so I didn't go for it straight from an under-grad program.
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OP, if your B.A. was in Business, I probably tell you to look elsewhere, but it is not, so I suggest you do it. Uncle Sam is paying for it, and your B.A. is in Psych; so yes I believe you need to pursue this.
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Go for it if you want it we are a free country afterall
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:16 PM   #9
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:07 PM   #10
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If my thread here tells you anything, there are not many tacoma owners who at least are willing to say they've been through higher education. =/

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/off...iscussion.html
Oh man, that is just sad!


At least my thread had some action! http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/job...come-down.html
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:03 PM   #11
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One more guy with an MBA here and the military footed the bill. Bottom line is if its free I think you are crazy not to do it. And it's not free by the way, it's a benefit you either take advantage of or don't.

It definitely won't close any doors for you in the future. ;-)

It has only helped. Good luck!
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