The M.B.A. degree used to be a sure thing, but today it may be becoming obsolete. T-Rex with a busted ankle, hobbling towards the Cenozoic. How quickly the world can change...
Not too long ago, with a Top 5-10 M.B.A. in tow, you could write your own ticket. Guys and gals going through the M.B.A. pipeline in the late 90's/early 00's had six-figure offers in the multiples by the end of their first-year summer. I'm including the undergrad physical recreation majors and latin poetry majors with little tangible work experience.
The cyclical nature of markets is magnified in M.B.A. world , a cold planet where feelings of self entitlement and superiority go to die, nowadays.
According to Business Week , 16.5% of Top 30 MBA program grads in 2009 did not get a single offer by the time their schools published placement statistics 3 months post-graduation. More and more schools are listing "N/A" in the "% hired" column of their program catalogs. Many recent grads are joining support groups . Heads up to all you GMAT 99-percenters.
As applications decrease across the board, Executive M.B.A. programs are thriving, recording a 59% increase in apps. This may be a telling tale of the future value (at least in the near term) of the M.B.A. diploma.
Their validity may only serve as a compliment to those already in management roles.
As to what the future holds for this often debated degree, it is likely to be strongly correlated with the overall economy. Meanwhile, with job scarcity and higher demand for specific areas of expertise, bespoke suits such as Masters of Finance and Masters of Management programs (up 24% and 20% in recent applications, respectively) are worn far more than ever before. We may even see a return to the double-breasted suit and belt buckle loafer.
If you're interested in Finance and not sure the M.B.A. is for you, I suggest checking out Anthony's web site . It offers in depth analysis of a great alternative degree for those of you more interested in a technical focus...and quite possibly...employment.
Like every Saturday, I wish you guys a fun weekend a preferably another notch...