For those of you on this forum who attended a top 20 MBA school 5-15 years ago, I was curious to know your opinion on what the MBA did for you, how you feel about your decision to go, how it defined/impacted your life, and whether you would be any less happy/satisfied with your overall place in life had you not attended.
The reason I ask is because after speaking to a number of people, they indicated how prior to MBA school, your career is EVERYTHING....but later on in life, after your MBA, after marriage+kids, you realize that you really don't care as much about having the greatest job in the world, you just want to have a low stress job, be home in time for dinner, never travel for work, spend weekends coaching your son's little league team, etc...
...Many of these people, after just a few years doing something with prestige&money (strategy consulting/ibanking/hedge funds/pe) quickly shifted from their 200k+ a year salary jobs, to a simple corporate job earning 150k, where the stress is low, working from home a few days a week is acceptable, summer fridays...etc. They drive acuras and honda minivans, not a porsche 911, and live in suburbs in 500k-700k homes, not mega-mansions. At the end of the day, they realized that having a ton of money, working crazy hours, spending so many nights away from their significant others, wasn't worth it. The jobs they hold now, are no different than the ones many "ordinary" people would have obtained with or without a fancy MBA degree.
I was curious to know if others could share their perspective who are at a similar stage of life after their MBA. I feel so many of us on this forum have this unrealistic expectation of what a "great" degree and a "great" job is going to do for our lives.