Does Anyone Regret NOT getting a top MBA?
I am quite curious to hear from folks in their early/mid-30s here if folks regret turning down an M7 MBA to continue on in PE/GE/VC (or even a corporate/startup path)
I feel like it's very stylish now to assume it's not necessary, but I've come across stories of career stagnation as well that are interesting. I see two examples
a) Career Stagnation: e.g. MM Growth Equity Principal - realizes he's not getting the material carry he deserves only after turning down Wharton and spending years working at his firm. Struggling to lateral at the moment.
b) "I would have been successful anyways": e.g. VP Strategy at unicorn startup - turned down HBS to work on a great startup. Finds the startup has done well but folks who went to school are getting more looks for large, decacorn startup exec opportunities. Financially well off but realizes he could have taken a 2 year vacation, made friends, and done well regardless. Not a 'regret' necessarily, but more of a realization later in their career that he could have taken the detour and wonders what could have happened.
Not that these folks really 'regret' their paths, but career stagnation can happen and those stories don't really get told a lot - I'm curious what folks have seen at their firms and in their industry. Usually, conversations on regret are personal and folks rarely talk about that even with close friends, but still - think this is an interesting way to frame the age-old question of whether an MBA is worth it.