Do you think spending 200k$ at HARVARD is worth

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I have a great interest in Energy market and serve as a guest writer in many Energy Bulletin. I have a undergrad degree in Engineering and Masters in Geophysics. Right now, working with one of the major firm in Calgary as Geophysict, where my profile is to provide technical consultancy to major oil and gas companies.

I am 28 right now, earning around 80k$, Do you think going to harvard for finance will be a good idea, consideriing two year MBA will cost 200k$ and loss of income for two year.

Also. I will post a blog soon :), read a report some where where Citigroup predicted the energy markets based on shale gas. I find that report full of flaws..discussion with some of people will sure be fun.

Thanks

Comments (18)

Apr 25, 2012

get into HBS first then worry about if u should go, also might wanna delete ur personal profile

Apr 25, 2012
shorttheworld:

get into HBS first then worry about if u should go, also might wanna delete ur personal profile

^^^^^^

Apr 25, 2012
shorttheworld:

get into HBS first then worry about if u should go, also might wanna delete ur personal profile

Lol, this!!!

Also, you would an almost automatic reject because of your age. 28 is already too high, and you would most likely be applying in the next cycle, making you 29 by your class's starting date.

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Apr 25, 2012

I say it depends on the salary ceiling available to you know vs. with a Harvard MBA.

Apr 25, 2012

What is your financial situation? Will you be paying cash or taking out a loan?

Apr 25, 2012

Dude take your linkedin off of here. You can summarize and anonymize it.

Apr 25, 2012

You probably don't want the HBS admissions comittee googling this (because it will come up)

Apr 25, 2012

Get an admit, then worry about it. Until then this whole conversation is moo... like a cow's opinion. . . it doens't matter.

Apr 25, 2012
Boothorbust:

Get an admit, then worry about it. Until then this whole conversation is moo... like a cow's opinion. . . it doens't matter.

Get off WSO, Joey Tribiani!

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Apr 25, 2012
Boothorbust:

Get an admit, then worry about it. Until then this whole conversation is moo... like a cow's opinion. . . it doens't matter.

Right

Apr 25, 2012

I would assume you could find a job at a bank in an energy team with your background. We leverage our technical guys a fair amount and some of them have doctorates but others don't. Calgary is booming right now and I know some firms are looking for analysts / associates so you might be able to go that route.

I wouldn't think that Harvard would be worth the opportunity cost for you at this stage, but it depends on how you are financing it, how much aid you could hypothetically receive, and your career plan... but it seems like a big gamble just for the "chance" to break into a more lucrative career, especially when you have an industry expertise. Although, a Geophysicist with an MBA would be a pretty deadly combo in the energy sector. I could see arguments to either but it comes down to what you think you want to do and your honest assessment of how likely you are to make the 2 years worth it by earning more salary coming out. An associate out of b school as a stub is only going to get 100 starting then a bump to 125 at the stub date, but who knows if that comp structure will be in place after you complete the program, it could be very different. I would advise trying to network your way into an associates role based on your energy background before doing the MBA.

Apr 25, 2012

Thanks for your feeedback, I really appreciate it...Yeah I heard that Harvard prefer young people. Though for your information Rahul Dhir who is current CEO of Crains Energy, INDIA..got is MBA at the age of 32 (I may be wrong )...but he got admit in wharton :)..

Again. Thank you all for your feedback :)

Apr 25, 2012
energyanalyst:

Thanks for your feeedback, I really appreciate it...Yeah I heard that Harvard prefer young people. Though for your information Rahul Dhir who is current CEO of Crains Energy, INDIA..got is MBA at the age of 32 (I may be wrong )...but he got admit in wharton :)..

Again. Thank you all for your feedback :)

Wharton is not HBS. Wharton isn't even close to Stanford GSB. Wharton is a safety school for H / S.

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Apr 25, 2012
seedy underbelly:
energyanalyst:

Thanks for your feeedback, I really appreciate it...Yeah I heard that Harvard prefer young people. Though for your information Rahul Dhir who is current CEO of Crains Energy, INDIA..got is MBA at the age of 32 (I may be wrong )...but he got admit in wharton :)..

Again. Thank you all for your feedback :)

Wharton is not HBS. Wharton isn't even close to Stanford GSB. Wharton is a safety school for H / S.

Lol... Says the prestige-obsessed college kid from Columbia. Try saying that around any professionals in a work setting who actually know what they hell they are talking about and they will laugh at you.

Apr 25, 2012

Thanks for this new piece of information. I was not aware of this safety school point

Apr 25, 2012
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