Is ugrad + masters + MBA too much education these days?

ugrad (semi) + masters (target) + MBA (target) and under the assumption I will break into top IB out of ugrad

Main reason for pursuing masters is that I want to do it in a certain country (non-US) and so build connections in that geography before doing MBA in US

Seems like MBA is getting less and less relevant in this climate and a masters degree is an additional 2 years of youth life spent in education

Is the 4 additional years of schooling (master+mba) really that bad considering I'll live to like 85 and my career will be another 60+ years? Even though I'm not that much of a prestige whore, I get the feeling that the cachet is important enough to some people I would be doing business with in the future

ugrad: econ + apmath

masters: idk econ but open to anything because all i care about is geography/network or maybe geared towards industry I want to go into eventually

mba: top 7 hopefully

Without being a whore to peter thiel, my current stance follows "all rhodes scholars had a great future in their past" in the sense that the amount of years in education is irrelevant since it is mostly the person anyway (obv im not going to be a rhodes scholar)

interesting : https://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/b1d…

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Feb 9, 2021 - 9:03pm

You make a whole thread about education and don't mention once what you're pursuing your 1st masters in.

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Feb 9, 2021 - 9:13pm

There is no reason to get this masters degree. Just do undergrad +IB experience + MBA

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Feb 9, 2021 - 9:03pm

It isn't bad at all to do 4 additional years of schooling. In my program, there are a number of people that have a masters degree, though they are the minority.

You should know that they don't have an advantage over the non-masters people in recruiting. In recruiting, your professional experience and your 

character traits are the most important characteristics.

So my advice would be, totally ok to do 4 additional years of schooling. Make sure though that both the Master and the MBA are done in top schools. If you can't attend top schools, choose one of them. 

Let me know if that helps.

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Feb 9, 2021 - 9:04pm

apoella

Seems like MBA is getting less and less relevant in this climate

No - they are relevant - and top 10 MBA programs have established career pipelines and 90%+ job placement rates. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Feb 10, 2021 - 7:47am

I think when we hear guys like Peter Thiel and Elon Musk talk about how MBA's are useless, college doesn't matter, etc. we really need to take it with a grain of salt. Where did those guys go to school again? Oh yeah - Stanford and Wharton. Easy to say prestige doesn't matter when you have it by default. 

Bottom line - top tier MBA will open doors, especially if you want to stay in the corporate world. It's only getting more and more competitive out there. 

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