To get an MBA or not?

I've been thinking about getting an MBA and was wondering a few things. I'm hoping some of you here can help me gather some of my decision-making data.

  1. As someone with an Engineering degree already, what avenues do you think I can take after having acquired an MBA?

My degree was a balance of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. I possess some fairly extensive experience as a Systems/Network Administrator and an Application Developer.

  1. I would like to continue working in an analytical context. What focus should I take knowing this and taking my background into account?

  2. Do you think I would have to go back and learn a large amount of business related material prior to enrolling?

  3. If you have an MBA, was the course-load something you found interesting and do you think you've truly helped your career by obtaining it?

  4. Do you know of any reading material that I can peruse prior to making my decision or enrolling that will help me in the process?

  5. I currently work as a Systems Administrator for the University I will most likely be attending. I doubt that I will be open to becoming a full-time student again as I enjoy my steady pay-check. I am planning on doing this on a part-time basis at night.

What are your thoughts surrounding this? Not a good idea? Worth my time?

Thanks for any response this post elicits!

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Comments (4)

Oct 15, 2007 - 5:01pm

My recommendation for anyone thinking about pursuing an MBA is to pull up the syllabus for a few of the courses at a desirable institution and purchase the course materials.

This should help you gauge the type of material that will be covered. It can also help you find out whether or not you will be interested in the content.

I personally think that getting an MBA is not a great use of time --- but it may help to round out your skill set on paper.

It is worth noting that engineering/CS background can be leveraged into more quantitative roles at banks and hedge funds. Being a "hybrid" (i.e. technology and finance knowledge) can be very advantageous.

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