On the back of a number of discussions about careers and people’s interests, I thought I’d put it on here to get some thoughts.
I’ve got a BSc and an MSc and 20 years experience with half of that in some form of management. Yeah, I suppose I am career focussed, mostly from a point of view of proving to myself (and others but mostly me) that I am capable and also wanting as stable/comfortable life as I can because my childhood wasn’t.
So I’ve found myself looking at more studying options. I think the motivation has been a few new colleagues (all middle aged white men - sorry, I know that’s the majority here) coming in at the same level as me and I think to myself that I want to be better than that in the next 10-15 years.
The options I’m looking at are:
- An executive MBA - 10 years ago I was anti-MBA because I felt like everyone had one. Now I realise that some of the broader subjects may be of use and I need to diversify my knowledge.
- An MA in international relations because it’s a subject that interests me. Not sure if it’ll help my career but it will help in the knowledge diversification I feel I need.
Here’s where you lot come in. I did the MSc part-time but I had a stress-free job, no dependents/“real” responsibilities and it was employer funded, which meant I could focus on it, get it done and it was just part of life. The questions therefore are:
- What’s it like studying around a proper job and real life? Am I upsetting an equilibrium that’s not worth it.
- An MBA is a scary price, I’ll be funding it myself so is the investment worth it? What’s the views in other industries of MBA grads?
Over to you lot - throw the tomatoes and bring out the pitch forks!