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Is it better to stay at school right now?

Vivian Chai
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Joined: Sep 10, 2001
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Hello! I am a computer science graduate student. Since I am going to graduate and I find out that it is so hard to find a job right now, is it better to continue my study in another field like MBA master degree? I originally planned to have a MBA degree after working for a while anyway, but not so early. Do I have a better future with such two degrees(MBA and computer science)? Your reply will be greatly appreciated.
Mark Herschberg
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Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 6037
Respected MBA programs will very rarely, if ever, accept candidates who don't have work experience.
--Mark
Joseph Hammerman
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Joined: Jan 19, 2002
Posts: 76
The short snswer to your qusestion is yes. Staying in school is a good idea until the market gets better, particularly if you don't have offers.
The point is valid that it is better to have work experience for an MBA, but many people go directly from undergraduate work to business school.
Dalia Rojas
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Joined: Apr 23, 2002
Posts: 23
I would suggest staying in school and doing internships if possible to get the work experience.


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Mark Herschberg
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Originally posted by Joseph Hammerman:
The point is valid that it is better to have work experience for an MBA, but many people go directly from undergraduate work to business school.

Where? In community college? I don't know of any major MBA program that will accept such people except for unusual circumstances (e.g. running a family business all through high school).
--Mark
Vivian Chai
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Joined: Sep 10, 2001
Posts: 13
There are a lot of MBA programs that do not require experiences. They are not "Major". But "major" ones are too expensive.
My question is that whether it will affect my future as being a software developer(maybe) with another MBA degree. Will the hiring manager not hire me because I have another unrelated degree for programming? What do they normally think about this situation?
Mark Herschberg
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Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 6037
Please give references to such schools. I'd like to see who they are and what they offer.
--Mark
Joseph Hammerman
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Joined: Jan 19, 2002
Posts: 76
I have an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins. I know of fellow graduates who went directly to William an Mary and University of Rochester business schools. That was 20 years ago. I know that some MBA schools prefer work experience, but I never heard of any that require it.
Dalia Rojas
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Joined: Apr 23, 2002
Posts: 23
Vivian,
I'm a programmer with an MBA, but I did my MBA with an MIS concentration, which is what helped me get a job in programming. Some employers have actually found it interesting when I tell them I have an MBA. My previous company actually preferred it because they felt that I would be able to communicate better with other business departments. They told me I would be able to speak their language.
And yes, it's true, a lot of universities take people for MBA's who have no experience.
Dalia
 
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