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The Times Online recently published a thought provoking article in their MBA Insider series claiming that, “If you’re happy in your job and career, taking time out for an MBA is not necessarily a good idea.” The article talks about the sacrifices of going to business school like lost income and potential loss of momentum if you’re going back to the same industry.

When I was considering going to back to Business School, I was managing a data collection facility at Universal Studios. In data collection, Manager is the highest possible position you can attain. I wasn’t happy, and found myself wondering if I’d really hit my peak just before my 30th birthday. I decided the answer was a resounding NO, and started looking for jobs outside of my field. Every position that excited me and I felt qualified for had “MBA required” at the end of the posting. I’d always imagined myself getting my MBA at some point, and that job search sealed the deal. Instead of celebrating my 30th in a job that wasn’t fulfilling, I celebrated with new friends from around the world at UNC’s KFBS. The opportunity cost was worth every penny for me.

To read the rest of the Times Online article, click here.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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