ForumWatch: Alternatives to the Full-Time MBA

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on February 23, 2012

Ever since the financial crisis hit in 2008, the gainfully employed have been in a pickle: do nothing to improve your skills and your job may not be yours for long, quit a job to go back to school and you may never get it back. As a result, some would-be full-time MBA candidates are considering alternatives that have them keeping their jobs (and their paychecks) while beefing up their resumes with additional coursework. Think part-time MBA, executive MBA, and non-degree executive education and certificate programs.

Career changers, in particular, are unsure of what to do. The full-time MBA, with a summer internship that serves as a test-drive for a new career, was the program of choice for many. But now the tides are beginning to shift. Even career changers are considering alternatives. Some of them come to the Bloomberg Businessweek Business School Forums to discuss the issue and get advice. They want to know if they truly have options when it comes to which programs will help them achieve their goals.

Recently, Apollo13 kicked off a conversation about the possibility of getting recruited by an investment bank when participating in an EMBA program, which traditionally serve senior executives with no intention of leaving their companies. Others offered explicit answers that described the pros and cons of an EMBA. If you’d like to join the conversation, visit the “Career Impacts post-EMBA” discussion thread.

-Francesca Di Meglio

Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of a series about discussions taking place on the Bloomberg Businessweek Business School Forums where prospective MBA program applicants, current students, and recent alumni trade admissions tips, job-hunting advice, and the occasional barbed comment. We invite you to join these discussions or start one of your own.



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