I heard two very similar comments from MBA students in our program recently – each a smart, high-achieving young woman who is just completing our degree after two years of excellent performance. The comments are very telling.
“Mary,” who worked as a marketing manager in the financial sector prior to enrolling in our MBA program: ”I felt I might want to go to graduate school, but I never wanted an MBA. I mean, all my colleagues had MBAs, and I looked around at them and thought, there is no way I want to be like them.”
“Elizabeth,” who has worked as a project and product manager for a global energy company for more than a decade: ”I never wanted an MBA. I don’t even like business! I didn’t know there were alternative MBA programs out there.”
You have to ask yourself: are all the wrong people going to get MBA degrees, and all the right people staying away?
Present company excepted, of course…