Asked by Amel on June 13, 2018
Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on June 15, 2018
My personal opinion is that it is always better to get some work experience before pursuing your MBA. Your MBA coursework will likely be easier and more enriching if you are able to apply actual work experience to it and most employers will contribute to the cost of your MBA, some will pay for all if of it. Also, work experience is almost always more valuable than classroom education, one of the reasons you see more and more of a shift to experiential learning on college campuses. Employers will generally care more about your internships/co-ops/part-time jobs than what you did in the classroom.
Specific to your job market point, in many ways, today's job market could be the best it's ever been, take advantage of that and get work experience now. In softer job markets, seeking your MBA right after your Bachelors is more viable since it's just harder to find the right job and the extra education can make the difference.
Answered by Dean, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on June 26, 2018
Hi, Of course all situations are unigue and it would depend on your Bachelor's Degree. There is tremedous value in gaining valuable experience and training in a entry level role prior to going back to get your MBA. Many MBA programs actually prefer candidates that have 3 to 5 years of experience. Your experience will enable you to share job related experiences with your classmates as well as you will be better able to relate and correlate the instruction and projects in your MBA courses.
Some degrees and focus areas do lend themselves toward requiring an advanced degree for placement, so make sure you discuss with your career center and mentors early on.
Best of Luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on July 9, 2018
Great question! The age old question of what matters most…experience or education? I can tell you from personal experience that going back to college full time after you start making money is a tough decision! If you are planning to pursue an MBA while working full-time, prepare your friends and loved ones to see less of you….the academic curriculum for an MBA is grueling. However, you likely get more out of the MBA curriculum after having spent a few years in the workforce. Having the real-world experience allows you to apply principles taught in the classroom to instances you have encountered in the business world.
In my opinion, if you are able to gain a few years of experience and go back to school while working, not only will you be able to gain more from the academic curriculum, you also could have much of it paid for through tuition reimbursement from your company.
Best of luck in your pursuits!