/ Asked by Travis
As a student with a BBA and a focus in business economics, I am debating whether to continue on with my MBA, or get into an entry level data analysis position. I eventually would like to reach an executive level, and would like advice about which is more valuable, experience with data analysis, or an MBA.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, February 24, 2014
I would recommend taking the role to gain business experience.  Many MBA programs require work experience of about 5 years prior to attending business school. Having some practical experience is very helpful when going to business school. I'd encourage this approach.  Hope this is helpful.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I think obtaining both experience and an MBA are important in the career track you are developing for yourself. My advice on this would be to obtain an entry level data analysis position first, gain a couple years experience, and then go back to get your MBA. Often times, specific programs by schools want to see a certain amount of years experience in a relatable position before someone goes to get their MBA. I think having that experience will also allow you to also be more successful in your MBA classes and will allow you to get more out of your education.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, February 28, 2014
To eventually move into an executive role, having an MBA would be a huge advantage for you.  It is not, however, necessary for you to obtain it before you enter the workforce.  In many cases, people work for a few years and then pursue their MBA.  This practical work experience will benefit you greatly when you do pursue your MBA.  Bottom line, to get into an executive position, an MBA is important, but gaining some experience first is just as important.
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