Is an MBA going to be useless without work experience?

posted 2 years ago in College
Post # 2
744 posts
Busy bee

llcoolray:  I have an MBA.  Whether it’s worth it or not (IMO) all depends on how good your program is at helping to get jobs.  Where I went, the companies came to us – we applied for jobs through postings at the school, and interviewed on campus.  I got multiple job offers this way.  If you go to a school that does not do very good on-campus recruiting and does not have a great reputation, you are pretty much all on your own to make a job search happen, and that is harder.  Also, sports management is more of a niche area, so even at schools with strong campus recruiting, you’d likely be on your own to find a job, and it can be challenging.  However, past office experience isn’t a requirement.  While the majority of people will come from office environments, my classmates came from all types of careers. 

Hope that helps a bit!

Post # 3
867 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

llcoolray:  I believe there are specific sports management MBA programs so you should look into this to start. I don’t think a general MBA will be valuable to you as you don’t have anything to apply it to really. They reccomend working a year or two before getting your MBa so you can relate what you learn back to your field and you understand some of the concepts better. What is your BA in? If it’s not business I think you would be super lost just jumping in to an MBA. In my current job they have only considered MBA’s for the position so it’s def not worthlesS, and I learned a ton getting it, but I’m in marketing where the MBA is actually useful. You should do more reasearch on what exactly you want to do and what your dream job requires as a degree, and what it values be that a degree or work experience. I know a girl that got her MBA is sports management and is a retail store manager soooo it didn’t really pan out for her. I’m not trying to dissuade you, but getting a degree does not equal getting a job. I think you need to do way more research and define a clear path on what you want to do and how you are going to do it. Is there actual jobs in your area that th’s degree applies to? Are there many or is it a super competitive industry? Who are the specific companies/places you could actually work at/for? can you try to get an internship with them?? Make a realistic game plan before you jump into spending thousands of dollars on a degree you may or may not need. 

Post # 4
988 posts
Busy bee

llcoolray:  I agree with PP. Talk with the school(s) you are considering about career services they offer. Additionally, consider the following:

I went to school full-time and finished up my undergraduate degree (finance w/ accounting minor) and MBA by the time I was 23. I did an 8-month internship early on, then found a second internship the summer before my last semester of my MBA program (I was a December graduate) at the company I wanted to work for… even without a ton of experience under my belt, the internship got my foot in the door and I was able make connections with the right people so that when a full-time position opened up, I was given an opportunity to interview, and ultimately a job offer. Do what you can to find an internship in the field you want to work in. It’s the easiest way to bridge the gap between your lack of experience and what the hiring managers are looking for.

I would also make sure that you talk to an admissions counciler about your actual career goals. Sports management seems like a very specific career path and may be harder to break into without already knowing some of the right people. Just adding an extra degree to your resume isn’t always enough in some industries, so you should do your research before spending the money.

Good Luck!

Post # 5
716 posts
Busy bee

I’m an MBA and agree with a lot of what has been said.  I think you should work backwards.  What’s the target job?  How do you get there?  If you can get the job any other way, then I wouldn’t recommend the degree as it isn’t a guarantee and it’s very, very expensive.  Also, the school you are going to is very relavant.  All of the schools are expensive and yet their is a very, very wide disparity in terms of return on investment in a MBA among the schools.

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