Post # 1
I have been wondering for quite awhile what a good next step for myself is & I get very confused & bogged down. So I am going to crowdsource the answer to my question.
- I have a Master’s but I’m in a field where nearly everyone has a Master’s & many have PhDs, or are accredited in this external program considered to be nearly equivalent to a PhD
- I’ve got 5+ years of work experience but am considered to be very new at my company & in my job (1 year in the company)
- The company will re-pay me the money I spend on tuition if I get a part time MBA (2-3 years to complete)
- The company will pay for my expenses if I go for this external accreditation (that I mentioned above is considered similar to a PhD in the industry). It could take 5+ years to complete.
- I’ve also considered going for a full time PhD, which would mean leaving this job and finding a (probably) different job in 4 or 5 years when I finish the PhD.
Post # 3
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@LucyLaLa: Stay with the company to get real working experience, do either 3 or 4 to continue your education, IMO.
If I had tuition reimbursement I would never stop going to school!!
Post # 4
I would stay at your job and either do the part-time MBA or the outside accredidation (whichever will be more benefitial for you in the long-term).
Post # 5
@mchitt329: It sounds so obvious when you put it like that!
@Mrs.KMM: I don’t know which will be more beneficial – how do I figure that out?
Post # 6
If your company is going to pay for it, you can’t lose. I’m $55K in the hole because I didn’t have anyone to take the payments for me.
My current job pays for continued education and will fully fund an M.Ed. Unfortunately, I only got this job because one of my professors while getting my own M.Ed. is closely connected to the principal. 🙁
Take advantage if you can!
Post # 7
@LucyLaLa: Talk to people higher up (especially those in positions you’d like to ultimately have one day). They should be able to speak to the pros and cons of the MBA vs. the accredidation for your particular industry/area.
Post # 8
@Mrs.KMM: That’s a good idea. It’s not a very friendly atmosphere here but I am sure I can identify some people who wouldn’t mind discussing it with me.