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Does an mba still make sense? In FP&A and plan to stay in FP&A or move to strategy/corp dev potentially in the future

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Not needed, needed if wanting to make a career switch that requires an MBA but those do not. Possible option is part time MBA which others have mentioned that some companies will help pay. Would not recommend full time MBA here


More context, close to getting to a manager level role prob in another year or so, is an mba needed to get to the director level or can I just work my way up without making that type of investment?


None of the directors I work with have an mba; I do however. There’s no immediate benefit to having one. The jury is out if it is valuable in the long term. This is a top 10 mba degree.


Internally doesn’t matter as much, matters more for external opportunities and then is just a way to get in the door for a conversation.


Are you thinking about trying to lateral to strategy/Corp Dev at the director level? It's generally easier to break into a new function at a more junior level and go up the ranks that way.

I think it would be good for you to set up time with seniors in your field to get their advice. Generally if you are not thinking about switching fields you should look into part-time or executive MBA degrees. Some organizations will even help pay for those type of degrees.

Where you at?

I’m in the same shoes. I’m finally getting closed to the manager level role and I love what I’m doing. The idea of MBA is very appealing but there’s a lot to give up. Even after graduation I may not get a job like what I currently have, so the more I think of it the more I question if it’s for me.

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