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Is an MBA worth it? Has anyone without one ever felt passed over for promotion or a position because of it mid-later career? My agency has a benefit of about 5k a year for education and I’m not sure if I should take advantage of it. I feel like the most valuable skills come from on the job experience and I feel like taking classes after work would be a strain.

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Agency side - not worth it. You’ll see plenty of people in the C suite without advanced degrees. Client side - absolutely needed. I’ve been client side 2x and [at many places], MBAs are very highly regarded and a requirement for advancement. I have a masters in stats from a top university and still was made to feel inferior to those with MBAs.

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If you plan to stay in media, it’s not worth it. We don’t get paid more or promoted sooner with a grad degree. If you want to go client side and into a marketing role, then it’s probably a good thing to consider!

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I’ve been in media agency side for less than two years. So I’m not sure if I’ll tire out of it long term. I had considered client-side as an option down the line. For the short-term I know I’ll be staying with an agency for the next few years.

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