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Looking for thoughts on if you would pursue an MBA given my age, YOE, current pay/track and post-MBA goals. 27M, 3 YOE all in consulting. I recently started a new job as a M1 (data side) and got 160k base + 30k sign on (late joiner so no bonus). I believe I could get to SM in 1-2 years. I don’t want to pivot into IB or PE, probably don’t want to work the hours required for MBB, but enjoy consulting and could see myself exiting to a tech company down the road. (Continued in comments)

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Would it still make sense to get an MBA (would it help considerably in moving up in consulting / exit to tech and move up there)? I have always been a good test taker (35 ACT, 2300 SAT, national merit scholar) but have not taken the GRE or GMAT, and went to a state school. Obv no guarantee I would be admitted but I would try and go to a top school if I could.

Are you looking to stay in data/IT roles? If so, not sure if it’ll be helpful with where you are.

Good question. My current role has me contributing more to key proposals and BD, while client delivery is more focused on quarterbacking a team of technologists. I can get my hands dirty if necessary but will admit I don’t get as excited about writing code or building the best models as some people in tech.

M7 yes, T10-15 less so but you still shouldn't have problems getting a positive ROI

I'm 28M at 230k TC, have asked the same question you have and I still think I could benefit from a FT mba. Part of this calculation is your level of confidence in how savvy you think you'll navigate the mba and post-mba world. If you've always been resourceful and good at leveraging your network, I say there's far less risk. People who have never been good at networking and working their network should think twice.

Good point. I’ve been fortunate to meet great mentors at every stop and would assume that an expanded network would add to that.

If planning to stay at Accenture and in Consulting/AI I personally would say it’s not worth the trade off from losing the work years/progression if you are looking at $ only

Can’t comment from any significant base of knowledge on exiting to a tech company though

Unless you are looking to pivot to strategy consulting I would say no, I’ve been doing this over 11 years and have never heard MBA come up as a differentiator in a talent call. I got coaching early in my Accenture career that the culture does not value an mba nearly as much as other firms and I’ve found that to be true. Made MD pretty early without it so was not a factor for me

You switched firms after 3 years and were brought on as an M? If not, how did this work out so well?

Yes. I feel lucky and a lot of things went right. Started as an analyst, promoted to C after a little more than a year, took on a lot of responsibility at C and was interviewing for SC role but was pleasantly surprised when they offered me M.

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Strategy now or what group?

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