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MBA Talk - I'm 28 and thinking that it's now or never time regarding the MBA....

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Yes

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It has nothing to do with your age...it's whether you really need it or not.

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For those that have completed a part time MBA, how soon after completion did you leave your previous employer?

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I'm at NYU stern for part time Saturday program. Great program full of 20 somethings and consultants who travel during the week

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I live near NY so i don't have to fly but many out of state students fly up on Friday and leave after class. I don't plant to leave after, I love my job. Doing MBA while working is also great, u can apply concepts directly, don't have to take 2 years off, and can take advantage of tuition reimbursement so I recommend it.

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Never. Unless you need it or Have the family money to back you.

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Not to sound lame but I really think if you make over 100 and aren't sure you want to be a partner/lifetime consultant, I realllllly don't think the debt is worth it. From what I've seen (recruiter) part-time MBAs aren't getting jobs at MBB and rarely do they get the full 140 or 160k offers elsewhere. Just my opinion though. Good luck!

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I'm thinking that I'd go part time.. I'm thinking Berkeley, Northwestern, NYU, Cornell or Emory PT program... Please advise!

@PWC1 the issue is.. I'm staff level and already make 100k+ (exp hire). I don't need it for my current role but can't justify going FT because of the debt and forgone salary.

Emory has a one year program that you can look into in addition to PT, though I think it's analytics focused

@Strat1 I'm trying to do the exact same thing!!! Instead of flying home, do you fly to NYC to attend your weekend program? Or do you live in NYC? My market rarely has local projects so I know that I'll be able to expense the weekend flight a majority of the time. And do you plan to leave after completion?

Don't go part time. You miss out on all the fun and most of the network

If you plan on being a lifetime consultant, I bet full time has a positive ROI if you switch to MBB. Especially if you do something like a one year MBA. I think Kellogg has the best 1Y.

@OP - what are your career goals? My PMBA friends have recruited about 8 mo out from end of their program. Some schools (e.g., Kellogg) let you used same job board as full time. Then leave their current job when they graduate.

That being said - at your age/experience, I only think you will get a strong 'R'OI on a fulltime program. If looking to switch to MBB, it is extremely rare to get in with parttime (e.g., my office hires one parttime out of every ~150 MBA/PhD roles.) And don't overlook the network value of fulltime.

Thanks guys/gals!

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