Very torn between prepping and applying to MBA or FAANG jobs. I currently am at 4.5 YOE, 150K base, engineering manager. My network has advised that an MBA can help pivot careers as I’m exploring content strategy (Netflix). If any fish here are available to chat, please lmk! I have seen threads here about the value of the MBA going down so looking for advice! Thank you.

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I don’t think MBA’s are needed to make 150k any more

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I wonder if getting certifications would be valuable. I know Columbia has a leadership class

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Don’t waste time on the MBA, and don’t apply to MBB. Network to get a job with FAANG directly. Tons of people at MBB are salivating at the opportunity to join tech, so it doesn’t make sense to do a roundabout detour. Plus, as an consultant, you’d be making $15k more in base salary for far worse hours at MBB. Also, I don’t know about McKinsey and Bain, but FAANG have internal consulting teams, so they don’t hire us for that.

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You make 150k base with under 5 YOE? Where is this ? What have I been doing over the last 10 years of my career I wonder 🤣

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Sorry C1, that wasn’t my intent in posting my salary. Just trying to gage ROI (if I even get into a T7 school) and if I switch industries.

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When I was deciding on whether to go or not, I did research on how long it would take me to get to $200K TC, $250K TC, $300K TC, $500K TC and compared it to how long it would take if I got my MBA. I decided it wasn’t worth it since I actually had an accelerated path not going to MBA rather than going. In general, I’ve noticed that many of my friends who are top performers have decided not to go. The ones who are top performers and choose to go use it as a reset switch to change industries or as a 2 year vacation (though expensive). Many firms are making it easier to say no. E.g. McKinsey direct to EM, Direct promote to post MBA at same comp, waiving of MBA requirement (e.g. Banking Analyst to Associate promo).

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Thanks L1!! Appreciate everyone’s insights here.

I'd look at people's LinkedIn profiles who work in that role and see if they have MBA's

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