I saw this ad for a local B-school in the newspaper. It’s the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. It’s a really good example of just how out of touch business schools are.
Deciding to earn an MBA is easy.
Seriously? Deciding to spend all that money is easy? Deciding if USC is better than the thousand other schools is easy? I don’t know many people who make five or six figure decisions easily. If you can, you’re either stupid or filthy rich. I’d be willing to say there aren’t many millionaires who make those decisions lightly. They wouldn’t be millionaires if they did. Anyway, the vast majority of millionaires have already proven that MBA’s are certainly not necessary for success or riches.
It’s staying in the same job for the rest of your life that’s hard.
Who does the school think current MBA students are? What are the demographics? I’m pretty sure they’ve spent thousands of my tax dollars on finding out the answers to those questions. What is a decisive characteristic of current generations who comprise the majority of the student bodies around the world? I’ll tell you. They do not stay in one job or career for very long. It’s not a bad thing either. It’s simply a characteristic.
Here’s the problem with that. The current generation of students are likely to see this and run the other way. They need to. The cost and time of an MBA will hamper them for years instead of releasing them to achieve greatness outside the system. When I Say ‘them’, I mean You.
“You mean if I get an MBA I might be stuck in the same job for thirty years?”
Yes, that’s right. It’s a definite possibility.
Earn a highly ranked MBA without leaving your job, so when you’re ready to move up, you can.
Screw that! It’s a lie. Unless you’re a banker or a finance guy, you really don’t need it. Go get a degree in something you like or something that’s actually useful…if you really need a degree. Or why don’t you find a way to move up that doesn’t require a $100,000+ investment?
Consider working hard.
Become a linchpin.
Innovate, create, or revolutionize something.
I guess if you really want to get ahead, an MBA is really the easy way out. So to speak. It’ll still cost you, but only money. Don’t take the coward’s way out. Go out and do something that gets you noticed. Be a man.