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Old Jan 4, 2013, 12:20 PM   #1
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Masters of Business Administration here?

How many designers/marketing folks here have an MBA? I'm giving it serious consideration to kick start my stalled career.

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How many designers/marketing folks here have an MBA? I'm giving it serious consideration to kick start my stalled career.
I use one, not for design work to much, but marketing of course.
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You know he doesn't mean a MacBook Air right?
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You know he doesn't mean a MacBook Air right?
That's my fault for being unclear w/ the original title. Just wanted to see how many of my peers have taken the plunge.
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I don't know...Neither one of my parents are designers, but they both got their MBAs like 3 years ago, and both still work at the same job.

Maybe get a degree/take some classes in advertising and marketing or something to move into the strategic side of things.

Just my opinion, but MBAs are pretty commonplace, and don't really make you stand out that much. If you wanted to start your own business, it might be useful, though.
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Maybe get a degree/take some classes in advertising and marketing or something to move into the strategic side of things.

Just my opinion, but MBAs are pretty commonplace, and don't really make you stand out that much. If you wanted to start your own business, it might be useful, though.
I've got a formal undergrad degree in communication arts and 18 years of broad spectrum design experience that spans advertising, marketing, print, web, motion and event signage. People that move up through the ranks without experience are in the right place at the right time and someone in upper mgmt takes a chance.

The problem is, how do you get mgmt experience without being given the chance? My logic is, the undergrad opened the door to my first job and the masters will open this door.
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MBA here.

No excuse not to get one since so many accredited programs are available as online courses. It took me ~ 2 years to do mine back in 2003-2005.

The lowdown is this - if you are an experienced manager (like I was), you don't learn all that much. An MBA teaches you a little about a lot, so that you can manage an organization and have some idea about the different departments.

If you are not a manager, you will learn a lot.

Either way, doors and jobs DO open up if you have this degree. To clarify, I am not in the Design and Graphics industry. An MBA will help you no matter what industry you are in - however, more so if you want to be in management. If you want to stay technical and on the "doing" end, it may not. Figure out what your five year plan is, first.

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I've got a formal undergrad degree in communication arts and 18 years of broad spectrum design experience that spans advertising, marketing, print, web, motion and event signage. People that move up through the ranks without experience are in the right place at the right time and someone in upper mgmt takes a chance.

The problem is, how do you get mgmt experience without being given the chance? My logic is, the undergrad opened the door to my first job and the masters will open this door.
That very well may be the thing to do, then. By "strategic," though, I meant the ad agency side of things (you might have gotten that, I just wasn't sure). They come up with the campaign, then contract out to designers/design firms to create the material for it. Companies like TBWA/Chiat/Day, Crispin, Goodby, etc.

It's not necessarily a management position within a design company, but just a normal position in an entirely different field, which may or may not require additional education. You have a lot of experience, so that would probably count for something.

I'm really not an authority on any of this, but I might just see if I could get into a place like that before getting a master's degree.

Just as an example, if you we're wanting to go into that field to begin with, this is the sort of degree you would need, though maybe your experience would qualify you for it anyway.
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How many designers/marketing folks here have an MBA? I'm giving it serious consideration to kick start my stalled career.
An MBA is not going to kick-start a stalled career, unless you make contacts with other students and/or faculty that can lead you into new opportunities. An MBA may give you some ideas, but fewer than you'd get by spending the same amount of time in other ways with that purpose. What an MBA will do is give you tools to do whatever you do better, especially in terms of managing, understanding finance and accounting, taking a systematic approach to marketing and planning, and lots of other things - but kick-starting a stalled career isn't one of them.

So, I'd urge you to figure out exactly what it is you need and pick an activity (perhaps not an academic program) that is targeted at that. It might be networking, developing your professional reputation via blogging or something else, joining a local business group, or something else. It might even be going for an MBA. If you do that, though, do it with a specific objective in mind and an idea of how the MBA will help meet it.

(For what it's worth, I teach in a business school, so I'm far from negative about MBAs - but I hate to see students who are in my classes for the wrong reasons. Some of them do quite well. I'm fairly sure they learn something, and I hope they find it useful. I still can't help thinking that it's not the optimal use of their time, given their goals.)
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