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December 5, 2000

How to...Figure Out if You're MBA Material

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Not everyone should jump on the B-school bandwagon. "Too often, students pursue MBAs thinking they'd like a career in 'marketing' or 'finance' without really grasping what those careers require," says Freedman. "Ask yourself if you truly like working with numbers, using quantitative skills to analyze business problems and working in a corporate setting. Know what kinds of jobs are out there for MBAers before you sign up." One of the best ways to do this is to grill successful people in your field about what they do and how they got where they are. You may find that an MBA is crucial, but sometimes, experience trumps education. "There's a tipping point," says Ivey. "Once you have six or seven years of experience, it may not be worth taking yourself off the career track to go back to school."

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