I don’t really get why people who have MBAs are pigeon holed with an ‘MBA’ as their primary tagline for the rest of their careers. It’s a short part of your career and half the length of your undergraduate degree. Why am I more of an MBA than an engineer?
I think people probably get a few things out of doing an MBA:
Branding: Much like working at a recognised company, going to a recognised business school helps open doors
Friendships/Network: You make great friends and people at business school are at the same stage of life and in the same mindset, so you make lots of lasting friendships in a short period of time
Lifestyle: Business school is fun. You travel, you play sports, you party and live in a new city/country
Content: You learn from your courses, classmates and professors
I spent 2 years of my life doing my MBA and it was a lot of fun. I made great friends, travelled to cool places and learned some interesting things through the case method. But by no means do I think it defines me, my aspirations, the way I think or what I value.
I love thinking about what new products and platforms will shape our future and how I can contribute. I love building things and get satisfaction from people deriving utility/joy from the things I build. I feel energised by geeking out about solving analytical problems at work, discussing gameplay strategies in League of Legends or Hearthstone, or just the act of shipping something before a weekend. I’ve spent the last 10 years working in technology and the last 5 in product management. I know I want to spend my career building products and investing in great companies. I feel like my choice of career defines me so much more than whether or not I have an MBA and I’m sure many other ‘MBAs’ feel the same.