I had the privilege to participate on a Financial Times MBA Admission panel called Ask the Experts: MBA 2011, a few days ago and it was interesting to hear what was top of find for many aspiring business school applicants.
The panel was comprised of Tom Robertson, Dean of Wharton, Fiona Sandford, Director of Career Services at London Business School, Thomas Gatley, an MBA student at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, Della Bradshaw, Business Education Editor at the Financial Times and yours truly from EXPARTUS.
Many of the participants had questions focused on program fit and deciphering which programs and specializations would be the best preparation for their careers.
Other questions addressed the value of the MBA and suggested that some applicants are still on the fence when it comes to deciding on whether the MBA is the best option versus starting a business.
Anna from Beirut worded it this way: “Everyone knows an MBA is a perfect launching pad for career switchers or for those seeking prmotions within their current industries. How about entrepreneurs? How does an MBA help students in launching their own businesses? Is it worth spending about $100K for an MBA, or is one better off investing directly into a new business venture?”
Check out the responses to Anna’s question and the entire panel discussion at the FT