I have a fairly typical life story for an MBA student.Â I grew up running the local lemonade stand and mowed my neighbor's lawns.Â I then went off to college and did something completely unrelated (architecture in my case), and then wound up in a career that I ultimately did not like.Â Â Throughout my career in architecture, I ran side businesses and loved making extra money on my own terms.Â I quickly realised that pursuing an MBA would be a great option for my business-minded self.Â Here, then are theÂ reasons why I chose to pursue a Masters in Business Administration.
5. Â I was not satisfied with my job
Ever since 6th grade I thought I wanted to be an architect. Â I went to four years of undergraduate school in architecture and spent a number of years working in the profession. Â As with any job, it had its ups and downs, but I really just could not visualize myself as an architect for another 40 years.
By the time I was at the end of my college career, I realized that I did not want to be an architect, but it was too late for me to change anything. Â I took a job in architecture because I could, but it was soon time for me to move on to something new.Â
Can you visualize yourself in your job for the rest of your life? Â
4. Â I needed something more social Â
As an architectural "intern," I essentially sat in front of a computer all day drawing lines and making models. Â Sure, sometimes it is fun, but more often than not it is tedious and boring.
After a few years in architecture, I realized that the most exciting parts of my day included meetings and coordinating over the phone or via email with consultants and clients. Â Sitting down in front of the computer was just not social enough for me.
Do you desire a more social profession? Â
3. Â I love running organizations
As a 6 year old, I tried to sell anything imaginable to my neighbors and I even went door to door soliciting help doing yardwork. Â I then graduated onto mowing lawns as a teenager and ran a number of student organizations in high school. Â Again, in college, I helped run a number of large student organizations on a regional and international scale. Â Now, I operate a photography business part-time and am a landlord.
I have a clear history of running organizations throughout my entire life. Â Every aspect of this "entrepreneurial spirit" is (a) social, (b) creative, and (c) detail oriented. Â Of course, this is something that I want in a future career and is fitting for an MBA program.
Do you love running organizations or businesses? Â
2. Â Increase in pay
Naturally, anyone would welcome a good pay increase. Â I currently make a decent wage, but contrary to popular opinion, there is a low ceiling for jobs in architecture (we can't all be like Frank Lloyd Wright, you know). Â I cannot justify working the long hours, being away from my family, and working in a job that I'm not passionate enough about with its current wages.
While studying for the GMAT, I read in this study guide from the Princeton Review that the average starting salary for an MBA graduate was over $90,000! Â Geez... sounds good to me!
Do you want in increase your income making potential? Â
1. Â Ability to "be my own boss"
I've always been good with taking orders, but never really enjoyed it. Â I love the thought of having freedom to do what I want when I want.
An MBA will equip you with the tools you need to run a business and run it well. Â With the poor economy that we are in right now, a lot of people are attempting to go out on their own, but they can't tell left from right when it comes to business. Â Obtaining an MBA degree will set you apart from the competition because you know how to run an organization.
Do you want to be your own boss? Â
So where do you fit in? Â What is your story, and is an MBA right for you?Â