Binghamton University, where I recently visited, has one of the better organized undergraduate business degree programs around. Yet when I asked a panel of excellent students and a dean if they believed that they would need a graduate business degree for career success, the dean said that they would, in order to advance further in their careers. In some ways I could quickly agree. In others I was not so sure.
A good undergraduate business degree program such as Binghamton’s combines classroom instruction, career and professional development programs, real-life problem solving opportunities and work experiences to offer the best possible preparation for full-time entry-level employment after graduation. A graduate should leave with a business degree that not only provides a skill set, but also a degree of confidence and a network that will support them for life.
But will these graduates really need a graduate business degree, or some equivalent?
Some might read this and be tempted to add: “They will, if they want to work for a ‘better’ employer,” whatever they believe that means. In some cases that’s true. Some of the most desired employers recruit at a limited number of schools. While a young professional’s undergraduate school might not have been a “target school,” for their desired employer, the right MBA program might help to open a door, presuming they get in. But sometimes that program requires a full-time commitment to education as opposed to a part-time or executive program where the student may remain employed. Such an experience is not exactly risk free, even for those who get into the very best graduate business schools.
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