5 Reasons you should drop out of your MBA Program

Dear Evil HR Lady,


I’m having a very difficult time. I am a 27-year-old female currently working as an engineer and I make a salary around $85,000 a year and decided to enroll in an MBA program just to add to my credentials. I am currently going to an iMBA program through a reputable school (one on this top 25 iMBA list, anyway). I just started 11 weeks ago and it has been quite a challenge. I am not passionate about the topics but I thought that I should do this in order not to cut myself short in the future.

I am not exactly happy in my role as an engineer and would much prefer just to manage projects from an upper level. However, I do not even know if those sorts of roles exist. I did not and do not have much guidance and I am just really confused if this MBA is worth it or not.

It is a hefty (over $50,000) amount of money and I am not getting much reimbursement from my company (only $5,000 a year, no ties). This is money I could spend on purchasing a house, saving for a wedding, providing for a family, etc.

I honestly can not see myself staying on the engineering track for the rest of my career and hoped that the MBA would open doors.

I know that if I change companies now, and stay in engineering but get a manager position, I can increase my salary about $15,000!!

My head is all over. Should I just do that, even though I am not really happy? Should I continue the MBA with no direction and just hope that it will open up some new career that I will enjoy more?

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3 thoughts on “5 Reasons you should drop out of your MBA Program

  1. You should get a job with husband’s – where he works, not one he owns – engineering firm (national)! They have a technical track and a project management track. I get the feeling that this is becoming more common across engineering, as some people really love drawing/designing, whereas others would rather use their engineering knowledge as a backdrop to managing overall projects.

  2. Perhaps project management (PMP?) certification is better for you. Apple has two tracks – one technical and a very big program management track. Depending on the org, the latter may involve travel to China. So you have to be prepared for it.

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