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I started going for an MBA at BC part-time in the spring of 1999 and I'll be finishing up my last two classes this spring. Where as I have a business background, (undergraduate degrees in Finance, Economics, and Entrepreneurship) I have found the degree to be a little redundant. Much of the same content is covered in an MBA program that is covered in undergraduate business curriculums, though in slightly more depth.

However, there are several advantages. One of the primary reason I began to pursue the degree was to increase my earning/promotional potential (that and now my current job requires that I actively pursue such a degree). Although I have found the degree to be somewhat tiresome, as aforementioned, I have found that possessing the degree and the networking done in graduate school are beneficial. Over the last couple years I have befriended many individuals who will likely be helpful in furthering my career in business, especially in the Boston area, and have even had three positions offered to me (even though I haven't been looking) as either a direct or indirect result from the program. Thus, I have found the classes to be a bore, but have already been promoted and offered three jobs at different companies superior to the one I formerly possessed in the last year or two since starting the degree. I would consider an MBA a necessary evil in attempting to obtain a decent middle or upper-level management position in a large company in a timely manner. Don't get me wrong, many people succeed in business without such a degree, but the degree makes it much easier as it gives you certain credibility.

For background informational purposes I'm 24 years old, completed my undergraduate studies at Babson College, and will be completing my graduate studies at Boston College this spring. I have worked full-time in business for about three years at a Fortune 100 company.

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