MBA… what about it?

I have just finished reading BRW 2nd week of September 2010 issue. (As you can see I am not quite up to date with my BRW readings)

Anyway, I have found at least 5 pages (double-sided) about promoting MBA and some case studies/stories about recent MBA graduates.

The stories were very typical – ‘I got promoted right after completing my MBA…. I got a significant pay increase….etc’. There was one particular story which got my attention – ‘Working + studying + having a family is the most difficult thing that I have ever done’.I frowned unquestionably and said to myself ‘What you just said is what an average person can do and you are saying that it is the most difficut thing in your life? I cannot believe this. Are you sure a MBA graduate?’

I have a family – two children (probably increase to 3 next week) and one wife (not planning to have any more of course). I have 4 mortages for my 4 investment properties in Australia. I finished my MBA degree at MGSM in March 2010 and it took me 4 years as I was studying part-time. I didn’t fail any and managed to graduate on time with at least credit average.

Group work was challenging – not because it was hard but I had to put up with a large number of pretenious + talking shit + irresponsible students who never do what we agreed to do on time and in full.

Lecture was challening – not because it was hard but it was boring and I had to try really hard to keep myself awake for 4 hours. It was also hard because I did keep my mouth shut. Apparently, lecturers do not like those who express opposite views of theirs. (Who said ‘open to any suggestions’?)

Balancing work-life was hard – not because I did not have much time but somehow managed to organize my time more effectively so I eventually ended up doing more work at work and spending more time with family. Why? I have not lost my job but promoted to CFO back in April 2009 and I have been married over 8 years without being divorced.

Therefore why people claim that working + studying MBA + family commitment is all too hard? Even an ordinary person with an average intelligence can manage moderately. Or is it a mere marketing tactic to emphaise ‘MBA degree is so hard to complete’?

I can say this now because I’ve done my MBA degree – anyone can do this. MBA is not some sort of pass that allows you to get any job you want. Actually, while anyone can do MBA but it is not in fact for everyone. My personal view is that I have seen many students who do not meet minimum criteria of being classified as a ‘normal’ person because most of them are pretentious -pretend to be much greater and better + superior than anyone. If you really are, why would you need a MBA degree? Perhaps it is an accessory for those insecure pretentious morons? I am glad that I am not one of them.

About Brendon Cho

조후혁의 개인 블로그입니다. 1994년 18살때 호주로 부모님과 함께 이민을 왔고 2002년 통계학과를 졸업 한후 통신 회사 Exetel에 2004년 사원으로 입사, 2009년 최고재무관리자 (CFO)로 임명 그리고 2010년 MGSM에서 MBA를 수료 했고 지금 내부 감사장 (Head of Veracity)로 일하고 있습니다. 현재 3명의 자녀를 둔 아빠이고 시드니에서 살고 있으며, 클래식 음악과 글쓰기를 좋아합니다.
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