The Do-It-Yourself MBA
An MBA gives graduates three powerful tools: knowledge, connections, and a degree. The degree is the university’s seal of approval, and it’s still worth real money in the marketplace, despite naysayers. Knowledge is where employers could see a real ROI, but with some of the industry’s most renowned professors lamenting that “conventional MBA programs train the wrong people in the wrong ways with the wrong consequences,” one might conclude that there are better ways to get the skills you need. And connections? Taking yourself out of the workforce to return to school may backfire for mid-level professionals.
The DIY MBA is my self-imposed experiment to see if there’s a better way. I’ve committed to spending 10 hours per week (in addition to full-time employment) studying all the subjects traditionally taught in an MBA program. Friends, colleagues, willing connections, books, websites, webinars, and community classes will be my instructors. I’ll post regularly about what I’m learning, including web and video tutorials showing how this knowledge applies to a real-world business setting.
Want to help? Here’s what I could use:
- Suggested reading lists
- Educational blog posts and other publications
- Conversations with you about your area of expertise–phone, instant message, skype or in person
- lists of subjects you feel are important to include in my curriculum
- Assignments that will help me learn new skills
- The 411 on webinars and other training events (paid or free) you think I should attend
- Knowledge of relevant certifications, etc. that I should pursue
- Any other form of support you can offer!