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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-19-2008, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hi. I finished my 1st year of college this April, and decided to change my degree. I was going for Architecture, but decided that I wanted to switch to Business Administration for a broader career outlook. Although Architecture is something that I really enjoy, (I've drawn 3 house plans just in high school and live in a house that I drew) I also enjoy Hockey, Computers, Music, and cars. I was wondering if anyone knew what kind of jobs were possible in the Auto business (not just Ford/GM/Toyota/etc) with an MBA (concentration in Management and possible Marketing as well). Thanks.

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I think you've pretty much answered your own question ;-) Any management or marketing type position...
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My father is an architect. Has been since he graduated from college and I doubt he will ever retire.

My sister and her husband both have their MBA's. My brother in law runs a start up (which required an MBA).

So lots of options!
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i started taking architecture and engineering courses in college but then decided to do business at another school. i've since finished my business degree 14 months ago, my plan is to start an executive mba program in sept that is only 12 months.

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Why would running a startup require a MBA?
If you don't have your Bachelor's degree yet, don't worry about the MBA... people usually take their MBA after some work experience, or their work place pays for you (partially) to take a exec. MBA program or courses in a parttime MBA program.


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Very few positions are open in management for someone with an MBA and no experience.

The way it used to be done is someone got a business undergrad degree, went in to the wonderful world of business and after a few years (4-8) of basically apprenticeship (lets call it experience) they went back to school and got an MBA and then really moved in to the world of management and higher level of business. These days it seems like everyone thinks they can go straight from undergrad to get an MBA and have someone hand them a managerial position or something similar...and it just doesn't happen. I know of at least 3 people who did just that and all of the are still gainfully unemployeed.

My wife saw the same sorts of thing working as a college advisor, including working for a business college at one of the universities she worked at. Few people get an 'MBA type' job with nothing other then an MBA and an undergrad degree. Minimum is a few years of an internship if not several years of full time experience in business.
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Very few positions are open in management for someone with an MBA and no experience.

The way it used to be done is someone got a business undergrad degree, went in to the wonderful world of business and after a few years (4-8) of basically apprenticeship (lets call it experience) they went back to school and got an MBA and then really moved in to the world of management and higher level of business. These days it seems like everyone thinks they can go straight from undergrad to get an MBA and have someone hand them a managerial position or something similar...and it just doesn't happen. I know of at least 3 people who did just that and all of the are still gainfully unemployeed.

My wife saw the same sorts of thing working as a college advisor, including working for a business college at one of the universities she worked at. Few people get an 'MBA type' job with nothing other then an MBA and an undergrad degree. Minimum is a few years of an internship if not several years of full time experience in business.
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I agree with you. I got my BS in Accounting in 2004. After that, I prepared taxes for two years to get business experience to include on my resume. Now I am an Accountant for a University. I just started working on my MBA this past Spring. Experience goes a long way. A degree with no experience puts you no where when you are competing with other applicants who may have years of experience because no company wants a new hiree who they have to hold their hand and constantly walk them through things that they should have a good idea of how to do it.

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I was planning to start internships as soon as possible in the summers. I know that the Red Wings take internships for marketing and other various business related things, and I am going to try and get into that program this upcoming school year. Also, I live in Battle Creek, so we have Kelloggs and Post, and they are usually looking for 5-10 summer B.A. interns as well.

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Certainly a start, but for most types of jobs where they would be looking for an MBA an internship probably isn't going to cut it. Some maybe, but most it won't. It is certainly a good way to get experience. Getting an MBA isn't a terrible idea, but just don't expect it to really open any additional doors that an undergrad degree and some internships won't already do.

In a lot of cases for higher level business positions they want the experience (several years if not longer) and the skill, but they also want you to have an MBA. Its kind of an all inclusive thing where they want the full package. That doesn't mean you can't get a semi-entry level business position with an MBA and get the experience to later find a mid or upper level position, but you are still likely going to need that experience most places. MBAs are good because they teach you the theoretical and the logic and process behind business, but they don't give you the hard experience and as with a lot of things, the real world is quite different from the classroom.
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