Full Time vs Online MBA
I am 31 with 1.5 years left on an active duty contract in the military. Would it benefit me to start a reputable online MBA program or wait until my contract is up to begin a full time program with the same school (Northeastern)? With the latter option I would be 34 looking for employment where as with the former I would be 32 with the same degree (just online). From an employer standpoint, what would you recommend I do?
- Kofi Kankam expert Hi Blake - thank you for your service, bro. You can go either way. At this point, when you fast forward 10 years, starting school at 32 versus 34 is somewhat immaterial. From an employer standpoint, you don't even necessarily need to mention/include that you went to an online program. However, finding a job/managing your career long-term at an on-campus program will enhance your career prospects in terms of giving you a more robust and committed alumni network (which will be increasingly important for your career prospects going forward) and a career service office that is more attuned, invested, and focused on helping you since you will be in front of them and capable of building critical relationships. This is hard to do remotely. If you're itching to start and seeing the next 1.5 years as time when you're ready to make the transition, I get it. You can still make a win that way. But, you'll probably derive a bit more value with the FT, on-campus program.