Did a self funded 1-year MBA specialising in Marketing, found a job basically repping but in engineering services and that led into general management (more by luck than judgement TBH).
Irn Bru Freak wrote
If you don't mind me asking, how much was the MBA and where did you do it?
I'm 38 and would love to change my career from accountant (finance director for small companies for last 5 years) to being self-employed. I need the motivation of running my own business to get me out of bed in the mornings, and have been feeling unmotivated for a while. Problem is I don't know what business to start . Don't fancy being an accountant in my own practice, or doing training/teaching, so would probably need to acquire new skills & experience. Would love to be a scuba instructer but there's no money in it....
One of the books I've recently read was incredibly enlightening and may, from what you've said help you out with your dilemma. It's called "I don't know what I want, but it's not this" by Julie Jansen
University of Southen Illionois, $99.
Was it from one of those e-mails I keep finding in my junk mail box?
City University Business School, now renamed Cass Business School, City of London. They do various specialisms within their MBA course not just a general one, and this was what appealed to me. Plus, I figured with their position in the City I should be able to use their network to find a job afterwards, but it turned out only the Finance courses had any contacts so everyone else was on their own. Nowadays though MBA courses are 2 a penny and only the ones from the 'better' schools are valued by employers. I believe the 2 year ones are particularly well thought of but not many people can afford 2 years out plus tuition fees. There are part time ones out these days as well but I feel that loses the point of an MBA course which is supposed to be intensive and show that somebody can take on a lot in a short time and work under pressure. As for costs, I don't remember but it will have changed by now anyway. Mrs TC agreed to fund me for a year on the condition that I funded her for the rest of her life, and told me that was a pretty good deal www.cass.city.ac.uk/
Fallen Angel wrote
All very different, but not really like changing from a Teacher to a Deep Sea Diver
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Interesting comparison . . . What can a teacher move on to, what 'transferable skills' does a teacher have? NB exc. ability to drink lots of red wine, and make 30 costumes for the class panto at short notice
Had a few looks at the MBAs from Liverpool after I saw some of their advertising and at Cranfield, but the 1-2 year full time element is not idea right now!
A Teacher could move on to many things...public speaking for one. Wasn't any particular reason behind choosing those two professions, was just trying to find two completely unrelated yet skilled jobs
Admin was just a stop-gap until I got into the Police
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