Would an MBA help me race up the career ladder?

If you're in a hurry to progress in your job, an MBA won't necessarily help you get to the top more quickly, says Jeremy Bullmore.

by Jeremy Bullmore
Last Updated: 01 Mar 2016

Q: I am 25, in a good job with a large corporate, doing work I enjoy with colleagues I like. The only problem is career progression - like most things here it's well organised but really slow. I've got mates who work in the City or tech and I don't want to spend the next five years trundling from department to department while they race up the ladder. Would an MBA help me get on faster, or will I just have to look for a more dynamic employer?

Jeremy says: Don't opt for an MBA unless or until you know exactly what you want to do next. There are certain jobs for which an MBA is an absolute requirement; but with several years of real-life experience behind you, there should be plenty of worthwhile opportunities out there for which an MBA would be little more than a reassuring extra.

And since you're in a bit of hurry, and unless it's absolutely necessary, you won't want to wait another couple of years before you can give your sluggish career an overdue lift-off.

Jeremy Bullmore is a former creative director and chairman of J Walter Thompson London. Email him your problems at editorial@managementtoday.com. Regrettably, no correspondence can be entered into.

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