Someone told me an MBA degree or a Master’s degree is useless. Well, I can’t say he is wrong because like any pursuits in life- something is worthless if we don’t apply it in everyday living.
My decision to pursue a Master’s degree stemmed at one point in my career when planning, making rational and logical decisions, coming up with action plans became confusing. When to start was not the question either but how to. I grew frustrated and I felt incompetent. I was equipped with courage, good intentions and desire to deliver but I did not have the necessary tools to effectively do the task. The resource of broad perspective and clear understanding of the work in front of me eluded the best of me. I wanted to churn out solutions-actual and practical solutions that work- long term and not just a band aid. I want preventive measures and not just to fire fight.
Where am I gonna get that? School? I was there- college degree was a blur. Should I go backwards? I’ve read books, I’ve sought learning from mentors, experts and friends but I wanted more. The decision to go back to school was purely wanting to understand the balance sheet and the financial statements but when I finally started my MBA- I saw a hurdle so humongous that I began to question my self if I’d be able to survive. Then I read this article. Just me finding a reason to go for it.
After 3 years, 3 jobs, millions of prayers from the millions of changes that happened in my life, I am still on the journey towards becoming America’s Next Top Model! Lol! But seriously, still far from the comprehensive exam and of getting the diploma which by the way I am still not sure if I’d get, I know I still need millions of prayers. But who knows, nothing is certain. The doors are still open for that.
Many believe that those who pursue an MBA or a Master’s degree are after the diploma, sure it makes an amazing bragging right to earn one and a great sense of pride to be seeing it up on the wall of your parent’s ancestral house or your own home. But a piece of paper called diploma is more than that. It is ones years of toiling and of financial, emotional, intellectual, social test endured. The sleepless nights or days of writing those papers and analyzing those cases, the pounding of the heart when the professor starts questioning your work and demands that you defend it. When at times you have to apologize for missing a date with friends. Thinking up of strategies to organize your life, family, work and school obligations.
But along that arduous journey, nothing can replace the wonderful people one meet. Of learning from others of the same or different industry. Hearing perspectives of others makes me humbled that after all, I may have considered myself expert or master of my field but so are others. The years of studying did not just teach me the concepts and the theories, it taught me and still teaching me perseverance, of fighting the good fight and most importantly having the growth mindset. I can still improve and I have yet a lot to learn. Experience is the greatest teacher. Who says going to school is all theory? Going to school is an experience on its own. When you do decide to step in to the world of the academe, please bring with you your open self and a strong one at that.
We all need a very good reason to stay in the game or the game beats us before it even starts.