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Old 03-04-2019, 07:20 PM
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PhD, MBA, JD, doctor degrees.

Who’s got what? Is it worth it in your opinion?

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Old 03-04-2019, 07:23 PM
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I got dat thicc Master's, believe it or not. And a certificate too. Technically I'm a published author, but I most identify as a heated blanket.

And yes, absolutely zero regret and still maintain that as the hardest single thing I've accomplished to date.
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Old 03-04-2019, 07:25 PM
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I got dat thicc Master's, believe it or not. And a certificate too. Technically I'm a published author, but I most identify as a heated blanket.

And yes, absolutely zero regret and still maintain that as the hardest single thing I've accomplished to date.
what! You my master??

lemme ask you this.. can you.. whoop my ***?
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what! You my master??

lemme ask you this.. can you.. whoop my ***?
No, I'm only capable of cherishing and adoring. No *** wooping.
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If you really are interested, higher degrees, like all other degrees, can only really assist in serving a specific purpose. That said, it's most helpful when you want to advance in your career as well while differentiating you from others. Plus, it opens up opportunities where the general field of applicants has graduate degrees too. It won't hurt, but I would be extremely cautious about getting either a master's or PhD unless it was fully funded by the school via an RA or something similar.
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Default Re: Advanced Degrees

I couldn’t resist that Chris rock bit.

Jiat curious what everyone has and what their opinions are.

Are they still valuable and well regarded? Has an mba/jd lost its luster?

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Just a BS for me, unlike my wife who has three advanced degrees. She be crazy smahrt!
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Old 03-04-2019, 07:48 PM
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Everyone I know with a master's is happy with it.

With a JD I've been told if you aren't passionate about practicing law it is a massive waste.

MBA degrees seem very widespread these days, but if they work for ppl there's a reason.

IIRC Bauley has an MBA, he'd be a good resource if so.
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Completed my MS about 6 years ago. Would like to go back for a PhD at some point. Will likely do so when the kiddos are older. Have just been accumulating professional certifications in the interim (13 at last count). I enjoy learning, so continued education is worth it to me.
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Some fields it makes sense, some it's a waste.
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Old 03-04-2019, 08:18 PM
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I'm retarded and it shows
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Old 03-04-2019, 08:35 PM
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Ph D Material science.

Worth every penny I paid (which isn't saying much since tuition was practically free)
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I have an MBA that came later in life from a well-ranked school, it's no guarantee for success but it starts the conversation.

Like many others on here, my career was jumpstarted from the overpaid IT profession... I rode the wave for many years but never saw the light out of the tunnel as far as progression to "what's next?".

For me the value was using that degree track to learn about other aspects of business; while the degree is a decent foundation in the various areas... it finally opened up the interviews to the jobs that I was looking at for "what's next", but at no point do I feel that I'm an expert at finance, economics, supply chain, marketing, etc... but it was enough to shift perspectives enough to open up interview doors.

In short, it was well worth it and paid for itself many times over already. But it's less to do with the degree as getting everything you can out of it while you're in. Just getting the three letters does nothing on its own.
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PhD Mechanical Engineering

Totally worth it, as long as you don't take forever to do it. And you work on advancing the theory coupled with a good experiment.
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My old lady has a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Biology. We talked about grad school but it wouldn't help her much with her state job. She already has 3 subordinates that have graduate degrees.

Her dad has a PhD in Chemistry, but he says he should have stopped after grad school because he could do his job just fine without the PhD.

I do have a lot of respect for folks that get their PhD. I've met so many washed up former PhD candidates in Auburn. They get into the program and then go to the bar to "study" and they get sucked into the black hole.

They have no expenses and they start to slack. I know 3 dishwashers right now who are former PhD candidates. Really bright folks, but all that time in school means they don't really have any marketable skills when they are dismissed from the program.

Alcoholism is a bad thing, folks.
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I have a Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State/W. P. Carey
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MBA degrees seem very widespread these days, but if they work for ppl there's a reason.

IIRC Bauley has an MBA, he'd be a good resource if so.
MBA here. I chose corporate finance as the concentration. I already had a bachelors in economics with a certificate (concentration) in finance.

My only real reason for getting it was to make my resume stronger. It was ~85% paid for by my employer so to get a $40,000 degree for less than $10k seemed like a no brainer. I honestly didn't learn a whole lot more than what I learned in undergrad, but perhaps that's a testament to the quality of my undergrad degree (my MBA was from a much higher ranked university than my undergrad).

A lot of people say they use it for "networking" but I really only made a handful of contacts. I did 2 classes a week at night after work in the spring and fall semesters for four years (I did this because my employer would only pay out a max of $10k / yr and each class was $2,500). Not sure how much "networking" people want to do when they've worked all day and are getting out of class at 9pm.

If you plan on having kids I would suggest doing the degree beforehand. Both my wife and I got our masters degrees before the kids arrived (mostly, my daughter was born midway through my final year of school). No way I could pull anything like that off now.

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If you really are interested, higher degrees, like all other degrees, can only really assist in serving a specific purpose. That said, it's most helpful when you want to advance in your career as well while differentiating you from others. Plus, it opens up opportunities where the general field of applicants has graduate degrees too. It won't hurt, but I would be extremely cautious about getting either a master's or PhD unless it was fully funded by the school via an RA or something similar.
^ Agree 100%
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I want that MBA

in my last class of my bachelor's right now

can't go very far here without the masters though.

I should be a doctor by now
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My only real reason for getting it was to make my resume stronger. It was ~85% paid for by my employer so to get a $40,000 degree for less than $10k seemed like a no brainer.
This is the only way I would go back to school for an MBA/Masters.

I kinda want to, but I'm not paying for it out of pocket.
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I want that MBA

in my last class of my bachelor's right now

can't go very far here without the masters though.

I should be a doctor by now
If they would pay for it I would say go for it.
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I want that MBA

in my last class of my bachelor's right now

can't go very far here without the masters though.

I should be a doctor by now
Which is bullshit. My boss is way smarter/better than me at everything related to my profession (finance) and has a bachelors in marketing.
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I want that MBA

in my last class of my bachelor's right now

can't go very far here without the masters though.

I should be a doctor by now
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I wouldn't go back for a Masters but my wife did and has no regrets. It's been very beneficial for her career I think. It all depends on what you're looking to do.
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I'm done with school honestly. If I'm going to get training its going to be specific certifications. I don't feel like not having a masters is holding me back at all from doing what I want to do.
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Which is bullshit. My boss is way smarter/better than me at everything related to my profession (finance) and has a bachelors in marketing.
Yeah I'm only doing it for the paper, and work pays for it so why not?

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only 7 years

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I wouldn't go back for a Masters but my wife did and has no regrets. It's been very beneficial for her career I think. It all depends on what you're looking to do.
My big reason for going for my MBA is my wife has directly benefited from it here. So seeing as how she's viewed with that was a big push for me to go ahead and do it too.

At the end of the day, its just people that refuse to hire folks because they don't think they worked as hard to get to the same place without a degree
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