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Re: [ljc] MBA for Software Developers

From: Trisha
Sent on: Monday, August 13, 2012 9:31 AM
Hi Alex,

I, too, was going to point you to the extremely good answers from the last time this question was asked, but I've just realised it was you who asked it last time too.  I personally thought the variety of answers was excellent, and indicative of the general feelings within the industry, so might I suggest you revisit them?

If your mail program is rubbish at archiving, you can see all the responses on - most of them are on page 4 of the discussions tab:


On 13 August[masked]:51, Dinuk Weerasinghe <[address removed]> wrote:

This question has been asked in the past (see below) and did receive several responses. As with most things, you are *guaranteed* to get a mixture of responses and asking the same question repeatedly isn't going to change the outcome.

My recommendation would be to contact the admissions team of the school you intend to pursue an MBA with and ask them to put you in touch with a faculty member. The lecturers would know all the reasons why the students chose to do an MBA, plus they have access to surveys done at the end of the programme which ask 'was it worth it in the end' type of questions (which is essentially what you are asking). 

Other than that, if you *have* the diverse experience you claim to have, then
  • You should have a reliable network of contacts at each of your previous employers (especially the start-up) to pose this question to
  • Have a level of maturity to decide what is most beneficial to you. A little introspection never hurts!
  • How did you decide to do your under/post graduate degrees? 
  • What observations did you make at your previous employers about the relevance/benefit of an MBA in such environments?
Kind regards,

On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM, alexander sharma <[address removed]> wrote:

I wanted to know your opinions on whether it is worth pursuing an MBA as a current software development engineer. 
I.e. the benefits --> possible move into team lead positions? 


On Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 5:35 AM, alexander sharma <[address removed]> wrote:

I have decided to do an MBA next year and wanted to basically ask if anyone else has had similar thoughts as a Software Engineer / Dev Manager etc. 
I have a BSC and MSC in Computer Science and roughly 4 years of commercial experience in Java/J2EE development working for startups, large organizations
and middle sized companies in the travel, entertainment and finance industry.

I wanted to ask if anyone has any similar background and has also considered doing an MBA in the past

In case they have what was their motivation to do so?

In my opinion a MBA might be good because:

- one can  get into technology business management.
- It is also very useful for getting into IT consulting.

Thanks a lot!

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