There’s been some lackluster advice floating around the PR world of late regarding a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. It suggests, with caveats, that PR pros that get MBAs are bored or indecisive careerists that want to schmooze with the future business leaders of America.
Such advice lacks perspective — the perspective of those who have actually done it — which counts for a lot in evaluating the pros and cons of anything. I know a bunch of lawyers but it doesn’t make me an expert on law school.
In an MBA program you’ll grow personally and professionally. It’s one of the best investments a PR pro can make in themselves. I am a PR pro with an MBA, so I’ll take the liberty to offer a different point of view to PR pros based on my experience.
Make no mistake, such a degree is directly related to our work too. If PR pros get knocked around for a list of character flaws, I’d suggest those boil down to these three recurring themes: a) PR pitches are bad b) PR has inability to speak the financial language of business and c) PR has a poor understanding of business.
Do you have to have one to succeed? No. However, an MBA will dramatically increase the likelihood that those are characteristics that will not apply to you. It’ll improve the chances of success. Read More…