I'm glad you mentioned the MBA. ANYBODY can get an MBA, it doesn't even matter if you have an undergraduate degree in business. If you can't pass the entry tests to prove proficiency in certain areas of business, then you take a class to teach you what you need to know before continuing. It's not 3-4 years of classes, it's at most 1 year of part time class work. Do you think you could get a Masters in Engineering without first getting an undergraduate degree in engineering? Would there only be a year worth of basic classes to take to prepare you for a Masters in Engineering? I honestly haven't done the research to know, but somehow I highly doubt it.
A friend of mine has a degree in Industrial Engineering and recently got an MBA in 2 years from Xavier in Cincinnati, OH. He had to take all of the basic business classes to get up to speed, it still only took 2 years.
A business degree isn't quite universal from what I've found, but if you manage to gain experience in another area of business while on the job, then you don't need a separate degree to move into that area. For the most part, certain jobs usually say, "Must have a degree in Accounting or Finance" or whatever the case may be. 95% of the time they want a degree and experience, and more often I'm noticing that you need an MBA and experience. The problem is getting the EXPERIENCE!!!
The "entry level" jobs in business that I'm finding don't even require a degree and have no guarantee that you will ever do anything pertaining to your degree once you graduate from "head envelope licker" or whatever entry level job you got. I looked into entry level engineering jobs just for comparison and there were noticably more entry level jobs that require a degree in a certain area of engineering and NO experience.
What I'm gathering from this is that in business experience is way more important in GETTING the job, but you need the degree to advance above a certain level someday.
I'll close with a quote from Bill Gates of Microsoft fame,
Originally Posted by Bill Gates
Let me put it this way. say you added two years to my life and let me go to business school. (He dropped out of Harvard after less than 2 years for anybody that doesn't know) I don't think I would have done a better job at Microsoft. Let's look around these shevles and see if there are any business books. Oops. We didn't need any.
If the richest man in the world can get there learing while he builds his business then I don't think business is a good major. Afterall he was a billionaire after 12 years of owning Microsoft! And if you ever need advice on how to start up or run a business, there are no shortage of consultants to give you pointers along the way.
I can EASILY testify that I have learned more about business in the 2 years since graduating from reading books than I ever learned while in school. I've learned more about LIFE in the last 2 years than I did in ALL my years in school. I THINK reading books about business areas that interest you and applying them to ANY job that you happen to have, will be more valuable than 4 years of business education at any school. It is my belief that our current education system is WAY out of date and in despirate need of overhaul. It just so happens that I remember reading an article about a new style of education being applied at a school in Boston, MA that is funded and influenced by Bill Gates. From reading about his childhood, it's no wonder that he was very successful in life. I wish my parents had done a few things more like that. Overall, though, I'm happy with my parents performance as parents. I admit to being one hell of a problem to raise so it's partly or mostly my own fault and I certainly wasn't ready for college when I went, but I was pretty much forced into that one. Option 1: college and we pay for most of it. Option 2: You are on your own from this day forth until you decide to go to college. OF COURSE I took the college route!