Is there a way to combine the demands of a hectic business travel schedule and studying for your MBA? Reader S asks….
Hi Road Warriorette! I love your blog! I have been at my company for almost seven years and in my job for five. I think it’s time to take my career to the next level and have been exploring getting my MBA. I am concerned about managing the frequent travel required by my job while taking classes and studying for an advanced degree. Do you have any suggestions for figuring out if it’s possible?
Wow, that is a lot to think about! I definitely think it is possible, but you have to find the right program. I have actually been researching getting an MBA myself, and in my area there are programs that meet every other weekend, one night a week, two nights a week, and primarily online. The admissions office of the program you’re interested in can tell you what their policies are about missing classes or if they would be a good fit for someone who travels frequently.
I would also recommend having a frank talk with your boss. Some employers will allow employees to attend classes without it impacting their vacation schedule. Some will even pay for part of your education, within certain requirements. Beyond that, do you have any say over your travel schedule? Are you able to schedule trips around classes? Do you have regular night meetings or other engagements that you are able to miss?
As you have probably surmised, getting any kind of advance degree while working full-time requires a lot of time management and sacrifice. Time with family and friends will be impacted, as well as general downtime. I was told that if I decide to do an evening MBA program, in addition to my work/travel schedule and family, I basically wouldn’t be able watch TV or have a social life for two years. Yikes. At the same time, at the end of the program I will be set up to make significantly more money and have a better career path.
Here’s an interesting article from Fortune I found about getting your MBA online while traveling.
So is it possible? Absolutely. Is it worth it? That’s up to you. Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress!
Readers, have you gotten your master’s while traveling for work? Any tips for Reader S?