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After 2 years of technical experience should I go for a normal MBA or an executive MBA?


Kate:Based on your question, it sounds like you have 2 years of technical experience and only 2 years of experience total. With that little experience, consider getting management experience rather than going for a degree. Do technical project management.

An emba would be totally inappropriate and any school who accepts you into an emba program with only 2 years of experience is not one worth going to. They would see you as a cash cow.”

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"Have you hit send on your Round 1 applications? Despite being one of the greatest (if not the most celebrated) guitarists of all time, Jimi Hendrix never fully embraced his acclaim.“I don't really live on compliments," He mused during an interview on The Dick Cavett Show. “As a matter of fact, they have a way of distracting me. I know a whole lot of musicians, artists out there who [hear] the compliments and [think] ‘Wow, I must have been really great,’ and so they get fat and satisfied and they get lost and forget about their actual talent and start living in another world.” Success changes people, sometimes to their own detriment. On one extreme you have those who, upon realizing a major achievement, lose sight of the fact that self-improvement and learning is a lifelong process.On the other extreme we have the self-proclaimed impostors; people who feel that they don’t deserve success or the praise that comes with it and for whom every achievement is tainted. Despite their past successes, they still see themselves as an impostor who will be found out eventually.

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