Are MBA’s finance nerds in glasses and pocket protectors?
No. I didn’t think so … this post discusses the background training, perceived strengths and weaknesses of MBA candidates.
|Training ::||Perceived Strengths ::||Perceived Weaknesses ::|
|Engineers [like myself!]||Good quantitative skills, process oriented & low risk of poor academic performance||Less developed communication and interpersonal skills and weak writing skills [probably true in my case!]|
|Consultants [I’ve never known what exactly their background was!]||Smart, well-grounded in fundamentals with good exposure to business situations||Limited management experience but many qualified applicants to top schools with similar experience|
|Financial Analysts||Good quantitative skills with a solid understanding of business analysis and research||Limited management experience but there many qualified applicants to top schools with similar experience|
|Entrepreneurs||Hands-on understanding of how business works with high energy, proactive participants and not many in applicant pool||Impatient with classroom environment and limited interest in business theory|
|Human Resources Professionals||Interpersonal skills and understanding of employee related issues with strong team players||Weak quantitative skills with a less competitive approach may create academic pressure at top schools|
|Salespeople||Great “in the trenches” experience and superb understanding of the customer with strong interpersonal and communication skills||Limited exposure to management and sales, sometimes not viewed as training ground for management|
|Artists, “Poets”||Strong creative skills with very unique backgrounds increase classroom diversity||Weaker quantitative skills with very limited business exposure and unfortunately questionable fit and academic risk|
|Military Personnel||Strong leadership; excellent discipline with hands-on management experience||Inflexible and may have trouble adjusting to a less hierarchical business environment|
|Accountants||Good numbers; understand language of business and background helpful for most classes||Quiet; may not participate much in class but unfortunately not perceived as creative|