Hi, Zarah! That's a great question. I received my MBA ten years ago after having been in the workforce for about ten years, a time whicn included earning another master's degree. I think that the fact that I already had a good amount of experience in the business world helped me with my MBA, in three ways:
- I already had experience and knew what I wanted from the degree, which helped me in my applications and interviews.
- I was able to apply what I had learned in my working life.
- I was able to go right back to my job and apply lessons from my MBA, and was able to market myself better for future jobs. Also, while I changed jobs while I was still completing the degree, I was able to get some funding from my company towards my educational expenses. Many companies offer tuition reimbursement or other programs to help pay for some,or all, of your educational expenses towards an MBA.
In terms of what jobs would be helpful, I wouldn't think so much about the kind of job as much as the kind of skills that an MBA program would look for, and the kinds of skills you will develop in an MBA program. To get into a program, you need to be comfortable working with numbers (not necessarily a statistical genius, but you need to be comfortable reading a financial statement and understanding what it means). You also need to show that you know how to manage people and processes towards a goal. So, if you can look for jobs that will give you experience managing budgets, people, and processes, that will be good preparation.
Then, you need to think about what you will do with an MBA? Do you want to run your own business? There are MBA programs that focus on entrepreneurship. Do you want to be a financial analyst? Some programs focus on that area. Other programs emphasize management.
This isn't to say that you can't go straight from undergraduate school to an MBA, but in my experience you get more out of an MBA program with previous work experience, which will help you answer all of these questions.
Thanks and Good Luck!