What Next for Journalist with Upcoming MBA?


Anonymous writes:
I’m a journalist with a number of years of daily newspaper experience. I am currently
working at a fairly large paper. I’m getting an MBA part-time and I’ll graduate in
about a year. It’s a 36-credit program with no specialties. I am in a dead-end job
at my paper and have no chance of moving forward because of office politics. I’m
not sure what I can do with an MBA and my experience. My school does not have
career-placement services. I’m considering law school after my MBA. What are my
options with and without law school? Will I potentially earn more money with a law degree?


The Career Doctor responds:
I don’t understand the thinking of job-seekers such as you who enter
into a graduate program with no clear career strategy. The MBA will give
you certain credentials to open many doors in business to you especially
combined with your years of work experience. The MBA is a symbol to
employers that you have the ability to think strategically analyze situations
formulate plans and implement plans.
Of course you could also combine two of your interests and try to move forward
with your journalistic career into business reporting but I sense you may be
getting tired of journalism.
One of the current trends in graduate education is the idea of dual graduate degrees
and the MBA/JD is one of the most popular combinations. Many of these folks go into
corporate law with all sizes of organizations. The benefit of having the strategic
knowledge along with the legal knowledge is very appealing.
You really need to map out a strategy for your career before going any farther. I
recommend you read my article Developing
a Strategic Vision for Your Career Plan
published on Quintessential Careers.
And since you are currently in an MBA program I also recommend reviewing some of the
resources we have in the Job
and Career Resources for MBAs
section of Quintessential Careers. These sites
will at least give you an idea of the types of career paths and jobs for job-seekers with MBAs.

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Anonymous writes:
I’m a journalist with a number of years of daily newspaper experience. I am currently
working at a fairly large paper. I’m getting an MBA part-time and I’ll graduate in
about a year. It’s a 36-credit program with no specialties. I am in a dead-end job
at my paper and have no chance of moving forward because of office politics. I’m
not sure what I can do with an MBA and my experience. My school does not have
career-placement services. I’m considering law school after my MBA. What are my
options with and without law school? Will I potentially earn more money with a law degree?


The Career Doctor responds:
I don’t understand the thinking of job-seekers such as you who enter
into a graduate program with no clear career strategy. The MBA will give
you certain credentials to open many doors in business to you especially
combined with your years of work experience. The MBA is a symbol to
employers that you have the ability to think strategically analyze situations
formulate plans and implement plans.
Of course you could also combine two of your interests and try to move forward
with your journalistic career into business reporting but I sense you may be
getting tired of journalism.
One of the current trends in graduate education is the idea of dual graduate degrees
and the MBA/JD is one of the most popular combinations. Many of these folks go into
corporate law with all sizes of organizations. The benefit of having the strategic
knowledge along with the legal knowledge is very appealing.
You really need to map out a strategy for your career before going any farther. I
recommend you read my article Developing
a Strategic Vision for Your Career Plan
published on Quintessential Careers.
And since you are currently in an MBA program I also recommend reviewing some of the
resources we have in the Job
and Career Resources for MBAs
section of Quintessential Careers. These sites
will at least give you an idea of the types of career paths and jobs for job-seekers with MBAs.