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Insights: How Much Value is Placed on Having an MBA?

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Question

Submitted by: WISE San Francisco member | 15+ years professional experience

How much weight is placed on having an MBA degree for a career in sports and entertainment?

Answer

Having an MBA will not guarantee you a job in any industry unless that particular industry requires it. For example, engineering or other technical-related jobs may require advanced degrees.

Employers look for experience when considering candidates for roles.If you have an MBA (even in sports management) but no experience, it will still be a challenge for you to break into sports or any industry. While an MBA can be useful, you should make sure that you have relevant experience when applying for jobs, even if that experience has been as an intern or through volunteering.

Jane Hollman

About Jane Hollman

Jane Hollman has more than 25 years experience in senior human resources roles at large multinationals and sports across Asia Pacific and the United States. Currently a career coach, she helps business leaders and university students think through their career paths. Hollman is passionate about creating flexible, innovative work places and mentors women looking to start their own businesses. She is also a freelance writer covering the business of sports for publications such as Women Talking Sports.

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