Should PR pros get MBAs?

A public relations executive explains why he doesn’t think the degree is worth it.

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For years those of us in the PR industry have asked, “Is an accreditation in PR (APR) worth it?”

But few PR pros ask, “Is an MBA worth it?”

Lately it seems a number of my friends are seeking their MBAs. While getting more education is never a bad idea, I can’t help but wonder if an MBA is really worth it.

People in PR pursue an MBA for three reasons:

1. They’re bored.

Call this one a hunch, but it’s my belief that some people get their MBAs simply because they don’t have enough to do at work, home and in life. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that. I’m just stating an observation.

2. They want corner office jobs.

Or they at least want higher-level jobs. This is probably the primary reason most people get MBAs. At least, this is the reason they talk about publicly. An MBA is supposed to put you on a different career trajectory, and it’s a requirement for director-level jobs at some companies.

3. They’re unsure of what to do next.

It’s the old GMAT deal. Did you graduate from college, and aren’t sure what to do next? Why not take the GMAT?

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