When To Enroll In Business School

When To Enroll In Business School

I graduated with my MBA when I was 32 years old. I had been out of school for eight years, working for a handful of companies in various software development, consulting and sales roles. I went back to school because I knew (almost) exactly what I wanted to do in the long run: Start my own company. I was confident going back to school was a step in the right direction.

I know plenty of young people who don't want to wait a decade before taking that step (and there are plenty of pundits who might argue they shouldn't). There's an undeniable tug many aspiring professionals feel when in their mid-20s after they've been at their first or second job for a few years — that tug sets off a chain reaction of impulsive thoughts and prying questions. Questions such as, is what I'm doing really valuable? What do I even value? Do I love what I'm doing? Would I leave if given the opportunity? What do I want my future to look like? Am I ready to break out on my own?

They think business school is the answer. Or maybe a means to the answer. My answer for them? It's not. Not yet, anyway. If you're in your mid- to late-20s — the average age at a top business school — with a few years of work experience in sales, consulting or banking, full of blind ambition and with very little savings to your name (or worse, in debt), then you should wait to get your MBA.

Let me give you five reasons why.