When we are young, we are very idealistic and energetic. Pursuing a career in something that now seems a little esoteric did, at one time, seem to be the means of solving the world's problems, changing society, and leaving one's mark on history.
After working toward such noble goals for a few years, many of us acquire families, mortgages, and bazillions of bills that need to be paid regularly and these everyday responsibilities have a way of softening those early ideals and sapping a bit of that enthusiastic energy. Now, we'd just like a steady job that pays well enough to live a safe and comfortable life.
This may be the time to head back to college to pursue an MBA education. With an MBA degree, we can go to work every day, come home every night, and look forward to a nice paycheck that shows up on a predictably regular basis.
An MBA education is a valuable asset in every line of work so holding an MBA diploma means we can pretty much pick and choose the industry in which we want to work. There's a great deal of versatility to an MBA degree.
Earning an MBA education means we know how to take the business we're in and apply it to the needs of the world around us in a way that works best for employees, employers, our community, and beyond.
And we can't forget how handy an MBA education comes in when appeasing anxious stockholders and boards of directors, either. We probably never even thought about those guys when we were young and dreaming of life taming the jungle, reforming the ghetto, or mapping coral reefs in the South Pacific.
But once that MBA education is complete, it's still possible to revisit, or even return to, those early aspirations. Even though the chance to hack our way through a rain forest in search of a lost civilization no longer seems so ideal for our own, more matured, personal tastes, that doesn't mean we can't apply our new MBA degrees to managing the programs that do support such exciting and useful ventures.
The opportunities are still out there and, with an MBA education, we're likely to find we can be just as useful as we'd once dreamed, only in more sedate ways.