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MBA or MSC HRM for change management career

 
#1 MBA or MSC HRM for change management career
14/08/2006 10:44

thegeneral to deleted (#0)

I'm a general manager (for two years now) in the non-profit sector. I've had enough of general management and want to specialise.

I'm considering either the MBA or MSc in Human Resources Management at Open Uni.

Which one of the above qualifications would you say would help me move into a consulting role in change management with the view of becoming a partner within 3-5 years. I'm in desperate need of advice. Thank you.

P.S. I have no B degree. I'm doing the open track at Open Uni. My previous experience was in IT support management prior to my current position.

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#2 RE: MBA or MSC HRM for change management career
14/08/2006 22:56

Jebus to thegeneral (#1)

Sir!

You need to work in the industry and have a track record of achievement before you make partner in 3-5 years.

An MBA or MSc will get you a grad job, nothing more. If you have consulting experience then you will not need the MBA, MSc and could quite well use your experience to blag a top job.

Remember the position of the consultants without MBA's is to give the jobs to those who have them.

You can read a book on how to drive a car, or you can learn by driving a car. Which one of the two would you go as a passenger with.

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#3 RE: MBA or MSC HRM for change management career
20/10/2006 09:46

anon to Jebus (#2)

Any other views? I'm in similar position, now aged late 30s.

My gut feel is while an MBA gives you a good broad education and tool set, at my age and experience it would be better to be specialised so take an MSc.

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#4 RE: MBA or MSC HRM for change management career
20/10/2006 10:01

Jebus is a nugget to anon (#3)

Do you apply a similar analogy to your clever driving one to other professions? Do you prefer that lawyers, engineers, doctors and dentists just have a crack at learning on the job without first acquiring a bit of knowledge to back it up?

No, its not the same - but my analogy is no sillier than yours.

I would agree that MBAs are far from essential but they be a good, structured way of acquiring some business knowledge.

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#5 RE: MBA or MSC HRM for change management career
20/10/2006 19:33

Mp to Jebus is a nugget (#4)

MBAs are generally not as academically rigourous as MScs. They are designed around the practitioner so (good MBAs) give you structure and perspective that you can apply to your experience - they are based on reflective learning. MScs are better for giving you a structure in advance and have more opportunities for exploring the nuances of that structure.

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#6 RE: MBA or MSC HRM for change management career
20/10/2006 23:44

Beng to Mp (#5)

The last I wanted to do was surf the Net on a Friday evening...but my flight's delayed 3 hours and I'm all caught up on e-mail, so here goes....

You have no degree, I presume Open Uni is some sort of 3rd rate correspondence school, your experience is in nonprofit (whereas every business on this planet outside of charities and governments are FOR profit), and you want to be a MC in change management, and be partner in 3-5 years??? Are you nuts? Which swamp or insane asylum did you crawl out of?

I'm not even going to dignify this pinche payaso with further response. Jebus, keep on truckin'!

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#7 RE: MBA or MSC HRM for change management career
21/10/2006 08:52

joe mangel to thegeneral (#1)

I'd recommend the MBA option for consulting. If you do the Open University MBA, you get Associate CIPD membership anyway which you can upgrade through assessment of professional competence if you eventually aggregate enough suitable experience.

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