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Hi, I’m currently an undergraduate studying international business. I heard that it is not worth doing a Master’s in business afterwards. What do you think? Is it better to continue with an MBA or go for a different field of study? I am interested in psychology and sociology, if I did a Master’s in one of those, how would employers from the business sector perceive me?
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Hi, I’m currently an undergraduate studying international business. I heard that it is not worth doing a Master’s in business afterwards. What do you think? Is it better to continue with an MBA or go for a different field of study? I am interested in psychology and sociology, if I did a Master’s in one of those, how would employers from the business sector perceive me?
What Uni do you go? Research at what different businesses want and compare that to what you have on your CV.
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Thanks! I study at the Uni of Leeds
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NO business studies is undisciplinic no offence xxx
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Hiya! I’m an undergrad taking business so don’t have experience in a masters yet but have done some research! So an MBA is more aimed at people looking for a career change who have never studied business before it’s basically a business overview crash course, so wouldn’t be of much use to you. Also with a masters you’re better off looking to specialise from business into an area such as marketing, finance or management (management would be closest to being several areas) but there are still many masters that are all aspects of business however believe it’s recommended to specialise to get benefit from taking a masters? Hope that helps in some way!
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Hi, I’m currently an undergraduate studying international business. I heard that it is not worth doing a Master’s in business afterwards. What do you think? Is it better to continue with an MBA or go for a different field of study? I am interested in psychology and sociology, if I did a Master’s in one of those, how would employers from the business sector perceive me?
What field do you actually want to work in? An MBA is something you do after gaining at least 5 years of business experience, and good schools will ask for 3 years of management experience. Even those that do an MBA to help them change careers will have several years of experience prior to starting, and changing careers is tough even with an MBA.

Don't to a masters for the sake of it - employers will look for specific work skills such as teamwork, IT, sales, communication, numerical etc.
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As above an MBA is a very different prospect to both and undergrad course in business, and just a general "masters in business". It's specifically designed for professionals. Having an MBA is often a prerequisite to progressing in certain business careers. Your undergraduate degree and subject don't really mean much after a few years of experience. People with any first degree subject do MBAs, including who studied business as undergrads, and the content and style of an MBA is different to an undergrad degree in business because as noted, it's usually designed mainly for professionals with at least a couple years of work experience in a managerial role, focusing on specific skills that are relevant to working as upper management in business contexts.

A masters in a random subject isn't going to really sell you to employers, and masters degrees in non-professional subjects (e.g. sociology) tend to be designed for prospective PhD students and hence academics. Although of course people do go into industry after doing such courses, the course itself is probably not going to be concerned with that and will still be mainly preparing students for academic research. An exception might be "conversion courses", like a BPS accredited psychology conversion masters. However the point of that degree is to prepare students who studied other subjects, to go into specific psychological professions, not general business etc; and since the majority of that course will be studying undergrad material, I can't imagine it would be particularly more impressive to recruiters in general business contexts.

Honestly a more typical route would be to a first degree in e.g. sociology, psychology, etc, as the first degree subject is pretty much totally irrelevant as far employers are concerned and they will usually take people with any degree subject provided they got some relevant internships etc, then doing an MBA to progress in business sector roles. You're kind of going about it backwards and that doesn't really provide any of the things employers are looking for, or what you are looking for either it seems...at the end of the day though people with undergrad degrees, in business or otherwise, are a dime a dozen for organisations. People with MBAs are less common, so are at least going to be slightly more in demand, and you can get an MBA with any first degree so it's more typical for people to go from varied academic backgrounds to an MBA and then working in business, than a business academic background to a varied academic masters to working in business, at least at the same level I expect.
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