MBA or Massage Therapy

  • FS696

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    Nov 25, 2011 10:41 PM GMT
    i been wondering about this for a while and researching whether i sould get my MBA or go to school for Massage therapy next. I initially wanted to do massage therapy but looked at business school as being more sound and secure, but now i kinda want to continue my path in business.

    So my question is do anyone think getting a Master's or a MBA is a good idea since the cost of it is so much. I mean it is a good title to have but is that all it really is. Do anyone on here have a MBA so i can ask questions about it.
  • Wolfdaddy

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    Nov 26, 2011 4:26 AM GMT
    I'm a massage therapist and I can tell you it's entirely possible to set your own schedule with massage clients so that you can also go for your MBA at the same time
    But you will have to be very disciplined to manage both the massage therapist job and go to school .
  • FS696

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    Nov 26, 2011 4:31 AM GMT
    Wolfdaddy saidI'm a massage therapist and I can tell you it's entirely possible to set your own schedule with massage clients so that you can also go for your MBA at the same time
    But you will have to be very disciplined to manage both the massage therapist job and go to school .


    yea right now i am going to school full time online and working like 60 hours a week so i am use to scheduling stuff around school, but i read that the MBA program cost so much money that it cost almost triple the amount of the salary you will make on a job for having it. That is why i am wondering if i need to try it or take another avenue.
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    Nov 26, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    Almost all the people I know who did an MBA basically did it for the networking that you get from doing the degree with like minded people. My sister did her MBA as part of a career change, but almost all the people in her course were CEOs or in high level managerial positions. The contacts were great.

    I guess if you're at the stage where you want to further your business career, then do the MBA. If you're happy to stay where you are career wise for a short time and do something else, then do the massage therapy.
  • FS696

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    Nov 26, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    dash_8 saidAlmost all the people I know who did an MBA basically did it for the networking that you get from doing the degree with like minded people. My sister did her MBA as part of a career change, but almost all the people in her course were CEOs or in high level managerial positions. The contacts were great.

    I guess if you're at the stage where you want to further your business career, then do the MBA. If you're happy to stay where you are career wise for a short time and do something else, then do the massage therapy.



    Cool thanx that gave me a different look at it.
  • FS696

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    Nov 26, 2011 6:03 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidDepending on the school, massage therapy school can be quite intense. I went through the one year training program when the school was called The Chicago School of Massage Therapy. It's now called Cortiva.

    I had to know the human body inside and out, every tissue, bone, muscle, origin and insertion and all the diseases and maladies. I almost didn't make it.

    Although I'm glad I went through the massage therapy program I would prefer to do some sort of master's program. I developed carpal tunnel syndrome while doing my internship for massage therapy school during the end of my training (it was very intense during the end of school). Most people who have advanced degrees can still do their job even if they have chronic situations like carpal tunnel. However, with massage therapy you can't.

    Just my two cents.



    yea i been researching that also and learnt that carpal tunnel is common in that field of work that was one thing that got be to rethink going to school for it, but i do still give massages just not professionally
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    Nov 26, 2011 10:56 AM GMT
    I have an MBA - once I got it, I was able to get jobs making considerably more than I was making before. However, I do have student loans that cost more than my house.

    It really depends on where you are living and what you want to do with that education.

    Which do you value more? Are there things that are more important to you than money? - Do you think you could make more as a massage therapist than you would at a job utilizing your MBA? Which would make you happier in the long run?

    It's not an easy decision - but I do wish you luck.

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    Nov 26, 2011 11:07 AM GMT
    i hate work/study . i just wanna hang out with friends,sleep with a hot man , eat delicious food and listen to songs with a good beat... uhhhhh....
  • chomp

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    Nov 26, 2011 11:14 AM GMT
    If you're going to ask yourself whether to do and MBA or go to massage therapy school, you should just do massage therapy school.
  • FS696

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    Nov 27, 2011 3:05 AM GMT
    jpBITCHva saidThere was a study done a couple of years back (sorry, couldn't find it) that said the only schools where graduates actually made more money with an MBA than without one were Harvard and Wharton. Statistically, no other school improved the student's lifetime earnings.

    And it IS a pantload of debt.


    i read that also lol, i been researching it. i read that MBA are only really valued from ivy league schools they make the most.
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    Nov 27, 2011 3:32 AM GMT
    I've got an MBA and it gave me a career I thoroughly enjoyed. I was able to have my MBA paid for by my employer so the cost wasn't an issue. It is a lot of hard work - going to school and holding down a job at the same time. You really have to want to get the degree. You won't get into a senior management position with a company without some type of an advanced degree in business today or some form of continuing education. There can be a lot of perks that come along with a senior management position that you won't experience as a massage therapist. Best of luck which ever path you choose.