Done MBA without a Bachelor's Degree 10 years ago & some employers demand a Bachelors

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by PositiveSoul, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Thank you for this. I was going to suggest that such a statement would raise more questions than it would answer. Be prepared to answer it during an interview, maybe, but on the resume? It sounds like there's something bad you have to explain away. It's not bad, and you can answer it when asked.
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  2. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    The provided comments make a lot of sense.

    I may be wrong in my approach. The purpose of the resume may be somehow diminished.

    I personally do add a line that states a specialist degree equivalent to a US Masters's degree.
    Some of my colleagues simply state Masters's degrees instead of their Specialist degree.

    I have a WES degree equivalency report.
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  3. PositiveSoul

    PositiveSoul New Member

    Thank you very much to each and every individual who was kind enough to give me her/his kind feedback. :)

    I am glad to report that everything went fine and I got the job offer. I am grateful to my University folks who were kind enough to step in and rescue me upon my request.

    There is always light at the end of the tunnel, one just needs to be honest, persistent and stay positive. Never ever give up.

    I have decided not to pursue a Bachelor's Degree but to stick to my MBA without a Bachelor's Degree.

    Once again, thank you all.

    Have a great, productive, prosperous and healthy life. :)
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  4. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Active Member

    All is well that ends well. Congrats!
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  5. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    Glad that it worked out! Sometimes our worrying hurts us more than the thing we worried about!

    My idea is moot now, but I thought it interesting, if it worked. Other than the already mentioned Big 3, competency based degrees, like at WGU, could be a quick way for a highly knowledgeable person to bang out the last requirements for a Bachelor's. With enough transfer credit, and enough preparedness, it should be possible to complete a Bachelor's in one semester, making it comparable in price and timeframe to one of the Big Three. It would be a different experience altogether, but for the right people in the right situation, it could get the job done.
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  6. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Active Member

    Getting a Bachelors degree sounds like a fine idea. On the other hand, I suspect that most employers would likely not care so much about a Bachelors degree if someone had a Masters degree from a good school. So, I'd suggest looking for one of those positions while you finish up a Bachelors degree part-time while hopefully working full time for an employer that has accepted your Masters degree.
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  7. PositiveSoul

    PositiveSoul New Member

    Thank you for your kind feedback.

    This was the first and only time (post-Graduation... in almost 10 years) that an employer wanted me to furnish a Bachelor's Degree.

    As I mentioned in my initial post, "For the past almost 10 years, I never had a problem using my MBA here in the United States even with the Federal Government..."

    Thus, I would rather invest my time, money and energy in doing a Ph. D. than pursuing a Bachelor's Degree.

    After my retirement, I might go for a Ph. D. (for personal development only) and I have an RA University here in the United States as well as the University I did my MBA from ready to give me admission but that's a project which I am not ready to undertake right now.

    Thank you.

    Take care and best regards...

  8. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    The thing to remember is that a resume is your brag sheet. It isn't a place to clarify every potential issue. Hell, in some cases, you can omit jobs or include jobs from an earlier period or do all sorts of non-linear timelines. You're highlighting how you are suited for the position you're applying for. If I were applying for a job as a recruiter (or manager of recruiters) I would reach back and pull in my time when I was a full time recruiter. If not, I'd leave it off.

    It's your showcase. It's a curated space for your achievements. Don't sully it with insecure justifications for a question nobody even knew to ask.

    Be prepared for the question. Work on your answer in advance. But don't invite the question. Never invite a question, in writing or otherwise, that draws attention to a potential weakness in your case for being hired.
  9. AsianStew

    AsianStew Member

    Late to post a reply, but I actually think a second Bachelors would not be a bad idea depending on What the Bachelors is in... or in your case, a first bachelors. For example, a few members on this board and the sister board have multiple Bachelors degrees. Basically, it boils down to what you want to do with your education and how you want to roll with it, someone on this board or the sister board doesn't make that decision for you, they can give you the pros and cons, but ultimately - go with the gut. You may need that Bachelors to get into a different Masters program as there may be prerequisites for that Masters.

    You can refer to the Wiki for a couple of users like Bricabrac and Lindagerr and there are other members such as Sanatone and Ryoder who are working towards their doctorates who also have completed a couple of Bachelors from TESU. For example, if you review the wiki - it mentions bricabrac did 4 degrees in 2 years for under $10K, Ryoder finished his BSBA in 6 months and knocked out another in 6 months. If you review , it shows Lindagerr did her 4 degrees as well at TESU.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2019 at 2:50 AM

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