“I think there might be too many M.B.A.s running companies,” Tesla’s chief executive says.
Earning an MBA degree added important business skills to my background as a software engineer (BS computer science, then). Prior to the MBA, like so many people in software, every problem in the world looked like a software problem. The MBA program expanded my perspective to see opportunities and solutions across a wider spectrum. I also enjoyed working with students from many other backgrounds – both in skill sets and in working with international students
Coming from the engineering side of the business, in tech companies that invested little to nothing in on going education of staff, my background was strictly product development – with no understanding of marketing, sales, accounting, finance – literally the “Business”.
The MBA is a complementary degree to those with other product-line value-adding skills – but may be not as valuable to those with a BA in business admin, or marketing.
I later completed an MS in software engineering during the last economic downturn, adding important skills too. My only regret is I did these degrees late in my career which limited my ability to fully exploit what I had learned.
 I am a failure on international skills. I grew up at the wrong time in the 20th century. No study abroad. No travel abroad. No work abroad. The closest I came was to coordinating the international conversion of some software via a company office in Ireland – but that was all done on the phone and email.
Today, I view international skills and international perspective as 100% critical to global thinking. I literally would not hire myself today because of this weakness.
2020 was to be the year I was finally going to start traveling and develop international schools. This has now postponed until 2022 – after which it no longer matters for career opportunities for me, unfortunately.
My advice to anyone younger – if in college, do a study abroad. If out of college, do international travel. If in the right kind of business, pursue work abroad – such as transferring to a company office in another country. Do anything you can to develop international skills and a global perspective. This if FAR easier when you are young – and possibly do not have a family in tow as well. Similarly, if you may pursue additional education – including an MBA, ideally do this no later than age 30-35. You certainly can pursue degrees later – but your best return on investment will be served if you do so much earlier. Plus, your graduate education will likely open up additional possibilities.