Financial TimesIs it a mistake to continue with MBA?

December 16, 20200

I am doing an MBA following five years working in a front office role at a small investment bank in London. I wanted to broaden my options and take time out to gain a degree, which seemed like a good call due to the pandemic.

But I think it was a mistake. The focus for most students is getting into investment banking or consulting, neither of which I am interested in. Given my background, would it make more sense to drop out, save the fees and spend a year interning at different companies to gain diverse experience, and then apply for a corporate development/finance role? Anonymous, 20s

Jonathan’s answer will appear on Monday January 4.

Jonathan Black is director of the Careers Service at the University of Oxford. Every fortnight he answers your questions on personal and career development, and working life. Do you have a question for him? Email

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