Calling an MBA a “business degree” is actually misleading. The degree is in “business management,” and the word “management” is at least as important as the word “business.” If you are thinking about an MBA, think about how much you will benefit by learning how to be a manager, how to work with people, how to lead people, and so on. This is the real benefit of an MBA; your people skills are much more important than your people skills.
So, if you are hoping to work in a field in which you will be working with people, then an MBA can be extremely valuable. This can describe almost any type of field, of course, but you have to think about what you want to do in that field. If you are a loner, or if you like doing solo research, then an MBA isn’t very useful. If you like sales, you should probably work in sales for a number of years, and then decide if you want to manage sales people before you make the investment in an MBA. Maybe you just like sales, but not management. So why get an MBA?
If you like theater, you might find an MBA to be useful. You can manage a theater or start a new one. You can learn how to bring a team of talented individuals together for a common goal. Think about it: A theater group is no different in that sense that a project team on a job. And being a good people manager is much more important in both instances than technical skill.
In conclusion, an MBA brings you a much wider range of skills than is commonly assumed. It’s not all about accounting, or learning how to develop and market a brand. It’s mostly about working with other people in teams – figuring out what skill each person can bring to the task, and integrating those skills in a timely and coherent manner. If that sounds exciting to you, then go for that MBA.