Educational Technology

August 27, 2015

Should I tell my boss I’m getting an online MBA?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:39 am

By: Sarah Collins, Crain’s Chicago Business Journal

Kate Drane, a senior director at Indiegogo, told her previous employer about her grad school plans in order to get partial tuition reimbursement. A few jobs ago, I found myself surrounded by people with an MBA. A digital strategist with a journalism background, I needed to learn some business buzzwords—and fast. Glomming onto a big name, I chose the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania’s series of MOOCs, or massive open online courses, targeted toward first-year business school students. The courses, which combine video lectures from the school’s professors with quizzes and message boards, were free unless I wanted to cough up roughly $100 for a completion certificate. Ultimately, experts say, telling your manager or not will hinge on your experiences with the company—and the manager. “For me, I was lucky that I had a really supportive company,” Drane says. “It was really clear that I had higher aspirations. So I just kept framing it as this is how it will relate to my work.”

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