24 year old serial entrepreneur - MBA?


dmatheus

Hi. Quick introduction - my name is Dennis and I am a 24 year old serial entrepreneur. I have founded / co-founded three companies since I turned 18. I finished my bachelor's degree in innovation and entrepreneurship January 2020 and I am now looking for taking a master's degree. During my bachelor's degree I finished an internship at a small tech start-up and was hired as their innovations consultant afterwards.

Initially, I decided on pursuing a master's degree in innovation and entrepreneurship. In fact, I have got offer for such programmes at: Warwick University, Edinburgh University, Antwerp Management School and Trinity Dublin.

But after a quite long reflective processes I think that these programs might be too repetitive to me.. I have a lot of experience managing start-ups and small companies, but I really want to get a foot in bigger cooperates now.

Now, I also received a conditional offer for the Trinity College Dublin MBA program. I need to take the GMAT before I get an unconditional offer. I also am wondering whether this particular MBA is recognised and that good? As far as I understand it didn't manage to be AACSB-accredited, is it that important?

But I am highly considering to take this MBA now instead, as I hope it will boost and kickstart my career within consultancy and general management especially.

I know what some of you might think now.. I am 24 years old, it's way too young to go for a MBA.. I do agree that it's young, but I don't quite see the point in taking a MiM for instance, and then have to take the MBA later on.. Then it will become repetitive as well.

I have future plans on taking a DBA also, before I turn 35 preferably.

This is a lot of information, I am sorry, but I wanted to give you a clean picture of my situation so that you can advice me accordingly.

I really don't want to make a misstake when it comes to such an important decision..

Hope you can help me with some thoughts..

Hi. Quick introduction - my name is Dennis and I am a 24 year old serial entrepreneur. I have founded / co-founded three companies since I turned 18. I finished my bachelor's degree in innovation and entrepreneurship January 2020 and I am now looking for taking a master's degree. During my bachelor's degree I finished an internship at a small tech start-up and was hired as their innovations consultant afterwards.

Initially, I decided on pursuing a master's degree in innovation and entrepreneurship. In fact, I have got offer for such programmes at: Warwick University, Edinburgh University, Antwerp Management School and Trinity Dublin.

But after a quite long reflective processes I think that these programs might be too repetitive to me.. I have a lot of experience managing start-ups and small companies, but I really want to get a foot in bigger cooperates now.

Now, I also received a conditional offer for the Trinity College Dublin MBA program. I need to take the GMAT before I get an unconditional offer. I also am wondering whether this particular MBA is recognised and that good? As far as I understand it didn't manage to be AACSB-accredited, is it that important?

But I am highly considering to take this MBA now instead, as I hope it will boost and kickstart my career within consultancy and general management especially.

I know what some of you might think now.. I am 24 years old, it's way too young to go for a MBA.. I do agree that it's young, but I don't quite see the point in taking a MiM for instance, and then have to take the MBA later on.. Then it will become repetitive as well.

I have future plans on taking a DBA also, before I turn 35 preferably.

This is a lot of information, I am sorry, but I wanted to give you a clean picture of my situation so that you can advice me accordingly.

I really don't want to make a misstake when it comes to such an important decision..

Hope you can help me with some thoughts..
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Duncan

Trinity makes sense at first glance, but what are your goals? 

Trinity makes sense at first glance, but what are your goals? 
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dmatheus

Thank you for the reply - well I don't plan to work full-time in my own business now. I want to get a career within management and/or corporate entrepreneurship or in consulting. These are my goals and what I would like to start my career with after a master's / MBA.

Thank you for the reply - well I don't plan to work full-time in my own business now. I want to get a career within management and/or corporate entrepreneurship or in consulting. These are my goals and what I would like to start my career with after a master's / MBA.
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dmatheus

Trinity makes sense at first glance, but what are your goals? 


Do you think, taken my situation in consideration, that the Trinity MBA is the correct path for me to take?

[quote]Trinity makes sense at first glance, but what are your goals?&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Do you think, taken my situation in consideration, that the Trinity MBA is the correct path for me to take?
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Duncan

It's a better path than the MSc options. A better MBA would be better, naturally. See https://find-mba.com/board/general-forum/best-mbas-for-international-students-placement-35651

It's a better path than the MSc options. A better MBA would be better, naturally. See https://find-mba.com/board/general-forum/best-mbas-for-international-students-placement-35651
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dmatheus

It's a better path than the MSc options. A better MBA would be better, naturally. See https://find-mba.com/board/general-forum/best-mbas-for-international-students-placement-35651


Thank you so much for the reply, Duncan.

I can also see that the Trinity MBA does not have AACSB accreditation, only AMBA and EQUIS, will that be an issue?

Also, I understand that a better MBA would be better, but I am unsure whether I am qualified enough for a better. Will the Trinity MBA still be recognised internationally and useful for me if I plan to live and work in Denmark still afterwards?


[quote]It's a better path than the MSc options. A better MBA would be better, naturally. See https://find-mba.com/board/general-forum/best-mbas-for-international-students-placement-35651 [/quote]<br><br>Thank you so much for the reply, Duncan.<br><br>I can also see that the Trinity MBA does not have AACSB accreditation, only AMBA and EQUIS, will that be an issue?<br><br>Also, I understand that a better MBA would be better, but I am unsure whether I am qualified enough for a better. Will the Trinity MBA still be recognised internationally and useful for me if I plan to live and work in Denmark still afterwards?<br><br><br>
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Duncan

AACSB is only an issue in the USA, especially if you want to do some part-time teaching. It is a useful quality sign but, c'mon, Trinity is the Oxbridge of Ireland. 

PS If you want to live and work in Denmark you will be better off taking a Danish qualification, maybe the CBS HD online, and learning Danish. There is very little demand for MBAs, even from Nordic schools, in the region as a whole, because of the collegial business culture.

[Edited by Duncan on Feb 15, 2021]

AACSB is only an issue in the USA, especially if you want to do some part-time teaching. It is a useful quality sign but, c'mon, Trinity is the Oxbridge of Ireland.&nbsp;<br><br>PS If you want to live and work in Denmark you will be better off taking a Danish qualification, maybe the CBS HD online, and learning Danish. There is very little demand for MBAs, even from Nordic schools, in the region as a whole, because of the collegial business culture.
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dmatheus

AACSB is only an issue in the USA, especially if you want to do some part-time teaching. It is a useful quality sign but, c'mon, Trinity is the Oxbridge of Ireland. 

PS If you want to live and work in Denmark you will be better off taking a Danish qualification, maybe the CBS HD online, and learning Danish. There is very little demand for MBAs, even from Nordic schools, in the region as a whole, because of the collegial business culture.


Hi Duncan, once again thank you so much for your insight and help.

Well, I am Danish and I live in Denmark now. But I wanted to do the Trinity MBA to get an international experience and study abroad.

My alternatives to the MBA are either Master's in innovation and entrepreneurship or Master's in Management.

I understand that Trinity is a fairly good business school then - that's great to hear. I would love to get a career that would involve maybe 25-50% traveling too, so with that in mind I think myself that the Trinity MBA is my best choice.

Would you say so as well? Or do you think I should re-consider the other Master's?

[quote]AACSB is only an issue in the USA, especially if you want to do some part-time teaching. It is a useful quality sign but, c'mon, Trinity is the Oxbridge of Ireland.&nbsp;<br><br>PS If you want to live and work in Denmark you will be better off taking a Danish qualification, maybe the CBS HD online, and learning Danish. There is very little demand for MBAs, even from Nordic schools, in the region as a whole, because of the collegial business culture. [/quote]<br><br>Hi Duncan, once again thank you so much for your insight and help.<br><br>Well, I am Danish and I live in Denmark now. But I wanted to do the Trinity MBA to get an international experience and study abroad.<br><br>My alternatives to the MBA are either Master's in innovation and entrepreneurship or Master's in Management.<br><br>I understand that Trinity is a fairly good business school then - that's great to hear. I would love to get a career that would involve maybe 25-50% traveling too, so with that in mind I think myself that the Trinity MBA is my best choice.<br><br>Would you say so as well? Or do you think I should re-consider the other Master's?
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Duncan

Well, the MBA makes more sense than the others. And Trinity isn't a fairly good business school: it's a _very_ good business school. But I still wonder if it's the right school for your goals. 

Ah! I didn't realise that you are Danish. That means you already suffered learning to speak that language :)

Why Ireland? If Germany is the major trading partner of Denmark and, honestly, a much more interesting place, then why not study there?  

Well, the MBA makes more sense than the others. And Trinity isn't a fairly good business school: it's a _very_ good business school. But I still wonder if it's the right school for your goals.&nbsp;<br><br>Ah! I didn't realise that you are Danish. That means you already suffered learning to speak that language :)<br><br>Why Ireland? If Germany is the major trading partner of Denmark and, honestly, a much more interesting place, then why not study there?&nbsp;&nbsp;
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dmatheus

Well, the MBA makes more sense than the others. And Trinity isn't a fairly good business school: it's a _very_ good business school. But I still wonder if it's the right school for your goals. 

Ah! I didn't realise that you are Danish. That means you already suffered learning to speak that language :)

Why Ireland? If Germany is the major trading partner of Denmark and, honestly, a much more interesting place, then why not study there?  


Once again, thank you so much for taking time to reply and discuss this with me. It means a lot to me!

I'm glad to hear that you see Trinity as a very good business school. Indeed, I have suffered plenty with the Danish language.

There is no specific reason for choosing Ireland - other than I wanted to study in an English speaking country, and found that Trinity (And Dublin in general) has a good reputation for innovation, which I am attracted to. I have been admitted to Master's in Innovation and entrepreneurship both in Warwick and University of Edinburgh too. 

My goals are as mentioned to get a career within either management, consulting, business development or similar after my MBA. Most of my past experience is from founding/co-founding companies, so something involved corporate entrepreneurship would be a great goal too. I would like to have a position where I travel maybe 25-50% of the time, so staying in an English speaking country, such as Dublin, I thought would be a good fit initially.


I wouldn't mind staying in Dublin for a few years after graduation either if I ended up with an interesting job at Google, Facebook, HubSpot etc. or some interesting consultancy firm.

Essentially I am quite open for opportunities after my MBA; I'm simply hoping it will open more doors to me. 

And something very important to me; is international recognition. Especially if I decide to work in Denmark after my MBA in Dublin.

Hope this info help's and am looking forward to hearing your opinion again. 

[quote]Well, the MBA makes more sense than the others. And Trinity isn't a fairly good business school: it's a _very_ good business school. But I still wonder if it's the right school for your goals.&nbsp;<br><br>Ah! I didn't realise that you are Danish. That means you already suffered learning to speak that language :)<br><br>Why Ireland? If Germany is the major trading partner of Denmark and, honestly, a much more interesting place, then why not study there?&nbsp;&nbsp; [/quote]<br><br>Once again, thank you so much for taking time to reply and discuss this with me. It means a lot to me!<br><br>I'm glad to hear that you see Trinity as a very good business school. Indeed, I have suffered plenty with the Danish language.<br><br>There is no specific reason for choosing Ireland - other than I wanted to study in an English speaking country, and found that Trinity (And Dublin in general) has a good reputation for innovation, which I am attracted to. I have been admitted to Master's in Innovation and entrepreneurship both in Warwick and University of Edinburgh too.&nbsp;<br><br>My goals are as mentioned to get a career within either management, consulting, business development or similar after my MBA. Most of my past experience is from founding/co-founding companies, so something involved corporate entrepreneurship would be a great goal too. I would like to have a position where I travel maybe 25-50% of the time, so staying in an English speaking country, such as Dublin, I thought would be a good fit initially.<br><br><br>I wouldn't mind staying in Dublin for a few years after graduation either if I ended up with an interesting job at Google, Facebook, HubSpot etc. or some interesting consultancy firm.<br><br>Essentially I am quite open for opportunities after my MBA; I'm simply hoping it will open more doors to me.&nbsp;<br><br>And something very important to me; is international recognition. Especially if I decide to work in Denmark after my MBA in Dublin.<br><br>Hope this info help's and am looking forward to hearing your opinion again.&nbsp;<br>
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Duncan

This all makes sense to me :)

This all makes sense to me :)
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dmatheus

This all makes sense to me :)


So with all this info in mind, would you still advice me to chose the Trinity MBA over the other master's degrees?


[quote]This all makes sense to me :) [/quote]<br><br>So with all this info in mind, would you still advice me to chose the Trinity MBA over the other master's degrees?<br><br><br>
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Duncan

Trinity certainly isn't a bad choice. I think a top German or Dutch MBA would give you much better lifetime value and a much more useful network. WHU is an obvious option because it does have slightly younger students. 

Trinity certainly isn't a bad choice. I think a top German or Dutch MBA would give you much better lifetime value and a much more useful network. WHU is an obvious option because it does have slightly younger students.&nbsp;
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