Recently I talked with career expert Alexandra Levit who talks about needing an MBA to move up the corporate ladder, using the skills you learn at one job to transition to another job, and using virtual assistants at your job.
I think a lot of times we tend to focus on Untemplating our life to start our own company or travel. We forget that many people value finding a corporate job that pays well, is comfortable, and allows you enough hours to yourself to spend with family, friends, and your hobbies.
Here’s a summary of our interview:
Do I need an MBA to move up the corporate ladder?
Completely depends on the career that you have.
There is one career that you MUST have an MBA to progress: Brand Management in the field of marketing
Before you get an MBA:
- Talk to people who have gotten an MBA to figure out the value that they received
- Talk to people in your similar career path who are above you to find out if they have an MBA
- Figure out the ROI: MBA’s take 2-3 years of your life and potentially $100,000 in tuition and salary opportunity cost
Are large companies hiring young 20 somethings to lead their social media efforts just because the individual has a marketing blog?
Companies are hiring people for positions such as Community Manager or Social Media Manager. You most likely will not be hired as the director of marketing for a large organization; however, you can be hired as a director of marketing for a small company or a startup company.
What is the average salary for a Community Manager?
Alexandra has seen some companies pay up to $75,000 in salary to a community manager
If I’m an accountant, have I locked myself in this one career path or can I easily transition into another industry or field?
The Big Four is one of the best places to get your start right after college. Take a job that is going to allow you to receive the greatest range of transferable skills:
- Project Management
- Client Relations
Recommended website: http://bls.gov/ooh
Is it possible to outsource part of your work to a virtual assistant without letting your managers know (a la Tim Ferriss)?
Alexandra has never seen outsourcing to a virtual assistant done within a corporate environment. She has seen entrepreneurs and freelancers use virtual assistants successfully.
Do not outsource work tasks to a virtual assistant that is not employed by your firm.
Have you seen professionals transition a 9-5 in-office job into a position where he or she can work on it from anywhere in the world?
75% of the companies that Alexandra works with are open to a flexible, out-of-office work arrangement.
50% of the professionals Alexandra knows works from home at least one day a week.
Look around your department to see if anyone else is doing it or if there is a policy that is already in place for working out of the office. If there isn’t a policy, you can definitely start one. Put together a proposal that shows the company why you working from home one day a week is beneficial to the company.