I have a friend quited her job and went to study MBA planned for a career change. Very unfortunately, now she graduate right in the middle of the fiancial crisis. Jobs opening is drying up everywhere, especially on the traditional MBA related industries. This year is a very though time for a MBA graduate. Luckily, although she quited when she went back to school, she is able to get back her old job. It seems things is not changed at all for her, except she lost a year of salary, the accumulated benefits and got a huge debt for the tuition.
If we are just looking at the result, yes, she seems to be worse off than before. However, there are many things cannot be quantified with a dollar sign. Instead of seeing it as a failed attempt of career change, it can be seen as a sabbatical. My friend always dreamed to study aboard and experience a different country. That was her last chance to experience the school life full time before she is too old to enjoy that. The course work she learned in school might not be very useful, but who knows what might come in handy one day. Most important of all is she had tried to go after her dream. No matter what is the outcome, she won’t have any regrets. Maybe when she look back in 10 years, her decision quitting her job to go back to school will have a different perspective.