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After fielding several enquiries from prospective students about my experience with Quantic School of Business and Technology’s Executive MBA (formerly Smartly), I’ve decided to publicly reply to the questions I’m most often asked. My cohort graduated from the yearlong program in November 2018.

Summary: If your primary goal is to develop a broad base of business knowledge as efficiently as possible in terms of both time and money without putting your career on hold this might be the optimal program for you. It’s especially nice for current or aspiring entrepreneurs, people that are able to apply what they learn in their current roles, or people that are looking to use Quantic’s career network to vary jobs. There are some networking opportunities if you’re taking advantage of them. If your primary goal is to become a tutorial , to enter a feeder pipeline for the large Three, to expand your regional network, or to party for a few years there are better choices.

Why did I enroll? After I left academia i used to be increasingly finding myself in situations during which I needed a more complete business foundation. In conference calls i might often find myself Googling acronyms on the fly. I needed something more comprehensive than a piecemeal self-education.

A traditional full time MBA program didn’t add up on behalf of me . i used to be unable to relocate and besides the schooling i used to be already earning quite the typical graduate from any MBA program therefore the cost would are steep. a standard Executive MBA program was exorbitantly expensive and would require an honest deal of travel.

This left online programs. Even the part-time online MBAs from name brand schools were quite costly, and that i wasn’t sure it had been well worth the cost to feature another fancy name to my resume. I seriously considered the Illinois iMBA through its collaboration with Coursera. My impression was that it had been to some extent a port of the normal classroom experience to a web format. Quantic, with its interactive app-based format, appeared to be a more efficient and versatile thanks to learn. As my time was limited and that i needed to skill up yesterday, this was a serious point . I applied for the free MBA and instead got a scholarship for the chief MBA. Although I had a scholarship, on reflection the program would are worth doing without one.

What is the time commitment? 2-5 hours every week for a year, with longer required once in a while for projects. During my year we had two on-site weekends near Washington DC. I participated in both. Quantic was just beginning to do ex-US on-sites, but I didn’t participate in those. Quantic’s major advantage over the other program is that the efficiency of learning with the app. The interactive format helps with retention and therefore the specialise in the foremost important concepts leverages the Pareto principle. you will not miss the forest for the trees.

How flexible is it? this is often another major point of Quantic over other programs. The bite-sized lessons on the app make learning extremely flexible – I’d roll in the hay on the wing , on the bus, etc. in fact it isn’t infinitely flexible; there’s a recommended schedule, projects have due dates, and exams are open for every week .

What networking opportunities are there? I found the on-sites to supply the simplest networking opportunities. Although our cohort interacted on Slack, it’s different when you’ve hung out with people face to face. Quantic also has local meet ups in major metro areas but as my census-defined metropolitan area only contains 1 / 4 million people there wasn’t anything happening locally. The capstone project was an honest opportunity to urge to understand a couple of classmates, and that i met most of my group face to face while on business trips. The classmates I need to know were successful, interesting people. Although few of them worked in my industry, I’ve gotten clients through referrals from classmates and have myself connected people in areas starting from investment opportunities to children who want to find out about breaking into an unfamiliar industry. Quantic is functioning to expand this through an in-app network for current students and alumni, though I’ve not taken advantage of that myself. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Pedago staff themselves, who you get to understand at the on-sites. They’re interesting people doing seriously innovative work. On the entire , networking isn’t Quantic’s strongest area but it’s exceed my expectations.

How do recruiters & employers view it? Quantic is accredited and, although I’ve not been on the work market myself, I hear from classmates that employers treat it like all other MBA.

How does Quantic compare to traditional schools? i might say Quantic is best for learning the foremost for the time and money invested and for flexibility. Traditional schools are better for feeding into established hiring pipelines surely ‘tracked’ careers (though Quantic features a hiring network with many employers signed on – actually it is the model supporting their free MBA) and networking opportunities, but at a far higher cost. For now many traditional programs have stronger alumni networks and branding but I expect that gap will narrow with time.

What did i buy out of it? A solid business foundation, the power to carry my very own during a big variety of discussions, the arrogance to start out my very own company and therefore the tools to assist it grow, and a broadened network well beyond my industry, with a comparatively modest investment. it had been an excellent decision for where i used to be in my life and career.