I did a 'Panic MBA'

Have you ever heard of a 'Panic MBA'? It's a term I've coined based on my own experience.

When I was 30 I realized advertising was not where I wanted to be long-term. But I had no idea what came next.

And 30 was 'much too old' to feel lost.

So I panicked. 🚨

And being the high-achiever that I am, I thought since I don't know what I want to do and because I'm 'so old' I had better quickly do my MBA now before I'm 'too old'.

Within 6 months I'd taken the GMAT, applied to programs, and gotten accepted to start a 1 year accelerated MBA program 4 months later.


An MBA is a great option if you're clear about the result you're expecting on the other end. If you prepare. If you're clear how you're going to use your time and how that will benefit your career.

I didn't do this. Instead, I spent a year trying to fit myself into a mold that didn't quite fit. Most of the classes I took and jobs I applied for, didn't excite me. I burned out and had to take the summer off instead of interning.

The lesson?

Don't go for the quick fix or do what you think you 'should' do.

It's ok to spend some time feeling lost - at any age. Lean into this discomfort and start talking to people that are doing interesting things. Find out how they got there. Did they need another degree?

The more conversations you have the clearer your next step will become. 

It's never too late to pivot. And you don't always need another degree to do it.


If you are thinking about pivoting your career, let's chat about your challenges on a free Career Strategy Call. I make the whole process fast and simple. https://www.thecareer.studio/schedule

To my fellow INSEAD-ers: INSEAD was a fantastic experience and I got so much out of it. In hindsight though, I could've been a lot more intentional in both my decision to do the program and how I used the program.