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When Should You Go To B-School?

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Not two years ago, Breakingviews will tell you that much. In case those of you graduating from business school less than two months from now didn't already have the shotguns in your mouths, BV would like to give you that extra little nudge in the right direction today. You've got no prospects, and you're not going to have any for quite some time. Plus, your competition is more experienced, more desperate, and more willing to work for a ten-spot and box of tissues with which to JO&C. But take heart!

But when, damn it, when? Class of '10 is probably fucked, how 'bout '12? '15? We need serious guesstimates here. Let's time this thing right.
Earlier: Let's Talk B-School: A Dealbreaker Reader Poll


B-School Problems

Apart from finding a job that will justify the hefty price tag of the MBA, the greatest challenge of the modern business school student is financing now the lifestyle that we think we deserve post-MBA. With the average MBA student taking on some $120,000+ in loans over two years, the common strategy entails paying less for the b-school basics (lunch, books, and beer) so that we can afford the real reasons we quit our day jobs: wining and dining at Alinea, re-enacting scenes from Aspen Extreme at a ski resort where beer flows like wine, and lazing on the beaches of Fiji, Brazil, and South Africa on school-organized treks designed to help us make friends before classes begin (aww!). It’s a hard-knock life, to be sure, but thankfully after surviving a year with no income, we’ve learned a trick or two that we’d like to share, on how to spend more than we’re worth. Tip #1: Share everything.