Online resources can give you the entire value of an education and save you thousands of dollars in the process.
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Bold Biz: Don't Pay for you MBA!

Want to get your MBA but concerned about a mountain of student loan debt? The author of 'Don't Pay for your MBA' stopped by #BoldBiz to tell us how to get a degree with zero debt!

Posted by BoldTV on Thursday, February 1, 2018


Continuing your education has its advantages, including getting better jobs, receiving a higher salary and getting to the next level of socioeconomic status. However, the costs of college are rising, and many people cannot afford to continue after earning an undergraduate degree. This is particularly true for students who want to obtain an MBA. Scholarships, grants, and loans at that level may come few and far between.

However, there is a silver lining. With the vast amount of resources available online for free, it is possible to receive a thorough education online for free. You don’t have to pay tens of thousands of dollars for an MBA if you have an internet connection and the opportunity to make valuable connections through social media.

Online resources

There are tons of free courses available online from elite universities. If computer science and coding is your thing, check out resources available on Stanford and Harvardx.

Laurie Pickard, author of “Don’t Pay for Your MBA,” recalls a story of a friend taking a free online course that was just as good as the one he was paying for at an institution. “A light bulb went on in my head,” she said. “There is a treasure trove of information online.” Since there was no single, comprehensive collection of all resources online, Pickard decided to make her own, documenting the entire process through her blog.

The issue

Many employers want to see that their candidate has received an MBA. In fact, this is often an end-all-be-all, non-negotiable requirement for jobs. However, many other employers value the self-starter and the initiative it takes to obtain your own education.

Most employers really value the emotional intelligence that goes along with being a self-starter. By receiving an education online, you are constantly getting an up-to-date education. In recent years, employers have been more open to viewing candidates who don’t have a traditional educational background, but who instead can use the resources around them to make the best out of their situations.


The willingness to work and learn makes a good candidate out of anybody. Many people are well aware of the resources online but don’t make good use of them. For those who do, there can be a huge payoff, including getting the entire value of an MBA education.

In this generation, you can’t rely on the education you get in your early 20s to carry throughout your entire career. Even while on the job, learning is a continuous process that takes time and effort.

For some, it makes little sense to go through all that effort while still losing tens of thousands of dollars in the process. Using online resources may very well be the future of education and employment.

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Posted 02.06.2018 - 01:00 pm EST