#mba #careers #sales #pharmaceutical — I was asked an interesting question by one of my readers of my book “How To Get A Dream Job In Pharmaceutical Sales – Direct Inside Advice and Guidance From a Sales Manager”. He asked me if he should tell hiring sales managers that he is going to start a MBA program when interviewing for open pharmaceutical sales jobs.
My opinion is that it depends on the type of MBA program. Obviously, if it is going to be a full time MBA program, there is not way that one will be able to have a pharmaceutical sales job at the same time. If it is a part time online program, I think that would be okay.
If a MBA program is part time with classes in the evenings or weekends, that should be okay as well since it won’t conflict with a full time pharmaceutical sales job where one calls on doctors during the business hours of the week.
Some MBA programs require taking classes each Friday during the day in addition to weekends. These are accelerated part time, executive MBA programs. Such programs might be an issue with some pharmaceutical companies because Fridays is a work day for calling on doctors.
In such part time MBA programs, it might be better off to pursue only part time pharmaceutical sales jobs so that there won’t be any conflicts with working days such as Fridays. Usually, the people who can get away with taking Fridays off work are those who have had some years with a company already and the company is banking on promoting that person to management in the future.
So that’s my take on the whole MBA program while pursuing pharmaceutical sales jobs as a newcomer to the industry. For more information on this field, check out my free 30 minute webinar on pharmaceutical sales jobs.