Zillow CEO: It's OK to Skip Business School
Is an M.B.A. essential for getting ahead?
Spencer Rascoff, a Goldman SachsGS -0.18% alumnus who is now CEO of real-estate website Zillow Inc.Z -1.00%, passed on getting his M.B.A. While the business degree is often viewed as a must-have for executives, Mr. Rascoff instead got real-life management training working for Hank Paulson at Goldman Sachs and as a student athlete.
曾就职于高盛集团(Goldman Sachs Group Inc., GS)、如今担任房地产网站公司Zillow Inc.首席执行长(CEO)的斯潘塞·拉斯科夫(Spencer Rascoff)没有选择攻读MBA。尽管这一学位常被视为公司高管所必备，拉斯科夫却在实战中完成了他的管理培训课程——在高盛集团为鲍尔森(Henry Paulson)工作，以及他的学生运动员生涯。
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, the 36-year-old CEO acknowledged that, while an M.B.A. is a smart choice for some, too many people attend business schools for the wrong reasons. Some edited excerpts:
在近期接受《华尔街日报》(The Wall Street Journal)采访时，这位36岁的CEO表示，攻读MBA学位对某些人而言是睿智之选，但是太多人攻读商学院的理由是错的。以下节选自经过编辑的采访稿：
'I have nothing against business school, I just think that sometimes people aren't going there for the right reasons. If you didn't go to an elite college...it can be very helpful to burnish your resume. If you don't have a great network either from college or early jobs out of college it can be a great way to build a network, or go to actually learn the material that they teach you in business school. It always amazes me how few people go for one of those three reasons.'
'It's just a really expensive way to take a break...It's also not much of a break. As soon as you get to an elite business school, you're starting summer recruiting for your summer job and so a lot of people go to try to change careers and it's really hard to do that-you can't get a summer job in a different career because you're competing with people who did that industry previously and have an edge. That's not a great reason to go to business school either.'
Here's more from Mr. Rascoff - do you agree with his view?