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D.C.’s favorite question is: “What do you do?” Every day in our city is the super bowl of networking. Whether you’re out to brunch, hitting up happy hour or taking a quick and casual spin class, it’s inevitable, someone is going to ask you about your job.

If you’ve been cringing whenever those words come up, take a breath and don’t panic. The QS World MBA Tour is coming to D.C. on June 27th and it’s here to help you put one foot in front of the other. This 100% free event combines seminars, expos and a whole lot of amazing programming (think free professional headshots, resume reviews, test prep help, scholarship information, face time with local, national, and international programs and more) into one full day of MBA knowledge sharing.

To get you ready for their D.C. takeover, we chatted with QS’s marketing director Farzad Novin. A self proclaimed “veteran of the higher ed space,” Novin gave us some insightful tips to figuring out if an MBA is right for you. Whether you’re looking to switch careers or your want to separate yourself from the pack, an MBA is something you just might want to consider.

  1. It’s not just a degree, it’s a distinction – “It gives you the level of authority you need to assume a leadership position. You are trained and qualified, with that, comes the boost of confidence. It’s another stripe on the shoulder.”
  2. Information may change, but a degree is rock solid“My MBA is rather old now. When you were getting a marketing MBA 10, 12 years ago, you were taught the four Ps of marketing: pricing, promotion, placement and product; we talk about placement, as in retail shelf space. Amazon changed the whole idea of placement and how valued shelf space is! What I’m saying is, the degree and the learning can be looked at differently. The learning could be relevant for a certain period of time, and then hopefully it will be supplemented by your work experience and staying updated, but the degree will stay relevant and move you forward.”
  3. Three is your lucky number – “You need a reach, a target and a safety school. You may not get in, but it’s your reach school! Shoot for the stars. Your target school is the one that you’re fairly confident they would want you, then you also need a safety school.”
  4. Think of it as a reset button (or a catapult) – “An MBA is a perfect career switch move for a lot of people. For example, if you are in your 20s, stuck in the corporate world, doing something that is not exciting for you at all and you have a liberal arts degree for your undergrad that’s not positioning you well for upward mobility in the corporate world, an MBA could really be good for you… If you feel stuck, it could open a whole world of learning and networking opportunities.”
  5. It’s never too early to start doing your research – “There are all sorts of candidates. Some of them are explorers, they’ve heard of what an MBA is, so they can come, attend sessions, interact with all the different service providers and admission programs to learn about an MBA. Some people are much further down the line, they’ve even put in an application with XYZ university and they just want to come, show their face and say, ‘Make sure you don’t overlook my application.’”

Like what you hear? Don’t forget to register now for the QS World MBA Tour! They’ll be taking over the Marriott Marquis on Massachusetts Avenue from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and bringing 20+ top business schools with them, including Georgetown, Duke and the University of Maryland. Even if you’re not ready to decide on a school, come get your resume reviewed, grab a professional headshot, check out some test prep resources, and unlock your access to millions of dollars in scholarships. You don’t want to miss it.