Don't Pay for Your MBA: The Faster, Cheaper, Better Way to Get the Business Education You Need with Laurie Pickard


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Laurie Pickard founded the No-Pay MBA, which has been featured in Fortune, Entrepreneur, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business, and CNN Money. In addition to advising self-directed learners worldwide, she leveraged her self-made MBA into a successful career as a business and entrepreneurship development consultant, most recently as a private-sector development adviser for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Rwanda. She is currently based in Washington, D.C. After two degrees and three years in the Peace Corps, Laurie Pickard lacked the critical business knowledge, frameworks, and skills to pursue her dream career. She needed a first-class business education, but was loathe to take on student debt. Fortunately, she found a debt-free alternative to an MBA: MOOCs. Taking advantage of massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by elite business schools, plus training seminars and talks, she created a customized, Ivy League-caliber curriculum for less than one percent of traditional tuition costs. She leveraged her self-made MBA into a well-paying position in international development. Plus, she launched a side business as a MOOC mentor and adviser to self-starting students. In her book, "Don't Pay for Your MBA: The Faster, Cheaper, Better Way to Get the Business Education You Need" (AMACOM; November 2, 2017), Laurie Pickard shares insights, strategies, and tips for making the most of MOOCs for career advancement and entrepreneurial success

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