Hi, everyone! My name is Jennifer. I've read about this site in the past, but never got to check it out before today. Seems like this is a great place to learn about the field!
A little bit about me to lead into my question... I got a paralegal associates degree in 2000 and went back to complete my bachelor degree in criminal justice (thinking to go to law school) a few years later. During my last term, I had a Fundamentals of Intelligence class and I fell in love with intel so much that I stayed on to complete an 18-credit intel analysis certificate (which focused mainly on criminal intel analsyis). While I would love to work for the government, family issues preclude me from moving, so I began focusing my efforts on competitive intelligence. I was lucky enough to land a job as a research associate for a law firm and its affiliated investment bank. I've been there about a year and half and I really like it so far. (I have been trying to expand our department's role in the firm and have made progress since I started.)
Here's the thing... The firm will pay for me to go to grad school, but it has to be a benefit to them and be local because they do not pay for online degrees - which pretty much leaves an MBA or a law degree. I found a local MBA program that I am interested in, but I would like some opinions on how valuable you believe an MBA to be to CI? Do any of you have one? Has it helped you in this profession? (How? If not, why?)
Any help/opinons would be greatly appreciated!