I went to school at a time when MBA degrees were still affordable and still meant something. I suppose they still do, but in my career i saw too many CPAs who didn't know accounting and MBAs who couldn't read financial statements to have much conviction in that. I went back to school to get an MBA at the ripe old age of 28 because i was convinced my liberal arts background in education (English and Journalism) wouldn't cut it if i wanted a business career. i was both right and wrong, as I ultimately learned that many business professionals simply couldn't write worth a damn, argue persuasively or think creatively. I could, and both degrees helped me enormously throughout my career. I have spent most of my career in corporate finance for fortune 50 companies. My early years in business were spent honing my skills as a financial analyst in the agri-business, retail and computer software industries before eventually settling into a mid-level finance position in the telecommunications industry. Cash management, capital and operating budgets, financial analysis and external financial reporting became my principal areas of expertise. I retired early, (age 51) subsequent to a merger, rather than accept a move to a location i considered unappealing for family life. i taught accounting at my alma mater for two years before retiring for good.