Indeed this article seems smaller than expected and with less weight than expected. However I think with all the comments here is a good opportunity.
The EE degree is only a start. Getting to a place depends much on the drive that one has.
I agree with that there are many engineers with MBA degrees out there and not many become CEO's.
And perhaps of course, many start-up founders are the CEO of their companies... but again, for making a start up, it's necessary to have the proper amount of drive and the good idea and the confidence in one self to trust that the idea is worth making a reality.
Door knocking is also among the most important things required. So... the EE degree is only the start.
Thanks for the opportunity to display our opinions.
I was CTO of the start-up I co-founded, too. Of course, there were only two of us plus an angel investor, so I was also the entire engineering team, janitor, graphic designer, and half of the marketing team.
The example used here is a startup, where the founder is automatically CEO. I do not see a solid argument for the degree significantly assisting you on the way up, which was implied several times, especially with expressions like "making your way to the top..."
I agree the an EE degree and an MBA is a good base for the CEO job. The big thing you have to have is the drive to get to that job and a lot of luck along the way. There are a lot more EE's with MBAs than CEOs.
I would think that the EE degree coupled with the MBA would be a great base for anyone looking to higher level management positions in technical companies. Having some engineering experience and the management degree with practice is a powerful combination.
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