Design School vs Harvard MBA: which is harder?

Interesting comparison and the answer is obvious..

Jules Pieri

A couple months ago I was sitting at Harvard Business School describing Daily Grommet to an investor.  When she learned I was an alum of the school, she asked me about my MBA experience.  I casually answered, “It was really good for me, but being an industrial design student was way harder.”  She was a bit stunned, and asked why.  I said,

Well, as a design student you don’t just reflect back what you learned.  You have to dig deep and come up with original ideas that respond to real market opportunities.  You have to develop and defend those ideas in front of tough critics.  You have to be ‘right’ in your recommendations, as though you were already a practicing professional because a company or client is soon going to  trust you to be expert, with a relatively thin safety net.  And you have to do it over and over…

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