The MBA system is broken. Here’s why we’re doing something about it.

Have you ever considered doing an MBA? A few years back, it was the ‘done’ thing, right? A measure of on-paper success. The ultimate addition to your LinkedIn profile.

And then something changed. We, as a society, started becoming more entrepreneurial, more creative, more inventive. As a result, top MBA schools started seeing declines in application numbers, too. Take Yale, for example. World-renowned and with a 7.6% drop in applications for 2017-2018. Ouch.

Why? Because MBAs are, in today’s working world, largely irrelevant. By the time you finish your first year, half of what you’ve learned will be outdated as technology moves that quickly. Books can’t keep up. Old school business schools definitely can’t keep up.

Did we mention that they’re cripplingly expensive and since 2010, increasingly, ROI negative?


The odds are no longer with MBA students. The system is broken. As Dale Stevens wrote in the Wall Street Journal: If you want a business education, the odds aren't with you, unfortunately, in business school. Professors are rewarded for publishing journal articles, not for being good teachers. The other students are trying to get ahead of you. The development office is already assessing you for future donations. Administrators care about the metrics that will improve your school's national ranking. None of these things actually helps you learn about business.

So, what should you do, as an ambitious person in 2019 and beyond. What will soon be the most essential professional skill? "The ability to absorb tremendous amounts of information," predicted Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The average person changes jobs roughly 12 times in their career (and that’s just averaged data ⁠— imagine the numbers for millennials and Gen Z). There’s no single-degree solution that can serve you throughout your career. Your degree or MBA will help you secure your first grad job, but that’s all. To keep advancing, you need to keep learning.

At Jolt, it’s our belief that learning should be affordable, accessible and packed full of implementable skills. That’s why we’re committed to teaching business administration using the world’s most innovative, current business methodology: the startup method.

A startup isn’t just a type of company, you see. It’s an entire system that allows you to achieve great things with limited resources. It touches every aspect of business, from decision-making to marketing and sales, from funding to management. We believe that in a free economy, the startup system is the strongest, most relevant business method available. Our Not an MBA ® programme is built out of three key pillars:

  • The tools and methods that will allow you to create more value with less resources.

  • The management and interpersonal skills that will allow you to get the most out of people, and build and run a team effectively.

  • The practical tools you’ll need to be successful in business, like budgetary control, financial management, sales, marketing and dealmaking.

We don’t subscribe to the idea that business school should only be accessible to those with the biggest bank accounts. No. We believe that the best leaders of the future are, in fact, self-made. The people who had to work hard for what they have. The people who learn through doing, because they’ve had to.

For too long now, opportunity has been less about talent and more about nepotism. More about who your parents are than what you can actually do. Ever had that realisation that the people you admire had high-flying parents? Us too.

On the contrary, we’re a team inspired by our own experiences and driven by the experience we deliver to our students: people from all walks of life, united by an entrepreneurial mindset.

You’re only as skilled as the last podcast you listened to, the last lecture you attended, the last class you learned at. Why not try upskilling the smarter way with Jolt?