For anyone who goes by the infamous description of the character Suhas in 3 idiots, doing an MBA after having obtained an engineering degree would qualify them to be titled a ‘gadha’; at least Ranchordas would have convinced you, even if just for a second or two, that such a switch is a total waste of time, effort and money. But once you are out of the movie halls, heading back home, the thought of working in a corporate strikes again.

 

Now that you have been working in the software industry for around four years, you think about steering your career to greener pastures. And an MBA definitely looks like greener pastures – Well, the tentative return on investment seems good – so it’s your final take. Check MBA.

Speaking purely from the point of view of secondary research, “Tech pros who had opted to get an MBA believed it would give them the potential to achieve higher pay, allow them to move more easily into management within the technology department, obtain employment at a preferred company or land work in a new, business-oriented technical role”, publishes an article online.

For those who find themselves in a never ending scoop about whether they should do an MBA post their engineering, CareerBuilder India puts forth some points:
If You Are Really Serious About It

  1.  The Right Time: This is for all those who are thinking about *higher* studies – Like it or hate it, but there is a time and value for everything. If you are thinking about doing a full-time after spending six years in the IT industry, think twice about everything that you’ve been doing till date. Rethink your initial goal and get back on track, now. Your ideal choice should be an executive MBA program, something that doesn’t require you to compromise on everything that you have today.
  2. The Subject of Specialization: So you think you can Sell? Okay, but that doesn’t really mean you need to. An MBA for you should be a way to eye a better position from where you currently stand. And if you keep shifting your focus, you’ll hardly be anywhere. Opt for specializations that will help you cash in on your knowledge and skill. Think Technology, Disaster Management, and Knowledge Management.

HOW DOES IT HELP, GENERALLY

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Keep your career aside for some time and think from broader perspective. How does the management degree help otherwise. Ask any management student and he will tell you that the course is really beneficial when it comes to learning some basic skills like time management, people management and corporate behaviour. The instructional design or the curriculum as charted by most of the institutes is focused on moulding managerial mind-frames.

HOW WILL YOUR WORKSTYLE BE AFFECTED

  1. As an engineer you will be used to working alone, handling a couple of projects individually even when in a team. As an MBA you will not be used to work in solitude and everything that you do would require other people’s participation.
  2. As an engineer you’ll be working with the end perspective of the product. Having done your MBA, you will realize that everything is focused on organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

You Can Skip the Idea Just in Case

  • You are already handling a managerial position in your organization and supervising a team of 5 to 10 people. In this case, experience will be your ultimate teacher.
  • You can’t really see yourself making any difference with a degree in HR management in a technical organization.
  • If you are able to find an IT Skill course that means as much value add as an MBA.

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