Aug 13, 2011

Should Engineers get an MBA? If yes, when?

Yes, I highly recommend that engineers get an MBA. The top three reasons I can think of are the following -
  1. MBA broadens your perspective significantly by introducing you to non-engineering concepts such as those in marketing, strategy, finance, operations, business ethics, entrepreneurship and many more. 
  2. With an MBA, you are bound to get extra attention and credibility in your professional career – something that will offer you greater opportunities to make an impact by taking on meaningful responsibilities.
  3. During your MBA, you come to know a diverse set of people some of whom also become your life-long friends. In business world, connections that you have define “you” to some extent. You can always tap your network to get things done efficiently.
However, the timing of an MBA is critical to make sure that you transition to a “business professional career” only after having had the best from your engineering career. Let's look at a typical engineer's career profile as shown below.
 

Like other professionals, engineers are also motivated to perform on their first job. There is a significant level of satisfaction and fun given the huge on-the-job learning opportunities coupled with prompt recongition from the immediate supervisors. In my case, my boss applauded me for consistently coming out with lots of innovative ideas. I filed multiple patents every year and also created many hardware prototypes (read proof-of-concepts) from scratch.

However, in a couple of years the exuberation begins to fade. The job becomes less interesting and sometimes also very redundant. Most of what you do becomes like doing a solved problem albeit in a slightly different context. If you just sit on your job for a couple of years (doing nothing extra-ordinary), your company will promote you to lead a team of engineers. That is indeed a good news, but then the question is – Are you prepared to handle the responsibility (designing (hiring/ firing) the team and setting up team interaction processes to create a good team dynamics, motivating the team, communicating with cross-functional team managers and also with the top management and much more) of a manager? Do you have the right set of skills and credibility to match your new job? A newly promoted manager gets just a few weeks of training from the company which is mostly spent “celebrating” the new job and higher pay check. Perhaps at that point, you feel the need for a more formal and extended duration of business management education but then it's too late to explore.

Now, the obvious question pops up - When is then the right time to pursue a management degree? I have identified a ZOTRA (Zone Of TRAnsition - please see the image below) in a typical engineer's career profile. Every engineer should be aware of his ZOTRA and plan to leave for an MBA after he has delivered a “stellar” performance for around 3-4 years. Most engineers (including me) tend to totally disregard/ignore their ZOTRA due to peer pressure, influence from the boss, internal resistance to shift from the comfort zone and so on and so forth. However, this time (once you are in ZOTRA) is right because of many reasons – your confidence level is high and are motivated to achieve more, you can get good recommendations from your mentors/bosses, you have “fresh” stories to write in your business school application and your age is very close to the median age range of prospective business school students/applicants.

Immediately after your MBA, you would most likely assume the title of a manager/senior manager. However, unlike a manager without an MBA, you would have a solid tripod pedestal (business concepts, soft skills and solid network) that will assist in making you a great manager.

 
- Pankaj Agarwal (Harvard MBA, Class of 2012, Read Bio)

149 comments:

  1. Very interesting article. I'm right in the ZOTRA and will start my MBA in January.

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  2. Nick, Am glad that you liked it! Wish you all the best!

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  4. This is one of best articles i have read uptil now.I had this question since a very long time about when is the right time to do an MBA?... i have got the answer now!I'd would really appreciate, if you could advice what concentration would suit a production engineer, who doesn't want to quit the technical field completely yet have some knowlegde about management?

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  5. Dear Siddhi, Great to know that you enjoyed reading the article. In your case, I would recommend taking a short (say 2-3 month) exec-MBA course. Classroom learning would be more effective but if you can't, online courses should also help in a big way. Hope that helps.

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  6. Thank you for writing back.Bt isn't exec-MBA for people with quantum of experience and managerial experience?? I mean i am a 2010 graduate and jst 1 1/2 yr of work ex.(working currently).I am looking for a 2yr. full-time MBA course from a good school. I would also like to know is MBA from abroad better or should i stick to indian schools considering i would want to come back to india later?

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  7. Oh! I thought you were a veteran production engineer and wanted to get some insight into the domain of business management. But you are right. An exec MBA wouldn't be for you at this stage in your career. Given that you want to stay in India post MBA, an MBA from India would make more sense.

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  8. yeah bt isn't it true that u gain a lot of international exposure if u do it from abroad.That adds to your profile and obviously the pay package will be better too, work for a yr o two and come.What do you feel about operation+finance option for MBA...is it worth doin??

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    1. That's true! An MBA from abroad will definitely give you a broader exposure and you may end up taking a job outside India to pay off your student loans. More often than not, people stick around abroad thinking every year as their final year. That happens more because they start liking the lifestyle and the compensation offered. Well, that's my perspective and may not hold in your case.
      IMO, Op+Finance are two very different fields. If you make it say 90% operations and 10% finance (by taking a couple of electives just to know more about the field of finance), then that may work.
      Hope that helps.

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    2. yeah thanks for ur suggestion, that for sure was some help. alrite, jst a last one...i am planning to apply for the jan intake to US schools this year, by then i will have 2 1/2 yrs work exp.. jst want to know is jan a good time to apply ? Are good colleges open for jan-intake? and if u could suggest some colleges that are best for MBA in operations?

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    3. I don't have much experience with Jan admissions. Most MBA schools have students starting in the fall semester. However, if you find top schools which have Jan admissions, go for it! I think it shouldn't make much difference as far as your probability of getting in is concerned.

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  9. Hi pankaj... thanks for the great article. I am trying to determine.the zotra for me ....

    I have around 6 years international experience working in the field of mechanical product development... I AK based in Singapore. I got a full time admit from ntu mba specializing in technology.

    Meanwhile I also got a manager role at Bosch in India with a good pay package.

    I AM confused on what to do.

    Would u have any thoughts.

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    1. Thanks! I would definitely go for the MBA option for the following reasons.

      1. If you don't get your MBA now, you would never (in high likelihood) get this opportunity again. NTU is a reputed university and you would learn a lot from the MBA program.
      2. An MBA would make/break future promotions. In particular, for executive positions in big companies such as Bosch, MBAs are preferred over non-MBAs (barring rockstar exceptions)
      3. The manager role at Bosch and the good package can wait. After your MBA, you would get much better opportunities.

      Moreover, I would also encourage you to talk to some NTU alums and make sure that the MBA program is worth it!

      Best of Luck!

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  11. hi,
    Found your article very interesting.
    I graduated in 2o10 as an Engineer and have an experience of 7 months.
    I find the field of finance extremely interesting having attended some courses at the BSE and read stuff about finance. I also intend to become an entrepreneur, for which I need some knowledge in Business.
    Therefore, I thought of pursuing MBA: for a change in domain and to get Business knowledge. However, panelists do not find this reason convincing enough or maybe i cannot bring forward the reason properly.
    Do you believe my reasons for doing an MBA are completely unjustifiable?

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  12. Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again

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  13. Well,
    My ZOTRA was so far back, I cannot remember when..but I remember that time in my engineering career when things were rocking, and I had the midas touch. The inevitable happened, I was promoted to manage teams. I have fumbled with it for half a decade. I Just started my MBA and I can already see why this really is a must do at some point in an Engineers Career

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  14. Well, my ZOTRA has come and gone, graduated a great MBA school in 2008 and still a mid level engineer. Don't think for one minute that you'll be entitled to any kind of promotion, elevated status or the sorts. I can't be accused of lack of motivation or effort, in fact i have turned over every stone for the MBA next step opportunity. It isn't there.

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  15. i am doing engg in civil ,i wish to go to mba aftter completion,is it right? if yes plz write to mtnkazi@gmail.com

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    1. I would not recommend pursuing an MBA immediately after engineering degree. You would get the most of the MBA only after you have some professional experience.

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  16. Hello Pankaj,

    I should say this is a very good article. Thanks for it and wanted to get some insight into my profile from you. I am currently working for IBM, NY as a development engineer in micro-chip development and manufacturing since about 2 years now. I am planning to apply for business schools for Fall 2013 intake and targeting 1st or 2nd round admissions mostly. I already have a masters degree in Materials science and engineering. Can you suggest me what will be the best concentration in MBA for my profile and how could that help me in growing/ expanding my career?

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  18. Hi. I am Shweta (Control and Instrumentation engineer with 4 years of engineering experience) recently graduated from Aberdeen Business School, UK. I did MBA in Oil and Gas Management and joined as a system engineer at ABB, Aberdeen. The role includes providing services to oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. I have accepted this role just as a stepping stone to get a work permit in UK. The aim is to get into management side. However, I am confused how should I switch from Engg side to Mgmt Side without having management experience. Also which role should I target?

    Please give me your advice or opinion

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    1. Dear Shweta,

      I would recommend that you try to apply the learnings from your MBA in your current role. That will help you see things differently and thus set you aside from your other colleagues.

      You may think - How do I apply my MBA knowledge in an engineering career? Well, try to come up with new business models to create and extract more value by providing new/different services to oil and gas platforms. Or, you may identify issues in the current system - Challenge how the operation/business is run and make recommendations. Though this may not directly link with your current role, you will be noticed by HR. Separately, you can also consider meeting HR one on one and share with him/her about your preferences.

      Hope that helps.

      Best,
      Pankaj

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    2. that was really helping ...
      see, im in the 3rd year of btech and i see all my friends getting into this mba preparation in the institutes ...
      so, u think its worth it ???

      i mean , preparing for mba from now on wards ???

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    3. Great to know that the blog was helpful. I would not recommend preparing from now. Focus on BTech, become a good engineer and then move on to the MBA program. But, do you want to be an engineer? If not, an MBA right after undergrad may make sense. You have to take the call.

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  19. Hi,
    The blog clearly answers my question of why to go for an MBA..thanks a lot for it.
    I am working in a banking domain(developing application for the bank)for last 18 mnths.
    I want to pursue MBA, but am not sure whether to go for a full time course or an executive one(My boss has suggested it).If full time, will general MBA help me come back to Banking domain(I prefer to) or i should go for some specialisation?

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  20. Great!
    I would recommend full time MBA if you can. You have less than 2 years of work ex and you would really gain a lot from the full time program. Moreover, most of your co-students would have similar no. of years of work-ex which will allow you to better engage with them and create life long friends.
    After MBA, you can choose what you want - No need to bother about it now.
    I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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  21. Hi! my name is Keshav, I am in my final semester at BITS-Pilani, majoring in Electrical and Electronics Engg. Initially i had plans to take up a core job(VLSI) and then pursue MS as i was interested in electronics, but i landed a job in schlumberger as a oil field engineer. I like the prospect of travelling and working in different/extreme environments, which the job offers, so i want to give it a shot. But I am not sure about what to do after i work for say 2-3 years. MBA seems like a good option as i saw in your blog. But what is the scope of doing MBA coming from a oil and gas background? Like, what do people from this background do after an MBA? Lastly, How can i work to build a good profile for HBS? Thank you.

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  22. Keshav, I hear you - Most engineers ask these questions at your stage. See, MBA curriculum is very flexible and you can choose what you want to learn. More specifically, the answers to your questions are as follows.

    1. Scope of doing an MBA coming from oil&gas background?
    I have seen a bunch of my friends (both colleagues and seniors) who worked as engineers at Shell and Transocean before coming to business school. I think they had 3-4 years of work experience.

    2. What do people from this background do after an MBA?
    Totally depends. Consulting, General Management and may be even finance related. In case you don't have any background in say finance, you can always use your internship after 1st year to learn more.

    3. How can I work to build a good profile for HBS?
    That's a great question. Having a mix of different experiences will definitely help. Try to create 2-3 unique points (can be anything) about yourself.

    Hope that helps. Please feel free to get back if you have any questions.

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  23. Hi and thanks for sharing with us these valuable information. My name is Giannis and i am in the final semester at civil eng school in Athens. I am planning to do graduate studies either in America or in Europe and i want somehow to combine management with engineering. I thought to do my graduate studies either in earthquake engineering and after a couple of years (maybe 4-5 of experience) an mba,or in project-construction management and no mba. What is your opinion about these two paths? And after my mba do you think that my work will be still related with civil eng or will be completely different? And ,finally, do you believe that studying in America is better than in Europe in terms of job opportunities and degree power?Thanks in advance

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    1. Giannis, MBA is what you strongly consider because it will provide you with a much broader knowledge base than a project management course would. Ofcourse, you can take modules on project management in your MBA program. There are multiple other factors such as cost, your future plans and other personal constraints (family, etc) that you may want to consider before choosing among the options.

      As engineers we really get passionate about our job and want to pursue the same even post MBA. Post MBA, you will have more options (consulting, finance, private equity, general management, entrepreneurship, etc) to choose from and that's a big plus of MBA. In case you choose to join a civil engineering company, you may not be working in the same role as now. But, the knowledge and experience gained as an engineer will help you greatly in taking decisions. In my case, I was an electrical engineer and am right now working in the same company as a marketing manager. While my current job is very different from what it was pre-MBA, my engineering expertise helps me communicate meaningfully with engineers (and also other managers) when I have to.

      I don't have an authority on comparing US and European business schools. But, if you look at the rankings of top MBA schools, most are in the US. That says it all! In your case in particular, I would recommend that you consider doing an MBA from US because you will already have a degree from Europe. Studying in a different country will add more to the MBA experience.

      Hope that helps. Please feel free to come back anytime with questions.

      Best of Luck!

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  24. Ok, this is all great, but what happens after 3-4 years of post MBA management?

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    1. Different folks will have different routes (career paths) and the answer to your question is at best - "It depends".
      I would appreciate if you could elaborate your question a little bit more so that I can respond more specifically.

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  25. I am Thier and have more 5 years experiences in IT and Electronics. I hesitate between MBA or PhD but MBA is the one I think will help me to achieve my goal. I have a Master in Electronic Systems and Engineering Management from Germany.

    I am thinking of taking MBA in (Project Management , Engineering Management or Innovation). I do not know what to do do you have any Idea?

    Thanx in advence.

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    1. Thier, you are apparently in your ZOTRA (see my blog above for details) now and you may want to strongly consider a move. Now, the question is PhD or MBA. You have to ask yourself - "How do I see myself in the next 10 years?" The first reaction to such questions is - "Well, I don't know". I would urge you to think deeper (for an hour or more) on this question and that will guide you to the right option. In my case, the answer was/is - I want to be an entrepreneur and create/see products that will change the world for better. So, I chose to go for MBA program to learn about the best business practices and experience first hand the US entrepreneurship culture. Moreover, I thought to diversify my knowledge base given I already had a Bachelors and Masters in Engineering.

      I may be a bit biased towards the MBA option but I feel that the experience (combination of new learnings, new friends, new options) of an MBA program is super valuable.

      Hope that helps.

      Best of Luck!




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    2. Hi,

      Thanx for all, I see my self in 10 years as an entrepreneur and presents my own product to the world. I want to be my own boss runing my own company.

      So now, the question is which type of MBA is suitable for me?

      Thanx again

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  26. hello.

    I am a civil engineer working in a civil firm since 6 months. I just need to figure out what should i answer in an interview when they ask me why do i wish to go for an mba when i have a civil engineering degree. and how is it going to help me in the long run?

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    1. HI,
      Just tell them that an MBA would enable you to understand the business side of things which will be very helpful going forward. You can also say that given that the average age of MBA class is decreasing - So, you would not want to miss the boat by waiting for long.

      Hope that helps.

      ETM

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  27. hello..
    I am Electronics Engineer and have 9 months software experience.
    I want to do MBA but not interested in finance or sales.some technical will be better but as don't have experience in any field that much ,
    1.Is it right time to do MBA?
    2.If yes which coarse will be better?

    Thanks in adv.

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    1. Hi,
      Having seen multiple cases, I don't think there is one right answer. You need to ask yourself if you are ready to go back to school. Personally speaking, I would recommend that you get atleast 2 years of work experience before you move on. Try to get an MBA in general management which touches upon all different dimensions such as finance, marketing, operations, leadership and more. That will help you understand different aspects of a situation and prepare you to make better decisions.

      Hope that helps.

      ETM

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    2. hi....
      Thank you so much..even I agree with u.And I forgot to write that this one really very interesting ,nice article.

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  28. Hi,

    Your's is a wonderful blog about the "ZOTRA", I think eventually lot of engineers get frustrated because of inability to foresee a change in the future from their current profile, few of the engineers move to management level but proporation is very less and depends upon the vacuum in the mid-manager level with the technical expertise.

    My background, I have a Bachelors from IIT, Phd in chemical engineering from a reputed school in the US and have been working as a senior engineer in a semiconductor company for almost 3 years. I think I am in my ZOTRA region, since I dont see a big change in my responsibilities for next 1-2 years, also being in a technical field for almost 7 years I feel bogged down due to lack of business knowledge, low people soft skills (it seems over long time you tend to loose people skills being in a technical area) and need for diversity in your profile.

    I would like to know from your experience how many individuals you see going into a MBA program after a PhD and strong technical background ?

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    1. Hi Ratndeep,
      Thank you for the comments. Most (say over 90% based on what I have seen and known) MBA students don't have a PhD. That said, more and more people with technical backgrounds have started pursuing MBA degree because that gives me more options to choose from.

      Just because you have a PhD and because most PhD students don't go for an MBA doesn't mean that the odds are against you in case you want to consider an MBA. Give it a try - Try applying to different programs (exec. MBA, full time MBA, part time, etc.) - Select once you have a set of options.

      Hope that helps.

      Best,
      ETM.

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  29. Hi,
    Yes a very good article indeed. I am a senior civil engineer, working as a mid level manager in my company with more than 8 years of experience. I always wanted to do an MBA but have been constrained with some financial responsibilities. However this year I applied to Manchester Business School for an MBA scholarship and they are interviewing me next month. If I get through I will have to leave the job to do a full-time MBA. I have to certainly give a thought on my financial arrangements if I plan to do a full-time MBA. However reading your article above, I am feeling that I might be late in going for an MBA, is it so? Although, personally I felt this is the time I have a strong base and adding the value of an MBA to it would reap a lot of benefits. Especially when I want to look into starting my own business. Two questions, is it really late to do a full-time MBA after so many years of experience and if so should I opt for part-time or Executive MBA (I know Exe MBAs are very expensive and my company wouldn't fund it)?

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    1. No, it's not yet late to pursue a full-time MBA. If you can, you should go for the full time program.

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  30. hi ,
    my cousin is in final yr of his mechanical engg. he is so much depressed that why opt for it and its from a normal college. kindly advise what kind of MBA he should go for? should he do MBA after some work ex. or should we send him now ?
    Regards
    sangeeta

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  31. hi,

    I am appearing for my GMAT examination in August.
    But I am having a hard time selecting the colleges where i should be applying for. I am currently working as a developer for a US bank. I want to pursue my MBA degree in the field of banking.I would like your suggestion on what all the universities I can opt for via GMAT.

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    1. Hi Deblina,
      Wharton and Chicago Booth are the top two that come to my mind. That said, you can choose finance courses no matter which school you end up in. Hope that helps.

      Best of Luck for the GMAT.

      ETM

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  32. Is there any specialized telecom business schools in the world ?

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  33. Hello,
    I have Msc in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, Certificate on Informatics and Bachelor in Electronics and Telecommunication. I have 5 years of experiences on IT.

    I apply for MBA and I got admission on General Management and E.Business.
    Which one is good for me if I want to be a business and innovation analyste?

    Thank you so much.

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  34. i just completed my b.tech
    i got a call from welingkar mumbai

    should i join?
    i think i should cuz i dont think i can handle the books and all that after leaving studies for say 2 years which u say for xperience
    i dont have a job either

    by the way how is welingkar mumbai institute

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  35. I don't think that Engineers need to do MBA, engineers must practice there engineering. Unfortunately, in india, engineers don't practice it, and also, indian society looks down upon skilled working engineer.

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    1. Well, I respect your perspective - However, we all have our priorities and ambitions in life. If you feel that engineering alone can take you where you want to be, MBA may not be needed. One example that pops up right in front of me is Mark Zuckerberg (CEO and Founder of Facebook). He is a hard core engineer and doesn't have/need an MBA. However, in my (and perhaps most other engineers') case, getting an MBA is an important stepping stone to making my dreams come true.

      Hope that helps.

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  36. Hello,
    I have Msc in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, Certificate on Informatics and Bachelor in Electronics and Telecommunication. I have 5 years of experiences on IT.

    I apply for MBA and I got 2 admissions, General Management and E.Business.
    Which one is good for me if I want to be a business and innovation analyste?

    Thank you so much.

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    1. MBA in E-commerce, electronic-business, internet Marketing...

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    2. Hi,
      In my opinion you should consider going for MBA in E-Commerce. I am biased towards e-commerce because I see a huge potential in this domain going forward. That said, I hope that you also get exposure to other subjects such as leadership, operations and finance in your MBA program.

      Hope that helps.

      ETM

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  37. Hello, I have just completed my B.Sc. in EEE. I got admitted in University of Dhaka for MBA. I don't want to divide my attention to my job and study so I'm not searching for a job. How will the graph work for me?what is your recommendation?

    Thank you.

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    1. Interesting Question - I would rather ask the same question to you. Let me see what you think and then I will respond. Hope that's fine!
      ETM

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  38. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing information.

    I am a software developer with around 9 years of experience.
    6 years in India & 3 years in New Zealand.
    Currently I am working in New Zealand IT sector but I want to go back to India
    and shift into managerial positions.

    I am really confused as to how to do the switch from Developer in New Zealand to Manager in India.

    Can you please tell me what are the good executive MBA programms for me in India.
    What kind of positions will open up for me in IT sector if I do an MBA ?

    Thanks a lot,
    Rama

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    1. Hi Rama,
      I see your position - How about ISB or IIM's executive MBA program? Post MBA, you could join any of the software companies such as Infosys and Wipro as Project Manager. You may also be a welcome talent for startups who need a manager to lead a team of developers. Frankly speaking, you would get exposed to many more options while you are enrolled in the MBA program. So, I would recommend that don't worry too much about post MBA options.

      ETM

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  39. Hi,

    I am planning to go for management in Finance. Would appreciate to have some info on the fact that whether i should to do some prior certification or alike. I am appearing for GMAT.SO in order to build up my profile,what would your suggestion be.?

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    1. Hi Arja, What's your plan post MBA? How do you see yourself 10-15 years from now? Think about these questions - You will get the answer. Hope that helps.

      ETM

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  41. Hi..
    I am ryt now in 3rd year of IT engineering.
    My future plans are after completing my graduation to work for some years and then prepare for mba..
    Now my doubts are how much year of work exp is required??Should i prepare for gmat or cat for getting into IIM??

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    1. Monisha, I think it's a good idea to have a couple of years of work experience before going for an MBA. How many years? Ideally, anything between 2 years and 4 years should be good but the right number may depend on lot of other factors such as your job (whether you enjoy it or not and whether you have a project to complete before you leave), personal/family commitments, etc. I would recommend that don't think about the # of years required at this stage. If I were you, I would prepare well for GMAT and give the exam at least once before I graduate. Try to get more than 700 in GMAT with over 85% percentile in both verbal and quant sections. If you have a good GMAT score which is valid for 5 years, it becomes much easier to apply for business schools while you are also managing your job. Does that answer your question?

      ETM

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  42. Hi...
    I have done my BE. Electronics with M.B.A. Marketing.
    HaVe an experience of 10 months into automobile sales and 6 months into infrastructure client services.
    I am in a rush ti quit my current job of client services as they are not giving salary on timely basis.
    I am confused about which field to make my career in as well.
    Please guide me as I am totally disturbed by all these issues.
    Thanks & regards,
    Aditya

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    1. Hi Aditya,
      Sorry to hear that!
      Steps you may want to take
      1. Post your resume on job hunting sites such as monster.com
      2. Tell your friends that you are looking for a new job and request them to let you know in case they find something
      3. Tell your boss that you would quit the job in case you don't get paid on a pre-determined date
      4. Try to do something on your own - may be a small business (as simple as coaching)

      Hope you get some clarity from the above!

      ETM

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  43. Hello..its' s a very interesting article
    my question is : what's the number of year required to complete an mba study
    Actually I have one year of experience in civil engineering field

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    1. Hi Abdallah,
      I don't have a specific number for you. Watch out for your ZOTRA - Normally, most engineers see it in 3-4 years. I would recommend that give the best to your engineering career - Try to earn yourself a good name by making meaningful contributions. Does that help?

      Best,
      ETM

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  45. Hi guys...I'm not sure whether my question belongs here or not but as I read above article and some the comments, I would like to know your opinions about my case...
    I've got a bachelor in Eng. namely electronics and communications and immediately after that without having any specific plan I started my MBA as I felt not ready to start my career. Now, I'm close to the end of master degree and I'm trying to draw my future plans including whether i should PhD or not....

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    1. Hi Durud,

      I would recommend that you get some experience in the industry before plunging into another academic pursuit. An industry experience will show you the gap between real and ideal (read academic) situations - something very necessary in any field to make an impact. Hope that helps!

      Best,
      ETM

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  46. hello I am persueing my be in mechanical branch,will a MBA be a better option for me . are there any good job opportunities for this combo (mechanical engg +mba). Please reply I am in a great confusion....

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    1. Sure Shreyans! Take it easy - In my opinion, that's not a point to be confused or worry about. You can only explore more as you move ahead in your career. For the moment, I would recommend the following steps.

      1. Focus on becoming an awesome mechanical engineer.
      2. Identify your interests in the domain of mechanical engineering and look for a job in that domain.
      3. Work as an engineer for 2-3-4 years and try to create some impact in your job! Make something that you would be always proud of.
      4. Start looking/preparing for business schools if you want to go for an MBA then.

      An MBA will hopefully transform your mindset dramatically and you would be prepared to take on challenges in practically any field.

      I think your confusion is natural mostly because most of us want to skip steps 1,2,3 and move to step 4 directly. That said, there are people who jump to Step 4 directly and also do well in their career/life. To them, I ask - "Why did you pursue a degree in engineering to begin with?"

      Above is my perspective. Think about it and let me know if you have any questions.

      Best,
      ETM


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    2. Shreyans - Congratulations! Your question was selected as the "Question of the Week". Please let me know at pankaj@engineertomba.com if you would like to have a free 30 minute consulting session on skype with me.

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  47. great article ! The kind i was looking for .. from the very right person ! Many thanks !!

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    1. Awesome! Great that you liked it! Best of Luck!

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  48. Well, that's an informative article.
    I am Majid,software engineer with 2 years experience in a renowned IT Company , which is in Transaction Processing business.
    I am working as an Associate Software Quality Assurance Engineer.
    The situation is:
    should i go for MBA executive?
    As admissions are open now and i want to do study and job together, because my job timings allow me for that, and i also felt that now i should engage myself in studies too.
    But the question is:

    How MBA executive would be valuable for me in all these aspects?
    --Money
    --Rank
    --Responsibilities
    etc..

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    1. Hi Majid,
      Yes, if you can't go for full time, Executive MBA is a good option. Though your questions are valid ones given that any MBA comes at a cost (both time and money), I would recommend that don't think about them too much. I already highlighted the importance of an MBA for an engineer in my blog. Money, Rank and responsibilities are all connected outcomes and will come naturally to you once you have an MBA. Focus on learning both the soft skills and the fundamentals of business in your MBA program. Does my response resonate with you?

      ETM

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  49. http://www.voiceofengineers.com/

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  50. Hi pankaj,
    That one of the best articles on this issue that I have read. I have an engineering degree in electronics and communication but didn't pursue it and worked with my husband in his company at managerial level. Do you think I could get a job at management level in a good company now? I have 3 Year work experience.

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    1. Divya, thanks for the note. There is nothing impossible but given the limited information you shared, I can't give any specific answer. If you had a reasonably good experience in your husband's company and developed the competitive skill sets, you would have a fair chance in any company.

      Best,
      ETM

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  51. Hi Pankaj,

    Excellent article!!!
    I have around 5(>ZOTRA) years of experience in the IT sector but i am still confused whether i should go for an MBA degree.

    I gave my GMAT this june and got a score of 610. I am planning to go for an MBA in Canada.
    I am currently working for a non-IT company offering a good pay package and lot of learning opportunities.

    My question to you :-

    Is an abroad MBA that essential in climbing up the hierarchy ?
    Can't we as s/w engineers opt for part-time MBA ?

    Tuition fees is quite high for MBA abroad. In my case i will have to take a loan to pay the tuition fees. What if I end up not getting a job and will have to return back to india? Even if I do manage to get a job in India, I still will have a tough time paying my debts.

    I am still not willing to take that risk for MBA abroad.
    Can you please give me some advice on this.




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    1. An MBA from an esteemed institution (whether be it from India, US or elsewhere) definitely pops out when people look at your profile. However, I do NOT think an MBA (from anywhere) is essential (but can certainly influence the decision) in climbing up the hierarchy. You are judged by what you are capable of doing and what you have done in the past. It won't be like -
      "Oh, this guys doesn't have an MBA, so let's not promote him".
      "Oh, he has an MBA from India - Not from US, let's discount his MBA"

      It is mostly like -
      "This guys does an awesome job and has really proved himself."

      In summary, neither having an MBA nor the geographic location of your degree (should) DIRECTLY decide your promotion in the future. However, an MBA from overseas certainly helps by diversifying your knowledge base and contact base - both of which increases your likelihood of doing a good job! Do you see what I mean?

      Part time MBA is definitely a good option. Go for it! I have known some engineers who do that and are really happy with it. Whether be it part time or full time, please focus on learning the business essentials and make some great friends.

      An MBA will transform your mindset - So, I would highly recommend that you do it. As far as the risk of not getting a job is concerned, I would find solutions to mitigate the risk - not avoid the risk.

      Hope the above helps.

      Best,
      ETM

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  52. hey all
    im mechanical Engineer working in a construction field here in KSA for almost 3 years , i got a good salary for now but not comfort with my work as a project engineer thats why im consider to do an MBA to shift my career life .

    im veery confusing that im afraid after finishing my MBA that i will start from the beginning and looking for a new job and if i found one or not !!

    plz advice

    Regards
    malek

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    1. Hi Malek,
      Most people face this challenge - You are not the only one. However, you need to look at the long term value of an MBA. Don't worry about the job post MBA - You will get something worthwhile. If you are really worried about job, reach out to the HR of your company to give you a study leave.

      Best,
      ETM

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  53. Hi,
    I'm currently pursuing Electrical engineering and going to pursue MBA straight after my BE(not according to yr ZOTRA). This is beneficiary right??

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    1. Hi Titan,
      Well, ZOTRA is valid for engineers who actually have some engineering experience. In your case, ZOTRA is not applicable.

      Best,
      ETM

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  54. what a great article!!!! I agree completely with the ZOTRA. infact I am following it since 3 yrs. didn't engineering....then almost 4 years of experience in software company as QA and now have resigned, to prepare for GMAT for getting good college for MBA.

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  55. please help me with choosing the right course..a 2year MBA or an executive MBA will be good for me?

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    1. Given the number of years of work experience you have, I would recommend a 2 year MBA.

      -ETM

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  56. In my opinion, the biggest payback for an engineer who does an MBA comes from what I would call "bridging the great commercial divide" - in a corporate world populated densely at the top by the pseudo-commercial non-engineer and the so-called techno-commercial engineer, an MBA gives the engineer the "true-insight true-commercial true-engineer" edge.

    Further, in accounting terms, the NPV (Net Present Value) for the Discounted Cash Flow statement for an Engineer-MBA would have far bigger self-respect and peer-respect components backed by knowledge which are sadly missing in a similar calc for a pure management accountant.

    It is no surprise that deep inside, the topmost non-engineer topshots always wish that they would have had the opportunity to cover engineering subjects in their curriculum at some point of time rather than learning the Periodic Table over expensive life periods.

    Ajay Todi

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  57. Sir,
    Thanks a lot for such a blog.
    I am a B.Tech(Civil) from NIT with 18 months work exp in construction. I strongly feel a need to change my field and build career in finance/HR. My study of Civil engg is by chance(not by chioce).Even then I scored 9 on a scale of 10.But the nature of civil engg jobs(after many experiences of self and others) doesn't suit me at all. But, my choice of finance/HR is after a thorough understanding of roles and responsibilities.
    I have good acads.Secured 99%ile in CAT'12.But couldn't get into any top b-school.Please help me in justifying my career switch (interview panels said "You are wasting engineering degree", "Similarly you may lose interest after doing MBA"). Please suggest.

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  58. Hi Sandeep, That happens to most of engineers. You can say - "I enjoyed engineering and hence took a career in engineering. However, I have been motivated to learn about management and acquire the business fundamentals to be able to understand the big picture. Moreover, that will prepare me to manage teams better and take on leadership positions in the future".
    That should help. Ok?

    Best,
    ETM

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  59. Hi,

    I am currently working in an IT company and have a total experience of 4.5 years. I am very confused about doing an MBA, since when i look at the avg student profiles of most indian b schools,the exp is around 2 yrs for most students. Also i don't want to go for an e mba,since i feel it ll not add much growth to my career. Please advise,since i m confused what I should do.

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  60. Hi,
    What's the confusion? Are you doubting your chances of admission to a b school only because you have 2 times the experience that most applicants have? If yes, please don't worry. Try to showcase yourself as a candidate who has done things differently in professional and personal life. I am sure your 4.5 years of experience will have lots to share.

    Hope that helps. If not, please let me know.

    Best,
    Pankaj

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    1. Thanks for your reply ! I was a bit worried coz few ppl say that if you pursue MBA in a different domain, you might have to compromise on placements, salary etc on graduation.

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  61. Hi,

    Interesting article. I have been in civil engineering for 14 yrs now and I have a masters in structures but I like to administrate. In the future I see myself as a leader in my country or in some form of leadership role whether as team of consultants or otherwise. In fact I will serve as the next President of my local engineering organization. Would you recommend that I do an MBA or something along the lines of leadership and policy? Trying to determine the way forward. Have been thinking about an MBA but still not sure.
    Regards,
    AW

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  62. Hi Andre,
    In your case, executive MBA (10-12 week program) makes the most sense. That would not only give you some fundamentals of leadership but also help you create a new set of network to tap into in the future. "Go for it". Hope I was helpful.

    ETM

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  63. Hi,
    Nice article.I am currently in a 3rd year electronics and telecommunication engineering (B.E). I feel i should do MBA after the completion of my B.E. Do you think it would be right to do MBA after my BE? If yes then which MBA Programme i should choose? and how many years of work experience i should take from my B.E. before switching to MBA?

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  64. Hi Nehal, I generally recommend that people do an MBA after having some work experience. The prime reason for this recommendation is that you learn a lot more from MBA after you have some work experience. You know your strengths and weaknesses better after having worked as a professional and can hence can set objectives to fulfill through the MBA. If you do your MBA right away, you would perhaps only study for the exams just like one does in an undergrad program.
    Does that help?

    Best,
    ETM

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    1. thank you sir,but how many years of work experience i should take from my electronics and telecommunication engineering before switching to MBA?and which MBA programme will be good for me?

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    2. A minimum of 2 years experience. After that, you could apply to business schools both in India and outside for a full time MBA program. I can't give any specific names of the school - You got to choose them by doing your own desk research.

      Hope that helps.

      ETM

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  65. sir,
    i am electronics and telecommunication engineer having 2 years of work experience . I have decided to do MBA but i am very much confused which field of MBA (ie. marketing , finance ,operation management........) i should choose. my friends say that finance is not for electronics and telecommunication engineers .what do you think which field i should take? please help me

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    1. Hi Raj, I fully understand your situation. I would recommend taking various course in the first year of the MBA program and then specializing in the subjects that you love the most in the 2nd year. For me, I loved everything from finance to operations to entrepreneurship - So, instead of choosing anyone as my focus area, I took electives in various domains. So, I ended up with an MBA in general management. Does that help?

      ETM

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    2. yes thank you sir but if i choose the subjects such as marketing and finance my 2 years of experience in the field of electronics and telecommunication would be counted as my strong point during the campus placements of MBA ? since the subjects such as finance and marketing are seems to be different from electronics and telecommunication.

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    3. Great Question Raj! I have seen many cases where those having prior experience in finance and marketing (F&M) get an advantage in post MBA placements (especially in jobs that require professional experience in those domains). That said, folks having your type of profile try to do an internship in their desired post-MBA domain. If you are able to get an internship in F&M, it will help you immensely in getting a full time job in that domain. Moreover, in the long run, those professionals who have a combination of engineering and management experience are highly regarded and sought after. So, go for it!

      ETM

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  67. Hello ETM
    i have done my engineering in IT from india,and working as IT system engineer from last 7 years, could u please suggest which stream in MBA (or MIS) will benefit for me inorder to move on to a managerial level. i am handling the servers at present but would like to move ma career to managerial level.. please advice. and thank you in advance for your precious reply and time

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    1. Hi Jareesh, Thank you for reaching out. I recommend you the following options

      a. consider one year MBA from schools such as ISB Hyderabad to move on to the next stage in your career.

      b. you may also consider the option of talking to your managers/HR to give you leadership positions in your company - positions that allow to lead teams and get a bigger picture of things. if that works out, you can always go for MBA later and believe me you would learn a lot if you mangerial/leadership experience.

      Does that help?

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  68. Hello sir, your article is extremely helpful.. But i hav a question... I am an electrical engineering student doing my bachelors but i am confused that after graduation, should i do mba directly or masters first and then mba? Plus one more thing, do i need a job experience in between these studies, if yes, then for how many months i should have experience in working field?
    Your help will be really appreciated.
    Thanks

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    1. Hi Qasim,
      If you are really interested in EE and want to pursue higher studies to explore more, go for a MS. Else, I would recommend that you go for either MBA or a job. Most business schools in the US require you to have a work experience (anything between 2 year and 4 years should be enough depending on how much you have achieved in that period.). However, some business schools also take fresh graduates. Explore that in google.

      Hope that helps.

      ETM

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  69. hello sir, i have done my engineering in electronics and communication . but i want to join us M.B.A . so please suggest me it is a right or not .After compleat m.b.a which type of work offered in company for me .

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    1. Hi Anand,
      It depends on which field you choose in your MBA program and where you get an MBA from.
      I recommend that get some work experience before MBA. That will help you to understand how businesses work and to identify your domains of interest in the MBA program.

      Does that help?

      ETM

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  70. Hi ,
    I have 2 years of experience into IT.What would be my Career options in the IT field if i pursue a global MBA..

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    1. Hi Mukesh,
      Couple of Post MBA options -
      a. Manage a team of IT professionals. You could do that perhaps without an MBA too - However, an MBA would prepare you to better lead by providing you with leadership frameworks and best practices of management.
      b. Start your own IT firm - An MBA will not only give you confidence but will also introduce to a variety of people, some of whom may be interested in partnering if you have an awesome idea.

      Does the resonate?

      Best,
      ETM

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  71. I've 3.5 years of IT experience in an MNC ( 1.5 years international ) . The plan is to take a year off for GMAT prep and target B-school admission in Aug 2015 . Does this sound more lucrative or I should rather opt for sharpening my technical skills by opting for technical certifications ? If te former then should I be opting for MS in Finance ( to avail both OPT and STEM ) instead of MBA which would offer only OPT ? Also, let me know if you recommend any other country for pursuing PG ?

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    1. Hi Amit,
      I would NOT recommend taking a year off just to prepare for business school admission. It will not show up well on your resume - Moreover, taking time off from work doesn't really help much. Try to use the weekends and whatever holidays you have to prepare. Everybody does that way and you can too.

      Try applying to B schools in the US and India. Normally, people choose those countries for MBA where they would like to work post MBA. So, you will have to decide that for yourself. :-)

      Does the above help?

      Best,
      Pankaj

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    2. Hi Pankaj,

      Yep - thanks , this is immensely helpful .

      As regards the potential B-school destination :

      1) UK looks more lucrative ( considering the 1 year MBA option that they have ) but with the discontinuation of post study work VISA , it has descended to the bottom of the preference list. Your thoughts ?

      2)USA does offer 1 year OPT work visa post MBA but it offers an additional 2.5 years if your specialisation is either science, tech, engg and mathematics . So, how about opting for MS in finance which could be deemed equivalent to MBA in finance.Your thoughts ?

      3)Any B-schools of pedigree in India which accept GMAT scores or any web links that you could share which would help me in my research ?

      4)Considering my work experience , would letters of recommendation from office bosses suffice ?

      Apology for the lengthy questionnaire :)

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    3. Hi Amit,

      1. I agree with you. Go for UK only if you get into LBS or Oxford.

      2. I don't agree that MS in Finance is equivalent to MBA. MBA will give you a very broad perspective on multiple domains - Not sure, if MS in Finance has that diversity. Think about it - If you want to specialize in finance, then MS may be a better option.

      3. I know only of ISB.

      4. Take one from boss for sure. You could take the other one could from your junior or a client/customer you have worked with.

      Does that help?

      Best,
      Pankaj

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  72. Hi Pankaj,

    I have 10 years of experience in software/IT field. Currently a technical lead (not a managerial position). I have spent 6 years at US in client interfacing role. I know my zotra is far far behind me,
    I am now motivated to get into management but am weighed down by self doubt.
    Please advise. Thanks a lot!

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    1. Hi PK,
      Couple of questions -
      a. What's next after technical lead? I assume a managerial position advising technical leads.
      b. Are you really enjoying and good at what you are doing now? I assume yes.
      c. Why is there a self doubt? I assume that's because of the lack of business fundamentals.

      Based on my above assumptions, I would recommend that you take a crash course (either online or through an executive program in a business school) in management. That will give you the much needed confidence. Go to the extent of convincing your current employer to pay for it. Once you complete a management course, many more doors will open.

      Does that help? If yes, please click an ad on my blog. :-) If not, let me know more.

      Best,
      Pankaj

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  73. Hi , I dont think this is the right place for someone so young to be here. But I really would like to know all I can before I start my career as an engineer. I'm in my second year of B.E. and I believe its about time, I figured out a career path for myself. I decided to do an MBA . But I cannot wait until my final year. Is there anyway I can start with my MBA program, while doing my B.E ? Also, which university or school will be the best (apart from , Harvard) to pursue MBA in? Do I need any extra credentials like TOEFL or SAT scores to get an entry into the universities there?
    P.S : Thanks. I found your article quite informative.

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    1. Hi Sam,
      MBA is a post graduation degree - So, you have to wait until you are a graduate. In the mean time, I would recommend the following steps for you.

      1. Prepare for GMAT and TOEFL and give them in your final year (score valid for 5 years and 2 years respectively - please check again).
      2. Start reading books on general management and other domains (marketing, finance, leadership, etc.) that you may be interested in.

      MBA is a means to an end - Not an end! So, take it easy.

      Best,
      ETM

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  74. Hi,
    I am working as software professional from last 4 years and want to do Part time MBA due to some family commitments.Can you please suggest below.
    1>Which B Schools i should aim for?
    2>Which domain to choose for part time MBA which can add value to my career?

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    1. Hi Sahil, Where are you based?
      Getting an MBA from US based school would be good.
      For the domain, go for entrepreneurship and possibly general management.

      Not sure if that helps. Let me know if you have follow up questions.

      Best,
      ETM

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  75. i have completed my graduation in 2010, and have 2.5 yrs of exp in port field, should i go for MBA?

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    1. Yes! Hope your work experience was worthwhile and you were able to make unique contributions while also learning a lot.

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  76. I am studying mechanical engineering and am currently in my third summer internship. These internships have allowed me to experience engineering but no management positions. I have no business background, but I would like to pursue my MS/MBA immediately after I graduate because I want to manage a team of engineers rather than being told what to do every day. Do you think this is an intelligent decision to make this move swiftly and disregard the ZOTRA that you have specified? My worry is that when I am applying for the MBA I will not have enough of a management/business background to write about in my admissions letter.
    On another note, do you know the benefits of pursuing an MS in mechanical engineering alongside the MBA?
    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi Doug,
      Yes, you can disregard the ZOTRA if you choose to pursue an MBA right after undergrad. I would caution you against the assumption that post MBA you get a chance to lead teams rightaway. You have to prove yourself first, know your domain and earn professional respect. An MBA may give you tools and frameworks to cut down the complexities but you have to get your hands dirty many times before you can actually start to lead. I hope you can connect with what I am trying to say.
      I would recommend doing one of the two (MS, MBA). If you do both, it is highly likely that you won't learn much.

      Hope that helps.

      Best,
      Pankaj

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    2. Hi Pankaj,

      Thanks for your response. I do understand that I must prove myself in the workplace, and that an MBA will allow me to rise up sooner and more effectively.
      Do you believe that I won't learn much because the MBA/MS program is too intense? If not, then can you explain more specifically why I should veer from that route ?

      Regards,

      Doug

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    3. Hi Doug,
      MBA and MS are in themselves very intense. If you really want to pursue them together, you have to be very clear on what you want from this curriculum. For example - You may use the MS component program to understand a technology or a domain that has lot of inefficiencies. The MBA could complement by giving you the necessary business fundamentals to kick-start a business based on your findings from the MS program. Does that make sense? If you are not clear on why you want to do both together, you may end up learning bits of both and come out of the program with NO DISTINCT EDGE. Why introduce a variable when not needed?

      I hope that gives you some perspective.

      Best,
      Pankaj

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  77. iam final year btech ece student.....i want to do mba after completing my btech..But i like to study in AP.Because i dont know the other langauges(i.e hindi or other langauges in india)....In AP the entrance exam of mba is ICET that is eligible for both bsc and btech students. if i write the icet exam then no differnce b/w me and degree students...iam so confussed please give some suggestions after completed my btech what i do..where to join mba in india that as understand to me(i.e langauge)..what is best entrance exam to join mba and which subject selecte in mba... in ece btech student which subject in mba as easily understandable...please help me solve my confussions.........tnx in advance

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    1. Hi Dinesh,

      Please don't rush to get an MBA. I recommend that you work for a couple of years and then go for an MBA. You can use the time in your workspace to improve upon your language skills.

      Let me know if you really think you should do an MBA after B.Tech?

      Best,
      ETM

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  78. Hi,
    Your blog was interesting and upto the mark. I have done Meng. Mech. Engineering from U.K. (july 2014). M looking forward to do a placement abroad but since its hard to get 1 these days. I have started to apply for MBA in Project Mgmt. in US this fall.... so i would take a year out after 1st year to do placement there. Is this the right way to get into things considering my situation... and is the MBA in Project Mgmt. good choose or u think i should opt. for something more common... I just dont wan waste Years ........ I would be happy if u replied to me soon ...Thanks for ur time and work

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    1. Hi Ferin,

      I think you have made the right choices considering your situation.

      Best of Luck

      Best,
      ETM

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  79. Sorry forgot to mention in my course of Meng. I did have some module's like Quality n Risk Mgmt. so i really need an your opinion as to opt. for project or go for finance as a whole....

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  80. Hey I am Shreyans Singh. I am in my final year of B.Tech and my stream is Civil. I have joined an institute for coaching for MBA. But I still don't have an idea in which stream/course should I do my MBA in? Please help me. And do let me know the pros and cons of opting the stream or course you suggest me. Thankyou.

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    1. Hi Shreyans,

      That's totally understandable. I recommend that you don't think too much about that. Let it come naturally to you. What I mean is - take courses in Finance/Marketing/HR/Leadership/Operations/etc. and see which one you are comfortable with. Moreover, it would be very helpful going forward if you can get straight the basics of all these different domains.

      Best,
      ETM

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  82. Hey Pankaj,

    Hope you are doing well !!

    I have completed my B.Tech I.T and as of now I am having 3+ years of experience in IT industry as a software tester, Moreover I am currently pursuing my MBA – HR through distance education.

    While completing MBA , I will have 5 years (Approx) of experience and from then on I would like to move in to management side.

    I am doing it in HR as I have interest on resource management but hoping that I am eligible for project management too as I am more in to projects from the starting point of my career.

    In order to take my career further in to management side, What are all the necessary steps I should start doing from now on ?

    Looking forward for your reply !!

    Kind Regards,
    Hari

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    1. Hi Hari,

      I recommend the following steps.

      1. Have clarity on what you mean by "management side". Which area do you want to be in - strategy, sales, marketing, operations, etc.?

      2. Network with folks (both inside and outside) in the domain identified above - Learn about the role in detail from them and see whether this is what you really want to do. If yes, express your interest.

      3. Also, tell the HR about your intent early on (may be now).

      4. In parallel, also try to look for relevant/interesting positions outside your current company.

      Hope that helps.

      Best,
      ETM

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