Pursuing an MBA after engineering has become a trend among engineers in the last decade. In fact most of the toppers of management entrance exams like CAT are engineers from IITs.
The student profile of IIM Ahmedabad's Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) clearly shows the domination of engineers (94%)
But what relevance does an MBA have to the highly technical skills of a professional engineer and is there a need for engineers to pursue MBA? Let's take a look at the various reasons that engineers have for opting for an MBA after completing their B.E/ B.Tech:
Read: List of engineering entrance exams
Reasons why engineers choose to pursue MBA
- Halfway through their engineering course, they lose interest in the subject and field & decide to go for an MBA instead.
- The realization that in India, MBA graduates get paid more than their engineering counterparts.
- Pathetic quality of education (engineering curriculum) being imparted in most engineering colleges in India - major reason why students lose interest in the subject in the first place.
- Engineers find it quite easy to crack CAT, XAT, SNAP and other MBA entrance exams, since a major component of these entrance exams are the Quantitative Aptitude & Logical Reasoning sections which are a cakewalk for engineering students.
- B.Tech graduates who have no desire to pursue M.Tech often end up opting for an MBA.
- "All my friends were planning to go for an MBA, so I'm also appearing for CAT."
- Lack of enough engineering jobs in India. India churns out more engineers than China + USA!
- Engineering is considered a "safe bet". Following it up with an MBA is the "safest bet."
Most students go in for engineering with no clue about what they want to do in future. Image courtesy: quora.com
Good reasons to study Management after Engineering
- An engineer who is in a technical role and wants to move up the hierarchy can pursue an MBA to transition easily to a managerial role.
- Engineers with a good product they've built and who want to convert it into a profitable business venture can benefit from studying management and entrepreneurship.
- In a world that is technology-driven, engineers need to go beyond creating products to pricing them & putting them up in the market for what they're worth. An MBA helps here.
Read: List of MBA Specializations in India - Top MBA Specializations and Streams
The most important question that most of you are facing is whether MBA a must after engineering? Today we see that 70-80% of the students appearing for the Common Admission Test (CAT) exam are engineers and in most of the cases it is not even a well thought decision but an act of going with the flow. Today, MBA has carved a niche for itself today in almost all the professions of the world. Doing MBA entirely depends upon individuals their priorities in life. Ideally speaking it is always good to have a PG degree because just an undergraduate degree in this highly competitive market is mostly not enough. Before choosing MBA as a career you must analyse whether it is the career for you or not.
This is why you should pursue an MBA after Engineering
One of the most important questions is whether to join MBA immediately after engineering or to work and then join. Well, some of the major institutes do prefer people with some work experience and many of the courses during the MBA program revolve around concepts and principles that one would get exposed to only at work. In such cases work experience becomes the distinguishing factor. The ability of the person with some work experience to interact, discuss and handle a particular situation will always have a more practical approach than a fresher.
It is significant that engineers widen their knowledge and skills in the management area if they wish to become senior managers in an organization. Having already obtained a technical degree, an MBA expands the horizon of their education in the wider areas of management. The role of the engineer is changing rapidly within an industrial organization. The engineer is likely to be the manager that has to implement new practices and new technology.
MBA gives you the confidence to pursue your dreams and gives you a force to innovate and experiment. A management degree polishes your managerial skills making you to work towards the goal of the application with greater productivity and lesser cost. The course makes you acquainted with all the aspects of running a company. It grooms the person to serve the best to oneself – only then can he be an asset to an organization.
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Write Winning Scholarship Essays: The Simple, Quirky, Underdog Tale
Editor's Note: If you have this hunch that just one, amazing, polished essay can make-or-break your chances for college admission or needed scholarships, you're right. Essays are a big deal, not to be rushed or scuttled in your haste to send an application in. This series provides a college essay sample and tips on writing a strong piece. This is the first of three posts about writing great college essays.Want to know what winning scholarship essays look like? Take a look at this college essay sample from Paul Hastings, who won $1,000 through Get Educated's scholarships for nontraditional students.
Paul is 22 years old. That's a normal age for college, but he's a nontraditional student. For one, the Texas native will be attending school at Thomas Edison State College, a New Jersey school, fully online this fall. He also works full-time, has traveled the world, is an active blogger, and was home-schooled his whole life. He is keenly aware that his peer group is fully comprised of traditional brick-and-mortar college-enrolled students, and he honed in on that in his essay to illustrate just why he's so different.
Topic: What an Online College Degree Means To Me
Twice a year Get Educated provides several free grants for tuition grants, and like so many others, we have a “500 words or less” essay component to our application. This is our standard topic for everyone, every year, and Paul's application stood out in a major way.
Traits of Winning Scholarship Essays
I pulled out excerpts to illustrate the the top 3 terrific things about his essay. To see the full college essay sample, check out the PDF at the bottom.
College Essay Tip #1: Fly Your Freak Flag High
Paul's essay showed both humility and pride. It's a tough pairing, but he delved into the uncomfortable process of witnessing himself from other peoples' eyes in his essay. He opens with his family's educational history: Both his dad and brother attended prestigious programs at traditional colleges.
"They never had to deal with probing questions from relatives not satisfied with their educational choices. They never had to listen to the skeptical sighs of neighbors unconvinced that they were more than anything than a bum living in their parent’s house.
They never had to face the scrutiny of disappointed mentors who simply couldn’t understand that the rules of higher education were being rewritten. No, my friends never had to face that...
...but I did."
By pointing out the stigma of his path as perceived among his community and peer group, he's taking a risk, and revealing that it bothers him. That's admirable. Dare to expose yourself.
College Essay Tip #2: Let Loose With Levity
Experts across the spectrum agree that humor is a key to many winning scholarship essays. That simplistic tip cruelly overlooks how hard it is, as evidenced by the giant teams who write comedy TV shows, to make someone laugh. Humor might not come naturally to you. That's OK. There's a way to make your writing fun to read, without struggling to pry some joke out of a story that doesn't feel remotely funny to you. Paul's levity in his essay is evident in his word choice and phrasing.
"Hanging a graduation certificate on my wall next year has never been my driving goal. After all, it’s only a piece of cloth."
"Instead of being a slave to a professor’s schedule and syllabus, I can volunteer with non-profit organizations, spend time with dying relatives, and travel the world."
"Staying out of debt has been important for me from day one so studying online has been a no-brainer."
Other Ways to Show Levity in Winning Scholarship Essays:
- Vivid descriptions of yourself or the people or situations you write about.
- Playfulness of sentence length, or very short or comment-like sentences.
- Self-awareness, which gives a nod to the reader, that says 'Yes, I know that you're reading this. Hi.' This college essay sample imagines the readers' eyes rolling as they consider her application.
College Essay Tip #3: Simplicity Rules. If You Over-Explain, Edit!
Part of the charm of Paul's essay is, he tells us just what we need to know, and nothing we don't. There are lots of really interesting things about this guy. For instance, after talking with him, I know he helped his family send his older brother to a brick-and-mortar college by cleaning houses. And that he gained many credits towards his bachelors degree online from a community college while he was still in high school. He left that stuff out, though and stuck to the basics. He even used numerals in his essay, which made it easier to read!
"1. Flexibility: No other form of college education would have ever granted me the liberty that I’ve enjoyed."
Without being too brief, he stripped down the content of the essay to just what was needed, organized it well, and tied it up artfully. Check out the ending:
"Hanging a graduation certificate on my wall next year has never been my driving goal. After all, it’s only a piece of cloth. The road always been just as important, if not more, than the final destination. I could have played it safe and taken the normal route like everyone else. But no, no. Normalcy wasn’t for me. Excellence was."
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