Why should I do MBA after Engineering?

Published: 19th December 2011
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I always used to wonder when some of many old friends and classmates who have completed their engineering opted for management studies. It was rather shocking for me to understand as to why these qualified engineers opted for an MBA degree and are ready to waste two valuable years......I thought it is just the herd mentality that is driving all these people to go for something not related to their field or to their educational background. However, now, I have realized why they took management studies, as I understood the importance of getting a degree that makes them employable in any multinational companies.

Let us evaluate some factors that havelured many fresher as well as experienced engineering experts to enroll for MBA programs.

Well, if you examine the current economic situation and its impact on the multinationals or any other business house, you will understand why these companies look out for versatile individuals who have sound technical knowledge as well as managerial skills that make them an “asset” for the company and not a liability. Thus, these companies hire people who have gone through rigorous training in the MBA programshave acumen to handle key aspects related to the business.

There is a boom in the production and manufacturing sector, this sector require expertise of an individual who is well versed with the technical and mechanical aspects of this industry. Thus, entrepreneurs from this industryviews an engineering graduate highly employable, as they are equipped to handle any issues related to the technicalities as well as with a management degree they are aware of the tactics to handle the pressure of different business modules. Thus, they hire people with an MBA degree, as it being an application-based program helps the technical professionals to associate and apply whatever theories they have learnt into real life situations.

An MBA program is a comprehensive post graduation program that gives an eagle eye view of every single module of the business like marketing, sales, HR, etc. Thus, it trains the engineering professionals to handle tricky issues related to the business management.

A management degree gives strong foundation to build a career which otherwise an engineering degree might fail to give. An MBA degreemakes the technical professional familiar with the changing trends of the global market thus prepares them to think and plan strategies to deal with the fluctuations in the economical circuits. These professionals with their business acumen can handle any situation that arises with the changing trends that affects their employer’s future prospects.

Along with a qualification and knack to deal with the technical aspects of any industry an engineering graduate also gets an equally reputed educational qualification i.e. MBA degree added to his resume. This obviously brightens their chances to get promotions to the executive management positions in their existing companies.

If an engineering student has an entrepreneurial streak, an MBA degree can equip them with the necessary knowledge and understanding for the multi-faceted and ever changing world of business. As management studies cover almost all the operational areas of various business modules, it helps the engineering professional to get an idea about the possible risks involved into a particular industry. Now let’s say for an example an IT engineer wants to have a firm that manufactures computer chips, but if he is not aware of the latest trends that are going on in the IT industry worldwide he would fail as he would make investments in the wrong sector.

An MBA degree opens up numerous avenues and gives unlimited scope of growth to the engineering professionals with its curriculum that covers broader spectrum.

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