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Is MBA a Good Career Choice for an Engineer?

If you are an engineer who has freshly earned his or her degree, or a seasoned individual working a white collar job in a multi-national, there comes a time when you are faced with the question of ‘what next’. For many, engineering is a means to an end or a truly uninhibited passion. Yet, many of us aspire to go one step further – than step often being management. But, is MBA a great career choice for an engineer?

As top management colleges in India such as IILM eagerly await the next set of applications for their MBA course, it is time for you to decide whether you want to pursue this option. If getting into the family business, becoming an entrepreneur, or landing a top management job at an MNC is what you eventually plan to do, then an MBA is definitely the right option. And we are quite optimistic that after reading this article, you will have already made your decision…in favor of MBA after engineering. Here’s why:

You learn about the finer nuances of business:

Coming from an engineering background, you must already be aware of the technical and operational side of a business. But, in the long run, a business is all about expansion, productivity and profit – domains in which MBA graduates excel. An MBA program develops strong strategic, analytical and financial aptitude in candidates, setting them up to lead organizations one day.  Moreover, if you have a business idea, an innovation you want to market, or simply expand your family business, knowledge of management principles and subjects is critical.

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You get exposure like never before:

An MBA degree is highly dynamic and fast-paced. You will be constantly involved in projects, discussions, and debates which will challenge your problem-solving acumen, and impart to you the necessary leadership skills to rise to the top. Most importantly, you will get unprecedented practical experience in an MBA course – via internships, workshops, international study programs, corporate training and interning, etc. An MBA program will thrust you into the real-life business world, and provide you with opportunities to enhance your skillset.

You develop an entrepreneurial aptitude:

An MBA course also opens up avenues for you to become an entrepreneur. Many MBA colleges have tailor-made courses on this subject which allow students to develop and perfect their ground-breaking ideas and innovations into profitable business models. As an engineer, you might have always dreamt of solving the world’s problems and disrupting industries with better services and product. Doing an MBA is how you can devise a blueprint for accomplishing this dream.

You benefit from extensive personality development:

In business, it’s all about the personality, ethics, and manners. Making the right first impression is half the battle won. In an MBA program, one learns etiquettes and communication skills that are synonymous with the best leaders in the world.

You can land an extremely lucrative corporate job:

It is no secret that MBA courses promise great placements in the best and biggest corporate firms globally. If that is what drives you, then doing an MBA is the best decision you can take right now. After all, to reach the top of a company, you need to have excellent business skills, which is why companies hire management graduates with lucrative offers. In other cases, many top positions in your present company would most definitely require an MBA degree. This is where you can get an edge over your colleagues and gain a quicker and bigger job promotion.

Are you ready, now, to take the jump from engineering to management?

PRME 2018: Session on ‘Sustainability Practices & Quality Education’ at a Glance

On Day 2, while the first session of the 5th International Conference at IILM, one of the top MBA colleges in Delhi, was focused on policies and reforms to make education truly sustainable, the last one on ‘Sustainability Practices & Quality Education’ emphasized more on the implementation of the same.

In line with UN’s Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative that ties up leading business schools to the idea of imparting education that shapes responsible business leaders of tomorrow, the session explored the creation of such leadership within business colleges in detail. Many excited students took a cursory break from their MBA courses to attend this session.

Coordinated by Prof Rajkishan Nair, and supported by Prof Sanchita Ghosh, the session began with a talk by Dr. Onyebuchi Felix Offodile, Department Chair – Professor Department of Management and Information Systems, Kent State University, USA. In his insightful dialogue with the audience, Dr. Offodile emphasized on the necessity of educating school children on sustainability practices because they are the ones who will inherit the world from our generation. Since the future generations are already sensitized to technology and innovation, inculcating ideals of sustainable development becomes very easy. His presentation informed the audience in detail about the concept of sustainability, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, why shunning technology is not the answer to rising environmental degradation, and how collaborative strategies by governments, societies, and corporates help us restore our planet to a healthy state.

Session on ‘Sustainability Practices

“The whole essence of sustainability is encapsulated in the question of how do we leave the earth better than when we inherited it. The answer to it lies in the education of young children,” remarked Dr. Offodile.

The next speaker was Ms. Dilreen Kaur, Director, Ritinjali, who revitalised the audience with a quick activity of creating noises by rubbing palms and snapping fingers. Later on, she displayed the success stories from her non-profit organisation which provides a helping hand to marginalised individuals and societies in the form of schooling, education and skill development. The crux of her talk revolved around the fact that equal and quality education for everyone is an important step towards achieving sustainability.

“Ritinjali ensures that responsible citizens are created from the most impoverished and disadvantaged societies so that they give back to their community and to the environment in general. This aligns us with UN’s Sustainability Development Goal 4 of quality education for all,” stated Ms. Dilreen.

The third speaker in the line-up was Dr. Nidhi Sirpan, Associate VP, Public Sector Business, Smart Class Educational Services. In a nutshell, she talked about two vital parameters in quality education: conceptualization and objectification, and also shared her experiences in the field with the audience. She also spoke of the intricate connection between employability of graduates, creating more jobs, providing necessary training programs to corporates, and sustainability.

“How we, as corporates, can look back to and derive benefits from academia to give back to the society is important for sustainability,” Dr. Nidhi concluded.

The session was concluded by Dr. Rania Mohy El-Din Nafie, Professor, School of International Business Management, Seneca College, Canada who highlighted important practices for innovation in education and also spoke about the role of organizational behavior in sustainable development. Her address postulated that in order to have innovation in sustainable education, there is a need for knowledge-sharing amongst various stakeholders like employees, teachers, students, parents, and industry experts.

“We have to start thinking of the educational institutions as an organization that is an ecosystem that thinks, learns, and has to innovate in order to remain competitive and sustainable,” professed Dr. Rania.

Thereafter, there was a round of questions for the panel followed by a round of applause for all the brilliant ideas on what the education sector needs to do in order to achieve sustainable development goals successfully.