June 11, 2007

MBA : Yes or No ???

We have heard a lot of MBA and every professional,technical or non-technical is interested in an MBA.The MBA program(as we all know) may be a part time MBA or can be a full time MBA,for which you need to quit your job and join the MBA program.MBA is in my pipeline as well and an MBA would scale my career to a greater height but the question remains "Do you(including myself) need to go to a B School to be an MBA graduate?" and the answer is a No!!!

But how do you get an MBA without joining a B School? The answer lies within each one of us ,who have used the holy grills of marketing , without even knowing that you have those qualities in you biggrin But just by having these qualities , does it mean that you should go for an MBA or you are just trying to follow the crowd that wants to churn money after getting an MBA? MBA or business management is more about network and using right resources at the right time and for the right reason.With the advent of internet,blogs and podcasts and study from the management books available,offline MBA(MBA earned without going to a B School) has become easier and you need not enter a B School to get an MBA biggrin IMHO,just to shift your career from engineering to management,an MBA degree would be a waste since, after being in a company for few years,you yourself can opt for a managerial post in the company,for which an MBA is not required and won't be a value-add to your profile biggrin

With the same doubts in mind,I started googling for some material which would clear your doubt(as well as mine) and I came across a post by Rajesh Setty where he explains "Why should you earn an MBA-it's pros or cons" and I would like to note down some of the interesting points(from his article) that you should consider, while thinking of an MBA

Check your attitude:
Your sole motive of entering an MBA is to be known before hand.

Design an alternate plan(if you can't get an MBA):

Acquire knowledge at a breathtaking speed:

Belong to powerful networks:
Build a wide network of people and keep in touch with them to build a strong relationship

Build long lasting relationships:

Volunteer for engagements of higher value:
Try to do something NOTICEABLE that would catch the eyeballs of others in the office biggrin

Lead a volunteer effort:

Work with a startup for Free (Important):

Make others win

Get a Good mentor:

Final word of advice(Time to take action):

This would make us think twice whether we are an MBA material or not!!!

Thanks Rajesh for this wonderful learning.You can download the pdf from here

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At Jun 12, 2007, 6:09:00 PM , Blogger dexkid said...

I had read this doc quite a while ago. Nice comments on the doc. But I guess its good to do an MBA after some experience as it leads u to do work more efficiently. Its like sharpening the axe.

At Jun 14, 2007, 12:51:00 AM , Blogger @lok said...

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At Jun 14, 2007, 12:53:00 AM , Blogger @lok said...

Good one, but I do feel it's purely an individual's choice and the skills he/she possesses.


At Jun 18, 2007, 1:21:00 PM , Anonymous Rajesh Setty said...

Thanks Himanshu for your kind words. I am glad you liked the eBook.

Have a great week ahead!


At Jun 19, 2007, 10:14:00 AM , Anonymous Himanshu Sheth said...

Hey Rajesh,
It's a great honor for me that you have left a comment on my blog :)

Yes,the pdf is an excellent resource for MBA aspirants and for non-MBA aspirants as well.

Thanks again.



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