Look for study options while you work
I am a commerce graduate. I was selected by a top IT company during campus placements and also got an offer from a big organisation (for its finance and accounts department). Most people suggest that I join either of the two companies, but I am confused as the first organisation is giving us the option to do an MBA from a prominent management institute. I want to do an MBA to move ahead in my career with a good package. Please guide.
It is good that you wish to improve your knowledge and skills through an MBA programme. Unlike other knowledge programmes such as in engineering or medicine, the MBA is based on applications. Therefore, a lot of business schools nowadays look for people with some work experience before they sign up for an MBA. To that extent, taking up a job for two-three years would perhaps be ideal. I am sorry I cannot advise you on your choice. Please go for the one that gives you the maximum happiness.
I completed my hotel management course in 2010. Instead of joining a hotel, I chose to get into the retail industry. For the past 21 to 22 months, I have been working with a premium brand. I’m now looking for a job change. What are the options I can explore where my work experience counts?
It is difficult to answer your query since it lacks some vital information. For example, which functional area have you been working in and where do you want to work now? Why do you need to change your job? What is the driver? You will need to answer these questions and perhaps in the process get the answer to your question. In general, your work experience can count at three levels: in terms of the domain that you work in (function), the industry (for example, service industry) and finally, the nature of work and the contribution that you have made. The author has more than 30 years of varied experience, including as head of the HR consulting practice at Arthur Andersen, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young. Write to him at email@example.com