Look for study op­tions while you work

Arunav Banerjee

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - JOBFUNDAS -

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.

-Manik Ti­wari

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?

—Piyush Ansal

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 men­tortalk@shine.com

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