I wish to do an MBA through cor­re­spon­dence COUN­SEL­[email protected] WORK

Arunav Ban­er­jee

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - WORKSMART -

I am a life sci­ence grad­u­ate, BSc botany (hons), from Pun­jab Univer­sity. I com­pleted my mas­ters in in­ter­na­tional busi­ness from Coven­try Univer­sity, United King­dom. Af­ter fin­ish­ing my stud­ies, I worked as a head lit­i­ga­tion ex­ec­u­tive in a law firm in Eng­land for nearly three years and re­turned to In­dia ear­lier this year. My role com­prised mainly of client re­la­tion­ship man­age­ment (CRM), ad­min­is­tra­tion and train­ing.

I am try­ing to get a job in a man­age­ment con­sul­tancy firm but have not been suc­cess­ful yet. I am not sure what is the rea­son though. Is it that I’ve switched streams or that I do not have an MBA from a premier in­sti­tute.

I also wish to pur­sue an MBA, ide­ally through the dis­tance learn­ing mode, since I am presently help­ing my fa­ther in his busi­ness. I want to know which dis­tance learn­ing in­sti­tute should I ap­ply to given that my tar­get in the long run is to work in con­sult­ing and later set up a busi­ness in the ser­vice in­dus­try. Please ad­vise.

—Su­mit Chakraborty If you want to get into a man­age­ment con­sul­tancy, then you need a full time qual­i­fi­ca­tion. A dis­tance learn­ing pro­gramme will not make much of a dif­fer­ence and will not help you in the long run. Given that it is still an early stage in your ca­reer, you can af­ford to in­vest in a full time pro­gramme. A con­ven­tional full time course will help you in the fu­ture.

You can choose from ei­ther a one year or a two year pro­gramme. A dis­tance learn­ing course in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion should best be viewed as an ad­di­tional knowl­edge op­tion, some­thing that helps you gain knowl­edge in an area but in­ci­den­tal to what you are cur­rently do­ing. 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 men­[email protected]

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