Engineering is considered as one of the most coveted and secured career choices amongst the youths in India. And it is well known that if a student graduates from a reputed Engineering College with a good GPA then he will be recruited by top most tech firms and companies. The job with a good pay scale will be guaranteed. But still, there are a lot of B.Tech Graduates who chose to do higher studies after engineering. There are options like , MBA, M.Tech, M.S., M.E Programs. But it has been seen that the MBA is preferred by students above all. Why students chose an MBA (Management in Business Administration) after Engineering?
There is, in particular, no correlation between the two courses. One is a technical degree where students learn all the technicalities and the other is a Management Degree where the students learn the skills of management, sales, etc. Then also why do engineers queue up for admissions in top Management and other B Schools of India?
At the first blush, MBA being chosen for higher studies seems to be more of a trend amongst the students which have been growing in the last few years. Most students do MBA because of choice but there are also such students who chose MBA because their fellow mates and friends are doing so. Many students blindly just follow the pattern which is going on and others are those students who actually want to enhance their educational qualification by adding the Degree of MBA in their CV.
But, Why students only chose MBA after Engineering? It is seen that the toppers of examinations like CAT, MAT, XAT, etc. are engineering graduates. So what is it that makes engineering students join MBA for further studies? What drives them to leave the technical background and study the management courses? Is it the requirement for higher salaries, high social status or pressure to reach the top position in a career that contributes to the making of such a decision? Or it is that students want to learn more about marketing and management skills so that they can have more knowledge for commencing and handling of business. The reason can be any of the above because all of them ultimately make engineering graduate join MBA. Higher pay packages, acceleration in career growth, knowledge, high social status all are advantages of becoming an MBA graduate.
Here are some of the interesting reasons because of which an Engineer wants to do MBA after Engineering:
1. EASY TO CRACK
The entrance examination of MBA has two sections, one each of Quantitative Aptitude and Analytical Skills. The engineering graduates are thorough in these two sections and therefore, clearing the MBA entrance examination is comparatively easy for them. Examinations like CAT, XAT, and MAT which are considered as difficult examinations for students throughout the country are easy to clear for engineering students.
So MBA becomes an easy to do master’s degree for such students and also such a degree finally will be beneficial to the student’s career. This is also the reason why the toppers of MBA entrance examinations are mostly from an engineering background. So we see engineering students pursuing MBA after their B.Tech is over.
2. WIDENS JOB PROSPECTS
India is the largest producers of Engineers in the world. And the job for these young graduates is less if compared to the amount of their number. If a student does B.Tech from a well-recognized Engineering College or institution, the candidate can find a good job easily, but if B.Tech is from other B Schools or less known colleges then the job guaranty is not certain.
In such a case, students run for doing some Masters degree which can add on value to their Educational qualifications. Generally, companies prefer those students who have masters degree along with the Graduation Degree of Engineering. And if this degree is in management then a student will be definitely given privilege over a student who is an engineer and has no work experience.
3. DEVELOPMENT OF THE SKILLS
When students pass out with the Professional Degree of Engineering, it is obvious that they have a lot of technical skills that have been imparted in them during their graduation days. These skills are enough for them for finding and doing a job in this background.
But still, students join Management Courses so that their skills can be developed multi-dimensionally. They do MBA so that basics and fundamentals of business can be learned; they can understand the different modes of doing business, they become familiar with different complexities of business, and different management skills. After MBA, a student automatically increases his confidence and his communication skills also improve to a large extent.
So a student’s skills are upgraded in various fronts and therefore doing MBA After Engineering is always a good choice.
4. HIGHER PAY SCALE
One of the reasons why a person wants to attain higher education and have a degree in it is because of the attractive pay scale which will be followed. This is one of the answers to the question Why MBA after engineering? Big corporate houses and firms offer lucrative pay packages to those candidates who are MBA Graduates.
The graduates from IIT and IIM already get Good Salary Packages but when it comes to other candidates, then it has been found that if students have done MBA, then there is a significant rise in the salary. Mostly corporate houses are in search of recruiting such candidates who have MBA in their profile as they have more skills and knowledge as compared to those who have only B.Tech Degree.
5. ACCELERATE CAREER GROWTH
Engineering students either do an MBA directly after graduation or they sometimes have some job experience and then they go for MBA. In both cases, MBA is going to accelerate the career graph. This is because when an MBA Degree holder searches for a job, then he will usually start from managerial level. MBA will provide him the opportunity to skip the crowd and reach the mid-level or even top-level posts. There are less amount of fresher’s who have an MBA Degree and so when a candidate has management degree he achieves a better post in the hierarchy.
Also, when a person is already into a job and he wants to increase the pace of his career growth then there is nothing better than an MBA degree. Many engineers at some point of time in their career start feeling monotonous and still at a particular level in their career and so to climb up the ladder of success, they go for an MBA. MBA increases their communication skills, efficiency, managerial skills, and provide the much-needed kick start in the career.
6. CHANGE IN CAREER
The diversity of subjects which are taught in B.Tech is less when a comparison is done with the MBA Programs. Some students who are studying engineering lose interest in the technical field or they just don’t find satisfaction by just doing engineering. They want to change their field from technical to management where the scope is much broader.
MBA Program offers specialisation in various areas like finance, statistics, economics, HR, etc. These specialisations offer a range of career options to the candidates who are struggling to get career satisfaction. They look MBA as a platform by which they can learn techniques of management and make a change over in career.
Also, it may sound weird, but at times it happens that working professionals are not able to get that amount of satisfaction from a career which they expected. In such a situation one might wish to change the career completely. Their inner soul tells them that maybe with a new degree and new perspective and tasks they might achieve satisfaction in the career front. And with this view, there are many engineering graduates who join the Management Course.
7. START UP OWN BUSINESS VENTURE
Not all Engineering Students pursue MBA for top managerial positions in best companies of the world. There are a lot of engineers who obtain a degree in MBA because they want to become entrepreneurs and they want to set up their own business. MBA provides them all the knowledge that is required for starting a business venture, business management, all about financial management, planning and marketing, sales and all the necessary skills that are required to be a good businessman.
With the rise in the trends of start-up more and more engineers are being inclined towards setting up business ventures and hence more and more students are going for an MBA Degree. MBA degree provides sufficient knowledge to students for setting up a successful organization, trains them to build professional networks and strategies that can be utilized in running their own venture.
8. GLOBAL RECOGNITION AND OPPORTUNITIES
MBA is such a management degree which is universally accepted in all parts of the world. It has international recognition. And many foreign companies directly recruit students from the campuses of best MBA institutions and B schools. This is one of the reasons that students want to do MBA as they can get international working experience and attractive pay.
Also, they can settle down in any part of the world because of the specialization which they have done in MBA along with Engineering Degree and the whole world becomes an option for them to find a job and grow in career. MBA is a path which is above regular B.Tech and once students have both the degrees it makes others understand that they are well versed in the specific subjects that they have chosen. It widens the growth prospects in the whole world.
9. TO TAKE OUT THE BEST FROM BOTH THE DEGREE
An Engineering Student is already rich in technical knowledge that has been imparted within him during his graduation days. And if a student does MBA the analytical and managerial side of him will also be polished during the course. So he can learn the best of both the degrees and very effectively and efficiently use the combination of the technicality and management skills which has been learned by him to bring out the potential and talent that he and his juniors have to obtain success in career.
Growth prospects and success rate will be only increased if one does MBA after Engineering.
10. GAINS EXPERIENCE
In B.Tech courses in India students are not provided with necessary practical training and skills which are required by the students so that they can work in an organization. And companies have to train these newly recruited engineers. A lot of time is spent on this. But when a student pursues MBA he gets all that practical training that is required to work in employment. MBA Courses provide more on the job type experience and aids in coping with real problems of corporate world.
11. CREDIBLE CAREER OPTION
MBA is one of the most credible and safe career options amongst the youth. Honing a MBA Degree signifies that you are a specialist in a particular arena and that you have experience to deal with problems of the work culture. This degree always ensures you a respectable position in the organization and job guarantee as well. Only having a simple graduation degree may not guarantee you a job but with having MBA degree in your hand with an engineering degree will definitely provide you a secure career and future.
An MBA Degree after Engineering will provide a booming and profitable career to students. If you have both degrees i.e. MBA and B.Tech then a candidate is definitely preferred by the organization over others. An engineer has all the technical and analytical skills with him required to be a successful professional and when managerial skills are added to his profile then he will be able to conquer all the heights of growth and can have a leading career.