Engineering Students are wasting their Time in Management Studies; they have Another Way to go

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Priyanka said:   7 years ago
I completely disagree with this. Learning can never go waste. Its a procedure of self-development. Going for further studies you upgrade your skill set to a higher level.

Talking to engineering students, in our 12th grade, we don't have much understanding or exposure to the outer job prospects or our keen interests, Most of us go with the flow answer choose engineering.

I have done my Btech in computer science from a reputed college and was placed in 3 companies (ALL MNCs) in my on campus (3rd year 6th sem). Eventually I worked In multinationals for 7 yrs, initially in technical roles and then promoted to Leadership roles, gradually I discovered my growth has reached a saturation point, beyond which I cannot achieve with just a B-Tech Degree, to be competent enough and to get your skills upgraded you need to constantly acquire knowledge, I am now pursuing MS in a US university with high scores in Toefl and GRE, I feel Change is the only constant and we have to take calculated risk in order to be successful in life, Technical field would soon be saturated with automation taking a toll on systems, we need to diverse our potentials to stand tall and firm. Master is upgrading yourself to the next level, process of betterment. There no point discussing Why would someone take engineering if he/she wants to pursue MBA, Engineering teaches us a lot of things that helps us gain insight and focus on things we lack.

Lastly, our country is lacking in Technology not because of its talent/engineers its because of infrastructure. From google's CEO to ATNT America, we Indians rule when it comes to intelligence and technology. With due to respect to everything its unfortunate that we cannot retain our resources to our country due to our poor management and 3rd world wages. NO IIT student will stay in India for more than 10 years irrespective of he/she pursuing MBA, not because of their change of mind of being a business grade but due to wage differences. India cannot value our talents in terms of remunerations and as a result is losing on resources. It has nothing to do with Masters or higher studies.

Fazal said:   9 years ago
A pretty amazing conversation here, its one of the hot topics in the world today!

1st of all you need to ask yourself why are you doing MBA, if its for monetary reasons, forget it. But if you feel its going to uplift your career and you are good at it, go for it!

Human beings have a very usual tendency that they look at higher accomplishments for the future before stepping in the ground. Engineers must learn to learn from any big or small companies at the start of the career for 1-2 years, on how things work!? how does an organisation work, learn the tricks and tactics, get aware of the politics being played, how matters are dealt with, what is the process of manufacture right from market search to dispatching of goods.

The grass is always greener at the other side, after 1-2 years of excelling in your field you will hold responsibilities, now what changes do you make in your work space to optimize results? How do you manage your work 1st? what suggestions can you give to your superiors about the current issues? for the next two years you modify your responsibilities and make things happen!. Now in the 5th year you report to higher management on general managing, learn from the mistakes of your managers so you don't make it.

When you go through this 5-6 years experience you have covered a part of MBA and you are now ready to pursue MBA studies.

During this 5-6 years you need to always look out for better challenging opportunities, keep your basic math skills updated, gel into your profession.

You need to understand the pros and cons of a manager and use it to make you a better one. And this process requires 5-6 years. Bear in mind during this period excel in whatever you do intellectually as well.

Rajesh said:   1 decade ago
Hello! Myself Rajesh.

After your 10th class one has no idea of engineering or any other studies. But start to prepare for the entrance exams iit, aieee. But after completion of the intermediate one should have some idea of his future studies. First if he is interested in technical side he can go for engineering. Second if he is interested in management side he can simply do BA/BBA/BCOM etc. Saving 1 year of time and much money. And also they can concentrate on the MBA entrance exams and get seat in great MBA institutes.

Now we shall talk about the one who joins the engineering feeling interest in engineering first. And then he changes his min to MBA due to some reasons that some one says that much more money could be earned by doing MBA etc. To those people I would like to say that you have two options to continue to your higher studies.

One is M TECH/M. S the other is MBA. Going to MBA completely changes your atmosphere of study and analyzing view. But m tech provides you to improve your b tech knowledge with same atmosphere. Also you should face some pressure preparing for MBA entrance exams and engineering things simultaneously. Also you may face troubles coping after going to MBA college.

So it is better to decide first to go to which side technical or management. And then to continue. I would say that doing MBA after doing engineering is not at all bad unless and until you decide to waste 1 year and money you spend for engineering, and finally all the skills you learn from 4 years of your engineering.

Fazal Shaikh said:   7 years ago
Bear in mind Engineering is a very vast field and what you learn in your engineering is only the way to think technically and scientifically. You are only 5% engineers when you pass the engineering course, if you work in the field of your studies you may become 50% engineers, therefore you have to learn and learn and strive to become at least 50% engineer before you retire. Hence if you have the opportunity and resources to continue your studies then pursue your studies in the field of your interest be it engineering or management in order to improve your knowledge and for self-development. Moreover please note in your young age you should look for opportunities where you can learn and gain expertise in your technical knowledge and not look for the salary and commercial aspect of the job unless there is a dire need to support your family.

As the engineering course teaches you to think technically and scientifically, the management course will teach you to think purposefully & strategically thus honing your technical skills further. However over the years of hard work to grow further in your career remember that you have to learn to manage people and finance, thus obtaining a management degree or any new skill and knowledge is any field as an engineer is never a waste.

Pratik said:   10 years ago
Hello to all.

I respect all the person who have spoken their mind here.

Some say opting for MBA after BE/B-Tech is waste while some say it fruitful.

My point is it worthy enough to go for MBA after BE/B-Tech.

Let me prove my point with an example.

Suppose there are two factories which produce an automobile engine. The manager of one factory is a BE/B-Tech + MBA while that of other is any graduate+mba. Now manager of 1st factory, being BE/B-Tech, can understand the problems of technical department they face while manufacturing the goods. Moreover he can also be cost efficient as he knows what all materials can be used alternative to costly materials which will provide same quality to engine produced. And being a MBA he can decide the marketing strategy, pay scale of workers and profitable deals.

On the other hand manager who has done MBA only cannot understand the technical section of production. He can only understand marketing, sales and profits.

Conclusion of my example us that for handling the technical companies BE/B-Tech + MBA professional are preferably more suitable because only MBA professional cannot understand the whole working. Therefore opting for MBA after BE/B-Tech is not at all a waste.

Amit Bhat said:   10 years ago
I strongly feel that doing MBA after Engineering is a good choice, provided we get admission to one of the top MBA schools else we should consider some other professional courses that add skills and value to our engineering degree. I came across one such course in field of Patent Law.

This is what I read on the website.

"Patent Law is a fascinating, profitable career field for many engineers and scientists looking for something other than the traditional career pathway. Being a part of this field will secure you a front row position on the cutting edge of science and technology.

From genetic engineering to computer software to light bulbs and even new engine components, people will always invent new things. Even more so, these inventions will always be labelled and traded as Intellectual Property (IP).

The field of patent law is wide open to biologists, chemists, engineers, computer scientists and many other science and technology professionals. You don't need a law degree to be successful in this legal area".

In India, I think if we wish to put our technical skills to good use, patents can be a good field for us.

Thank you.

Abhi said:   1 decade ago
Good evening friends most of my friends here think that pursuing MBA after B-Tech is good, some corporate CEO's have also done the same thing, but the question should we follow others or should we set a new trend, why do we opt for MBA, cause it will give us a job, good salary anything else? but again the question arises is that why we did B.Tech then? Why waste 4 years of our life? we need to graduate then we could have done that simply by pursuing B.Com/B.A. /BBA etc.

If we would have pursued any of this subject except B. Tech then it would have costed us 1 year less of our life or in other words we would have saved 1 year of our life, but this is not what we wanted, what we wanted was that to be a successful engineer, working in some good reputed company, with high salary, but now a days our if we go searching for an engineer we don't have to go very far, we may find him sitting beside us, I mean today the number of engineer s are increasing but the job remains constant, but this does not mean that we should change our line.

We should keep on trying harder and harder and I am sure it will bear sweet fruits.

Sravya said:   1 decade ago
Good Evening All. I was in vague mind before I visited to this site and read all your opinions. It feels very happy that all you people gathered such a valuable opinions which really helps many students specifically grads who are in confusion what should be the continuity if there is no job in hand. If we opt higher studies what could be the choice MBA which fascinates for jobs or M.Tech /M.S.

I was thinking to take up MBA am a B-Tech graduate (aeronautical) and couldn't get job over a year. But changing the stream or deviating from it completely without prior experience really lands many students in trouble. As the work atmosphere and the learned concepts really differ in practicality. Now I changed my opinion for pursuing MBA straight away without any prior experience every graduate should go for job and gain experience and should know the company atmosphere and standards depending on the requirement taking the decision for doing MBA or M.Tech really helps him/her to mold their path. I feel that before taking up higher studies student (graduate) should have experience of practicality it really helps.

Anonymous said:   4 years ago
Engineering students can do MBA but then what will commerce stream students do. They will remain jobless or doing penny jobs. Because unless and until you do MBA from good b school like IIM you will not get good job. And then comes in picture the useless cat exam that focuses on maths instead of business knowledge and ethics so here the engineering students score high because they have spent more then 5 years in calculations and cracking such exams is easy for them. So actually the problem is with the exam pattern of CAT which does not allowed the commerce students to enter their college. They must think that it will be really a lively and interactive study section if done with commerce students, they can built good entrepreneurs for the nation but they are just in the race of building servants serving abroad. Engineers must from the start itself take other stream instead of engineering if they are not interested rather then deciding later because of them the person interested in engineering didn't got a seat and after that a commerce student didn't got seat in Best B school.

Sankalp said:   9 years ago
Hello everyone!

I think its a matter of personal opinions and aims in life.

People who just want to involve themselves to the technical part can be satisfied with a bachelors or masters engineering degree. Yes, it is true that the growth will stop after a certain point and so will the salary increment rate but this option is good for the people who really enjoy the work and anything apart from that won't matter to them.

For the people who aim at limitless growth in a company need to accept the fact that they need both the technical as well as management skills. To add, an MBA degree after a bachelors or masters degree in engineering will be a great option. Following this path will actually open variety of fields and widen the scope.

Many don't consider degrees important, but the bitter fact is that it is important to the person hiring or promoting you as it is the only thing that will add value to your experience after your performance. It is just a certificate or a proof to show that you have the required skills and people use this proof to compare one with the other.

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