Higher studies, MS, MBA

If I am not wrong, most of my colleagues and batch-mates are thinking of doing either of these or have probably joined a course in some college. I do not have the statistics though.

But I think that 2 years into corporate world, and most of us are looking for either a change or some add-on to their career. But how do you decide which one to opt for? What is the criteria to chose any of these career paths? Well, I think that there is no (or rather should not be one) set criteria. Its a personal choice. And it depends on lots of factors.

A lot has already been said on this topic (try googling “MBA vs MS”). I am not going to tell you here what you ought to do, nobody can tell you that, but only a couple of questions, that you must ask yourself before going for it. These questions are based on what I experience, so they might not even be valid for some of you. Let’s get straight to the point then.

Q) Am I going for further studies simply because I am frustrated with my job or am desperate?

This would probably be the first question that I would ask before going any further. Think about it, are you trying to go for the degree just because you are fed up of your job and you want a change? Or is it some sort of peer pressure (most of your batch-mates and colleagues have joined good colleges for any program)? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then I would suggest you to re-think and then decide instead of acting on impulse. In the long run, its going to harm you only. Look at it this way: If you change your job and will probably be happy about it, then is it worth spending 2-3 years in college again? You can earn much more work experience (and eventually a decent pay-check) in these years. However, if this is not the case, read on.

Q) Am I simply opting for MBA because it is the “IN” thing? Everybody is doing it, so it must be the right thing to do.

This is a continuation of a point that I mentioned in response to the earlier question, regarding peer pressure. However, this relates to another issue that is seen in our society: Mob Behaviour. Most of us think that if everybody is doing it, it must be OK. This goes for every decision that we take, not only education, but that’s another topic for discussion. What we should realise is that if everybody is doing it, that does not necessarily mean that its going to benefit you as well. One has to act as per his own situation and priorities, and decide accordingly.

I guess there is also a strong money factor involved here. MBA grads from top colleges get decent packages. If your aim is money, then you probably would not bother what kind of job it is. You can choose a course that has more chances of paying you a higher package. Also, do try to find out your tentative packages for both cases: If you do not go to college and go for a regular job, and second, if you go to a college to pursue some degree, and then get a job.

Whichever path you take, the important thing is you must know what you want to do with your life. Easier said than done, but you can always try.

Fix the lifestyle you want. Then work backwards from there. – Cal Newport

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2 Comments

  1. Posted September 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Very Good Information, thanks for sharing.
    Hope we will read many other good things from you in future also.
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    • Posted September 27, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      Thanks.. will try to put in relevant content for sure. 🙂

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