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Re: Free Career Counselling Online | Indian candidates

Posted: May 12th, 2015, 6:44 am
by dougshaffer619
I am currently 19 and will be starting my MBA in the fall. My undergraduate is in Supply Chain and Operations which I have found unbearable. I have always struggled with finding a career path for myself that I think will be enjoyable. Unfortunately, each road I have traveled down has been unenjoyable and caused me to leave them. These avenues consist of accounting, sales, and human resource. I know none of you can really tell me what to do with my career, but I was hoping someone could just provide me with some advice on where to go from here or some options to think about.

Let me explain myself a little better so that everyone understands how I am a 19 year old MBA student. I started college early and ended up going during my final two years of high school. This allowed me to accumulate 84 credit hours when I graduated high school. From there I was able to develop a plan that allowed me to finish my bachelor's in one year which will conclude this summer.

Re: Free Career Counselling Online | Indian candidates

Posted: May 13th, 2015, 6:08 am
by mbadropout
Dougshaffer619,

Bachelors in 1 year and MBA at 19 is great - well done!

If you have gone down all these different paths - accounting, sales, etc. - and found all of them unenjoyable, it’s time to spend some time thinking. What’s worked for many others in the past is to think long(er) term. The questions you need to ask yourself are:

What are my long term goals? Where would I like to see myself 5 and 10 years from today?

What do I really like doing?

Talk to to friends, acquaintances, professors, seniors, etc. Ask them what took them down the career paths they’ve chosen for themselves and what makes them successful.

Spend some time finding answers to these questions. That should give you a sense of what you might like doing, where you want to be, which will in turn determine what path you should take to get there.

-Amit.

Re: Free Career Counselling Online | Indian candidates

Posted: May 13th, 2015, 6:16 am
by mbadropout
Sri8707,

If I were you, I wouldn’t think too much about VISA issues at the moment. ROI is certainly an important factor to consider, but then most top schools would yield a good ROIs. Finally, don’t let the destination determine your choice of schools. Here is how I would do it-

Browse through some of the top ranking sites such as US News, Businessweek, etc., and look up bschools within the areas you are interested in. Look up their profiles, stats of entering students, etc., and determine fit. Considering all of these factors, create your own list of schools that you think would work best for you. Once you have your list ready, we can think about location/destination (and if need be, strike off or add some schools).

All the best.

-Amit.

Re: Free Career Counselling Online | Indian candidates

Posted: May 13th, 2015, 6:28 am
by mbadropout
Shravan2025,

There are different flavors of MBA programs that have been designed to cater to the specific needs of different profiles of applicants. For an applicant with significant work experience such as yourself, it might be worthwhile to consider executive programs. Most/many top schools in India offer them, PGPX (or similar) programs offered by the IIMs being some of them. Age should not be a limiting factor as well.

I would suggest that you start by looking at profiles of entering candidates (to such programs) and then create a list of such schools/programs that are right for you.

-Amit

Re: Free Career Counselling Online | Indian candidates

Posted: May 13th, 2015, 6:31 am
by mbadropout
Somarani,

We’d need to know a little more about you to be able to give you sound and relevant advice. Why market research? What other career options would you be interested in and possibly consider? What interests you the most? Those are the types of questions you will need to ask yourself.

-Amit.

Re: Free Career Counselling Online | Indian candidates

Posted: May 13th, 2015, 6:44 am
by mbadropout
Hrmanager,

After gaining 10 years of HR experience, I am wondering if an MBA in HR is even needed, or if it is worth it. Given that you have substantial relevant work experience, why do you feel you need an HR MBA? No matter what type of program you choose - part or full-time - it’s going to need a substantial investment of time, money and effort. Therefore, it is best to think and rethink, and to pursue it only if there is a real need.

I don’t think there is a standard or definite answer to your equivalency question. The simplest way to look at it is to simply ask yourself the “why” question and build an argument that’s strong enough to support it. Do let us know, so that we can then carry the discussion forward.

-Amit.

Re: Free Career Counselling Online | Indian candidates

Posted: May 13th, 2015, 6:47 am
by mbadropout
Tjsk,

My knowledge of online MBA programs is limited. What I do know though is XLRI has some online courses/options that are worth considering. Sameer and team should be able to provide more advice.

-Amit.

Re: Free Career Counselling Online | Indian candidates

Posted: May 13th, 2015, 7:11 am
by mbadropout
Kritin,

In what you have written, you seem to have all the ingredients to make a nice story - IIT, IT consulting, an NGO, a startup, Google, and a long-term goal of returning to the music domain (in what capacity/role??). You also have a GMAT score ready for submission. If I were you, I’d give it a shot. 6 years of work experience would probably place you a notch above the sweetspot at some schools, but you wouldn’t be off by too much. If you are able to land yourself a couple of admits, lots of potential long-term opportunities/options open up. Also, if you don’t apply now, your current GMAT score becomes invalid, but most importantly you would keep wondering “What if?”

I’d say go for it!

All the best.

-Amit.

Re: Free Career Counselling Online | Indian candidates

Posted: May 13th, 2015, 7:15 am
by mbadropout
Pranavi ranga,

I don’t have enough info on those two programs to be able to comment or offer advice. Assuming other factors (financial aid, etc.) being equal/comparable, if I were you, I’d look at recruitment/employment figures, post-MBA salaries, and things of that sort, and then take a call.

-Amit.

Re: Free Career Counselling Online | Indian candidates

Posted: May 13th, 2015, 7:29 am
by mbadropout
Praveengupta,

Given that you have 14 years of experience, if you need a little push to get to where you want to be in your professional life, PGPMAX-type programs are the right ones to consider. If you have already considered the usual investments - time, cost and effort - asked yourself the right questions (Why MBA? Why PGPMAX? Why now? How will this particular program help you become a successful entrepreneur?), and thought about other peripheral factors (fitment, etc.), then it might be a worthwhile option. If not, it might be a good idea to invest some time thinking about these points/questions first.

All the best.

-Amit.