Confused about what you will do after graduation?
Don’t worry, everyone is. Here is an amazing article by Sarthak Dhamija highlighting some issues everyone faces after being a grad in Engineering.
Einstein said, “If your head tells you one thing and your heart tells you another, before you do anything, decide first whether you have a better head or a better heart”
Last week I had a long conversation with my dad regarding my future plans and what post graduate course I would like to pursue after I graduate. I feel most of the engineering students would relate with me and have often given a thought about “aage kya karna hai”!!
With dissertation deadlines looming, coffee becoming friend its dependence reaching critical levels, and the library fast becoming a second home, the undergraduate’s mind turns to even more terrifying issue: What am I going to do when it’s all over?
In the present world, engineering graduates are haunted by a question which is, ‘Whether or not to pursue further education after Engineering?’
And with the billion courses available at the post graduate level, confusion is only natural. A Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Masters of Science (MS) or Masters of Technology (M.Tech) are some of the most commonly chosen courses with benefits relevant to specific careers. So let’s roll up our sleeves and try to figure out the pros and cons of each option.
This is a popular option for many graduates who’ve already started disliking the engineering stream they chose (or were pushed by parents, academic grades and their past-life sins). M.Tech isn’t an option as it’ll just push them deeper into the hole they are trying to get out of. That’s when an MBA seems like a good way to erase the past follies and start off life afresh.
If you are among those who’ve got a clear picture in your mind about what you want from the management degree, then an MBA from India straight after engineering could be a good option specially if you can crack the MBA entrance exam (CAT) and get into the best MBA programs in India (like IIM A/B/C and several others).
Masters (MS) degree is a great way to build up on the last 4 years you’ve invested in an engineering college. This is in contrast to management courses where you are trying to bid adieu to the technical roles in the hope of moving to the next level (i.e. management jobs). With an MS degree abroad, you are renewing your marital vows with the technical discipline that you got hitched to in your impressionable years. For that commitment, you could be compensated handsomely by recruiters in technology friendly economies such as the U.S. Techies with a Masters’ degree from the best universities get hired by the top recruiters. If you can identify, join and stay long enough with growing start-ups, you could make a fortune beyond your wildest dreams.
As always, the higher the rewards, the higher the risks as well. Starting with getting an admission offer from the right MS University, to arranging for funds, convincing a good company to give you a job after MS, and most importantly getting lucky with the H1B visa when you know Donald Trump is the president.
It is a road which is less traveled, even though M.Tech is the most probable option after B.Tech. Still, a larger percentage of engineering students choose MBA. The choice of MBA is generally seen as a herd mentality and many people believe it to be deviation from engineering path. When is M.Tech a better career choice? For an engineering student who excels in the subject and wants to gain more knowledge and understanding of it, this is the right path to follow.
A postgraduate course is not a ticket that will allow you to walk unannounced into any workplace and have people falling over themselves to give you the job of your dreams. Choosing the right course and working hard helps, but you could still end up with nothing more than your mother boasting about it to her neighbors.
So think before you make a decision!
Published with permission from Drishtikon Official