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what new career options will I get if I do part time mba after 6 years experience in IT industry

 
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I have 6 years experience in IT industry. I am thinking of doing part time mba from any reputed industry from India. IGNOU and Symbosis are reputed industries in part time mba/distance learning in India. I am thinking of choosing one of these. Once along with my job, I complte part time/distance learning MBA, what kind of career options will I get? Some people say that part time mba does not have value. Will I be able to apply for some companies after doing part time mba? I understand that it would depend upon specialization too. I am thinking of "Internation Business" branch.

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Getting an MBA might provide you more flexibility in your career, but it won't give you good return on investment. If you are an average to good programmer, you will have enough growth in your career naturally that the money you spend getting the MBA will be a waste. However, MBA will give you 2 things that a programming career will not: a) Knowledge and b) Contacts. You might be able to leverage the knowledge and contacts to change your career.

Mu suggestion is if you get an MBA, do it to improve your own self. Don't do it for the money. You will be dissapointed.
 
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Jayesh A Lalwani wrote:However, MBA will give you 2 things that a programming career will not: a) Knowledge and b) Contacts. You might be able to leverage the knowledge and contacts to change your career.



To further elaborate, if the main goal is contacts, then part-time may not be that useful, as you won't be going at the speed of the regular graduating class. In other words, it is very hard to network, when you don't hang out with the same group throughout your education.

Also, this is why people of wealth are willing to pay for higher end universities. They get to make contacts with other people of wealth (and power).

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Jayesh A Lalwani wrote

Getting an MBA might provide you more flexibility in your career, but it won't give you good return on investment. If you are an average to good programmer, you will have enough growth in your career naturally that the money you spend getting the MBA will be a waste.However, MBA will give you 2 things that a programming career will not: a) Knowledge and b) Contacts. You might be able to leverage the knowledge and contacts to change your career.



Thats totally fine with me.Money is not the priority. My priority is some interesting work which can give more satisfaction.


Mu suggestion is if you get an MBA, do it to improve your own self.



How exactly will it improve me?


I want to know that once I finish part time MBA along with my job after that what kind career options can I get. Currently if I apply in job portals I would be applying for jobs with java,software developer.So once I finish my part time MBA what all can I apply for in job portals?

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Satyaprakash Joshii wrote:

Mu suggestion is if you get an MBA, do it to improve your own self.



How exactly will it improve me?

I want to know that once I finish part time MBA along with my job after that what kind career options can I get. Currently if I apply in job portals I would be applying for jobs with java,software developer.So once I finish my part time MBA what all can I apply for in job portals?




The basic skills of an MBA is, of course, about business administration -- which includes some study of economics, marketing, law, and of course, management. It should make you a more well-rounded person. Someone who can see the overall picture better, instead of being focused on technology only.

In terms of jobs, depending on how good you are, it can lead you to roles that require interrelationships with the business side; in marketing or sales; with roles that require lots of communications with other parts of the business, or with customers; and of course, lead to a role as a manager. etc.

Henry
 
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Henry Wong wrote

The basic skills of an MBA is, of course, about business administration -- which includes some study of economics, marketing, law, and of course, management. It should make you a more well-rounded person. Someone who can see the overall picture better, instead of being focused on technology only.

In terms of jobs, depending on how good you are, it can lead you to roles that require interrelationships with the business side; in marketing or sales; with roles that require lots of communications with other parts of the business, or with customers; and of course, lead to a role as a manager. etc.



Thats good that it would make me a more well rounded person. If I complete part time MBA/distance learning and search and apply on job portals, what all can I apply for. For example currently I search for java developer in job portal search and apply. After part time MBA what can I search and apply?

To further elaborate, if the main goal is contacts, then part-time may not be that useful, as you won't be going at the speed of the regular graduating class. In other words, it is very hard to network, when you don't hang out with the same group throughout your education.



I know that full time mba would definately be better than part time one.Actually I am married and full time MBA would be difficult for me. I am thinking of part time MBA\distance learning from some reputed college in India. Also while applying they mention as "only full time mba can apply" or "any kind of mba can apply for this job"?


In terms of jobs, depending on how good you are, it can lead you to roles that require interrelationships with the business side; in marketing or sales; with roles that require lots of communications with other parts of the business, or with customers; and of course, lead to a role as a manager. etc.



Does it apply for Distance learning\part time MBA too? Also by the time I complete it my IT experience would be more than 8 years. Will career transition be possible?

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Satyaprakash Joshii wrote:Henry Wong wrote

The basic skills of an MBA is, of course, about business administration -- which includes some study of economics, marketing, law, and of course, management. It should make you a more well-rounded person. Someone who can see the overall picture better, instead of being focused on technology only.

In terms of jobs, depending on how good you are, it can lead you to roles that require interrelationships with the business side; in marketing or sales; with roles that require lots of communications with other parts of the business, or with customers; and of course, lead to a role as a manager. etc.



Thats good that it would make me a more well rounded person. If I complete part time MBA/distance learning and search and apply on job portals, what all can I apply for. For example currently I search for java developer in job portal search and apply. After part time MBA what can I search and apply?



I highly agree with Jayesh here. Get the MBA for yourself, or get the MBA because you want to, but don't expect a return on investment. If the main reason to get an MBA is to be able to apply for more job openings, then you will likely be disappointed. And if you can't see how being a more rounded person can help your career, better communication skills, better management skills, then you probably don't value those skills enough yet. Just my 2 cents.

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Henry Wong wrote

Get the MBA for yourself, or get the MBA because you want to, but don't expect a return on investment. If the main reason to get an MBA is to be able to apply for more job openings, then you will likely be disappointed. And if you can't see how being a more rounded person can help your career, better communication skills, better management skills, then you probably don't value those skills enough yet. Just my 2 cents.

Henry



No. I do not want return of investment.My motive is not to earn more money but my aim is to be able to change job for more interesting options even if that means earning same amount of money in some more interesting job. Can a part time MBA/distance learning give me that?
 
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Maybe not right away, but yes in the long run. Presuming you find management more interesting of course .

It helps in that you'll have more skills than you do now. Which will help you transition jobs at some point. Or do more management work as a piece of your current job.
 
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Satyaprakash Joshii wrote:
No. I do not want return of investment.My motive is not to earn more money but my aim is to be able to change job for more interesting options even if that means earning same amount of money in some more interesting job. Can a part time MBA/distance learning give me that?



Maybe it is a language thing. Or a cultural thing. Or maybe I am just different.... but ... when I say "return on investment", I mean any return, monetary or otherwise, directly or indirectly.


But to try to answer your question... I think that there is a chance that the education would give you the skills that would make you better at tackling projects that require more communications, that requires larger teams of many different types of stakeholders, and some leadership skills. Also, the communications would make you network better, and perhaps, give you more opportunities in the future -- especially, if you develop a reputation of taking a leadership role in tough projects.

Now, can this happen? Sure. Can this happen without going for the MBA? Sure. Can I say that it will definitely happen? No.

Sorry,
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote

Presuming you find management more interesting of course



Yes thats a very important question which I can ask myself.

Henry Wong wrote

Also, this is why people of wealth are willing to pay for higher end universities. They get to make contacts with other people of wealth (and power).



Yes my initial plan was to give GMAT and join some full time MBA one year program in India(as foreign colleges would be very expensive). But soon I discovered that even for indian colleges one needs to be very wealthy to gain from GMAT. Even for indian colleges they required around 15 Lakh INR. Thats out of reach from middle class person. The question which comes to my mind is "Is GMAT only for rich?".

Thus I dropped this idea(also I am a married person), and than am thinking of doing part time MBA\distance learning.
 
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If you need a top MBA, you need to convince someone to invest 15Lakh INR in you. It could be your parents, your boss, or some other investor. Either way, the MBA colleges know that someone who has 15 Lakhs lying around to give to you is going to be influential enough to help you in your career after you finish the MBA. So, by setting the bar high, they are already gaming the odds in their favor. The people who are going to be entering their class will tend to be children of people who already have a succesful business, or are in a professional field that gets them in contact with influential people (like a lawyer or a doctor). These children will most certainly have an executive job waiting for them once they finish the MBA. So, yes, the high price point is really the school trying to game the system in their own favor. It has nothing to do with the price of the education.
 
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Jayesh A Lalwani wrote

So, yes, the high price point is really the school trying to game the system in their own favor. It has nothing to do with the price of the education.



Earlier I had started preparation of GMAT and thought that I will try to get a good score and if it comes will try for some cheaper indian college for 1 year MBA. Now dropped the idea. I am married person so even leaving the job for 1 yr was difficult for me apart from above reason. Do you think giving GMAT is complete waste for me considering these things?
 
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Satyaprakash Joshii wrote:Jeanne Boyarsky wrote

Presuming you find management more interesting of course



Yes thats a very important question which I can ask myself.



Hmmm.... since it is helping you when you ask yourself the important questions, perhaps you can ask some more...

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I am married person so even leaving the job for 1 yr was difficult for me apart from above reason. Do you think giving GMAT is complete waste for me considering these things?



Do you value communication skills? Leadership skills? Finance skills? Do you want to improve these skills?

Do you like working in teams? with other departments? non-technical departments? customers? Do you envision taking a leadership role of the teams one day?


And finally, do you value these things, when compared to the costs, time, and effort needed to achieve it?

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Henry Wong wrote

To further elaborate, if the main goal is contacts, then part-time may not be that useful, as you won't be going at the speed of the regular graduating class. In other words, it is very hard to network, when you don't hang out with the same group throughout your education.




Will I get such benfits in a distance learning/part time MBA? (Full time MBA is not feasible for me (because of high cost and no possibility of leaving family for a year)).
 
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