Daddy compels me to go for B.Ed; many of my friends are advising me to embrace MCA, teachers are of the opinion that Msc.Physics/Mathematics is a good option. Anna (Brother) Shall I become IAS or KAS officer if I really work hard? I am interested in MBA too. Which is the promising institute? What exams should I take? Where should I join?

I became factually speechless for a moment when I had acknowledged a phone call through which all these enquiries were made from Kavya in a single breath. Kavya is an ambitious and happens to be my cousin.

Thus the minds of pushy graduates all balled up.

Students should have unmitigated cognizance about their profession ahead before the completion of their undergraduate courses. Moreover there must be unstinted desire to add more value from them in whatever they choose as their profession.
  • Indubitably Master of Business Administration or So called MBA is a professional track. But the terms ‘How’ and ‘Where’ you complete your MBA program plays a vital role in your professional career. The course can be a catalyst for helping you develop your entrepreneurial spirit and skills. If you want to mount the corporate stepladder and ground a top MBA job, b-school is your unsurpassed option.
  • The MBA degree is premeditated primarily for students who are considering a career change or hoping to advance in their careers, therefore, implying that an MBA is a “terminal degree.” Not only is the MBA degree commonly considered one's “last stop” in education, but also many MBA students actually pursue an MBAs after having completed an advanced degree e.g. master's or doctor's degrees in another discipline.
  • It is an entrenched reality that students select for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree not just to supplement their graduate education but also to get better salary packages. Often you do not mind completely altering streams after getting the degree in order to accomplish that purpose. Thus it is important that you take a balanced and well informed decision while choosing an institution.
  • It is observed that students aspiring to pursue an MBA do not follow the right exploration approach to decide an MBA Institute. They generally inquire their friends, colleagues, guardians, research about the colleges through online forums or talk to the placement officer over phone about the B-School.
  • You have to pay out two fathomless years of your life which you hope will provide a solid start to your career path. Therefore, you ought to visit the B-School campus to take a detail gaze of the college library, classrooms, the auditorium, ampitheater etc. and make sure that it meets the standards and your expectations.
  • Converse to the present students of the MBA Institute unceremoniously. Having a discussion with the current batch students will give you an insight of how the institute is doing at present and discussing with the passed -out students will help you to know the college endeavor in placing the students to their desired sector and profile.
  • Placement is perchance the most important aspect for students while deciding on a college. Often this becomes their only decision making measure. Confirm the placement data provided by colleges on their websites. It might be festooned up for publicity purposes. Besides audited placement reports provided online, students should investigate to the recently graduated batch to get an idea about the placement scenario. It is quite common with all most all Institutes that that most B-Schools do not furnish the latest batch placement records. Moderately they pool together the highest packages there students have ever received since the inception of the institute. Or at least in last in last 2-3 batches.
  • ROI (Return on Investment) is the payback period of your investment for pursuing MBA.On an average the period of ROI of a B-School is 3 years or less from the completion of MBA program, but it should not be stressed so much before you join a B-School. It depends upon the attitude, condition and preference of an MBA aspiring student.
  • During placement, if a student is more bending towards the brand value of a company then it is possible that he may get low package which may push the ROI period beyond 3 years.
  • Faculty members of the Institute are the core strength and the moral fiber of any institution. Students must ensure that how many faculty members have got Industrial Experience and how many of them are pursuing research.
  • Aspirants must verify that whether the library of the institute has a good number of books and management related magazines. It must also be ensured that if the institute has the practice of subscribing the news papers to each student like The Economic Times, Business Line and Business Standard.
  • For Successful MBA, proficiency and fluency in English is quintessential. One has to make sure that there must be a Language Lab with a language trainer amenity in the institute.
  • A Well Equipped Computer Laboratory with internet service is required for accessing immediate information.
  • There must be a separate incubation center to nurture and develop Communication Skills, Interpersonal Skills, and Negotiation Skills which are of paramount importance in one’s before and after MBA Life.
  • There should be an audio –visual facility for management students to watch channels like NDTV Profit, CNBC etc.These business news channels are of immense help for the management students to updating the information of the status of the market.
  • It must be carefully verified by the aspirants that the institute which is offering MBA course should be approved by THE All India Council for Technical Institute (AICTE). There are also some institutions which are running the programme equivalent courses under autonomous status which are not approved by AICTE.

    • The institute should also take care of Yoga Classes and a series of lectures on Right Mental Health as a part of Stress Management Programme.
      (Author is Assistant Professor and Mentor, Career Counsler for MBA students(Management Post Graduates) at Post Graduation Department of Management Studies and Research Center,Siddaganga Institute of Technology Tumakuru,Karnataka,India- 572103 )

      Note: It was published on The Deccan Herald newspaper
      Gireesh Yaralakattimath
      Assistant Professor, Department of MBA,
      Siddaganga Institute of Technology, and Tumakuru,
      Karnataka, India.)
      Mobile: 9663081501