Sammohana Malik, 20, a final year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) student, is eagerly awaiting the results of her MBA entrance tests. Malik has a job offer from a bank but she isn’t too keen to start working yet. “I want to get into a good college for my Masters of Business Administration (MBA), because I fear I will lose interest in studies once I take a break,” says Malik.
Many final-year students across the city will soon have to make the difficult decision of whether to study further or take up a job.
Some like Kartik Ramachandran, 21, have already made the decision. “Once I start working I will not be able to get myself to study again,” says the final-year engineering student. Ramachandran wants to pursue a postgraduate degree in computer science and has turned down job offers for the post of assistant engineers at IT firms.
Akshay Kohli, 21, a final year Bachelor of Arts student at St. Xavier’s College, believes that a masters programme needs to be exceptionally good to be given precedence over a job. “Along with having to pay high course fees, we also end up losing out on money that can be earned,” says Kohli, who has acceptance letters from three foreign universities and a job offer from an international bank in his kitty.
Then there are some who wish to gain work experience prior to seeking admission to a post-graduation course. Nihal Atawane, 22, and three of his friends graduated with a BMM degree in advertising in 2010 and decided to pool their skills and seek assignments as a group.
Six months later, each of them signed up for a Masters degree in their respective fields. “The experience helped me realise my capabilities and understand how the advertising industry works,” said Atawane, who did a certificate course in copywriting from the Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad (MICA) and now works as a copywriter.