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Career counselling: MBA in power management

Doing MBA in specialised courses gives you a distinct advantage for working in the field of your choice.

education Updated: Apr 20, 2016 16:46 IST
Usha Albuquerque
Get some work experience in the field of power management before pursuing an MBA in the field.
Get some work experience in the field of power management before pursuing an MBA in the field.(istock)

I have completed BTech in electrical and electronics engineering from Indraprastha University, New Delhi. Is doing an MBA after BTech a good idea? Which one is a better choice - general MBA or a specialised MBA in power management from National Power Training Institute, Faridabad?

- Rahul Singh

Your question is two-fold – whether you should go for MBA after BTech, and secondly, whether it should be a general MBA or a specialised one. The answer to both questions depends on what your interests are, your capabilities and career goals.

If you enjoy handling the technical and scientific aspects of your job, MTech may be a better option, and you could always consider an executive MBA after some years of ­experience.

However, if you wish to combine your technical knowledge with managerial skills, then an MBA is a better option. You can also consider working for a couple of years in an engineering firm which will not only give you work experience but may also help you decide on better career options. Today, most B-schools in India prefer candidates with work experience, compared to fresh graduates.

As regards the second part of your question, while a general MBA from a top B-school gives you several work options, it may not always be feasible. You need to evaluate your own ability to make it to a top level institute. Specialised MBA courses give you a distinct advantage for working in the field of your choice. An MBA in power management is a good choice if you are planning to pursue a career in that field. You could also get quality professional experience in the sector of your choice before deciding to pursue an MBA.

I am a student of Class 12 and not too good with mathematics. Do suggest some career options. I am open to pursuing foreign courses too.

- Sarthak Udaiwal

To pursue a career of your choice, you need to know what you like to do, what you are good at and what you want to achieve. Once you know your interests, abilities and goals you can match them with career possibilities.

You must choose a career you will enjoy and excel in. You, therefore, need to explore a number of career options that interest you and try to understand the work you will be doing in each field of activity and assess your suitability for such work. You also need to consider the kind of person you are and the work that will interest you. Are you creative, good with communications, get on well with other people? You can consider careers like hotel management, advertising, corporate communications, marketing and human resource management? Are you a problem solver, and a good organiser? What about banking or event management? If you are creative, there are many fields in design and mass communication that you may want to consider. If you are not good at math, you may not want to work as a chartered accountant, in banking or actuarial science in which you have to deal with numbers. Economics also requires a fair amount of math. There are hundreds of different careers suitable for people of varied abilities, interests and personalities and you need to start thinking about yourself and what you can do well.

Send your queries at ­hteducation@­ or to Career Counselling, HT Education, 1st floor, HT House, 18-20, KG Marg, New Delhi-110001. The columnist is director of Careers Smart, and author of the Penguin India Career Guides Vol 1 and 2