Are-you-clear-about-the-nature-of-the-job-you-want-to-do-Photo-Thinkstock
Are-you-clear-about-the-nature-of-the-job-you-want-to-do-Photo-Thinkstock

Which is better - A one year or a two year MBA?

To answer this question let us consider the case of an aspiring applicant that I recently met. This young man already has an MBA degree (acquired in 2008) from a leading international management institute.
By Jatin Bhandari | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2015 08:43 PM IST

To answer this question let us consider the case of an aspiring applicant that I recently met. This young man already has an MBA degree (acquired in 2008) from a leading international management institute. However, he feels he still has more to learn. Moreover, his experience of working with one of the Big 4 auditing firms in India had also turned out to be far from satisfactory. Now he is keen to apply to other schools in the US and enhance his qualifications. He had worked for three years before deciding to enroll for this one-year MBA and it had not worked for him at all.

What do you think happened in his case? If your mindset is “I have no idea of the industries or functions and will explore them once the MBA programme gets started,” you should not explore a one-year MBA programme.

One-year MBA programmes are meant for people who have some idea of the nature of jobs that they will be recruited for after the course. They can be confused but the confusion has to be very informed, ie they will have to be aware of the factors to assess before jumping into any of the available alternatives.

Two-year MBA programmes are meant for people who are open to experimenting and are willing to spend another year to understand the alternatives that are available to them in various industries and functions. People with work experience of less than five years should scout for a two-year MBA. The ones with five to seven years of work experience should consider both the alternatives. If one is making a significant switch in career (industry or function), ie, if one is currently working in operations in healthcare, and is keen on moving to investment management, it is like a double switch - both the industry and function are different, and here one definitely needs a two-year MBA and an internship. Entry barriers are the lowest in investment banking only when you go through the internship route. Most of the bulge bracket banks would like to meet you several times before hiring you for full-time positions. The full-time conversions without an internship are tough given the competitive nature of certain industries

If you are working with Infosys or any other IT firm and are keen on moving over to products (working for product management positions with Microsoft), you should take the two-year MBA route. You should look at building concepts in the first year, trying an internship, assessing various alternatives after internships and going in for full time recruitment in the second year along with building your base in product management and marketing related courses.

If you are already working in product development teams and are now keen on making a switch from a development role to a management role, I think you should opt for a one-year MBA programme. The US may not offer many one- year MBA programme options with placement support and you may have to explore Canada, Europe, and other global destinations. For someone willing to make a career in India, there are some good alternatives in private B-schools too. Remember. an MBA is a means to an end and not an end in itself.

(The author is CEO and co-founder of PythaGurus, an MBA admissions consultancy).

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Named 'Abhyudaya', the free coaching facility will start from upcoming Basant Panchmi, the day of worship to the goddess of learning, Saraswati, said UP CM Yogi Adityanath.(File)
Named 'Abhyudaya', the free coaching facility will start from upcoming Basant Panchmi, the day of worship to the goddess of learning, Saraswati, said UP CM Yogi Adityanath.(File)

UP will provide free coaching for many competitive exams from Basant Panchmi: CM

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 08:09 PM IST
UP CM Yogi Adityanath announces launch of an ambitious, state-wide, free coaching facility programme from next month to help students prepare for various competitive examinations.
Close
Representational image. (HT FILE )
Representational image. (HT FILE )

Schools reopening a relief in Maharashtra's rural areas: Teachers

PTI, Latur
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:41 PM IST
The majority of teachers and parents in the Latur district in the Marathwada region of the state have expressed happiness over the government's decision.
Close
DRDO Apprentice Recruitment 2021.(HT File)
DRDO Apprentice Recruitment 2021.(HT File)

DRDO Apprentice Recruitment 2021: 62 vacancies on offer

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Akhilesh Nagari, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 06:01 PM IST
  • Interested and eligible candidates can apply for the positions in the prescribed format on or before February 27, 2021.
Close
CBSE office building(HT FIle)
CBSE office building(HT FIle)

CBSE restructures affiliation system; process to be completely digital

PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 05:44 PM IST
CBSE restructures affiliation system; process to be completely digital with least human intervention
Close
WBHRB Recruitment 2021.(HT file)
WBHRB Recruitment 2021.(HT file)

WBHRB Recruitment 2021: 1647 posts for Medical Technologist Grade III notified

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Akhilesh Nagari, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 03:25 PM IST
  • Once the application process begins, interested and eligible candidates will be able to apply for the positions online at wbhrb.in on or before February 6, 2021, until 8pm.
Close
UPSC Recruitment 2021.(Screengrab)
UPSC Recruitment 2021.(Screengrab)

UPSC Recruitment 2021: Application begins for 249 vacancies for various posts

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Akhilesh Nagari, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 02:40 PM IST
  • Interested and eligible candidates can apply for the positions online at upsc.gov.in on or before February 11, 2021.
Close
Representational image. ( anchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Representational image. ( anchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Govt teacher dies of COVID in Ludhiana; 12 colleagues, 3 students test positive

PTI, Ludhiana
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 02:00 PM IST
Schools in the state reopened for classes 5 to 12 from January 7 after a government order.
Close
BARC Recruitment 2021.(HT File)
BARC Recruitment 2021.(HT File)

BARC Recruitment 2021: 63 vacancies for Nurse, Driver and others on offer

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Akhilesh Nagari, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 01:03 PM IST
  • Interested and eligible candidates can apply for the positions online at barc.gov.in on or before February 15, 2021.
Close
Representational image. (HT file)
Representational image. (HT file)

Schools in Telangana to reopen from Feb 1; SSC exams from May 17

PTI, Hyderabad
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 12:21 PM IST
According to a memo issued by the Telangana School Education Department on Saturday, the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinations in Telangana will be held from May 17 to 26.
Close
JEE Advanced 2021 to be held on July 3(PTI)
JEE Advanced 2021 to be held on July 3(PTI)

JEE Mains 2021 correction window to begin on Jan 27, check details

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Akhilesh Nagari, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 12:01 PM IST
  • Once the correction window opens, candidates who have registered for the examination will be able to make corrections in their online applications online at jeemain.nta.nic.in on or before January 30, 2021.
Close
MBBS and BDS students had asked for postponement of the exams in view of the Covid-19 pandemic(Representative Phot)
MBBS and BDS students had asked for postponement of the exams in view of the Covid-19 pandemic(Representative Phot)

MHT CET cell releases revised schedule for fifth and sixth mop-up round for BDS

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:25 AM IST
  • The schedule covers the fifth and sixth mop-up rounds, which is a rare chance for dental aspirants to opt for seats in the course.
Close
If a teacher believes that some children cannot learn, she is most likely to ignore them and focus on others. If a teacher believes girls cannot learn mathematics, she will communicate it to the students, and girl students may feel afraid to ask questions.(REUTERS)
If a teacher believes that some children cannot learn, she is most likely to ignore them and focus on others. If a teacher believes girls cannot learn mathematics, she will communicate it to the students, and girl students may feel afraid to ask questions.(REUTERS)

Gross enrolment ratio of girls in schools improved from 2014-15 to 2018-19: WCD

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 11:06 AM IST
Gross enrolment ratio of girls in schools improved from 2014-15 to 2018-19: WCD
Close
WB Primary TET admit card 2021.(Screengrab )
WB Primary TET admit card 2021.(Screengrab )

WB Primary TET admit card 2021 released, here's direct link

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Akhilesh Nagari, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 10:53 AM IST
  • Candidates who have registered for the examination will be able to download the admit card online at wbbpe.org or wbbprimaryeducation.org.
Close
Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation (MPIDC) on Friday signed a MoU with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore for developing an ecosystem of businesses in the state.(Arun Mondhe/HT file photo)
Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation (MPIDC) on Friday signed a MoU with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore for developing an ecosystem of businesses in the state.(Arun Mondhe/HT file photo)

IIM Indore, MP govt sign MoU to develop ecosystem of businesses in the state

ANI
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2021 10:14 AM IST
Madhya Pradesh Industrial Development Corporation has signed a MoU with IIM Indore for developing an ecosystem of businesses in the state.
Close
Aligarh Muslim University. (HT file)
Aligarh Muslim University. (HT file)

AMU to bury time capsule containing its history, achievements on Jan 26

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2021 09:23 AM IST
A time capsule containing the history and achievements of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) will be buried on January 26, said Rahat Abrar, AMU Spokesperson.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP