SIIB Chatter: Why MBA?

An MBA student seldom knows at the beginning of his illustrious MBA career about the reason he’s there. If you pick a student randomly from the hordes

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MBA__An MBA student seldom knows at the beginning of his illustrious MBA career about the reason he’s there. If you pick a student randomly from the hordes that apply for competitive exams, only a fraction of them would have a clear idea of the edge that an MBA degree would provide them in life. For some it’s the money, for some it’s the independence, for others it could be the glamour, while for a select few it’s the thirst for practical knowledge.

An MBA degree is often equated to securing a job, but what most students fail to observe is that an MBA college is not a placement agency. It exists merely to provide the students with the tools of the trade; how successful they become in life after that, is directly dependent on how much of their college life was spent in honing skill sets and how much of it was spent in the canteen.

The eagerness to taste the succulent winds of freedom and independence often drives many youngsters towards MBA. But nothing comes without a price and reality sets in after just a week of performing ‘mundane’ tasks like washing clothes or changing bed sheets. It is only after one loses the warmth of homemade food that one realizes how delicious those chapattis were.

The glitz and the glamour of an MBA college outshines most other educational formats. Walking around whilst clenching a laptop make students feel important, almost CEO-like. The fascination of being seen dressed in a blazer and adjusting the tie while walking purposefully to class, gratifies our urge to ape the west.

Very few students join an MBA program to gain practical insights into the finer nuances of the corporate world. These students usually have a very good idea of how they intend to use the knowledge so gained and where it would take them in life. These students accept the money, glamour and independence as a part of the knowledge-gaining package.

So finally, ‘Why MBA?’ These are the 2 most dreaded words for every MBA aspirant and yes, neither coaching classes nor Google can help you when it comes to answering those two words. You may find some standard answers but whether you’re in it for the money, the independence, the glamour or just plain knowledge, is something that you’ll have to figure out for yourself. You can either wait for self-actualization to dawn on you or take the plunge and figure it out on-the-job.

Article contributed by Ankit Gupta. The writer is a member of the Alumni Team and can be reached on ankit.gupta@siib.ac.in

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