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An answer which can change your life – MBA Karenge?

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“Kya aap MBA karenge?” is increasingly turning into the one crore worth question of Kaun Banega Crore Pati. Three options for this question are ‘yes, yes and yes’, and the fourth one with less than one-percent votes in audience poll rating is ‘no’. Every day thousands of students answer yes to this question, in the hope of being a crorepati but how many of them actually back this “yes”, is, in reality the answer which has the potential to change one’s life.
We are going back to the times where career choices were made based on fear of security and a desire for a stable life instead of the field of interest. Children are pushed into cliche sectors of engineering, medicine or law, where they learn to push themselves into MBA. Masters of Business Administration focuses on imparting knowledge for management of all aspects of business and give rise to an entrepreneurial drive. However, all it manages to give rise to is a herd of mechanical robots working the Finance, HR or Marketing department. This leaves us with an even bigger social menace- ‘educated unemployment’. Which means an individual gives up his interest, liking, dreams to lay hands on that highly-paid mundane job at an MNC but is forced to settle for much less. Is this the way you had hoped answering yes to MBA would have changed your life? (I hope not!)

Most of the times, it is not us posing this question, but others who derive their happiness from meddling into lives of naive students around them.

“Beta what are you planning to do after B.com? – “Uncle, MBA!”
“So you are in final year of engineering, MBA will be your next course of action?” – “Yes uncle, I have started coaching also.”

In India, uncles and aunties like these are rising not by the hour but by the second, along with the infamous ‘Sharma Ji ka Beta’ and his sky rocketing percentile. Graduation in medicine, engineering, B.com, BMS or any other XYZ degree has become immaterial in today’s time. All anyone seems to worry about is how to get admission into a reputed MBA college. From pressure of succumbing to the herd to the aim of gaining a good nine-to-five job in a multinational corporation, the reasons people choose to do MBA vary, but none aspire to acquire the skills that the course actually means to impart. It’s time to diagnose the problem.
Lets dive a little further in the psyche of these aspirants, after all they deliberate for months before deciding to purse MBA (or do they really? Let’s find out!)

Aspirant Type 1: ENGINEERS
We have all heard of the IIT-IIM combination haven’t we? These students are like the rulers of the corporate playground. The supposed ‘geniuses’. They might indeed be, but I beg to differ. I would like to quote here the famous Aamir Khan, “Chaar saal engineering karke, MBA karke phir bank mein naukri karega”. A dialogue couldn’t have been more true.
How many of our engineers today actually go for M.Tech? a minimal percentage because their minds are pre-occupied with the idea of money-minting. Their natural talent for quantitative ability (which too is courtesy their engineering background) remains limited only towards clearing entrance exams. Adding to that, they are the foremost authority on how to go on rambling for pages and pages about ‘Why MBA?’ in their interviews for esteemed colleges. The answer to this question is given according to ‘Standard Operating Guidelines’ issued by MBA coaching institutes and online portals, rendering all answers on the same lines. What adds to the disappointment is that only the one’s following these guidelines to the T, are the ones who convert into the nation’s most top-rated institutions.
In a country which needs innovators, we just manage to create the manpower to work under them!

Aspirant Type 2: COMMERCE GRADUATES

Commerce graduates take pride in claiming that MBA is their natural choice of career, as if the fruit of MBA is their legal inheritance.
Commerce student Checklist
• Don’t want to do M.com and become a lecturer
• Don’t want to do CA (phew it’s too time consuming)
• No valid reason not to an MBA. So MBA it is!
But what about a valid justification behind pursuing MBA : MIND BLANK = HERD MENTALITY
Then there are so-called ‘mini-MBA graduates’. The creed of aspirants holding a posh BMS degree.
Their justification : “We have already studied all the subjects once before, how hard could it be the second time”. Alas, if all decisions could be made like this!

Aspirant Type 3: ARTS GRADUATES
They start with being determined and focused towards the toughest nut to crack- UPSC. Somewhere along the way, with the burden of multiple failed attempts, they get focused again, this time towards MBA. After all, kuch to karna hai na life mein!
• Kudos and a standing ovation to these aspirants. A well deliberated decision indeed.

Aspirant Type 4: PEOPLE WITH WORK-EX
They are every other aspirants NIGHTMARE! After slogging for 2-5-8 years, they fathom that their growth has become stagnant. And then one day, like Einstein, they shout out “EUREKA-EUREKA”. My career will get the needed nudge if I pursue an MBA now.
Conclusion: they join the rat-race towards gaining an even higher pay package.

There can be many such categories of aspirants, but what is common to them all, is that they all aspire to become money-minting presses. MBA is treated as an agency which supplies manpower to MNC’s. Students get trapped in the rat-trap with money hanging as bait. The more esteemed the ‘agency’, the higher the bait.
Now that we fathom the problem, our minds are questioning whom should we blame this irony on? The country’s education system, the institutions or the students?
None of them really. It’s a mindset which has been nurtured over the years, and is now mocking us like a huge tree in our face. Or maybe it would be more appropriate to call it a WEED.
P.S. This article does not aim to dissuade anyone wanting to pursue MBA but to give every student a checklist which can help him/her in choosing the right career path that will change his/her life.
Point 1: Can you justify your choice of career to your own self?
That’s the only point I could think of putting on the checklist. No number of people ratifying your choices would matter if what you do is not where your passion lies. All standard operating guidelines will dissolve, if one can validate what one stands to gain out of one’s career choice.

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Rajeev Khatri

Apr 01, 2017

I guess I should opt out of MBA in health and hospital management. ?? Well written and thought provoking article.

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nepash kacker

Apr 03, 2017

Well said

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Hari Jagwani

Apr 03, 2017

Wonderfully put across the point, Daimee. This rat race must end. It is depriving the youth from pursuing their own dreams,besides loss to the nation.

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Dr Kavita Aneja

Apr 03, 2017

Ur article is so well written and ur views so aptly expressed..I would elaborate MBA as ...." Mein bhi aaya"......Most of d time this choice comes naturally to students who just want to add a postgraduate degree....To wch u have correctly referred as ..Kuch to karna hai..... Students tend to follow d herd or at times it is d peer following....With little thoughtfulness into it... Sometimes they are scared to follow their out of d box dreams for d fear of following unconventional....As also the apprehension that a passion can change with time and maturity and circumstances..... So students tend to follow d well treaded path without realising how many out of d herd are actually successful .... I feel doing unconventional rather pays better cos of less competition.... if u put Ur heart and soul into Ur calling...U cannot fail..... Follow Ur heart not MBA....

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Sahar

Apr 06, 2017

I seriously wish there come s a day when parents really sit down and searxh for the best options in the field their child has chosen. I too had to give up my dream career and I know how it hurts.

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uday

Apr 06, 2017

Man you got some real skills and sense of humor. Keep it coming!

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Shantanu Varun

Apr 06, 2017

every parent should read this post! thank you for this

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Chiimmiii's Happy World

Apr 06, 2017

Wonderful article , i really liked reading this :)

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Jasmine

Apr 06, 2017

Nice article, reflecting all 7 billion Indians career choosing pathway in one article.

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Dipti

Apr 06, 2017

Hahaha..Interesting Post..and quite true..

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Phaytea's Pulse

Apr 06, 2017

Insightful post...very relatable too

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Drumul vietii

Apr 07, 2017

8 years ago I resigned from my very well paid job and I followed my dreams I can say that there are ups and downs....sometimes I ask myself what was I thinking?!? , but sometimes I understand that is better this way..at least I hope so!

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Rita Tandon

Apr 07, 2017

So nicely written .Truth of today . God bless you

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anjukacker

Apr 07, 2017

I agree with this article.It is so well written and covers a vast discussions about the myths and reality.

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Shiv Sharma

Apr 07, 2017

Grt efforts!! Perfect article!! Outstanding..

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Rajan Chawla

Apr 07, 2017

Awesome article and an eye opener for youth running after MBA blindly.

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Ritu Sarda

Apr 07, 2017

Awesome article, so nicely written

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Meenu Vashisht

Apr 07, 2017

Well written,thought provoking for people wanting to decide about their career.

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Ruchika Verma

Apr 08, 2017

Very well written n true too....

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Pankaj Sethi

Apr 08, 2017

A nice thought very well put into words. Kuch to karna hai , main bhi aaya and what not.Most of them follow the herd and the path laid by their parents who in turn feel proud to post their wards as an MBA a money making machine. This might help them fetch a suitable life partner and their life would sail happily.On the other side of the coin are the ones who fail to identify their inner strengths and or r afraid to pursue their dreams.They repent later on. The rat race is on and will cotinue for survival. The article is very well written and needs appreciation. I congratulate Diamee for her sincere effort.

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Ajay kansal

Apr 08, 2017

Very informative and well written The author has portrayed nice sarcasm with a message.

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Victoria Lola

Apr 08, 2017

This is sooooo true. Well-written and worth sharing

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uday

Apr 08, 2017

Intersting brother!

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Davide Mana

Apr 08, 2017

Good pointers, I wish somebody told me all this way back when I was in school. Thanks for sharing.

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Veera Junnila

Apr 08, 2017

Great text!

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Samir Sethi

Apr 08, 2017

Super crisp and clear thoughts scripted very well. Best wishes

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Luis Chong

Apr 08, 2017

Good insights, I would say that sometime job experience could be better than an MBA if you want to stay in that industry, but if you want to switch industry or job title then an MBA may be beneficial.

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paras dhankecha

Apr 09, 2017

Good thought, great post must be share.

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John Morgan

Apr 09, 2017

Great article it is! Well done But I would agree with Luis that job experience is very important too

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Karen Hopkins

Apr 09, 2017

Great article and super informative! Thanks for sharing!

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Sanchit Kukreja

Apr 10, 2017

Great article Most

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Wonderling.co.uk

Apr 10, 2017

Great piece! Children should be encouraged to do anything they are passionate about. Life is for living not just existing!

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Helen

Apr 10, 2017

I have a BA degree but have returned to university to get a Diploma in Complementary Healthcare as I want to be a Holistic Therapist. It's the right choice for me and I'm so happy.

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Animesh

Apr 10, 2017

This is a snapshot of the issue. Nicely written. There are a zillion reasons for the whole Indian system to behave like this.

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Sweety Blossom

Apr 10, 2017

Haha, I can relate, thankfully I followed my passion :)

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Phaytea's Pulse

Apr 10, 2017

Very relatable post. I think students should make decisions based on what's available... you can study n work or study and then work or vice versa...as long as you have a goal and plans to follow.

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Rai Gujar

Apr 10, 2017

A very well thought out write up. This should clear ambiguity from the minds of new MBA aspirants.A useful check list too. Congratulations......

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Sharifah Chikaha

Apr 10, 2017

This is definitely a good article to comeback to once a have a chance to pursue my higher education

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Neeraj Suri

Apr 10, 2017

Very nice article and nicely weitten

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Dr Rajeev Bhatt

Apr 10, 2017

Great article. Nicely written Saimed

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Vijay Kumar Singh

Apr 11, 2017

Very informative article, Congratulations !

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Megan Knox-Davies

Apr 11, 2017

Your post is very relevant to me right now. I have a Masters degree yet I am unemployed, still searching for a job. If I had a kid going to college I think I would encourage them to learn entrepreneurial skills or do a technical degree like an electrician or handyman - these are jobs that are always needed.

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Sze Kim Leong

Apr 11, 2017

I agree with your point of view, experience is much more important. I rather hired someone who can do the job instead of own a MBA paper.

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Rajiv goyal

Apr 11, 2017

If u do anything passionately money is bound to come

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Michelle/cocowouldapprove.com

Apr 11, 2017

Great informative post

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Anmaria Djong

Apr 11, 2017

Its always 2 side of the coins. I had my mba and when my husband want to pursue his..i told him do not expect your job will change so much after that. But I am so glad he did it. He has much better career now that I can quit my job and stay at home for our kids.

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DEEPAK SETHI

Apr 11, 2017

Nice article.

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Nitish Upadhyay

Apr 11, 2017

Amazin writeup... Great points...Clear thinking.....Waiting for more ....

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Meenakshi

Apr 11, 2017

Awesome article, it's remind me 3 idiots...clear thoughts.

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