How Your MBA Degree Can Open Doors to New Opportunities & Career Growth

How can your MBA degree push you towards a flawlessly growing career? Read to know more.

It is often said and rightly so that education is an investment that is expected to pay throughout one’s life time. While market uncertainties and changing business landscape may require regular additional investments in retraining, careful thought in choosing a proper course with excellent career prospects is critical.

The internet era and generation-Z which lives in e-space have rendered traditional thinking of choosing those programs of study which have several decades long steady career path, redundant.

For example, once-hot careers such as computer hardware engineering and BPOs are today riddled with lower prospects or benched employees. It is time, therefore, for students (and parents) to rethink career options, keeping present and future realities in mind.

Value of an MBA

The MBA candidate learns high level strategic approach to business decision making, enhanced leadership capabilities and an adaptable approach to changing business environments, besides lending themselves to a variety of careers with increased earning potential. While it comes as a career progression for many it can also be useful for individuals considering self-employment.

Know your management programme

While applying for a management programme, be it at under-graduate or post-graduate level, one should opt for domain specific programs that are strongly linked to industry requirements.

Eligibility criteria

For MBA most universities take admission through entrance exam route. A student’s numerical ability, written communication skills, comprehension and command over English language, reasoning and aptitude is tested.

Demand for BBA and MBA programmes

Application trend for BBA and MBA programs has been positive especially for specialized programs as both students and recruiters see a lot of value in these programs. Overall, these are professional courses and hence are related to the health of the economy and job market. In future, as primary sector gets more organised there will be increased demand for professional management graduates. Job structures and profiles may be changing with automation, better machines etc. but nothing can replace a professionally qualified, well-skilled human resource.

Industry-academia collaboration

With changing industry requirements and dynamic business scenario, the curriculum of business schools needs constant revision. This is achievable only through gathering industry inputs, bridging the industry-academia gap and introducing industry-specific courses.

One aspect could be to invite industry experts to the institute who can address students about current industry scenario and train them in skill sets desired by the corporate world. Besides, universities should initiate programme under which faculty members could be sent for internships in organisations to bridge the academia-industry disconnect. These internships can further help the faculty frame courses and curriculum that is more application-driven and relevant.

Last but not the least, it is extremely significant for any student to pursue his/her management education from a reputed B-school to ensure great learning, future progression and better career prospects. A non-reputed B-school may compromise on all this, causing more harm to a student then doing any good.

 – Authored article by Dr Dayanand Pandey, Professor and Director, School of Business, UPES, Dehradun

(This article first appeared in India Today on October 3, 2017. To read the full version click here)

Meet Alok Pandey, Intel AI Academy Student Ambassador at UPES

Just two years into his graduation program and Alok Pandey’s credentials already look impressive. He is an Intel Student Ambassador and if you notice the swag in this title that’s because it is one of the program benefits by Intel ?. He is the Secretary of UPES Chapter of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)and a Department Editor for ACM XRDS, New York. Alok is a B.Tech CSE student at UPES and is pursuing specialization in Business Analytics and Optimization. His subjects of interest include Data Science, Big Data and Internet of Things.

The Intel® NervanaTM AI Academy Student Ambassador program is a carefully designed initiative by Intel to help drive innovation and evangelism of Deep Learning (DL), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) worldwide. The academy works with universities worldwide to bring education and access to newly optimized frameworks and technologies, hands-on training, and workshops to students, data scientists, and developers.

Alok was appointed an ambassador after clearing a grilling interview focused primarily on testing his knowledge in areas of DL, AI and ML. He also had to submit details of his recent work and publications in this field. He believes that pursuing specialization in Business Analytics and Optimization from UPES provided him an edge. “This specialization does not limit itself only to the general subjects of computer science, it introduces a student to variety of prominent verticals including Data Mining, Warehousing, Statistical Analysis, R Programming, Machine Learning, AI, Python, and much more. UPES has assisted me tremendously to think, plan, and execute beyond the basic boundaries of learning by understanding the practical implementations of the latest technologies via domain specific lab sessions, and interactive lectures.”

As a student ambassador for the Intel AI Academy Alok has many responsibilities including providing training to a minimum of 125 students. He will also get opportunities to be a host speaker of one or more Ambassador Labs.

Alok believes that one can learn a lot beyond classrooms. He has been able to enhance his interpersonal skills by being an active member of multiple student chapters and extra-curricular activities at UPES. For instance, being associated with the ACM Student Chapter of UPES gave him the opportunity to work as a Department Editor at ACM XRDS, New York.

To Mars and back!

Meet N.Adhithiyan and Rohan Chandra, UPES Aerospace Engineering students who recently returned from Poland where they participated in Poland Mars Analogue Mission (PMAS 2017).

Meet N.Adhithiyan and Rohan Chandra, UPES Aerospace Engineering students who recently returned from Poland where they participated in Poland Mars Analogue Mission (PMAS 2017). Adhithiyan is excited he got this opportunity which will motivate him to work towards his career in Aerospace and not limit his talent within India.

Adithiyan was appointed as a Science Data Officer at the mission. His responsibilities were to manage research and experimental data generated during the simulation period. Since he had to coordinate with the Mission Support Team and provide everyone with required data it made his role even more critical. Back from the mission equipped with practical knowledge and first-hand experience he now plans to publish research work basis his learnings.

Rohan, who was appointed as a Records Officer at the mission, is equally thrilled. “Working with inter-disciplinary crew members, being directly in touch with Flight Director and Capsule Communicators was worth an experience”. He was responsible for preparing log-files of the events, analyze workflows and procedures, plan and schedule analogue astronaut activities, and evaluate overall mission efficiency.

Explaining whether analogue simulations like this can really help us get to Mars, Sebastian Hettrich, PMAS 2017 Mission Director said in an article, “Analogue Missions in general are good and low-cost opportunities to test and study certain aspects of a long-term space exploration mission, such as a Mars mission. They help us understand and address potential risks and issues that the future Mars astronauts will have to face, and therefore, can make such missions much safer and scientifically more efficient.”

Adhithiyan and Rohan also got a chance to try their hands on Martian rovers, get inside the cockpit of Boeing 787- Dreamliner and visit tourist attractions of Poland.

Martian rovers
Rohan and Adhithiyan trying their hands on Martian rovers

 

Dreamliner
In the cockpit of Boeing 787- Dreamliner