There are many engineering students and professionals who choose management fields as their professional career line. For many engineers, it’s a matter of luck while for a few others it’s a field of choice. I am also an advocate of doing MBA after engineering and for that purpose I’ll share some thoughts and opinions which will explain you the myth behind this.
Luck brings many Engineers here: This is a fact! When graduating engineers start applying for jobs, many of them will be placed in companies which will require them to work in departments like Supply Chain, Marketing, Sales, Finance and Operations/Project management.
These fields have nothing to do with their educational background. They are trained to do all these tasks under one year training program called “Graduate Management Trainees” in most cases.
This is the time when they start losing interest in their engineering education and they feel more comfortable in less technical tasks. Besides this luck factor, there are many other reasons why engineers choose to be managers and study MBA after engineering degrees:
- Higher Salaries: First reason which attracts many engineers towards management fields is that it’s highly paid field in a less technical work environment. In most of the cases, jobs for fresh graduates are highly paid in management field as compared to technical engineering jobs. Engineers working on technical projects will earn less than those who are working on managerial positions. Although work schedule on technical jobs is very tough as compared to managerial jobs.
- Combined Functional and Technical Perspective: Because engineers who do MBA after engineering, prove to be a better asset for companies. Engineers and MBA both look at things in a different perspective. Engineers will always think in a technical approach and MBA will always think in a functional approach. Both approaches are important for business development. Now if an engineer is capable of thinking in both these approaches in a broader perspective, he can definitely play an important role in growth of an organization. This ability to utilize both technical and business skills to provide solutions is a valuable asset for any company.
- Better job opportunities: Finding a job after a degree in engineering is very hard in this era of Globalization and Competition. You need to have something more. You need to stand out from the crowd. Now how you do it, it’s all dependent on you. Some graduates chose to get some professional certifications.
- Interest: Of course this is another factor which drives us to do MBA after BE. As I said earlier, there are a few engineering graduates who do it by choice. Interest is their gravity which pulls them towards MBA.
I hope so far you have known some reasons behind doing MBA after engineering. Now that if you are interested in MBA after BE, there are some more tips for you:
MBA is not always a non Technical job. There are many students who choose fields like Quality Control, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management, Sales engineering, Auditing, Health and Safety as their major courses in MBA. This opens a complete new door of opportunities for them where they can enjoy working in both technical and managerial environments at the same time.
Looking forward to reading your comments and input about this article. Don’t forget to tell us what you think about studying MBA after Engineering degree. Your comments are a great source of encouragement for me to write more.