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Mayur Pathak
Mayur Pathak • Nov 1, 2006

Is BE+MBA a better saleable combination today?

Is BE+MBA a better saleable combination today?

This is one of the topics I have been debating around for more than 4 years now. Although if you ask me the current market trend, the combination is a super-hit with all the recruiters. But personally, I never felt that by being an engineer, you inherit some qualities of a succesful manager.

Before we go to that level, lets first talk about why an engineer tends to digress from a technical career to a managent career, although I'm myself an engineer and an MBA. But believe me, I did this simply to follow the trend. I never went into the nitty-gritties of the "BE+MBA advantages" story, and when asked in the interviews, i told them that I wanted to diversify my knowledge repository. Moreover, I audaciously told them that I believe BE+MBA is a better saleable product today. I managed to trick one of the many interviews I gave and finally became "The better saleable product."

I happened to put this question infront of my HR the other day and they gave me a fairly believable answer. They said that engineers have a analytical bend to their thinking. This is because they are taught to be solution oriented and not process oriented. Hence an engineer with good knowledge of management is more productive than a person with entirely management back ground. So this "BE+MBA" which was once touted as a rare species is fast becoming a generic profile.

I have some interesting experiences and answers to share with CEans, but let me have some views from you all before hand so that I can put them on platter.

So shoot back!
Romeos_person
Romeos_person • Nov 1, 2006
In my experience, as you progress through your engineering career you have to choose between management and technical.

To go the technical route a masters degree or additional training can be very useful. Many engineers find this rewarding and the direction that they want to go. Experts are sought after in many arenas. I'd pursue these degrees rather than the MBA if this is the preferred career. Remember though, management is often still a part of even the technical route to some degree and an MBA isn't going to ruin the opportunities. Beware, your company might be the one to push you into the management track if you have an MBA.

I've ended up on the management track myself. And I've toyed with getting an MBA, because there are skills and information that I think I could get that would help me do my job. To some degree I enjoy management, although, I'm not as much a fan of supervising!

I would say that it really depends on the positions whether or not the degree combo is more marketable. It really depends on the type of work that you want to pursue. It probably isn't as marketable for the purely technical jobs as it is for management jobs.
aashima
aashima • Nov 5, 2006
Nice thread Mayur!
Well thats true that MBA+BE do form a superb combination for those seeking employment in an MNC. Thats because MBA gives a finishing to the knowledge acquired in the 4-year degree of BE/B.Tech.. In any company if we contemplate, after continuous promotions and spending quality time working there, an employee rests being a manager or a person whose basic job is left only to manage and supervise. Now when a person already has an MBA degree, interviewer would find him more appealing than the one with BE degree alone.
Though these days MS is comming into play and that I reckon is a more suitable pg for the science students like engineers!
Prasad Ajinkya
Prasad Ajinkya • Nov 8, 2006
Nice thread Mayur!!

I am one such a product myself! And you know what, sometime about 3-3.5 years back, I was convinced that an MBA would give me the Business Perspective of Technology, 😒 ... oh well, I wont say that an MBA didnt do me any good, yes it did. But you know what, surprisingly enough the interviewers bought that ... and as they say, the rest is history.

My point is that yes, BE+MBA is definitely a saleable product/combination but how much of your graduation knowledge are you using in your postgraduation profession? If the answer comes to zilch, then why bother to do a BE for 4 years when its not actually adding any value (except for those two letters on your CV!).

Frankly speaking, working some time before an MBA (especially for an engineer) would be great since you can apply some of your theoretical learnings taken from engineering in real life! Then you can apply your practical learning taken from the job in your MBA theory. It works, because I have seen it happen ... some concepts strike you very fast because ... you have been there done that! Its simpler to relate ... no need to mug things up.. just relate it to your work/life and boom.

If you are just looking at whether the corporate would pick up a BE+MBA, then a simple answer would be yes.

Before I finish up, heres why I said what I said ... I used to be a techie, did my MBA ... eagerly took up presales. Its fun and exciting and all that, but who am I kidding, give me an IDE anytime ... I just resigned from my job and joined a startup with my friends.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Nov 8, 2006
Indeed a nice thread. I don't have a different opinion than this -

If you are just looking at whether the corporate would pick up a BE+MBA, then a simple answer would be yes.
The question one should ask is "How effective is BE+MBA?". There's a simple reason why people want to go for MBA. MBA opens the doors to job market. Tell the recruiters that you are MBA and you'll be offered better salary and a better status. I've seen this happening.

But then, how many of us really learned "marketing" or "selling" by reading Kotler? I know the previous line is a eyebrow raiser. I had been into many debates over the same topic. Once, a friend said "MBA Finance will teach you how to manage money and grow it" to which my reply was "If that is true, every MBA Finance chap would have been a multi- millionaire".

I'm not against MBA education. I just think it has to be more practical in order to make BE+MBA product a 'better & truly working' product.

In short, if the job demands, BE+MBA is always preferred.

-The Big K-
A little late but then it is always better to be late than never!

Well Mayur,considering the current market scenario it is a well accepted fact that a B.E+M.B.A is undoubtedly offered a better pay package and is more preferred over others. But what i think is one should consider one's liking more than anything else. B.E+M.B.A is a Better saleable product but that doesn't mean that a B.E doesn't sell better! 😀 What is important is the cadre and caliber of the individual.And the strong belief in yourself
" just resigned from my job and joined a startup with my friends."
Now thats something kidakaka! great.
desijays
desijays • Nov 28, 2006
If you want to do something and you're pretty damn sure you wont quit then I suppose to such a person.........neither is necessary. ( and pardon, ive heard off, and seen people like that)

But to your question if just 'BE' or 'BE+MBA' is more saleable? ..... i choose the latter... the former, being 3 letters short 😉
freak16
freak16 • Jan 28, 2011
in accordance with me, i think atlast what all talent matters....so better focussing on the saleable product one should work in accordance with his/her own interest..."people rarely succeed until they have fun in what they are doing"....so just focus on the line ceans...a job with less salary but youe interest in which you can do more innovations and explore the things is much better than a job with high salary....so surely i will choose former one...:smile:
Sunil Singh
Sunil Singh • Jan 31, 2014
Following a trend and doing things is not wrong, but blindly following a trend and doing things is wrong. I think a candidate with 'BE+MBA' degree will have a diversified knowledge in both the fields and will be able to comprehend and solve the problems more easily. Versatility is the need of time and a person who has got BE+MBA degree seems more productive and workable option to recruiters. Thus according to me 'BE+MBA' is a better saleable option today, but students should think twice about their interests whether its technical or non technical and then decide wisely.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jan 31, 2014
Tagging @mayurpathak again. I hope he gets back on CE.
Vikram S Bargah
Vikram S Bargah • Feb 1, 2014
Well I think that A degree is fruitful only if it is mixed with some years of hands on experience. A moderate experienced (Say 2-3 yrs) guy can easily handle any problems/situations, He Doesn't need to be a combination of B.E + MBA.
Guneet Khanuja
Guneet Khanuja • Feb 10, 2014
I do not agree that BE+MBA is a better saleable product!

According to me its all about saturation.
To explain this better, let me quote some numbers!

For example, if I earn 3.5LPA right after BE, my salary would be say 5LPA next year and say 6LPA in the 3rd year. This means that on there is appx 50% hike in 1st year and say 20% in the 2nd year. After this my growth in terms os salary becomes stagnant, say 5% every year!
This is the time when an additional degree is required, and that adds up to your pay after 2 years, and so feel BE+MBA it is better saleable.

But the same thing can be achieved after a switch of job as well, without spending 2 years and lakhs of money on MBA!

And for that matter, even after an MS.

So, BE+MBA is not better saleable product.
There are various other options like other degree courses, switch of job, etc.

It is all about the skills of a person, and not just "Degree"!
dec nor
dec nor • Aug 6, 2014
i am a civil engineer by profession and currently I am Employed in the Government of Bhutan and specifically I am working under the municipal (City corporation at Samdrupjongkhar). For working about a year now i feels that for a technical person and specifically for engineers a 'management' skills are must. therefore 'BE+MBA' will colour the profession more beautifully.

these is my perception within limited time period......so that i could proudly wear the shirt and attract more members

thank you
Void Runner
Void Runner • Aug 11, 2014
It depends, to be honest. If you are more of a creative person, someone interested in administration and connected to society and people as a whole, MBA probably is a better option (you'd better be good with numbers too). Generally, industry considers it a great combination because you need a face that understands tech and still manages to talk to the press, and to other people in the company in a manner that everyone can understand. Does that necessarily mean you grab a better job? No. Because, again, like I said, it is dependent on your inclination. It is NOT necessarily true that a BE+MBA has diversified knowledge - most businesses yet run on "common sense mode", unless you talk of big firms which majority are not going to join anyway. MBA is meant to incubate enterpreneurship and not teach you for corporate life. However, MBA syllabi have been modified to account for a change in viewpoint.

I am someone who quit his MBA to do a Master's in Science and Technology and I haven't looked back. I haven't seen a particular disadvantage yet either. But it all boils down to whether you want to be in charge of your own lab/work or you want to handle the business/administration side of things 😀

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