CAT GD/PI Preparation | Budding Manager's Bible

By N Shiva Guru|Updated : March 8th, 2017

CAT Students have a lot of unanswered questions in their minds, 'Why MBA after Engineering' not being the least of their inner conflicts. Well, that is what this post tries to resolve. Read on to see what we have to say. 

Disclaimer: The following post contains ridiculous glorification and/or DC references that maybe uncalled for. If you're a Nolan or DC fan, please forgive us.

Imagine yourself as Batman. We know, it is ridiculously hard. And the Engineering degree is Gotham. You've been fighting crime. Crane was your EEE professor, Ra's Al Ghul was your DSP (Digital Signal Processing) paper and Bane was EDC (Electronic Devices and Circuits). You've managed to scrape through and obtain a degree: be it DU, IIT, NIT, Anna University, PTU or UPTU wherever you did your B.E. from. Yes you have been saving Gotham for a while now. Well, then crime rates escalate. So does the number of Engineers. So does the price of vegetables. Even the best of Engineers are looking for a way out: you don't believe me check this out:

1) Satya Nadella (CEO of Microsoft) - BE, MS, MBA
2) Sundar Pichai (defacto CEO of Google) - B.Tech, MS, MBA
3) Shantanu Narayan (CEO of Adobe) - BS, MS, MBA
4) Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) - BS, MBA
5) Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) - BA, MBA

The bottom line stares at you: You need an MBA degree! Now you're wondering if MBA is your Batmobile. Well, sorry to break it to you but No!MBA is the Joker! You can try and avoid him but he will keep coming back:in a way your MBA completes your Engineering degree. 


Now, let's look at some of the most sought after careers: (some methods of dealing with the Joker)

Investment Banking: The requirement here is strong analytical skills and Excel skills you can use to help your company buy assets of other companies. It is a tough job but the pay check surely makes up for that. It is the dream of anyone graduating in the Finance vertical in MBA. 

Product Management: This does not even require a hard sell. You have written enough exams (fought enough battles) to understand that B.E. qualifies you to understand Tech better which is why Engineers are the first preference to be Product Managers. These people usually take up the Operations/Marketing Vertical.

Management Consulting: You help your company improve their profit margins. It involves a lot of number crunching, which at the end of the day is analytical work. 

Territory Sales Manager: This is what you start off as a fresher after an MBA. It will involve a lot of number crunching and pushing sales both from the dealers' end as well as from the company's end

Branding Consultant: This will initially involve presentations and learning to tell a story but finally this comes down to valuation of brands which involves a lot of Math and Analytics. 

As you can understand the commonthread for the most sought after careers in MBA require an analytical brain (ahem, in other words engineering). So, now we get what the Joker (MBA) was trying to tell the Batman (B.E.)


We rest our case. 



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