I’m 6th semester student (engineering)and from past few months I’m preparing for MBA.
I’m a teacher as well.I teach for an NGO to the students in the shelter homes and orphanages.They are my real inspiration and hence I have the intense urge to give something better to the society,to the kids like them..I chose MBA because I’m good at communication skills and convincing skills plus I need money for my ” social dream”.At this point of time I can only think that MBA will be able to fetch my dream.Please help me with better options to live my dream..Is MBA gonna help me?
- Neha asked 2 years ago
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Neha, there are always two sides of an argument. So here goes:
Side 1: MBA will not help
Here is an input from someone who saw your query and warns against the de facto choice of doing an MBA:
– MBA will not help her unless it comes fully paid for in scholarship which happens very rarely. If she does some extraordinary work in the social sector before applying to MBA, then she actually may be considered for scholarships in MBA (again MBA scholarships are rare).
– Being a teacher in the classroom is a great experience (but might not be financially sustainable for some people) – however, if she wants to improve education in general, a very good idea would be to apply for Teach for India Fellowship or Gandhi Fellowship or some other similar fellowship experience (India and abroad).
My opinion is that she is having the typical battle of a typical socially inclined 3rd year engineering student – want to do great, but MBA is awesome, and I think I will somehow fit the things together – which is basically a fantasy.
Here is my recipe for her:
– If she is passionate about education, the time to show her chops is now when she has no liability. With an MBA, comes a huge loan if one goes to good institutions. If one doesn’t go to good institution, there is really no point in MBA. MBA is a hiring and network platform –> she should not convince herself that she will gain extraordinary knowledge or skill from there. That comes with practice.
– BUILD CREDIBILITY Start an education initiative right away while in college, or join in one that is well known and aligned with her taste. Take a role that is beyond just being a classroom teacher. Think on the lines of how to enable lakhs of students enjoy the experience as much as she does when she teaches.
– TAKE STOCK If her initiative is good enough by the end of year to raise enough funds to sustain her salary, continue the same. If that doesn’t happen, she should join an organisation that allows her to to work she is passionate about – there are a ton of education initiatives.
– FIRST ONE OR TWO YEARS AFTER COLLEGE Work extremely hard for two years without looking back, and then, take a stock of things. She will be in a much better position to decide if she wants to continue or change tracks (that would be a good time to think about MBA if she decides to change tracks.)
– CREATE A BALANCE (Very important: purchase medical insurance worth a year’s salary at least. Her salary will be less than her peers for sure!)
My recipe might sound a little too brash to be delivered to a 3rd year student with dreamy eyes, but that’s the way I see it.
Side 2: MBA is what you make of it
The person above speaks from experience, and you must take his advice seriously. This is exactly what happens to many MBA grads — they go in with dreams, but then get caught up in the realities (loans, peer pressure, competitive placements etc.). But some people do come out with their dreams intact after the MBA. The question is — will you join the herd, or stand out in your MBA?
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