What after graduation- PG, MBA or Job?
I have been frequently asked this question from students. In fact this is the question in every one’s mind. I also faced the same dilemma during the final year of graduation. I would like to give my view on this (others may be having different view).
Let me begin with what we want. We want a good career and at the beginning placement / job offer and initial salary is biggest criteria to decide on the good career. This is the only thing we look after any formal education. When we don’t get this we look for higher study. Here we should be little bit cautious. All higher education is not job guarantor. It may end up in spending huge money, 2 yrs of time and no outcome.
MBA or PG
This would be a very wide question. I will answer it in two parts
- Area of interest: If you are interested in making career in food tech, then you should go for PG. If you are interested in management role – marketing, finance, supply chain etc. then go for MBA. But, here don’t confuse with good future v/s interest. I am entirely talking on interest.
- Which institute you are going to? Brand of institute matters a lot. It’s not degree, its brand. You might have noticed, I am using word PG not MSc or MTech. Because it doenst matter, what degree you are taking, what matters is from where you are taking degree. Remember IIM doesn’t give masters degree rather gives diploma. If you do either PG or MBA from not so good colleges, this would be of no use. There are dozens of college providing PG in food tech and thousands are for MBA. We cannot compare any MBA with any PG. For e.g., we cannot compare MBA from IIMs, XLIRI or other top 10 colleges with PG of lower end PG colleges. Similarly, you cannot compare career path with PG in CFTRI , UDCT and other top PG colleges with MBA from any low end MBA college. Unfortunately there are no such ratings of Food Tech college as you would get for MBA and engg colleges.
PG or Job
Here the approach would be different and many times very personal also. First thing you should remove from your mind – you are not doing PG to enhance your knowledge (if you are already graduate in food). After PG also you are going to search for job. Now to answer the question – PG or Job, I would like to give following scenario
- You want to do PhD in future then yes you should go for PG
- You have done UG from not so known college and don’t have any job in hand, you can go for PG
- You have done UG from not so known college and have a job offer in hand and also a PG seat in a college
- If job is not so good ( in terms of company, salary, profile) and you have seat in a good college, go for PG
- If job is not so good ( in terms of company, salary, profile) and your family financial condition doesn’t allow for higher study, go for job
- If job is good ( in terms of company, salary, profile) and college is not good, take job.
- If job is good and college is also good, and college is also good then you need to discuss with your seniors and friend and analyze the situation and take decision
Note: If you want to do job, don’t be choosy in you first job. Get whatever you are getting.