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.




This would be a very wide question. I will answer it in two parts

  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. You want to do PhD in future then yes you should go for PG
  2. You have done UG from not so known college and don’t have any job in hand, you can go for PG
  3. You have done UG from not so known college and have a job offer in hand and also a PG seat in a college
    1. If job is not so good ( in terms of company, salary, profile) and you have seat in a good college, go for PG
    2. 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
    3. If job is good ( in terms of company, salary, profile) and college is not good, take job.
    4. 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. 

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Comment by Student, Foodpathshala on February 20, 2016 at 11:18pm

Hi Divya, 
you need to write exams like CFTRI, GATE, ICAR PG exam for getting admission in different colleges 

Comment by Student, Foodpathshala on February 20, 2016 at 11:15pm

Hi PVN, 
As i have mentioned in my blog, decision will depend on the institute from where you are doing MBA. If it is good MBA colleges, you should go for MBA. But if you want to make career in food tech, cftri would be the best option. The return of investment is good there. Course fee is far less than any MBA college, and avrg salary is at par with a second tier MBA college

Comment by prvn on February 20, 2016 at 9:57pm
Sir plz tell me about.,.scope of MSc food technology in Cftri,.,and average salary in campus placement,.,.i m confused between Mba and Msc Ft
Comment by Divya on February 19, 2016 at 11:47am

for post graduation which forms i need to fill related to food tech...

Comment by Student, Foodpathshala on February 13, 2016 at 11:24pm

HI Divya, 
Go for Post Graduation or Job (what ever you get - irrespetive of department). get some experience and then make career move as per your choice

Comment by Divya on February 13, 2016 at 3:59pm
m not sure about it..industries mostly avoid girls as workers in production unit.. qhat i can pursue then?
Comment by Student, Foodpathshala on February 13, 2016 at 1:51pm

Hi Divya, 
You said, you dont have interest in quality assessment. Could you please tell, what is your interest?

Comment by Divya on February 12, 2016 at 8:41pm
i m in last sem of my bsc food tech..i dont have much interest in quality assessment.. what should i do further? And which forms should i fill up and when?
Comment by Sanjeev Sharma on May 24, 2015 at 9:31pm

Dear Pradnya, 

There is no much added advantage of PG in Industry. It just that who gets opportunity for just after graduation and after PG. 

PG gives you path for PhD. 

Comment by pradnya on May 22, 2015 at 2:17pm
Hello sir, if someone has got job after btech with starting salary of 20000 per month and another person after doing mtech also the person is considered as a fresher and got same scale of pay of 20000, then where's the added advantage of doing mtech lies?will higher education prove to be beneficial for promotion in future?

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