A dilemma! Would you tread off the beaten track?

Off the beaten track!

This is a most asked for question by students doing a MBA program. Guidance is sought by new MBA entrants as well as others who generally ask their Professors, guest speakers’ senior students and ex-students. Some decide based on advice by parents or have a family background. And some have previous work experience and so have good idea of the various functions in an organization. For this discussion the focus will be on Finance, Marketing and HR and International Business Management.

Finance

For a few the choice is quite well cut out. Finance is without doubt a vital function for any organization. Those who have an interest in finance or have worked in finance or accounts related fields and are good at numbers rarely make a wrong choice. It is no surprise that all do not have aptitude for finance. Therefore some students do find the going tough and are not comfortable and transfer to another discipline. There is nothing wrong in it. The students’ choosing finance may have aspirations in a number of areas for e.g., corporate finance, financial institutions, investments, insurance, personal financial planning and International finance.

Marketing

Then there are the folks wanting to get into Marketing. Marketing is known to be the front-end of a business the one that adds to customer value and top-line growth. Students are a quite certain of wanting to specialize in marketing. It is the most visible of all functions and considered a key function that comprises a wide range of electives to choose from. The extroverts feel this is the area for them as there is kind of dynamism associated in marketing, sales, branding, advertisement and consumer behavior.

HR

What of the HR guys? Why do they select HR as a specialization?  Are they the people who are not interested in the above mentioned electives and come to HR by default? Or are they the aspirants who wish to be part of a larger vision? Are they aware that HR too can provide lucrative career options in the global and knowledge economy? HR function can be divided into two key terms- specialist and generalist.  A HR specialist focuses on both Organization Development and Strategic HR and also Recruiting and Training. Whereas a generalist handles a number of areas and tasks pay roll, grievance, discipline, security.

Yet HR managers are less recognized as important contributors to the overall business success. With some extra knowledge about psychology and sociology, there are innumerable exciting possibilities in training and consultancy. Another question that pops up often is ‘why HR guys do not become CEOs?’

International Business Management

In the era of globalization exciting and lucrative opportunities have opened up the International arena. The course is popular among working professionals for career advancement. Surprising many fresh graduates too opts for this course. Many have an intense desire to become entrepreneurs and some have a business family background and wish to take the global route. Some are motivated by the challenge of working in a multicultural setting and dealing with diversity thus becoming a global citizen.

What are the view of experienced professionals?

The general advice for students at the cross-roads is to scan the different functional areas and get to talk to working professionals face to face. Read articles in journals and get the HR inputs on salaries and perks prevailing in the industry. The main objective is to understand the trends even though the environment is uncertain and dynamic. This home-work is a must.

Despite all the research the real challenge is to listen to your ‘heart’. Try not to follow the herd. “Why not go off the beaten track?” The most successful choice is when you enjoy what you do. Each work day becomes a joy – full of excitement, experiment and innovation. We also need to remember that changing careers mid-stream is no big deal. Now ‘re-invention of career’ is a powerful way to explore one’s hidden talent and blossom forth to one’s real potential. The prerequisite is to shake out of the comfort zone. In fact it develops in you a holistic view and the ability to see the larger picture. This may even give you an edge over the specialist folks when being considered for top positions. And above all in the long run no choice can ever be wrong choice.

Please do share your own experience and views-

(a) how did you choose?

(b) Are you satisfied?

(d) Are you planning to switch? If so why?

(e) What is you advice to the young aspirants?

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

Thank you.


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About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

42 responses »

  1. Rohit Madhav Jagtap says:

    Hello! I’m a MBA-I guy at the university of Pune, I hav completed my Grad in B.Sc. chemistry, which specialization in MBA will prove as a complement for me….?????

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  2. Gayatri says:

    Gayatri limbachiya……….
    gt some idea……..feeling better…………..bt still somewer in mind confusion…….
    earlier thought to take mrkt bt nw i m feelin to go wid finance……….
    reason is gud wid maths n also lyk dat…………
    bt big problem to decide is i m 4m Bsc biotech…so if ll go 4 finance den in future ll der b ny problem in my promotions or ny growth………..

    sir, do reply………..

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  3. ahsan says:

    dear sir
    i am a little bit confuse in choosing specialization between finance and marketing,,in finance i have a little bit touch with accounting and not bad at finance subjects and feel calculations as headache,,but on the other hand i like to go for marketing but when i thought about myself,im not creative mind,difficult to convince someone but think i can,sometimes i can’t explain myself..and the main difference im seeing right now in finance and marketing is that,marketers earn more than finance person and more incentives etc or given to marketer,,,,,,so with the time passing these errors can be removed like of creativity etc and will i be fit-in in the marketing or should i go for finance?????
    thanks!

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    • Dilip says:

      Hello Ahsan,

      A warm welcome to you. Nice to know that you are making a choice between Marketing and Finance. From what you have read I understand you seem to be more inclined on Marketing.

      Some of my ex-students who thought they lacked ‘creative skills’ later-on did very well in Marketing. The best thing that happened to them is that they even discovered their hidden creative talent. This happened when they started enjoying their work assignments by improving continuously.

      So if you love marketing please go ahead and enjoy it with an open mind. If you are good at doing whatever you do (finance, marketing or HR)the money and incentives will always follow.

      Best of luck and come again. Cheers.

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  4. Manjari Agrawal says:

    I think MBA specialization should choose according to individual interest &attitude because it’s a requirement of skillful managers who are capable of working together with other so everyone should equipped with managerial aspect.

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  5. A. Kanyeki says:

    Hi buddies,am delighted as i read through the responses. am a probation officer in kenya currently in my second semester for my MBA. i did sociology for my bachelors degree. now am torn between specializing in strategic management or human resources management.please advice me best.Thanx an regards.

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    • Dilip says:

      Hi Mr. Kanyeki,

      I extend a warm welcome to you our honored guest from Kenya. In most MBA programs here Strategic Management is taught to all students as a common module. In the next semester they choose specialization HR, Marketing, Finance and others. I feel HR should be made the choice only if one has a deep desire to add value to the organization through HR interventions. Your interest in sociology does go well with HR.

      Your interest in strategy can well be met even when you opt for HR as the New Mandate for HR is to play the role of an HR strategist. And so you will need to know strategy concepts too.

      Also transitions in either of the two fields is pretty easy in case you wish to make a change. Wish you best of luck in making your choice.

      Cheers & do visit again.

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  6. anuj says:

    tel me the future with a combination of finance and marketing, i am bit confused what to take as a major in finance i can work hard giv my all hard labour and understand it, in marketing i am quite good in conveincing..
    please help.

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    • Dilip says:

      Anuj it may be a good idea if you discuss this in detail with your Finance professor. He is better placed to give you this important advice.

      Rregards & best of luck.

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  7. anuj says:

    please guide me what to choose i am bit c onfused between marketing and finance, i am not good at calculations but wanting finance as a safe option for carrer and goog in marketing but noy want feild job..

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    • Dilip says:

      Hi Anuj,

      Welcome to my blog. I feel you should go in for marketing as you say that you are not good at numbers (calculations). After some field experience in marketing you can switch to a office assignment. Marketing and HR have great possibilities.

      Regards and come again.

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  8. TSH says:

    Respected Sir,
    I am Public Relation Officer in a city constriction industry and now doing MBA (HR) in India. I have 20 years experience in Public Relations and I did Masters in Journalism & Public Relations in 1995. Would you suggest me the subject for MBA Project work related to ‘ HR & PR’. I will be very thankful for u for your suggestions.

    Thanks & Regards
    TSH,
    Raipur, INDIA
    E-mail : 786tsh@gmail.com

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  9. Meghna says:

    hi
    i am a student and will be starting with an mba course. i am confused about what exactly is an HR job and whether i will be able to do it well. at first i was decided on Hr as my friends introduced it to me as a comfortable office job with decent hours of work and a decent pay scale. also i feel i donot have the potential to compete with the numerous engineers coming into the finance field but my family members feel i should still opt for finance, as it has a greater scope and future. pls help me. i am really confused. As far as my interests are cincerned..m quite confused. im a person who’s been good with numbers and also with theoretical subjects..jack of all trades and master of none!
    pls help me out guys..thanks

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    • Dilip says:

      Hi,

      Wait and explore for the first term. You will become familiar with all the disciplines as you get the basic inputs. This along with the tips above will make you decide better.

      Cheers and all the best.

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  10. Sikander Azam says:

    I am sure many students like me after joining any B – Schools are stuck in this …..from where should I go? Which is the best option for me is it FINANCE? MARKEING? HR? RETAIL?
    Here I am sharing my personal experience when I was about to complete my MBA one student who was junior to me come and asked what stream should he take.I just answer in one word.

    INTEREST!!!!!!!
    Because in my personal view what ever you do…do with all interest be 100% committed!!
    There one saying ” where ever you go…. go with all your hearts!!!!!!

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  11. Raghvendra Singh says:

    Hello Evreyone
    I m Raghvendra Singh From Asian School Of Management,Student of Batch “E” Kuldeep is very honest person.Kuldeep is good performance in his past days and he has done well for the company,and he should be given an other chance.

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  12. Dilip Naidu says:

    Hey Ashish,

    How right you are – your last para is the key to this dilemma. Your choice of IBM is perfect and very much in line with your own business. You get an exposure to all functions and that helps in a ‘business-heads’ role.

    Well done and keep writing when you can.

    Thanks and regards,

    Dilip

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  13. Ashish Mahto says:

    Dear Sir,

    I would not deny that most students choose specialization by asking Professors, senior students, ex-students, some of them even take it because most of them are taking and some decide based on advice by parents.

    In my opinion we should be extremely careful while choosing his or her specialization, by this I mean choosing the field based on individual interest and not on external influence. You must select the right specialization in your MBA program in order for your MBA degree to carry the most value that can help in your career move.

    I have my own business for that I need to know all field like HR, Finance, marketing and international market, so I have decided to go for MBA in International business.

    At time, one gets refused or is unable to define the same. Given all the above pressure and industry demand in such cases it appropriate to take advice from your professors, also trying to understand the areas which the specialization covers. This should be well discussed in order to have a clear picture on the areas of respective specialization. Further one must try to picture, where and how the knowledge gained from the specialization can be utilized.

    keeping in mind the future prospect finally I conclude on a note that no filed is hit or sad its entirely on the individual to best utilized the knowledge gained from the field and explore the new set of world taking it further.

    Do not select any specialization for the heck of it; take it as for your knowledge and interest in that particular field.

    Regards
    Ashish

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  14. dilipnaidu says:

    Yes Vedant … this leads us to the question whether HR programs will add much more value if people with line experience move into HR. They will then be at par with the other guys in Finance and Marketing for CEO positions. This trend is catching on and we have an increase in the number of cross movement to HR of experienced folks from other functions.

    Thank you very much. Regards.

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  15. Vedant says:

    Hi Sir

    Its my pleasure to be in your blog. All this thoughts comes from your teachings.

    Sir, I have read one question asked by Ms. Geetha on this topic. And I want to answer it. She asked “Why HR people do not become CEO’s??”

    Ans is… Bcoz HR have a vital role in Manufacturing Units (B2B). They have a domain knowledge for Industrial Relations, Personnel Deptt and Business Law.

    For any business CEO is the all rounder and he has to run the company in profits. Mostly, the owner of any company wants that he should be good in numbers and have maximum experience in Sales and Marketing(50%), then Finance (30%) afterward HR (20%).

    Cheers!!

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  16. Vedant says:

    Hi Sir

    Thanx 4 giving me an opportunity to express my views on this vital topic.

    First of all, I’ll start my comments with the organizational structure, Organization is a BODY

    1) Finance is the MIND
    2) Marketing is the HEART
    3) HR is the SOUL
    4) Itnl Business is the VEINS

    Now, we talk about how to choose specialization in MBA. It is very difficult as well as easiest decision of your life, if…..

    You have to judge your self that in which stream you have great interest, not according to your parents interest. In short, “Identify your self”.

    Each & every specialization have equivalent respect, money and vital role in any organization. Most important thing is, you should have some passion for that specialization. This will help you out in performing better and also gives you complete job satisfaction.

    If you are not able to understand yourself then how can you understand the organization and its problems.

    Cheers!!

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    • Dilip Naidu says:

      Dear Vedant,

      This is just super. I like your analogy of “organization as a body’. I will enjoy discussing this one with the new batches. I am sure they too will benefit from your views. I am so happy that you express your thoughts in a nice open way.

      Thanks and cheers 🙂

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  17. Satvinder Singh says:

    Dear Sir,
    Thanks for providing me a wonderful opportunity to write in your blog.
    Talking about the specialization it seems very difficult task to choose “it looks like thirsty person in desert waiting for drop of water”.
    A person who initially thought of having MBA degree doesn’t have a fair idea of choosing specialization initially when they are asked which job they would like to do, most of the answers will be like this:
    1. I want to become the Manager of any Company.
    2. To join Retail Industry as Manager.
    3. To become Finance Person.
    4. To become the H.R.etc etc
    Most of the answers comes in straight voice from the students. It shows their field of interest but with the passage of time these concepts seems to change because as they progress they started to understands their capability,they started to know what is required by the competitive market and here every MBA persons takes cautious in choosing specialization as this specialization will decide his future heights.
    Similarly like me initially i thought of having Finance as my specialization but after attending the classes i found my self at the bottom of sea, it is not because i was not good in accounts but it was because of the little knowledge that i posses. as it is old saying “little knowledge is a very dangerous thing”. and luckily my inner feeling made me to think that in the future course of time i will be loser. and i shift my track from finance to Retail where i am seeing the heights that i deserve.

    once again thanks…………..

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Hi Satvinder,

      Welcome to my blog. Your comments are indeed very interesting. I liked the approach you followed to arrive at your decision on Retail. Yes listening to the inner voice is a beautiful concept.

      Oh and BTW I will put our Strategy class group photo that you had initiated on the spur of the moment. Thank you it will serve as a lovely memory.

      Thanks Satvinder. I wish you all success.

      With fond regards. 🙂

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  18. Rishikesh Palekar says:

    Dear Friends

    Sorry for the late entrant into putting in my views in:

    I read through the article again and again, but do not know where to start!.

    Let me start I feel from my own experience; before I joined an MBA in Marketing in TASMAC; I was of the view that the easiest path to jump up the career ladder is to do an MBA; but to say its partly true.

    Reasons being: Having Prior 5yrs Experience from the field of Advertising and Print Media; basically a graphic designer from the so called offbeat school as being not formally trained from any design school, I felt the easiest way to move faster up the ladder is to Do an MBA in Brand Marketing. Reasons being I felt I was stagnating because not being respected for my talent being from the OffBeat self trained designer.

    I took the jump to do the MBA thinking after a year the advertising world will value me more; but I was wrong, they did not value my knowledge anyways to the extent anyways and wanted me to start from scratch.

    But for me Luckily the MBA in Marketing gave me far more opportunities to TAP:
    * (A Very Big Plus Point to do an MBA)
    As gave me in the recessionary face an opening in a related field of Exhibitions and Design;

    * The other big advantage I got from the MBA is got to articulate better and a boost of confidence to speak to anybody and everybody in the corporate world.

    * Learning of new systems to streamline my work at times make our much more presentation able, which could be understood by a Lay man.

    * Helped me gauge the other fields better such as the financial world and the various fields of businesses: which helped me to be much more prepared before a meeting with a client.

    These are what I really benefited from an MBA.

    Therefore what I would recommend to all the new entrants do not worry even if your undecided before taking a plunge into an MBA as it will open many more opportunities in this great Indian Business Mela.

    Regards
    Rishikesh Palekar

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    • Dilip Naidu says:

      Hey Rishi,

      What a pleasant surprise. By now you must a seasoned marketing and sales executive. Sharing your MBA course days experience and thoughts surely add great value to the topic of our discussion. Needless to say the current batches will enjoy reading these meaningful insights.

      Thank you for sparing time for the others to benefit. Regards.

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  19. Dilip Naidu says:

    Awesome! will get back soon. Many thanks and regards.

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  20. Raju Nair says:

    My Views – MBA – Information Management

    (a) how did you choose?
    To start with I would term myself as ‘Jack of many things – master of none’
    So as a young person, i was attracted to IT – that was the next big thing back in 1990’s
    There my role was became that of trouble shooter…in India we call it as Jugaad…make the best of whats available…I realized I also need to get more organized so I joined for a MBA with a clear plan of doing it in Information Management.

    (b) Are you satisfied?

    I am very happy to have taken that decision…my random creative fligs have become more organized actionable thoughts .

    I never used to communicate my thoughts through writing , now I do..

    (d) Are you planning to switch? If so why?

    No plans yet …doing MBA and learning from veterans like Naidu sir…helps in growth of your own self esteem….now its like my mission to guide others to the right path…

    (e) What is you advice to the young aspirants?

    Do not do MBA just for the degree….MBA itself does not help…the soft skills training , the contacts you make, path you choose is really what sets you apart from others…

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    • Dilip Naidu says:

      Dear Raju,

      I’m back. Your comments will be very helpful for some of the guys who are about to make their choices this term as also for the future batches. I particularly liked your ‘now its my mission to guide others to the right path…’ and the last para (e) there is much more to gain than just the MBA degree. So developing the interest and ability to perceive beyond the classrooms is important.

      Thanks as always and regards! 🙂

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  21. Kavery Chaki says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thanks for giving me an opportunity to write about my views for opting Finance specialisation.

    I have opted finance for three reasons.
    1. Finance is the backbone of any organisation.
    Therefore Finance managers will always be in
    demand.
    2. I am interested in numbers from my childhood &
    good in accounting too.
    3. Finance speacialisation will provide me sitting
    job.

    About my satisfaction in finance I can’t say right now because our third semister have not yet started. But I believe in a famous saying that ” If we do our job by thinking that we are bound to do it, then it will become burden for us & if we do it with full of our heart then it will become a source of our happiness.

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    • Dilip Naidu says:

      Hi Kavery,

      Wecome to the world of blogging. Its interesting to read your interest and aptitude to Finance. Your success appears to be almost certain.

      Yes focus and excel in your profession and job first and foremost. Also do consider a small suggestion – try to allot some time in developing and enjoying your other interests too. I know you are brilliant and for you to balance ‘work and life’ will not be difficult. BTW I myself did not get it in my early professional life 🙂

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  22. Geetha says:

    Dear Mr. Dilip,

    I do hope that I have not offended anybody here by reproducing Mr.Jack Welch’s comments!

    My philosophy is very simple and it is what I read in the book ‘Fish!’ – “When we choose to love work we do, we can catch our limit of happiness, meaning, and fulfillment every day.”

    Thanks and regards,

    Geetha

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    • Dilip Naidu says:

      Hi Geetha,

      Offense? not at all – I can vouch for all the good viewers here. I often play a ‘devils advocate’ with students. Their response is always refreshingly positive. The class participation becomes dynamic and constructive.

      Yes ‘Fish’ does bring out a simple but profound philosophy. So also the ‘The Ferryman’in Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha for whom ‘rowing all his life and learning from the river’ becomes a route to spiritual enlightenment.

      You are so right — we must love what ever we do!
      Once again thank for sharing your thoughts.

      With kind regards,

      Dilip

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  23. Dilip Naidu says:

    Hi Geetha,

    Your question is one that is most often asked in the first session of a HR class. The book “High Performing Investment Teams..” sounds interesting. However the audience response to Jack Welch is not very surprising.

    Even though HR now has a strategic role to play only a few are getting their act together. I have interviewed and observed both the types and found that hard core HR people do tend to remain in their ‘comfort zone’ as correctly put by you. Whereas there are others who understand the external business environment as also the strategy of the company – “How does the money come in and go out”.

    I believe knowledge and experience of other functions is vital for a HR professional. A company must therefore have a proper plan to provide HR people with exposure to the other functions and some tough decision-making. Fortunately this has started happening.

    My sincere thanks to you for your comments,

    Regards,

    Dilip

    Incidentally the two insightful responses above from Sriram and Hitesh happen to be from Finance people who have understood the importance of HR 🙂

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  24. Geetha says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for this very useful article.

    ‘why HR guys do not become CEOs?’

    May I please share this here with you? This is from the foreword by Mr. Michael J Mauboussin in the book, “High Performing Investment Teams – How To Achieve Best Practices of Top Firms by Jim Ware and Jim Dethmer:

    “Shortly after his retirement, Jack Welch, the legendary CEO of General Electric, spoke to a group of 5,000 human resources (HR) executives and delivered a message he was sure they would appreciate: The Head of HR should be the second most important person in any organization. Anticipating some audience adulation, he was surprised when a strange hush filled the room. Prodding, he asked how many of the participants worked for firms where the CEO treated the head of HR and the CFO with equal respect. Only 50 hands went up.

    Welch was astounded. Ninety-nine percent of these companies emphasized finance over people! “If you managed a baseball team,” he asked, “would you listen more closely to the team accountant or the director of player personnel?” Put this way, the lack of focus on people and their behavior seems absurd, yet this is how most executives manage their companies today.”

    And yes, there may be situations when we need to operate out of our ‘comfort zone’ but we would still have to function within our ‘strength zone’ so that we leverage our strengths in order to achieve the best?

    Thanks and regards,

    Geetha

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  25. Dilip Naidu says:

    Dear Hitesh,

    That’s a lovely response. I too believe that we need to hear our inner voice. This is one ability that does not come easily. The chatter in the mind hinders our focus and distracts us and we tend to get swept away by market demand and opinions of all and sundry.

    Knowing you I am certain you have arrived at the most appropriate decision for yourself i.e., ‘treasury’. I am well aware of you successfully pursuing a healthy ‘work-life balance’. Well done indeed.

    Warm regards

    Dilip

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  26. I feel that choosing a particular field for MBA Specialization requires self analysis which essentially means answering to questions such as which subjects makes a student feel better and confident about himself/herself? What is that he/she enjoys doing and the study no longer looks like a study but a game! Ofcourse the potential future growth opportunities also needs to be tested.

    For example, as a banking and finance student, we too have specilizations namely in Credit; Treasury; or Risk Management. Financial markets, various instruments etc fascinate me a lot which essentially means treasury suits my profile. It is all about interests that ultimately matters – for what you enjoy doing, you can easily master the same!

    Great Post for students like me.

    Warm Regards,
    Hitesh.

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  27. dilipnaidu says:

    Oh what a comprehensive and insightful comment! Your statement – “But bottom line – its your life – you are its CEO and hence get the right to decide’ is very meaningful as it conveys the essence. I am sure all our blog friends as well as the young minds will draw great value from your thoughts at the time of their reckoning.

    I thank you very much Sriram for your spontaneous and enriching response! Warm regards.

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  28. Sriram says:

    Considering that in India Management Education is mostly offered to people who lack any work experience, it is a far greater dilemma for students than when they had to decide on Science, Commerce or Arts. (there it was purely aptitude based – if i can do math & physics – science; if i am creative – arts; if i am neither – commerce!no offence meant to commerce students, this is just a manner of speaking)

    Here it is more decided by the “placement fervour” of the previous years than anything else. there used to marketing years, followed by finance years & then finally HR years (or seasons). Yale university in the year 2007 decided to do away with this concept & started offering “holistic” management courses.

    So how does one decide? A few pointers –
    a) Whats your objective in doing the MBA program?
    b) Do you have a natural flair for “selling” – making people pull out their wallets purely on your recommendations?
    c) Do you naturally think in numbers? can read the story that numbers reveal?
    d) Are you long term oriented? Are you patient enough to believe in “planting the seed & nurturing it to flower” and believe in it so much that you are able to defend it vehemently in business contexts?

    There are a myriad of questionnaires available for free on the net to help you check your aptitude for either of the streams, which can at best give you some pointers.

    But bottom line – its your life – you are its CEO and hence get the right to decide. But this is not as critical a decision as choice of ‘partner’, as you can always flip & change course at any stage – zillions of examples about of finance guys doing well in HR, marketing guys turning to finance & HR guys doing well at operations & finance ( and at ages past the 50 mark!!). So its not mission critical and thats important to remember.

    My personal opinion is that you need to experiment, before you can come up with your choice. I remember one of mentors telling me ” your specialisation courses are not even 25% of the entire syllabus. So how can you claim that you cannot do the others which constituted 75% of the time you spent acquiring your spurs in management?”. So there is no such thing as you are not prepared. Thats the beauty of the management course. A lot of seemingly irrelevant stuff is dished out right upfront & you seem lost as to why you are studying all these things when your heart is in some specialisation. You get to realise only after the course and on the job that inorder to address management issues, you needed the grounding in the other basics as well.

    My advice to any management degree aspirant would be – dont treat this as an exam to pass. this is a course that has potential to create a great human being out of the student. Be curious, be hungry & use these 1/2 years as an investment in building the foundations for a great value creating organization called “I Inc”, that delights its stakeholders on a sustained basis & exists forever by leaving behind a great legacy.

    Best wishes & Cheers!

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