Job or MBA?

Confused whether to take CAT again or not?

Hope you got a chance to mull over what I wrote in my last blog post.

When you think about a job, think about this.

What kind of companies come to your campus? Technical or IT or consulting or some other kind? What is the top half of these companies – is/isn’t it management?

What kind of a job do you want to get into? Are you sure about it? For the long term?

I suggest that you not see it as job vs MBA, but job and MBA. Why?

Because the idea is to create options for yourself.

First and foremost, both test similar skills to a great extent – aptitude and then personality. And MBA prep helps you for both. Take the case of Rickshesh Manchanda who topped CAT-18 with a 100 percentile. He had scored a 99.99 percentile at CAT-17, but also had a fantastic job out of his campus. Since he was not sure about MBA then, he took up the job for a year. Then realized he needed to do MBA to get ahead and appeared for CAT-18 again.

Second, if you prepare only for job and don’t get a good one, you will be forced to compromise. Similarly, if you prepare only for MBA and don’t get a great college, you will have to take whatever you get or waste a year.

The idea should be to create choices – do your MBA only from a Top 30 college (IIMs, FMS, MDI, SP Jain, XLRI, TISS, IRMA, NMIMS, IMT, IMI and there are a few more). So, till the time you don’t crack one of these, you can think about working also.

But preparation done right now will always help you. As it helped Rickshesh. Because you anyways will find less time to prepare along with a job. Does this make sense to you?

Think about it.

More soon.

The author of this post, Deekshant Sahrawat, is an IIT-Delhi and IIM-Calcutta Alumnus and Founder, Director at MBAGuru.

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