The confusion that you are facing is very common. At some stage during our college, we need to start thinking about what next? And the answer’s usually a big blurry puzzle.
Higher studies in your grad area?
Let me lay out a few things to help you think.
If you have excelled at acads continuously then higher studies is probably a great idea – but the way to be sure about it is to understand that till 10th all of us study the same things.
11th onwards we move into different areas. Some of us take up biology and medicine (I wasn’t bright enough to make the cut-offs here and frankly, dissecting animals – urrgghh), some of us take up non-medical (just about made it here), some take up arts – my every attempt at it destroyed the soul of the word 🙂 – and some take up commerce. Right?
During graduation we move into even more specific streams … and a PhD is even narrower, on a single topic.
So what happens is that the higher we go, the more specialized it becomes, which is not a bad thing really. You become a specialist. Lawyers, scientists, CAs, doctors are all specialists and they can earn both name and money, practically limitlessly.
But when does specialization make sense?
You have passion for that area – enough to devote next 20-30 years of your life to it.
You are awesome in that area – because no one wants to go to the 10th/20th best specialist.
You are sure about the opportunities in that area, or even being the best won’t help.
If your answers tick all 3 above, higher education in your grad discipline is probably a great choice for you.
If one or more of the above are crosses, then you must consider an MBA as the option. Yes, if you decide to take advantage of the best CAT exam online preparation course or the best classroom coaching for CAT and are ready to put in your best efforts, then you are very likely to succeed!
And MBA will take you places, literally too :-). I just travelled to 4 countries within a short period of 12 months!
Let me leave you with this to think about for now.
More about the MBA and job options in another blog post.
About the author: Deekshant has sleep-walked through several 100 and 99.9 %iles in practically every section of the CAT. That he is a cricket fan and he writes okay is evident from most of his posts. 1000s of our students swear that he can motivate almost anyone to double his/her percentile through very simple yet powerful inputs. And that’s why every MBAGuru student has direct access to him via mail and Telegram. Oddly, he somehow also finds the time to write songs professionally. And yes … almost missed this … he is an alumnus of IIT Delhi & IIM Cal