Ankush Vilas Rajole`

As a Civil Engineer, what is the scope and relevancy of doing an MBA?

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by Ankush Vilas Rajole`
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RE: As a Civil Engineer, what is the scope and relevancy of doing an MBA?

Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD

Hello There! I am very glad to see you approach CareerGuide for seeking clarification on your query. I would like to mention that your query is very good and apt and should be asked and thought upon by every Civil Engineer and for that matter by every Engineer before opting for MBA.

I am an Educationist and have been counselling students from engineering / commerce / management / law field for more than seven years and have also been visiting engineering colleges recently and meeting thousands of engineers and telling about what careers they should aim at for their job enhancement and to become employable. I am also into teaching and have been writing on career management for more than ten years now.

While interacting with Civil Engineers across the state of Maharashtra, I come across few students who want to do MBA in Finance or Marketing after completing their engineering degree. There I tell the students some hard facts which I will tell you too.

If an Engineer does an MBA Finance or MBA Marketing, after that he / she does not remain related to civil engineering at all. The reason is MBA Finance / Marketing is a different domain altogether and engineering knowledge is not required. After an MBA, one gets a job in that particular field only like Sales, Accounting, Retail, Banks, Insurance, Mutual Funds, etc. So in these sectors engineering knowledge is not relevant. So I mean to tell you that once you do an MBA, you lose touch with Civil Engineering completely and your whole likfe you do jobs not at all related to engineering ever. So if this is case, what was the use of doing engineering and spending four years into that???

Students have the myth that to become a manager one needs to become MBA. But friend, this is a MYTH and completely not true. MBA shifts your domain and career to an altogether different sector and work, where Engineering skill is not required.

According to my experience and being a consultant to India's Only Dedicate Construction B-School - Samvit School of Infrastructure Business, Pune - I can definitely tell you that an Engineer should avoid doing MBA just for the sake of doing MBA. Because all MBAs do not get jobs, if they get they are very low paid, low end jobs, with uncertain career growth and not relevant to engineering. Doing a job of marketing after doing engineering, is insulting engineering.

What a Civil Engineer should do today is to pursue post graduation relevant to engineering field and which is required by the industry. Today construction and infrastructure industry requires not MBAs but Civil Engineers who know and have learnt Construction and Project Management.

India requires 10,00,000 (Ten Lakh) construction and project management professionals annually, this is according to the survey done by ASSOCHAM in 2013.

Instead of doing a general MBA course, why not do a relevant business management course and enhance your civil engineering career to greater and stable career heights?

Samvit is one Institute which offer Two Year Full Time PGD in Infrastructure Business which makes you competent for being a Construction and Project Management professional.

Best Luck.

RE: As a Civil Engineer, what is the scope and relevancy of doing an MBA?

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