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

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

Deepak Rana
Deepak Rana
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One of the recent trends in the market is - candidates moving towards a management degree from a Premier Business School after completion of their Computer Science degree. The add-on that a person gets after doing the same is that the degree helps you in diversifying into different roles into functional areas like product development in product based organizations. Mostly people first enhance their profiles by getting some experience in development or testing and then move to the management degree.

The advantage that a computer science graduate has it that he/she understands the development cycle of a product and during the process of development; they are made to undergo rigorous research for the same.

In terms of jobs and work role the following path can help in getting a good job role and a good compensation, but a knack for development, a high aptitude and will to find different possible solutions for a given problem is a must. Apart from product development, there are plenty more options such as branding , marketing , marketing research , business analytics , business consulting etc. So if you are planning to shift your career trajectory, this again becomes a good option.

In conclusion, there's a good scope of an MBA degree after completing your Computer Engineering but there are two things that are advisable -

1. Gain a quality work experience so that you get good insights of the business world.

2. Go for a top class B School.


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

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
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Doing an MBA has become an integral part of a stable career in the current business world. People always rush into the MBA soon after their college degree/ bachelors degree and this is totally wrong. The MBA degree is not just another postgraduate degree but it is a professional degree.

So whom do you call professionals? Someone who is currently working and have already build up some minimum of three to five years work experience? Right? MBA is actually right for people who knows and understands what a business is all about and this understanding will only develop when you have gained a few years of work experience.

Coming on to your question, MBA after the computer science degree or becoming a computer engineer:

Yes, why not? You can definitely pursue the MBA after working as a computer engineer for a few years. As I indicated earlier, Computer engineering is indeed a profession and people working in this industry are also deemed to be known as professionals. So why cant they do the MBA? However, it is very much advisable to carefully think of the specialization that you will choose as part of your MBA, and also make sure the specialization has some links with your previous degree or work experience, computer science.
Your post MBA career will be highly dependent on the specialization you choose and the relation with your previous degree and work experience. So make a wise choice in here.

What are the specialisations in the MBA for a computer engineer?
If you have had a bachelors degree in Computer science and have gained some years of work exp in the same field then you should choose to do the following MBA electives:

1. Human resource management: You can opt to study MBA in HR. By completing this you could be employed in the IT industries on the HR side. You could either work as a technical SAP HR or act on the administration side. When you progress to HR Leadership level, your IT background will be of a great strength when you work on strategies or act on mergers and acquistions with other IT companies.

2. Marketing management:You can choose to do MBA with marketing and you are highly wanted by product development companies like the Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Adobe, Mcafee, HP, Amazon and many more. With a computer background plus a marketing mix you will be the right candidate to work on product development and brand management.

3. Operations management: You can also do MBA in Operations management. This course will equip you with the understanding of day to day operations in an IT service company. You will understand the clients needs, evaluate your resources, employ or deploy the concerned skilled people in the project and deliver the work to the client on time. This is more of a leadership role than a managing role.

4. Project management: You can study MBA with project management and here you would read the clients protocol requirements, schedule tasks and act on it against the given time schedule. You will be working on the project either at your site or at the client site but the main difference between operations and project management is, you will only manage the role but not lead the role like the operations manager.

5. Systems or information management: This is a good option indeed if you want to have a mix of technical and management role. You can prefer to do this elective and work as a team lead, senior manager or information consultant in the IT service industries.

For more info on the transition from computer science engineering to a management role (consulting role) please look at this video. Good luck.

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

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