Confusion: Job or my passion without denting my chances of MBA!

I have done B.Tech but in a branch which doesnt interest me much. There are not much of the core jobs in my Eng. field. I got placed in IT company from my college and worked for 20 months. But lack of growth prospects, learning ( i was in department where i was paid 50k a month just to install applications on servers for clients and learn nothing but still work for 12+ a day) and harsh management (my manager was impressed with my work but was even more furious by my attitude for their policies). I thought of leaving my job and join my dad in business. He is into business which is again by no way related to my Eng. or IT. But now due to some legal issues we are not able to expand business as per plans so i have to work with dad in the same setup he is already running since years letting me end up with no 'responsibility' and hence again nothing much to learn and to cater my interest. Now, I want to do some new venture for my own with capital from my dad. But I dont have concrete plan already chalked down. I also desire to get MBA from reputed college before i start some serious venture. My question is, if i wait and prepare for MBA exam to get interview calls from colleges i am soughing after, how will i justify them what i am doing since i left my job. I believe this question itself dents my chances of getting into some seriously good college. What should i do now when i am on cross road, should i try for jobs again and look for some idea to start. Once i have some backgroud work done on that idea, i should leave the job again and start my venture? or should i just use this time to look for ideas and do research and prepare for MBA. If so, will it no affect my chance of getting into MBA? By the way its been now almost a year i left my job !

by rahulg
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RE: Confusion: Job or my passion without denting my chances of MBA!

Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Verified Career Expert
Founder & CEO: Discovering Careers India
  • pune

Dear Aspirant,

What an excellent query Rahul. I highly appreciate all your thoughts and the way you are clear in them and really liked your passion to do the best in your life. Helping you to get through this phase is a pleasure.

Thank you so much for the detailed query and well articulated thoughts.

I will answer step by step:

  1. Firstly, the under graduate degree of engineering which does not interest you is really a sad thing and it can be set off through an MBA only. I think MBA Finance will suit you for future jobs as well as in your family or your own business.

Getting a non sense high salary for a non sense job is a characteristic of IT companies over many years, but people don't realise that the end of the journey comes very fast and results into frustration and disappointment. I am happy that you do not wish to do non sense work just for 'money'.

I also feel that there is a certain way and behavioral aspects required while working in a corporate. One needs to be a little diplomat, clever and submissive when you are at a entry level / fresher position, where there is no scope for negotiation in terms of salary and job profile.

  1. If you are not interested in the engineering, then joining your family business looks more suitable for you. I think you should find out ways to expand your family business by speaking to legal experts. I am sure that there must be some way.

  2. I think you can definitely have your own business venture and for which you need to have a good amount of industry & market awareness and also idea. I would suggest that you should immediately go for an MBA from a reputed Institute in India.

  3. Answering the question from the Institute why you left the job and why an MBA, then the answer to this is already in your question. Be honest to yourself and to the Institute and tell them the facts and tell them than an MBA can be the best option to revive the career and get into business venture as well.

  4. While doing an MBA you can spend time for your business idea as well.

In totality, whether you go for job or business, an MBA from a reputed Institute is highly recommended.

I would further ask you to take the Ideal Career Test from CareerGuide.com which is one of the very good scientific method to assess your inner interests and inclication.
You can also then call me to discuss.

Best wishes!

RE: Confusion: Job or my passion without denting my chances of MBA!

Meghna Mukherjee
Meghna Mukherjee
Verified Career Expert
Counselor at Adaptive Minds
  • Mumbai

Hi rahul,

Excellently articulated query, to be honest, it got me confused at the beginning.
Thank you Dr Anad to help me sort the confusion.

Coming back to you rahul,

Firstly a very wise decision of quitting your job. Since being in a job which is not upto your capabilities and being burdened with certain management rules makes future look hopeless.

Here definitely furthjer studies and as you mentioned an MBA would be helpful.
Apart from what the other counselor has said, I would just like to chip in that, thinking negative means half the battle lost.

Please stop thinking that you being unemployed for a year is a dent for you to carry on with an MBA course of study.
Rtaher just think, that if you had plunged without any thinking, where exactly would you kland up.

Instead of saying it to the panel that you wasted time, you could always show, your reasoning capacity and your future planning you did, which would have been difficult had you been employed.

It would be best, now for you to jot down points that could help you clearly focus and help you clear your interview.

I do not wish to repeat what Dr, the other counselor suggested. It is the right way to follow.

Wish you good luck Rahul....

RE: Confusion: Job or my passion without denting my chances of MBA!


Thank you Anand for your thoughts. Just to add here, my decision for Eng. in branch which wasn't the best career option around was solely based on the brand tag of IIT. And my eager for MBA is not for another tag of IIM or so but for further development as I strongly believe down the line, the exposure and pattern of thinking i would acquire after IIM or other best B-school stay would be the edge which can keep me floating.

The nervousness is mere because of lack of solid vision which is what I believe is all required to sail though interviews for MBA.

Nevertheless, can you tell me how can i contact you and if I would need to pay for the same ? Def want talk further to gain some better clarity and certainty back in my life !

RE: Confusion: Job or my passion without denting my chances of MBA!

Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Dr. Anand Wadadekar, PhD
Verified Career Expert
Founder & CEO: Discovering Careers India
  • pune

Hi Rahul,

You can any time call me from CareerGuide.

Best wishes

RE: Confusion: Job or my passion without denting my chances of MBA!


If you have 1-2 years of job experience.This helps you in your carrier if you opt MBA.As the companies needed this only.
There are many universities which provide you excellent placement opportunities ,top infrastructure,good scholarship.
The universities are
1) BIIT's
2)Xavier Labour Relations Institute
3)Faculty of Management Studies (FMS).

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