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PGP in ISB after working in software field

I am software developer. I am currently happy but i want to know how beneficial would it be for me if i do PGP from ISB and what post i will get and how growth would be . Please give specific answer not general ones

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RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

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

Dear Aspirant,

Wonderful thinking. Are you sure that you will get admitted to ISB? You will have to leave your job and after PGP you may not be related to software. Are you fine with this change?

After PGP from ISB you can definitely get onshore assignments and jobs coupled with your software experience. Software and Management can definitely land you in Managerial jobs across the world in MNCs.

Growth would be very good considering the placements you will get from ISB. You may get jobs in BI, Business Analysis, ERP, Strategy, etc.

Best wishes

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

makwanadashang
makwanadashang

No sir, i am just planning but i am keeping my aspiration in 1 yr MBA in india . So best college is SP jain Global and ISB . I want to work in mumbai, india only so i am not going abroad.
I was curious how my career will be after pgp. how much time it will take for ROI on fees and career path leading to what post either CTO, CIO or something else?

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

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

Dear Aspirant,

Your dreams are good.

Industry does not hire just because you have excellent qualification, but hires for skills.

ROI on fees and career path do not have a formula and tenure. Skills, attitude matter the most in the managerial role. CTO, CIO are very high level of positions. Please let me know how much work experience do you have currently. For a CTO and CIO level position, you atleast need 15 20 years of experience (as required by MNCs).

PGP is definitely a good decision. SP Jain and ISB are fantastic. Skills is what matter the most, remember!

Best wishes

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

Surabhi Dewra
Surabhi Dewra
Verified Career Expert
Founder and CEO at CareerGuide.Com
  • Noida

If you get into ISB - be it Hyderabad or Mauhali campus then for sure you have skills and market will pick you. You will have access to be part of Top tech firms of the world. Opportunities could be as product management ( which is turning out to be highly coveted profile ) to CIO to Tech -marketing division and end less - possibly the kind of roles which will be invented in next two years and I have not even heard of.

Return on investment - you will recover in a year or so. Which should not be a worry. Have right experience, GMAT score, resume - leadership roles on it and confidence to get through it.

Best of Luck

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

makwanadashang
makwanadashang

@anandwadadekar I am habing 2.2 yrs of experience. But the CIO/CTO is my MAIN goal .Subsequent there are small goals which are different like getting into ISB or SPJAIN is one of the goal since i want to live in india only and looking for 1 year mba only.
And it might also happen i dont get into isb/ spjain so in that case i would stick to my job only.

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

makwanadashang
makwanadashang

@surabhi thanks for reply. but CTO/CIO role is my MAIN AIM/GOAL . i have 2.2 yr of exp. CXO would require 12 yr or more exp.
lets see if i can crack gmat that is imp first

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

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

Hello There,

I was just going through the discussion here and am highly impressed.

Both the counselors have explained you your question in details.

I just wish to add that when you have a goal set why do I see a lack of confidence.

Your work experience and goal should boost up your confidence level to the utmost.

Plan well, be well prepared, leave no stone unturned.

Wish you all the very best...

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

Surabhi Dewra
Surabhi Dewra
Verified Career Expert
Founder and CEO at CareerGuide.Com
  • Noida

2.2 yrs + MBA degree is not ideal for CTO role. CTO is high tech oriented role with ppl/project management
skills. Spend more no. of years in tech. Working with startups will also be good idea and then may be moving on to MBA.

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

makwanadashang
makwanadashang

@surabhi you got it wrong. I am not looking for straight forward CIO/CTO . I need PGP from top school like isb etc 1st. and certainly 10-12 yr exp.
I was just saying where i want to reach, what i want to achieve i.e CIO/CTO

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

Surabhi Dewra
Surabhi Dewra
Verified Career Expert
Founder and CEO at CareerGuide.Com
  • Noida

Reverse the order will be more helpful to get on your profile. i.e add more years of tech experience and then MBA.

Best way to explore what I am saying would be pick 20 CTO profile from Linkedin of companies you admire - and check their career path ! You will get what I am trying to point out.

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

makwanadashang
makwanadashang

@surabhidewra i have checked .most of them havent done PGP/MBA like they have solely reached on their skills / years of experience

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

Surabhi Dewra
Surabhi Dewra
Verified Career Expert
Founder and CEO at CareerGuide.Com
  • Noida

Exactly what I am saying !!!!!

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

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

Dear Aspirant,

I have exactly said what you have said. PGP from ISB does not guarantee CTO positions in career. Apart from the learnings from ISB which are world class and practical, you also need work experience.

There is no substitute for work experience if you wish to have a goal set for becoming a CTO. Skills and competencies are the most important that time.

And yes, MBA is NOT required to scale higher level in hierarchy. Project Management certification from PMI, USA is what you can begin with for a good career growth.

Best wishes

RE: PGP in ISB after working in software field

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
Verified Career Expert
PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur

Dear Aspirant,

Apart from the guidance given by our career counsellors in here, I would like to add more insight onto this topic. CEO and CIO/ CTO are entirely at different span of management level.

  1. If you aim for a CEO position in an ICT firm - you will definitely need an MBA from a top notch business school, coupled up with industry experience for at least a minimum of 15 years. This is more of a work on the lines of strategic management side of an organization. If you do an MBA very early on in your career, as you are planning now, then you are almost compromising on the technology side of your skill sets. There are high chances that you will be landing up on management roles like Business Analyst, Business Development, or other Strategic management roles rather getting an opportunity to stay inclined on technology side. The probability of landing on a technology role is very low if you do an MBA just after 2 years of experience. This will deter you from your aspirations for the CIO roles but however gives you a path to CEO roles in future.

  2. Alternatively if your aim is only on CIO/ CTO positions, I would rather say to hold on to your MBA aspirations for now and instead concentrate on working in the software field for at least 8 more years at a stretch. When you accumulate a solid 10 years of work experience in hard core technology, it increases your probability in landing up on a technology leadership position. If you do the MBA from ISB after gaining 10 years of industry experience on technology roles, you can easily land up on projects that will require both your technical and management expertise. So after your MBA and after 10 years of industry experience, you can easily land up in junior C-suite levels in start ups and within the next 3-5 years you can reach a CIO position.

Indian students are very much clouded with the myth that only an MBA will lead to C-Suites and otherwise you can't. It is very much wise for you to continue working for a span of 8-10 years from now and then do the MBA rather jumping into it right early on your career while you are just evolving on your technology front.

I would strongly recommend you to postpone your MBA aspirations for now and instead focus on challenging assignments and international assignments in your career. Please be informed that just an MBA will not reward you with a CIO position later on. You should accumulate other skill sets in the process like being diverse, mobile and competent. You can develop these skill sets only when you continue working on at least for the next few years. And later on, get a sound preparation for your GMAT score and crack the exam with a very high score. As Counsellor Surabhi has mentioned in here, if you get through ISB, you are sure to have the skills that market will want to pick you up. Hope this helps.

Good luck.

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