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Will MBA add any advantage in IT career

 
Anil Malhotra
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Hi all,

Will MBA add any advantage in IT career...for becoming manager or to get higher position.
I have 5 + yrs exp..as software developer...and have done MCA.

thanks.
 
Thakur Sachin Singh
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yes it depends on profile to profile.
 
Anil Malhotra
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Thakur Sachin Singh wrote:yes it depends on profile to profile.


please explain..as i want to get a management position quickly..
but yes i have seen managers without MBA...in my company...
should i go for MBA(correspondence)....?
please suggest.
 
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if you don't want to go for team lead or project manager and want to go HR or something else then you go for MBA.
 
Anil Malhotra
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Thakur Sachin Singh wrote:if you don't want to go for team lead or project manager and want to go HR or something else then you go for MBA.

Thanks for the reply...
You mean to say ..if i want to change my profile..then only MBA will give advantage..
otherwise it wont add anything ....I think then I should not go for it.


 
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yes so there is no need if you don't want to change.
 
Anil Malhotra
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Thakur Sachin Singh wrote:yes so there is no need if you don't want to change.


Thanks Sachin for this guidance..
 
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its ok.
 
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Anil Malhotra wrote:Hi all,

Will MBA add any advantage in IT career...for becoming manager or to get higher position.
I have 5 + yrs exp..as software developer...and have done MCA.

thanks.


Correspondence MBA will not add much value. If you really want to switch to management then you can try joining some good B School to adapt yourself to the management world.
 
Anil Malhotra
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Himanshu Gupta wrote:

Correspondence MBA will not add much value. If you really want to switch to management then you can try joining some good B School to adapt yourself to the management world.


Thanks Himanshu,
I think I should drop the idea of going for this.....

 
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I am not sure about other countries. I had done some analysis about going to business school in the US about 7 years ago. Generally, if you have about 5-7 years of experience in the IT field, financially it is not advantageous to do an MBA, unless you get admission to an Ivy school, or your employer pays for it. However, once you reach about 10-15 years of experience, you might find that your growth stagnates in IT. Generally speaking, your career growth in IT accelerates around 5-7 years. You are at a point where you have the skills that a lot of people will hire you, but you aren't that far ahead that you limit your options. Financially, it doesn't make sense to do a switch mid-career.

Of course, a lot depends on what you want to do in life and where your strengths are. If you really want to go into management, then go for an MBA. However, if you are looking at it from a pure financial perspective, stick with IT for 5-10 more years. At least in the US, it's not uncommon for people to start MBA in their late 30s to early 40s, and many schools even welcome it.

Also, if you think you have a good shot at getting into an Ivy school, it;s worth taking the chance. For most people, getting into an Ivy school gives them a chance to completely skip middle management and go straight into upper management, and that is a very very good place to be. Being in middle management is tough, especially for people who are technically inclined
 
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