Job/Function Change post MBA


Hi,
I currently have 4 years of experience in IT industry with focus on banking and financial services. I want to change my job/function preferably to operations or Supply chain field post my MBA.Will it be difficult to change the function considering my work experience in IT field? Should I stick to technology related field even after MBA?

PS: My undergrad major was mechanical engineering with GPA of 7/10. (10 being highest)

[Edited by Shubham Patil on Sep 19, 2020]

Hi,<br>I currently have 4 years of experience in IT industry with focus on banking and financial services. I want to change my job/function preferably to operations or Supply chain field post my MBA.Will it be difficult to change the function considering my work experience in IT field? Should I stick to technology related field even after MBA?<br><br>PS: My undergrad major was mechanical engineering with GPA of 7/10. (10 being highest)
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aslamo

I did it the other way round many years ago and moved from supply chain to IT. I think today it would be considered an unusual move though to move from IT to supply chain, never mind from banking. 

Instead of an MBA, you would probably be better off doing a masters in supply chain management at a good school. You don't say what country you are working in / want to study in, but in the UK, somewhere like Cranfield is a very good school for supply chain with a large dedicated supply chain faculty. Warwick is another good school.
Have a look at the Chartered Institute of Logistics' list of accredited MSc Supply Chain degrees which should give you some insight into the kinds of courses and programme that you can use as a benchmark.

I did it the other way round many years ago and moved from supply chain to IT. I think today it would be considered an unusual move though to move from IT to supply chain, never mind from banking.&nbsp;<br><br>Instead of an MBA, you would probably be better off doing a masters in supply chain management at a good school. You don't say what country you are working in / want to study in, but in the UK, somewhere like Cranfield is a very good school for supply chain with a large dedicated supply chain faculty. Warwick is another good school.<br>Have a look at the Chartered Institute of Logistics' list of accredited MSc Supply Chain degrees which should give you some insight into the kinds of courses and programme that you can use as a benchmark.
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I did it the other way round many years ago and moved from supply chain to IT. I think today it would be considered an unusual move though to move from IT to supply chain, never mind from banking. 


Instead of an MBA, you would probably be better off doing a masters in supply chain management at a good school. You don't say what country you are working in / want to study in, but in the UK, somewhere like Cranfield is a very good school for supply chain with a large dedicated supply chain faculty. Warwick is another good school.
Have a look at the Chartered Institute of Logistics' list of accredited MSc Supply Chain degrees which should give you some insight into the kinds of courses and programme that you can use as a benchmark.


Hi aslamo,

I currently work in India with one of the top IT services companies. I want to study in Europe, preferably in Germany or Ireland considering the low cost and shorter duration of the program. The major reason for me to do MBA is to change the job function. But whenever I say I want to do MBA in operations or supply chain, I get answers like it will be difficult but not impossible.
Let me brief you about my profile and career goal:
As I mentioned earlier I have 4 years of work ex in IT industry. I want to move to a management role now. If I want to get a job easily post my MBA what specialization should I look at or which specialization is ideal for me considering my experience?
Is it a good choice to do MBA in general management instead? 

How I zeroed down to Operations & Supply chain as a preference was, I listed all the major specializations available such as Finance, HR, Marketing, Operations & Supply Chain and crossed the ones I am not interested in. 

[Edited by Shubham Patil on Sep 20, 2020]

[quote]I did it the other way round many years ago and moved from supply chain to IT. I think today it would be considered an unusual move though to move from IT to supply chain, never mind from banking.&nbsp;<br><br><br>Instead of an MBA, you would probably be better off doing a masters in supply chain management at a good school. You don't say what country you are working in / want to study in, but in the UK, somewhere like Cranfield is a very good school for supply chain with a large dedicated supply chain faculty. Warwick is another good school.<br>Have a look at the Chartered Institute of Logistics' list of accredited MSc Supply Chain degrees which should give you some insight into the kinds of courses and programme that you can use as a benchmark. [/quote]<br><br>Hi aslamo,<br><br>I currently work in India with one of the top IT services companies. I want to study in Europe, preferably in Germany or Ireland considering the low cost and shorter duration of the program. The major reason for me to do MBA is to change the job function. But whenever I say I want to do MBA in operations or supply chain, I get answers like it will be difficult but not impossible.<br>Let me brief you about my profile and career goal:<br>As I mentioned earlier I have 4 years of work ex in IT industry. I want to move to a management role now. If I want to get a job easily post my MBA what specialization should I look at or which specialization is ideal for me considering my experience?<br>Is it a good choice to do MBA in general management instead?&nbsp;<br><br>How I zeroed down to Operations &amp; Supply chain as a preference was, I listed all the major specializations available such as Finance, HR, Marketing, Operations &amp; Supply Chain and crossed the ones I am not interested in.&nbsp;
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aslamo

If you've no experience in operations and supply chain then I don't think a generalist MBA is likely to help you as much to change career as a specialist supply chain or operations degree. With four years non-related work experience, you would likely be entering the field as a supply chain analyst. Have a search for adverts for such roles and see what the entry requirements are. 

If you've no experience in operations and supply chain then I don't think a generalist MBA is likely to help you as much to change career as a specialist supply chain or operations degree. With four years non-related work experience, you would likely be entering the field as a supply chain analyst. Have a search for adverts for such roles and see what the entry requirements are.&nbsp;
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Larry

Do an MBA - regardless of specialization - at the best school you can get into. You're more likely to transition into a management-level job with a better degree. MBAs aren't really about specializations, they're about a holistic approach to management.

If you want to continue to do specialized roles, in supply chain or operations management, do a specialized degree. 

Also, study where you want to work. If you want to work in Germany or Ireland, study in one of those countries (assuming you can speak both English and German fluently.) If your goal is to return back to India, pick a degree from a school with the best / broadest network there. 

Do an MBA - regardless of specialization - at the best school you can get into. You're more likely to transition into a management-level job with a better degree. MBAs aren't really about specializations, they're about a holistic approach to management.<br><br>If you want to continue to do specialized roles, in supply chain or operations management, do a specialized degree.&nbsp;<br><br>Also, study where you want to work. If you want to work in Germany or Ireland, study in one of those countries (assuming you can speak both English and German fluently.) If your goal is to return back to India, pick a degree from a school with the best / broadest network there.&nbsp;
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