MBA in a field where IT and management skills can be used


Jas

I did B. Tech( Electronics & Communication) & am working as a Systems Engineer since 2010 in a leading IT company of India. I want to go to US for further studies for MBA. I want some career guidance as I want to combine my IT skills and management skills in such a way that I can excel with the course I do from US. Please suggest. Thanks.

I did B. Tech( Electronics & Communication) & am working as a Systems Engineer since 2010 in a leading IT company of India. I want to go to US for further studies for MBA. I want some career guidance as I want to combine my IT skills and management skills in such a way that I can excel with the course I do from US. Please suggest. Thanks.
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Duncan

Why not use this approach http://www.find-mba.com/board/33571 ? I searched for people in the US with the key words (Electronics Communication Systems Engineer MBA ) who studied at institutions containing the word "Indian". This link might work for you: http://www.linkedin.com/search/fpsearch?keywords=Electronics+Communication+Systems+Engineer+MBA&school=Indian&searchLocationType=I&countryCode=us&keepFacets=keepFacets&page_num=1&search=&pplSearchOrigin=MDYS&viewCriteria=1&sortCriteria=R&facetsOrder=CC%2CN%2CI%2CPC%2CL%2CFG%2CTE%2CFA%2CSE%2CP%2CCS%2CF%2CDR%2CG%2CED&redir=redir

Many are working in IT (software, telecoms, networking, semis, electronics etc), consulting and finance firms in Engineering and IT roles. Most are still working in tech roles. Those who have studied in the US seem to favour Berkeley and MIT.

Why not use this approach http://www.find-mba.com/board/33571 ? I searched for people in the US with the key words (Electronics Communication Systems Engineer MBA ) who studied at institutions containing the word "Indian". This link might work for you: http://www.linkedin.com/search/fpsearch?keywords=Electronics+Communication+Systems+Engineer+MBA&school=Indian&searchLocationType=I&countryCode=us&keepFacets=keepFacets&page_num=1&search=&pplSearchOrigin=MDYS&viewCriteria=1&sortCriteria=R&facetsOrder=CC%2CN%2CI%2CPC%2CL%2CFG%2CTE%2CFA%2CSE%2CP%2CCS%2CF%2CDR%2CG%2CED&redir=redir

Many are working in IT (software, telecoms, networking, semis, electronics etc), consulting and finance firms in Engineering and IT roles. Most are still working in tech roles. Those who have studied in the US seem to favour Berkeley and MIT.
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Jas

Thanks for the reply. It has cleared my vision to great extent.

I am looking for more of management profile and less of IT role. Do you think I should look at completely different field like MBA in Marketing or HR or a MBA in Finance would be more suitable?

Thanks for the reply. It has cleared my vision to great extent.

I am looking for more of management profile and less of IT role. Do you think I should look at completely different field like MBA in Marketing or HR or a MBA in Finance would be more suitable?
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Duncan

There are three tactical things to think about
- In India, specialised professionals masters are often called MBAs. Outside India, those are master of science degrees. In the West, the MBA is primarily a degree in general management, with the core focussing on the full range of management tasks.
- It's very hard to change country, role *and* industry in one move - especially if one doesn't have US residency. Move one step at a time: look for a degree which will allow one to move into a role in the US that's similar to the role that's already being done, or one or two rungs on the ladder above that.
- If someone wants to do an MBA, get into the best business school that they can. Focus on a strong GMAT score.

However, I still think you need to focus more on what you want and what you enjoy. There are career aptitude tests.

There are three tactical things to think about
- In India, specialised professionals masters are often called MBAs. Outside India, those are master of science degrees. In the West, the MBA is primarily a degree in general management, with the core focussing on the full range of management tasks.
- It's very hard to change country, role *and* industry in one move - especially if one doesn't have US residency. Move one step at a time: look for a degree which will allow one to move into a role in the US that's similar to the role that's already being done, or one or two rungs on the ladder above that.
- If someone wants to do an MBA, get into the best business school that they can. Focus on a strong GMAT score.

However, I still think you need to focus more on what you want and what you enjoy. There are career aptitude tests.
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Jas

Thanks for the reply. Yes, Career Aptitude Tests is a very good suggestion. Thanks again.

Thanks for the reply. Yes, Career Aptitude Tests is a very good suggestion. Thanks again.
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ralph

I'd agree 100% with what Duncan has advised. I'd add that you may be able to adapt your IT background into a more strategic, managerial-focused role if you did an MBA program that has a focus in IT.

In the US, you might consider a program like the MBA in Information Technology Management at Temple Fox; or the Technology Management MBA at Washington Foster.

An alternative would be to do pair an MBA with a second master's-level degree in technology. For this approach, consider Boston University's like an MS that focuses on information systems, for example.

I'd agree 100% with what Duncan has advised. I'd add that you may be able to adapt your IT background into a more strategic, managerial-focused role if you did an MBA program that has a focus in IT.

In the US, you might consider a program like the MBA in Information Technology Management at Temple Fox; or the Technology Management MBA at Washington Foster.

An alternative would be to do pair an MBA with a second master's-level degree in technology. For this approach, consider Boston University's like an MS that focuses on information systems, for example.
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