Q: I am a graduate in electronics and telecommunication engineering. I had worked for three years in a leading electronics goods manufacturing company. For the last two and a half years, I have been working in a public sector company for the last two and a half years. I want to do masters in business administration but am not sure which subject to choose for specialisation.
A: Pre-MBA work experience will help you in getting lateral placement. MBA colleges like ICFAI and Symbiosis offer distance learning courses with dual specialisation. Get into a good MBA college, do your first year. Then on the basis of your interest and experience you can choose a subject for specialisation. Try to take up a part-time course where you could attend classes on weekends. Choose a college after doing some research on the placements obtained by its alumni.
Q:I have about 15 years’ experience of working as a secretary to the chairman and managing director of a private company. I have done BA and diploma in personal secretaryship. Is there any course related to my work that I can do?
A: Learning is an ongoing process. To enhance your career prospects, you can attend workshops on varied topics. I would recommend the office automation certificate programme to leverage your experience and enhance your skills. The course will help you in using the most advanced features of Microsoft Office and in managing emails using Outlook. It will also help you manage financial data in Excel and create formatted documents in Microsoft Word, as well as make interactive Power Point presentations. Further, you can appear for Microsoft’s MOS certification exams for Access, Excel, Word and Power Point.
Q:I am a 37-year-old commerce graduate working as an IT head in a reputed organisation. I have a diploma in information and systems management and some professional certifications in IT. I also have global certifications such as ITIL, MCP and CCNA. Should I opt for MBA or do some other certification course like PMP or Six sigma?
A: The experience that you have gained over the years in the IT domain is very valuable. The challenge is to leverage these skills. The management degree will enable you to look at newer avenues. It will also give you a good theoretical grounding in general managerial aspects. You can opt for part-time MBA.
Q:I am currently working as a manager in a private company in Ranchi and have about 13 years’ experience in accounts / administration. I have done BCom (hons) from Calcutta University and MBA (finance) through correspondence. I want to do an executive MBA in HR but am not sure whether it will help me in my work.
A: As you have considerable experience in accounts and administration, you can opt for an executive MBA. It will help you to move to the next level. Moreover, as you have an MBA in finance, you can opt for specialised courses offered by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Chartered Financial Accountants of India.
Q:I have five years’ experience of working in HR / administration with a pharmaceutical company in Calcutta. I am seeking a better job opportunity but don’t have MBA (HR). Should I do MBA from XLRI or SAP (HR)?
A: I would advise you to do a part-time MBA. The SAP market is growing in India. However, it would be advisable to consider the cost implications too. Getting trained from a reputed organisation can be quite expensive.
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