Let me begin with – what all of us want. We want a good career. At the beginning, placement/job offer and initial salary are biggest criteria to decide on the good career. This is the main (or only) thing we look after any formal education. When we don’t get this we look for the higher study. Here we should be a little bit cautious. All higher education is not job guarantor. It may end up in spending huge money, 2 yrs of time and no outcome.
Students generally share following dilemma and not able to decide on what they should choose.
Confusion is only when there are more than one options.
A. What should I choose after graduation – MBA or PG??
This is a very wide question. I will answer it in two parts
1. Area of interest: If you are interested in making a career in food tech, then you should go for PG. If you are interested in management role – marketing, finance, supply chain etc. then go for MBA. But, here don’t confuse with good future v/s interest. I am entirely talking on interest.
2. Which institute are you going to? Brand of institute matters a lot. It’s not degree, its brand of the institute which helps one to get the first job. You might have noticed, I am using word PG not MSc or M. Tech. Because it does not matter, what degree you are taking, what matters is from where you are taking a degree. Remember IIM doesn’t give masters degree rather gives a diploma. If you do either PG or MBA from not so good colleges, this would be of no use. There are dozens of college providing PG in food tech and thousands are for MBA. We cannot compare any MBA with any PG. For e.g., we cannot compare MBA from IIMs, XLRI or other top 10 colleges with PG of lower end PG colleges. Similarly, you cannot compare career path with PG in CFTRI, UDCT, NIFTEM and other top PG colleges with MBA from any low-end MBA colleges.
Many time students ask which college is better for PG? Unfortunately, there are no such ratings of Food Technology College as you would get for MBA and engineering colleges. But, as I mentioned earlier, to be frank, mostly prime aim of any higher education is to have a better career. So, one of the criteria for selection of a college should be how is job placement there and/or how easily
B. What should we go for – PG or Job
This dilemma should only come when you have both the options in your hand. Many time students have approached me saying they are confused – “what should I do – job or PG?”. When I ask detail of both the options, I come to know that they don’t have anything in hand. So, you should not get confused with hypothetical options.
Here the approach would be different and many times very personal also. The first thing you should remove from your mind – you are not doing PG to enhance your knowledge (if you are already graduate in food). After PG also you are going to search for a job. Now to answer the question – PG or Job, I would like to give the following scenario
1. You want to do Ph.D. in future then YES you should go for PG
2. You have done UG from not so known college and don’t have any job in hand, you can go for P
3. You have done UG from not so known college and have a job offer in hand and also a PG seat in a college. In this case, you should try to follow following decision matrix.