Expert Advice to Chart Your Future

This column will answer your queries on different career options

Published: 12th January 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th January 2015 12:33 AM   |  A+A-

I have completed engineering and I am not sure about what to do next. Please advise. You need to first decide if you wish to pursue your Master’s in the technical area or managerial area. If you wish to do MTech, you need to clear the GATE exam with good scores to get admission in premium institutions like the IITs, BITS-Pilani, IISc, Bangalore, among others. Alternatively, if you wish to do MBA, then you need good scores in CAT, XAT or CMAT to seek admission in the IIMs, XLRI and other prominent B-Schools. I would recommend you do your MTech immediately as you can always do MBA at any later point in time in your career.

EXPERT.jpgI have completed by graduation in Microbiology but wish to go do an MBA. Is it allowed? How should I plan this shift? Will I succeed?

Yes, you are allowed to apply for an MBA after completion of graduation in any stream. Do review your decision to move out of Pure Sciences into Management and discuss the reasons, pros and cons with a career counsellor. You can then apply for various MBA entrance exams like CAT, CMAT and XAT, and get into a management school of your choice. Do plan for your intended area of specialisation and work sincerely towards the same. Your success will depend on your efforts and dedication in the course.

Prof RSS Mani is an eminent career counsellor and currently VP, Institutional Development at ITM Group of Institutions. Write to him at


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