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The MBA dream

Last week, me and my friends were sitting down at a local joint sipping hot coffee and munching biscuits and all of a sudden started this conversation on what to do in life and how to settle on a career. One of my friends suggested Chartered Accountancy as a priority since we were all commerce students and fair enough we were convinced about the idea since it was in sync with what we had studied during our graduation. Another friend of mine suggested that M.Com could be a viable option since it would be a natural extension to our graduation and would be great for someone looking at research or teaching as a possible career choice. Followed by a few seconds of silence someone uttered the three letters that makes  most of us optimistic of a great career. Yes, those three words were none other than MBA.
The conversation took shape and those letters put the sting back in our conversation. The topics varied from the competitive exams that we could take to the best business schools we could apply to, it all seemed so magical and we all simply assumed that if we manage to get a seat in any of these prestigious institutes then our careers will accelerate at a faster pace than John Abraham’s bike in Dhoom. After the conversation, it struck me that there is this one guy whom I know is doing his MBA from one of the top business schools in the country and I thought to myself why not talk to him. I did and he invited me to his school to meet his fellow school mates. As it turned out after meeting them I realised that an MBA is more about the journey than your destination. And also that the toughest part of an MBA is not getting into a good business school  but to get out of it successfully.
Yes, an MBA is a good platform to accelerate your career but like any other course its only what you make out of it. For example, during one of our conversations there was a mention of a student who topped absolutely every exam possible before and during the MBA but only managed to get average placements where as another person who with his average marks but good business acumen  managed to walk away with the highest package that year. Which goes on to emphasise that marks are a plus only when you can back it up with the right attitude and business acumen.
This experience brought back the memory of a quote by my mathematics faculty from school and it goes like this ” You need not be the best at calculations, a calculator is much better at it than you could ever be. You will be hired for your judgement of variables and your business acumen other things are just add-ons”. Well, today I can with all my heart second that thought. An MBA is what you make of it.

Last week, me and my friends were sitting down at a local joint sipping hot coffee and munching biscuits and all of a sudden started this conversation on what to do in life and how to settle on a career. One of my friends suggested Chartered Accountancy as a priority since we were all commerce students and fair enough we were convinced about the idea since it was in sync with what we had studied during our graduation. Another friend of mine suggested that M.Com could be a viable option since it would be a natural extension to our graduation…

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