Want to pursue MBA in HR and Marketing. But confused in what to choose either full time or correspondence. Also in which university in India . Kindly suggest.
Pursuing an MBA is a great idea but you must first decide why you want to do an MBA and what subject you would like to take up.
Why MBA? - Is it only for added qualification, or are you keen to learn and specialise in a subject? Most often, an MBA is undertaken for the sake of furthering job prospects or for landing a job but, equally, the disappointment with such an objective is huge - An MBA does not guarantee a job or a promotion. On the other hand, it helps increase your knowledge vastly, so that you may apply the theory to your practice. In other words, it will help you perform better at work. So be certain about your objectives.
As for subjects, Marketing, Finance and Human Resource development are popular but you have several electives when you choose a subject - a combination of topics like Quantitative Analysis, Managerial Accounting and Management Information Systems are also taught along with the core subjects, so when you choose a course, you will end up cross-learning quite a bit!
You can take up a distance course if you are already working and can't take a break or sabbatical but usually, a residential program ends up giving you more exposure to practical exercises, workshops, plant visits and not to forget, direct access to your professors. Of course, residential programs cost more.
When choosing a college, don't worry too much about placement offers or 'claims' of placement, but focus on the faculty and the alumni. Do a bit of background research, with facilities and infrastructure in mind and you might be surprised that a really remotely placed institution, lesser known, may be graduating the best minds!
All the best and keep me posted.
Hello. Could you tell me how a woman can cope with her career breaks so that it does not affect her work life?
You are probably referring to breaks due to marriage and child bearing, which working women experience during their career. Most organisations are happy to have the employee back, after the break, providing the position has not been filled. The gap that you will experience, once you return, is that of being a little out of touch with the current scenario. You could keep yourself updated with the help of newsletters and magazines in your industry for trends and relevant news. After getting back to work, catching up with your job responsibilities is only a matter of time, if your co-workers and managers will cooperate in getting you up and going!
If you are referring to a sabbatical that you took to pursue a degree or if you have had to travel overseas or were off on medical leave or such other reasons, you may have to look for a new opening when you return. Keeping abreast of industry is still critical but explaining the gap in your service will be the key.