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Hi All
I'm in my final year of Engineering in India. My ultimate aim is to go for an MBA from a top ranked school in the USA. I see two paths to that
1)Go for an MS in USA in my engineering discipline, gather work experience and then apply.
2)Go for a job in India directly, and then apply.
My question is that which one of these paths is more feasible and sensible? Also what are the chances of landing a job in Consulting or Investment Banking after Masters in USA?
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08-19-2017 11:41 PM
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1) Why specifically consulting or investment banking? Is it because of the money those professionals get?

In my opinion, if the expectation of earning grand sums of money is the only factor that's influencing you to do an MBA or specialize in i-banking or consulting, then reconsider. You have zero work-ex as of now, and no idea what to expect once you start working. What if, after you work for a few years, you decide that your niche lies in marketing research or customer management? Would you be open to not doing an MBA or doing it with any of those specializations, for example, in that case? My point is this: any graduate degree, but especially an MBA, is a huge investment of time and money and efforts. Be sure you want to get into it, before you make the leap, and make the leap for the right reasons. Just because a field is the new "in" thing, or because people working in a certain field earn a ton of money, doesn't mean it's the best thing or the suitable thing for everyone, or for you. Work for a few years, see what you like doing, then decide later if you'd like to study towards an MBA at that point, and if yes, then decide what you'd like to specialize in then.

2) If your end-goal is to get into an MBA down the line, what you need the most is good quality work-ex over everything else. In that sense, whether you have a graduate degree from the US or not isn't going to affect your chances much. Sure, many of your competitors might have graduate degrees, some of them from the US, but if you have good work-ex qualitatively, with increasing career responsibilities, that would be better for MBA admissions, in my opinion.

1) Please mention as many details as possible about your academics, research and work-ex, in terms of projects worked on, technologies used, roles/responsibilities handled, papers published/presented, awards/honors obtained, etc. All those have to be put in the misc details section of your UniSearch profile if you expect any help on Edulix.

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Hi
Thanks a lot for really insightful answer.
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I'd like to add my 2 cents here. Especially with relations to consulting careers since I have been looking into it extensively these days. An industrial experience isn't necessary to get into consulting. You could get in as a Junior Associate or pursue an internship and convert it into a full time offer right after your Masters in any Engineering discipline. Ofcourse, having an advanced degree (not just MBA but also PhD in natural sciences, eco, law, psychology, medicine etc.) is certainly preferable for getting into MBB and other strategy consulting firms. So you could choose to pursue Option 1 and directly thereafter get into consulting. Given in the US you wouldn't have language constraints, it would make life certainly a little simpler than how it is in Europe.

That being said, I agree with T_O in the fact that Grad school is a huge investment of time and money. So you should very carefully consider your reasons of wanting to get into investment banking or consulting other than going into it as a result of the bandwagon effect. You should be able to convincingly answer the question for yourself as to what triggers you to pursue one of these two career options. What makes you tick. If you have a definite answer to that other than earning huge loads of money, then go for it!

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For MBA start thinking in points as: What do you want to do after completion of MBA: domain, profile; why do you want to do it; what you've done so far (in work-ex) that helps you to progress in it; where MBA is going to play key role and help you to grow in a particular field; where do you see in so and so field after five years; and why do you want to be there in next five years.
See if you could take time from your schedule and coherently think on these few points.

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