Why MBA after BA (English Honours)? rather why NOT??

While pursuing graduation every student poses this question to oneself, what after English honors? The answers that come out are Civil Services, Banking jobs, LLB and MBA. One of my students at Bfactory, named Anoop Kumar Sinha gave me an interesting answer. Firstly, in civil Services, the input required is very high and the conversion is really difficult. Banking jobs are not that lucrative. But once you pursue an MBA you don’t get a job but you get a career. Secondly, he was aware that every IIM looks for diversity in their batch profile. Hence an English honors student might get selected into IIMs at a relatively lesser percentile as compared to an Engineering background aspirant. He was pursuing English Honors and eventually made into IIM Ahmedabad. His remarks regarding MBA as a career option still echoes in my ears: Sir one should do an MBA because of 5 reasons:

1) Initial Career Impetus.

2) Remuneration

3) Performance-driven growth

4) Cross Functionalities.

5) Networking

One important question asked to an English honors student appearing in any MBA college interview is “how his graduation subjects would help him/her in becoming a better manager”. According to me, an English Honors student has better comprehension ability compared to the students from other disciplines. And as a manager, one has to comprehend a lot of information from different sources and make a decision based on it. So, if you look at English honors only from the subject point of view then it may seem that it will not help you become a better manager but if you see from the learning point of view then I would say it is one of the most relevant graduation disciplines for management.

One conclusion, we can derive here is that in today’s era where India has gone through the concept of LPG (Liberalization, Privatization, and Globalization), MBA has become one of the most sought after career options not only for engineers but also for somebody who is pursuing masters in humanities too.

Anil Kumar

Faculty, Quantitative Aptitude


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