When to do MBA after Engineering - Work Experience

When should you do MBA ? Directly after Bachelors/B.Tech or Work and then ?

In MBA in USA by Kumar257 Comments

Many students across the global with aspirations to pursue management degree like MBA wonder when should they get MBA ? Some think :  why waste and year, just get it right after B.Tech/ Engineering or any Bachelors degree .  What is the correct decision ?  I was one of those who used to always think like that : ” I should not waste time and get it right away”. But, luckily things did not work out and it is a very good thing I did not do it right away. I feel the importance when I am in classes discussing with fellow class mates.

When should you ideally do MBA ?
Short answer, ideally, you should work for at least  3 to 4 years and then start MBA.

What difference does it make ? Why should you work ?  
Work experience makes a huge difference. I can not explain how important it is. Many concepts related to  leadership, organization management, change management need work experience. You will not make much out of those classes if you do not have experience.  For instance, the question would be: how did you deal with your team ? what conflicts did you encounter as a team manager or member.  Think about it, if you have not worked, how would you know ? So, it is very much needed to have work experience.

What point in your career should you do MBA ?
You could pursue MBA for couple of reasons, either to change careers or move into leadership roles. In first case, MBA is recommended when you plan to move into leadership roles or you started a leadership role and need help to do well. Especially for leadership roles, the Golden rule is, you have to work for few years before doing MBA. In fact, some of the top ranked business schools in the world require professional work experience.  They know the importance of it.

In the second case, where one would do MBA is to change their career path . Let’s say you are in some sort of IT kind of role and you want to make a career change to strategy roles. One of the things you can do is get admission at good school, do it full time and on the way do internships in strategy. This gives you an option to change your careers. The key is internships, if not you may end up where you were and may not be able to change easily.

What can I do during my working period after Bachelors to be prepared for MBA ?There are couple of things you can do during your prep time. First and most important thing is to make sure you do well in the tests like GMAT, GRE, or any other test that you would take for admission. So, focus on the important areas that are part of these tests like Verbal,Quantitative, Writing skills, etc. You need to start to research about schools that could fit your passion and goals.

Now, second thing, these things may not directly help you with admission, but will help you be knowledgable and can help you in your MBA classes or after that for your career. Depending on your background, you can start studying books in finance, leadership, Innovation, articles in Economist, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, etc. You can do many of the online courses on leadership on Coursera or LinkedIn that can help you increase your business acumen.

 My Personal Experience :
My background is from engineering and I always had the perception that I should not get break in education and I will lose the track…but, my perception was wrong…I could only realize the value of work experience when I started to do the pre-requisites of MBA and then fully appreciate the value of work experience when I was doing MBA…Having said this, there are many successful students from elite schools, who get done with MBA from top Universities and come out with flying colors right after engineering…but, this does not apply to majority of the students…
What are your thoughts ?  What is your experience ? Do you think, it is important ?
 If you are stuck between decision to do MS or MBA in US, you may read this article on  MS vs. MBA in US – Coursework, Cost and Funding “

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Comments ( 257 )

  1. Mohit Bhardwaj

    Hello sir,
    i have done my B tech in civil Engineering and now i am working in a it firm… so is there any chance for me to get work visa over there..

  2. javed ahmad

    sir i have b tech mechanical degree and two year experience from multinational company but i interested in MBA through scholar ship from a well reputed university …… will you guide me

    1. administrator

      Scholarships are not easy to get for MBA. There are lot of articles on the blog on how to get started and apply. You can browsed around to find more info. We do not provide guidance on specific schools.

  3. Chhaya Raj


    I am confused weather should I go for MBA or MS. Here is my scenario
    I am double master ( one from India and ona from Germany) in Microbiological/biotechnology background and I have 1 year research work experience.
    Right Now I am in USA on F2. My question are here.

    1. I am not from mathematical background. will it be advisable to go for MBA?
    2. My marks is average in bachelors and master ( 70-75 %) will I get admit?

  4. pavan kumar

    i have completed btech in cse 2017 . after that i got job small startup company
    after 1 year that company the company will be terminated . from that time i working for so many firms that not considered out core sides after some personal reasons i leave from city . then that time i working on accounting side ( 1 year) .i am decided to work in accounting side, now i am doing mba is it possible ? i am totally confused because i am c s e student is there any way?

  5. NL

    Hi, I’m in the USA on H1B visa. Completed 4 years of my H1B quota. I want to take up evening MBA which takes 2 and a half years. So I’ll be done with 6 years of my H1B visa quota. So, how would I continue with this?

  6. V S Anjali

    I have completed b tech in ECE in 2017. I have got placed as a software engineer in an IT firm. But , I would like to do MBA as I am very much interested in business and management section. I’m confused whether to go for the job or do MBA now. Since I am from ECE , I have very little knowledge on coding. So, I am in a doubt on whether I will be able to do my work as a software engineer in the IT firm or not as I have very little knowledge in programming languages. May be I can learn it in their training classes, but I am not sure. I’m totally confused on what to do next. Whether MBA or job. Can I attend MBA coaching classes while going for work ? Or should I just focus on MBA, leaving behind job?

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