Did you know, that the most common GMAT applicant profile is IIM?
IIM has become an acronym for “Indian IT Male.” Hardly surprising then, that the largest chunk of students in any Indian B-school today comes with some experience in the IT/ITeS industry. A glance at the placement records of the premiere B schools reveals that the IT/ITeS industry still have a heavy appetite in terms of number of students they recruit. Put the two together and B-school seems like a shunting in your career in the IT industry, where you come out of one mass recruiter and go back to another just to be a better paid version of what you were even without the MBA. If you are one of those people who are looking to join a B-school, quitting your present job, because you feel that you don’t belong to that particular industry – then this particular piece of information would definitely induce a fair amount of fear and doubt in you. After all, what you really want to do is investment banking or branding.
The main reason for this fear is the misconception about the kind of profiles a company may offer to fresh MBAs. For example, will an IT company recruit only for IT (pure systems) profile? Why not let’s think otherwise.
In any organization, all departments are present, and each one is important in their own way. Look at it this way – what is a consultant at KPMG (IT) doing? Is he in the IT industry? Or is he in the Financial Services domain? If you were doing brand management for IBM, are you an IT guy or a cool brand-guru? If you were coding for the next version of EA Sports’ Soccer game, are you a cool gamer or are you a programmer? The finance team of Larsen & Toubro Limited is bigger than some of the smaller banks in India. The marketing team at BMW works in tandem with the Product design team.
In any organization, there are no water-tight silos in which Marketing, Finance, Operations, HR, and Systems work separately. The higher you go up the corporate ladder; there is a greater demand for cross-functional knowledge.
So where does this fear originate that your job would not be what would make you happy?
The reason for such fear is that when we join a B-school, we come in with some vague ideas about what the terms Finance, Marketing, Operation, Systems and HR imply. As students gets exposure to all the various portions (it would be unfair to call them branches – all of them are the stem) of Management in first year, the lines that separate them smudge a bit. In fact in our experience at TAPMI, at the end of the first year, we have realized what we did not know about every portion far outweighed what we did know. Based on these partial ideas about different streams, students come in with preconceived notions about what they shall specialize in and what subjects are going to shape their futures.
Hence, while it’s good that B-School aspirants come with some preference about the stream/portion they want to specialize in, it is strongly advised to them to look for quality education in all specializations and a healthy learning environment before they look at the placement figures.
The world is yet to figure out the way to stop a person from doing well at what he/she is passionate about doing.
– Subhayu Roy & Sumit Saurabh (Batch 2009-2011)