Break the Mould: Look Beyond an MBA

Sharan


November 10th, 2017

For many a mid-career professional, getting an MBA is a go-to option. The general perception among most professionals is that pursuing an MBA will lead to a better job and pay. But that only works if you know what you want, and eventually, an MBA graduate gets stuck in a rut and stagnated too.

In India especially, we see many professionals jump into the MBA bandwagon after a few years of being the quintessential techie. They believe people on the business side get paid more and have better jobs than people on the tech side, and see this transition as a natural progression. But the world is changing, technologies are evolving, and pursuing a program due to the mass hysteria and aura around it will only get you so far – and there are professionals who are realizing that.

Karthik Karunaharan is an OpenVMS System Administrator at IBM India, and he couldn’t agree more that MBA was not the right bet for him.

“Going after an MBA was a definite time involvement which I was not ready for. I needed a program which is more flexible, and can help me build on my existing skills. The cost of doing an MBA was also a major concern for me. I was in two minds between an MBA and a specialized analytics program, but after discussion with peers and seniors, I realized that specialized skills are valued more in the industry. Machine Learning and Deep Learning are the skills of the future. I’m happy I’ve chosen PGPDM which is more flexible and fits into my work life more easily.”, he says.

And that is why, he chose the Postgraduate Program in Data Science & Machine Learning (PGPDM)a 10-month specialized learning program offered by Jigsaw Academy and University of Chicago Graham School. The PGPDM trains its students on amazing real-world technologies that are not only in huge demand, but have also become essential skills to pick up for technology professionals. The Indian IT industry is saturated and is facing the heat of automation, which is making many of the jobs in the industry become redundant. 

What, If Not an MBA?

Data Science and Machine Learning are the key skills that are needed and with the PGPDM, tech professionals can upskill to an in-demand and relevant area of expertise. For working professionals, dropping everything and pursuing a full-time classroom program may not be the best option, and is not an appealing option either. The PGPDM is a blended learning program – which means it is offered in a mix of online and offline mode. With the online mode, you can access the course videos at any time from wherever you are. The offline classes are held on weekends every few weeks, thereby not disrupting the professional and personal lives of anyone who pursues it.

Offered at a fraction of a cost of an MBA, the PGPDM surely is a more targeted learning program which gives professionals specific skill sets that make them ready for the future. With the provision of working on live projects and handling real-world data, the PGPDM gives you a glimpse of what a day on the job feels like, even before you graduate. Being taught by international lecturers from the University of Chicago is an excellent learning experience, getting exposed to what the global market scenario is like.

Pursuing an MBA is a great option, but not the only option. It’s no longer the age of generalists, it’s the specialists who are in demand and a program like the Postgraduate Program in Data Science & Machine Learning (PGPDM) provides the right set of skills to be ready to build the future as an elite technology professional.


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