The MBA illusion

Whats up guys? I know I have been out of the scene for sometime but you know the month of actions have begun. Sending links to recommenders, talking to them, drafting essays, getting it reviewed, re-editing, brain-storming and then the final attempt to GMAT. Its all too much. I will talk about all this later. I am going to have two quick posts today, the first of which is about the learnings from a B-School by MBASaga Blogger. Congrats MBASaga for finally getting the job of your choice 🙂 But why MBASaga post? There is a reason for this. Unfortunately, I have seen my friends going after MBA only because it is an “MBA”. I always tell its not always true for all and one may be landing into a deeper shit if you doing proper self-introspection of your life, aspirations and yourself. An example that I saw was when Mr.X from Company Y (identities cannot be disclosed) left for his MBA at IIM only to come back at the same designation after 2yrs. of his MBA. Atleast, I feel the person took the right decision after he realized his mistakes but most of us succumb to the societal and parental pressures. MBASaga echoed the same things that I firmly believe and in fact, my friend, Marquis Parker, also echoes numerous times during our conversations. Here are the main points from the post:

  1. Business school is all glamor from the outside. It is a chimera of infinite possibility; it even has a misleading aura of invincibility. Maybe it is a result of the highly selective nature of the admission process. Be it the GMAT or the 2500 words of descriptive essays or the other intangible admission criteria of US B-Schools, it is designed to skim only the very top of a highly competitive applicant pool.
  2. Surrounded by immensely successful people from astoundingly diverse backgrounds, the first few months of business school can be humbling, even intimidating at times. The popular career choices and the “cool” jobs invitingly dangle in front of you. The allure is irresistible.
  3. Not everyone has their entire career figured out while at school. But everyone has immediate aspirations, which in bad economic times may seem unattainable. You can use the time at b-school to test for yourself if conviction can conquer the need to compromise, if the extra mile is better than diversion. Recession or boom, I feel that this is my most important lesson, as valuable to me as my Wharton diploma.
  4. Business school seldom prepares one for failure, or for uncertainties. In fact for the risk averse, it is a rather expensive insurance against uncertainty.

Do read the post completely at http://thembasaga.blogspot.com/2010/08/combating-compromise-reflection-on.html

Good Luck!!!

Disclaimer: In any form, the identities of Mr. X and Company Y will not be disclosed and if found any similarity by anyone referring to any person, will the responsibility of that person only and it will just be an co-incidental for me.

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