One of the recurring themes I've read over the years before I finally embarked on an MBA was how "Engineers had it easy in an MBA", or more particularly - how skills from engineering would really give an advantage to those in an MBA. As I tread the courses, I can say with great confidence that this certainly is not so. So, here is my laundry list of the advantages, disadvantages of an engineering degree while going into an MBA
- A engineering degree will quite certainly make GMAT easier..
- But you will also have many other engineers to compete with
- The reason engineers why, while studying undergrad in India, there was a perceived advantage for engineers is because it was mostly engineers that went to MBA because most of the bright students went to engineering in the first place and were inclined to do well in the mostly entrance-test driven admissions in the local MBA institutes.
- I find very little from my engineering degree that actually helps me directly in the MBA. My finance/economics undergrad based friends have an advantage, and they also happen to be very, very smart. They beat most of us engineers hands-down. So much for my engineering!
- But we engineers have great value-add from the MBA. The amount of learning one could do is much higher because we don't do most of this during undergrad - so the bang for the buck for engineers is very high. Higher than many other disciplines.
Engineers don't have it easy in an MBA, so please stop perpetrating the myth!
Now let me spend a few minutes ranting about Fonty...
- No car = no leg. And there's seems rule/law in France that we can't lease a car with 2 drivers on it! Even if I get an insurance I cannot drive a car that's leased under my friends name. Argh.
- Our shipped packages with lot of essential items (dresses, toiletries, binders..) from Singapore still hasn't arrived in Fonty. Apparently the airlines screwed up something and now part of our boxes are with French customs. Oops. Argh.
Before coming here, I'd heard many remarks about France and the rude French people who would never speak English and would treat you badly and all the pain you would feel...well, that never happened. Just like all the exaggerations in life, this turned out to be another one.
- The immigration officer did not even ask a question and stamped me in
- The officials who guided me to my airport transfer service were friendly, helpful and spoke English
- The staff at school have all uniformly been helpful and have spoken English
- The lady at the Singapore-France embassy was helpful. Though I do have a beef with the fact that the visa forms in Singapore are in French! Come on!
- The train service between Gare De Lyon and Fonty is fast and efficient and pretty cheap (6 euros)
- French towns are pretty. But it's a real b***ch to get around without a car.
Alright then everyone, have a great weekend!