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Why engineers should not shy away from getting a MBA

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

Courtesy - Gaurav Singh
Final day of the class - notice my name card autographed by all my sectionmates

I am an engineer at heart. Few years back, I didn't like engineers getting their MBA. Even when I started my MBA at Harvard Business School, I remained skeptical. The reason, as I understood, was the perception of lack of hard skills. If I am an electrical engineer, I can do one of computer architecture design, design industrial motors, write computer vision algorithms and so on. My work will be key to designing products and services that a company can sell. There can be a clear value attribution, i.e. how much money I made for the company. But if I am a MBA, what can I do? I can devise better strategies? I can lead more effectively? Well, those are hard to put $ value on, right? Well, that's not the right way to think about it.

MBA programs offer engineers a chance to improve their business skills and learn more about management. This can be extremely beneficial for those who want to move into leadership positions within their companies. MBA programs can also help engineers to better understand the financial aspects of businesses and learn how to make sound investments. In addition, most MBA programs require students to take the GMAT, which can help engineers to hone their analytical and problem-solving skills. As a result, getting an MBA can be a great way for engineers to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the business world.

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