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careers after mba

What does an MBA program teach students?

An MBA program equips you with an analytical mindset, strategic viewpoint, goal-oriented approach and a larger vision for your life. Below are some of the soft skills that students learn -

  • Leadership: Simulation activities, role plays, daily assignments and group activities provide students with multiple opportunities to learn and display their leadership capabilities.
  • Communication: Oral and Written business communication is an important ingredient in any field. MBA curriculum offers active participation in Group discussions, Case studies etc. which helps students in honing their communication skills.
  • Problem Solving Skills: A hands-on approach to all challenges and an analytical mindset towards long term solutions is taught through different classroom activities.
  • Risk Management: MBA students are put in simulations activities where they must take a calculated risk and bold decisions at the same time. They must decide the most cost-effective, and value-adding solution with minimum fallouts.
  • Business and Technical understanding: MBA students are given a detailed understanding of all aspects of a business - production, development, operations, logistics, banking, finance, marketing, sales, software applications and human resources.


All the above skills along with networking abilities learnt in the course helps MBA students soar high in their careers.

Below are some of the core subjects that MBA graduates are taught in their curriculum -

  • Management

  • Marketing

  • Human Resources

  • Finance

  • Accounting

  • Sales

  • Operations

  • Technology


In-depth knowledge of all the above areas of business helps MBA graduates choose a specialization and career in any of the above fields.

Top Careers after an MBA

Career in Banking & Finance

Individuals interested in Security & Investment Analysis/Portfolio Management can go for jobs in Banks, Security Firms, Insurance Companies etc. Corporate Treasury, Business Operations and Credit Analysis are some of the job profiles available in this sector.

Transaction Banking, Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Compliance, and Credit Relationship Management are some other areas in Banking that MBA graduates can explore.

Cognizant Business Consulting, KPMG, PwC, Credit Swiss, HDFC Bank etc. are some companies that are popular for hiring in this sector.

Career in Marketing

Marketing jobs are available in almost all the sectors like Retail, Banking, Hospitality, Media, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) etc.

An exciting array of roles are available such as Brand Manager, Marketing Manager, Product Manager, Market Research Analyst, Media Planner, PR Manager, Digital Marketer etc.

In the Marketing sector, individuals are expected to promote the company’s products, define a product positioning strategy, understand distribution channels, reach new customers and retain old ones.

Digital Marketing Manager is a new profile that has become extremely popular with the advent of the internet and social media channels like Facebook, Instagram etc. Some of the tasks entail pay per click marketing, search engine optimization etc.

Some of the popular companies that hire in this field are Tata Consultancy Services, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Vodafone, Amazon etc.
Career in Sales

A career in Sales revolves around designing the Sales Strategy, Setting Goals keeping the budget in mind, leading the sales team, analyzing Sales Data, setting targets for different territories, and predicting revenue and profits. A fresh MBA Graduate may have to start from the lower end of the spectrum but with experience, he can rise to senior positions. With regular incentives and commissions on the achievement of targets, it is one of the most lucrative career choice.

Career in Operations

MBA in Operations is an extremely valued specialization across all industries, including Telecom, IT, and E-Commerce. Job titles include Supply Chain Manager, Logistics Manager, Inventory Control Manager, Project Managers, and Operations Manager.

MBAs in Operations are usually hired for looking after responsibilities related to Supply Chain, Vendor, and Inventory Management, Sales Operations, and Production Management. They are also given charge of Delivery, Fulfillment, and Returns.

Popular companies in India include Amazon, Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Airtel, TVS Motor Company, and Deloitte.

Career in Technology

An MBA program in Technology usually covers topics such as Emerging Technologies, Sustainability, Biotechnology and Clinical Technology.

Technology Managers keep up with fast-changing technology developments and innovations. They understand products and services and look for new ideas that will thrive in the market.

Some of the job profiles are Information Systems Managers, Systems Analysts, and Chief Technology Officers, Data Processing Manager, Business Analyst etc.

IBM, BAE Systems, United Technologies Corporation, Lowe’s Companies, and Atmel Corporation are among popular companies that hire in this space.

Career in Human Resource Management

Human Resources Managers act as a bridge between employees and employers. They design organization policies and take care of employee benefits and payroll. They also ensure that organizational HR policies follow ever-changing government laws.

A career in Banking & Finance

Since the MBA graduates are exposed to all aspects of business namely Operations, Logistics, Finance, Sales etc., they are well equipped to get straight into Entrepreneurship. The last decade has seen the rise of umpteen startups in India which have changed the entrepreneurship landscape completely. Flipkart, Snapdeal, Zomato are some of the popular examples that have done extremely well in a short span of time.

Entrepreneurship

Individuals interested in Security & Investment Analysis/Portfolio Management can go for jobs in Banks, Security Firms, Insurance Companies etc. Corporate Treasury, Business Operations and Credit Analysis are some of the job profiles available in this sector.

Transaction Banking, Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Compliance, and Credit Relationship Management are some other areas in Banking that MBA graduates can explore.

Cognizant Business Consulting, KPMG, PwC, Credit Swiss, HDFC Bank etc. are some companies that are popular for hiring in this sector.

Teaching

If you are inclined towards academics, teaching in MBA colleges is a very good option. One can also get involved with research and pursue PhD. This can open many more avenues such as - Contributing Research Papers to Academic Journals, Writing / Editing Academic books etc.

Below is the list of pay package for MBA Graduates from top B-schools

B-School Average Salary in 2018 (INR) Top Recruiting Areas
IIM Ahmedabad 20 lakh per annum Consulting, General Management, Finance
IIM Bangalore 20 lakh per annum Consulting, General Management, Marketing 
IIM Calcutta 20 lakh per annum Consulting, General Management, Marketing
IIM Indore 15.67 lakh per annum Finance, Marketing & Sales
IIM Shillong 14 lakh per annum Consulting, IT/ Analytics
IIM Ranchi 15.14 lakh per annum Marketing & Sales
IIM Trichy 13.01 lakh per annum Marketing
IIM Udaipur 12.91 lakh per annum Marketing & Sales
IIM Raipur 12.51 lakh per annum Marketing & Sales
IIFT, Delhi 18.01 lakh per annum Marketing, Sales
FMS, Delhi 20.5 lakh per annum Consulting, General Management
XLRI Jamshedpur 18.5 lakh per annum Finance
NMIMS Mumbai 17.09 lakh per annum BFSI
JBIMS Mumbai 18.13 lakh per annum BFSI
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