What to do after Bachelor's in Engineering - M.Tech. or M.B.A. or M.S.?

In this article, I will take you through the most confusing aspect of technical education i.e what to do after a Bachelor's in Engineering. I will put forth the various options available that one can choose from after completing graduation in engineering.

With education becoming much more important than it earlier used to be, people are eventually inclined towards quality education. Earlier, education wasn't considered that essential for a simple reason: people had other means as well to earn their living. However, today the scenario seems to have changed to a large extent. Education is above everything that comes our way. It not only earns you respect but also paves way for awareness: awareness about everything!

Now, we are at that stage wherein you find people valuing education and realizing how directly it is proportional to your reputation, standard of living and even confidence for that matter.

Having discussed how important it is to be educated, let's talk about the most confusing aspect of technical education; What after Bachelor's in Engineering (B.E)? Needless to say, engineering is opted by so many students making it a field with the highest demand.

Now, there are some who opt it out of interest; some as a result of running out of options and some due to parental/peer pressure. Among these, some excel while some fail. Taking into consideration all the possibilities, let us take a look at all the opportunities that lie ahead.

Category 1 - Taking 2 attempts to clear the exam

This shows you're capable enough to excel in the first attempt itself. Lack of seriousness, dedication and focus caused it all. Realize this before it's too late and act accordingly.

Category 2 - Multiple attempts

Now, this might be scary! Nevertheless, you got to realize the truth and take the right action. Yes, it might be disheartening to see your failures right in front of you. Also, not to neglect the hopes and expectations of your parents. Most of the students who fall under this category are into Engineering because of parental/peer pressure. They couldn't succeed in convincing their family regarding career plans.

But hey, just buck up and question yourself: Am I doing the right thing? Does my education motivate me? Does the thought of being called an Engineer elate you?

If no then take a minute to let the thought of changing your field sink in. Having done that, explore all the possible options you think can help you find your right path. Be cautious here for you're going to enter into an entirely new chapter of your life.

Category 3 - first attempt

For this group, there's hardly anything left to say. With it being not a tough task to crack exams, either of the two things come into play. First, it's your passion for engineering that made clearing exams easy or secondly, you're absolutely amazing with rote learning.

Putting forth the question that puts us in a fix: What after engineering? Some of you might end up doing jobs while others are yet to figure out what to be done next? If a job isn't on your cards then here are 3 options you can choose from.

1.Master's in Technology (M.Tech)

Quite obvious, the third category students have this option in their kitty. For the 1st category students, this can be your next step provided you inculcate the qualities of a professional.

If you plan to enhance your technical skills or are willing to get a secured government job then enroll yourself for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) exam and you're good to go. Also, if teaching is your aim then M.Tech. is the door. In short, M.Tech. is worthy if your interest is purely technical and you're planning to settle down in India itself.

2. M.S

Okay, so to clear the confusion out: M.Tech. and M.S both focus on technical areas. The only difference is the place you get your degree from. M.S gives you a foreign degree whereas M.Tech. gives you an Indian one. Also, if you're open to working in foreign countries then M.S is the best option. Many exams such as Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), etc. help you get admission in your dream college.

3. Master's in Business Administration (MBA)

Now, this is the most flexible of all the options as this is open to students belonging to each of the categories discussed already. The ones who want to change their stream by giving up engineering have a fair chance here. Also, if you don't want to leave behind your technical knowledge then branches like telecom management, research analysis, etc. can serve the purpose and if you're someone who's done engineering (with good marks) for the sake of it and are least interested in exploring technology further then MBA could be the game-changer.

To bring this to a wrap, it's really important to choose what you want to do next because this is exactly the same you'd be doing for the next 40 years. Be smart, choose wisely. All the best!

Article by Tony John
Tony John is a professional blogger from India, who started his first Weblog in 1998 at Tripod.com. Tony switched to blogging as a passion blended business in the year 2000 and currently operates several popular web properties including IndiaStudyChannel.com, Techulator.com, dotnetspider.com and many more.

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Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao18 Jan 2021 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

What after B.Tech? Before deciding about that one should think about his career interests and plans. Based on that only one should make a decision. The plan will differ from person to person. Some students may be interested in a career in industry. Some may have an interest in teaching line. Some may be having an interest in administrative services.

If a person is interested in teaching line, definitely he should think of doing MS/M Tech in the field of his graduation. But if a person is interested in an industry job, he should try to acquire the skills required for securing a job in the area of his interest. They need not think of going for M.Tech/M.S. They can try for an MBA, which will help them in getting into Managerial jobs in the industry.

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