16 June 2008

Master’s Degree

Higher education has always been sought after. In today’s world the more degrees you have the better the chance of landing a job. Its no longer enough to be a BA Eng Hons. to be a writer. You need to have done a post graduation in mass communication or at the very least a diploma in journalism before anyone will even consider your contributions to any magazine.

In the same vein, it is no longer enough to be an engineer (mechanical or software, you take your pick), instead you must be an engineer with a post graduation in management to land a decent pay packet. Which brings me to the whole MBA scam, what the big deal about being an MBA? While I don’t challenge the whole lot of intelligent people who seem to be opting for this particular Master’s Degree, I do wonder why a counselor at an aviation institute needs to be an MBA?

I also despair the grave difference between the salaries offered to a non-MBA person vis-à-vis one who is. Dear Lord, the difference is astounding and quite unreasonable in many cases. A new and fresh MBA who joins the firm for a particular job may draw double the salary of an older more experienced person in the same firm who is doing the same job for 10 years or more. Where is the sense in that?

I have been seriously wondering about doing an MBA, just to make things easy on myself. Then I think about it and say to myself if after two post graduate diplomas in Management and HR training respectively and seven years of work experience behind me, I still need to study some more to help prospective employees hire me, then there’s something wrong with the system.

So here’s to the Master’s Degree that I refuse to do…So long, I don’t need you!

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