Do I even need an MBA degree?

Lets begin with what i am doing right now and how i see my career progressing, if I do not go for an MBA. This way i will be able to decide if i even need an MBA or not? Am I mad in spending more than $100,000 for a degree?

Fortunately, my new company defines a career path for people at my position and defines 4 levels which i can climb. Below is the way my company defines those positions :

  1. Application Consultant 1 : I have focused myself in an area of domain and technology or a tool and i have started on the learning curve by taking part in the software projects
  2. Application Consultant 2: I am responsible for building, maintaining and improving client applications. I have played a role in charting out the technical or functional design out of client’s requirements.
  3. Senior Application Consultant: I am now considered as an expert in my technology(tool) and domain practices. I play an important role in charting out functional and technical designs out of client’s requirements. Since, i am a stream lead, I am responsible for operational and technical issues.
  4. Managing Application Consultant: Here, in addition to the responsibilities of SAC above, I also drive the sales opportunities with in my technology and domain.

Now analyzing the above roles, i see myself in the second role which is Application Consultant 2 where i have done some of the implementations and now doing one more as well. But to move to further roles, i will have to either do some more implementations to understand the diversity of scenarios that in the similar implementations and switch or be in support role for a long long time but in an IT industry, you are kinda stuck there because of huge number of people.

Now, this progression may seem easy, but practically, the situation is entirely averse, specially in India where IT boom is in its maturity. This implementation would land me up the support role as currently, as there is not separate support team for now which, as i explained above is a sticky role.

Although, i can reach to level 3 by remaining the support role itself and eventually becoming a lead but this can take up least 3 years from where i can move towards the role project manager and further. Eventually, reaching at about level 4 can take an average of 6 years from now where i may end up doing sales or either, being a project manager, which is exactly where I do not want to be. For me, both of the above mentioned roles take me too far from the technology and make me an operations or a marketing person altogether.

Aspirations

In spite of managing the application, I relate my self to the people working in a more strategic position in a domain companies such as Healthcare or manufacturing firm (customer side) who choose which solution to implement and why? They act as the channel between the IT and Business while aligning the IT strategy according to Business strategy. This is more of a CIO like a role.

OR

I see myself working in Tech product company actually taking a call whether to design the product or not according to the consumer behavior, and competition.I want take a call what should be the features in that product and analyse what problems those features may solve. This is more of a Product Manager kind of role.

I understand that i have talked on a much granular level and thing may differ across domains and companies but these are the roles that provide me the opportunity to be technical, strategic, entrepreneurial and managerial at the same time. And, i do not see myself moving in either of the direction in next 10 years, if i do not do an MBA. I will be talking about these roles in my next post.

Problem solved?

Getting Started

Hello,

This is my first post of this blog and i am starting this space as a reminder to myself of the the road that i have set my foot on. And who knows it may help people on the same journey, provided i help myself diligently.I am a big time quitter so I will take this blog as my commitment to my journey to an elite Tech management course which i aspire to do in coming years.

Well, a little bit about me, though i have not been able to make it to any IIMs here, i decided to make my way to the paradise for MBAs – USA. Now, as with many MBA aspirants, we are given a new name in here – IIM(Indian IT Male). Finally, I managed to connect myself with IIM somehow :D.

I am currently working in an IT consulting company as a Functional Application Consultant and it took me almost 4.5 whopping years to be here (But i believe that tortoise always wins, phew!). I have been trying for an MBA for a long time now but without knowing the rationale behind it. My top priorities have hopped from Marketing to Entrepreneurship to strategy Consulting. But, i think i have had a moment of enlightenment this time and i have pretty much convinced my self be associated with the Tech industry all along my life. There are many reasons for that decision :

  • I love technology probably by birth but seems i was always haywire and never put my passion to work.
  • I can understand technology problems in a better ways than anything you may sing to me.
  • I have been dreaming of working in Google someday for so many years now.
  • I aim to start my own tech company.
  • Moreover, there no rework in my career, just informed evolution, hopefully.

Despite above reason, i do not want to just code and it by no way means that i do not like coding. I would like to learn the other side of it. For running even a tech company, i think technology is just half a circle, other half is driven by business aspects. I see myself playing a lot more strategic role than developing and designing. I want to know what, why and how of all the IT operations or a product life-cycle.

These ideas are pretty vague as of now. Hence, before anything else, I want to brand my goals so that i am more clear in my vision and hence mission. I know that if i convince myself, i will convince anyone in this world to give me a break.Though, i am pretty much decided on the designations i would like to see myself, i am currently in the research mode and will keep using this space as a catharsis to my dilemmas and decisions. Maybe i improve my writing skills as well.

Well, that is pretty much it for now.

Ciao