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What are the right reasons to do PhD or MBA ?

Hello everyone,

This would be a bit of a long rant but would really appreciate if people can spare time to read .

I am a 24 yo individual,working at a govt aided research organisation , myquals-master's in a niche STEM subject .The job I am currently doing has nothing to do with my course , the work culture and low pay here has pushed me to an edge .Its about to be one year since I am doing this job and thus planning to leave soon ,but can't leave without any cushion to sustain myself.I am not able to crack any alternate job offers with better prospects (partly because of my resume deviating from it completely after this job ) and I am basically lost.Seems now that doing a niche course in India was my biggest mistake.I have qualified GATE but career opportunity in my course post that is really very limited,best I can get is a PhD position (there is no UGC NET for my course uptil now in India)

I am contemplating whether I should do a PhD or MBA as my next step .I know these are both very different and the option between the two depends on the individual completely but honestly I am not able to decide even after reading multiple articles and could use some advice of people who have had been there or have some insights about it.The confusion is basically because of the high capital and opportunity cost of doing an MBA in most colleges (I would have to take loan)and the low probability of me getting into a consulting or core data analyst role post that.I have always been an average student throughout my career .

I am really not into doing a PhD considering the uncertainty,low pay and low probability of landing a lucrative permanent teaching role in academia post that considering the scenario in India but seems like to get in top research roles in labs of STEM or even policy research organisations ,PhD is a minimum qualification.I know my area of interest but not whether I am interested in getting into research or core corporate (I have very little corporate exposure).I don't even know what the difference between both cultures is.I need to get out of my pay bracket but also want to do something meaningful and I can't afford to do both the degrees (also because the preparation for NET and CAT is quite different and my time for studying is limited).I would really appreciate it if anyone can give any kind of advice for me to come out of this anxiety and start my preparation .

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2024/06/21
15:25 UTC

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Doubt regarding ma should I choose economics or political science

I have completed my BA in History, Political Science, and Sociology, but I want to pursue an MA in Economics (CUET PG). Is this a good idea, and how much time will it take for me to prepare for the CUET PG exam in 2025?

Qualifications - BA

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2024/06/21
15:16 UTC

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Can recruitors ask for the offer letters of the other companies you have in hand?

I recently applied to this company and I finished all the rounds. ( I did lie about a few things but who doesn't ). Now before giving the offer letter itself they started to ask for all my personal details and they wanted to speak to my current employers which I found odd so I said no please dont do that. They said okay we wont but please fill the form. I filled the form but i didnt get a NoC yet so I told them I'll give that soon. They said NoC is only for college students??? and they want the offer letter my current company gave to me along with any other offer letters I have in hand?? Is this even okay or am I the one in the wrong? Can someone please tell me what I should in this situation? ( My qualifications are B.Des and I'm a UI/UX Designer )

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2024/06/21
15:13 UTC

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How do I decide between doing a PhD in AI or sticking to the industry?

Myquals I just graduated and got a software developer role in an Indian bank. I don't like the amount I'm learning there because of lots of monotonous work eating up my time.

I thought of grinding DSA and trying to switch to a tech company within an year, but the idea of doing a PhD in AI sounds good too.

But preparation for both options seem mutually exclusive, because PhD in AI would require me to study maths and research papers, and job switch would be DSA, system design, and all that. So I need to make a decision to proceed.

I find both options equally interesting and difficult, and money is not a factor for me right now. What other factors can I look into so that I can pick one of these options over the other? Do I just need to take a leap of faith because it's impossible to clearly conclude that one option is better than the other?

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2024/06/21
14:52 UTC

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MBA ( international ) Deakin University Australia

Hey guys does anyone know how good MBA ( international ) from deakin university Australia is ? qualifications BMS

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2024/06/21
14:39 UTC

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need some advice on NMIMS bba international degree

hi, as the title says i need some advice and feedback on the bba international course from NMIMs mumbai.
if someone is studying there can they tell how good the course is, and if its worth going for it
i also got through for SCMS pune bba. which one is a better choice?
my qualifications - 12th cleared

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2024/06/21
14:30 UTC

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BTech Bioinformatics in DY Patil or Shoolini?

Hey everyone, my brother wants to pursue his bachelor's in BTech bioinformatics. His qualifications entail NEET 2024.

Shortlisted universities:

  1. DY Patil, Navi Mumbai

  2. Shoolini University, Solan

Can someone suggest which one would be better as I'm hearing a lot of negative reviews about DY Patil recently as how it's a very average college with higher fee.

Thanks!

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2024/06/21
13:55 UTC

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Doubts regarding career opportunities & internships after bsc (H) life science

Hey!! Seniors!! I'm planning to pursue bsc(hons) life science (hopefully) from du. I wanted to know what are the job opportunities or are there any scopes for internships after bsc (h) life science? Also has anybody changed their field after pursuing life science? myquals = 12th passed.

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2024/06/21
13:25 UTC

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Should I drop maths and take PCB + Psychology?

Hey guys, I am an ISC grade 11 student who has chosen PCMB.

However, i have been asked to drop maths and take psychology instead.

I love maths as a subject a lot, and i only have my eyes on doing Medical, nothing else. I will be doing NEET as well. Would this decision help my do better in NEET and my medical journey in general? Or can i keep maths.

myquals

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2024/06/21
13:10 UTC

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Is Online BBA from IIMB worth it as an individual UG degree ?

myquals- PCB, 1 year drop. IIMB has recently launched its online BBA ug degree. Is it worth it ?

IIMB BBA DBE : BBA in Digital Business and Entrepreneurship

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2024/06/21
13:00 UTC

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What's the difference between bca and bca honours?

As the title says. Myquals

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2024/06/21
12:02 UTC

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Is Symbiosis School of Economics good for Msc economics?

I am considering " Symbiosis School of Economics", Pune for doing my master's in economics. As far as I googled I got negative reviews, regarding placements and faculties. Right now I am confused, the college fees are high and I doubt whether it will be worth the money. so if anyone knows about this college? can you guys give me some guidance? thank you.

myquals

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2024/06/21
11:16 UTC

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HELP ME FIND A GOOD COLLEGE for bba and other North Indian state

"qualifications" I passed 12th with just 74% and I can't find a single okish college in whole india and I just wanna do bba (wanna use those 3 years to develop few skills I want to develop )and enjoy my hostel life with good crowd and college environment, With not too expensive fees. Either they lie sm about their college (like jecrc), Either they don't have hostel available, Either they are too expensive, Either their faculty is so hellish and trash, Either their crowd is so trash, Either they don't have AC facility in 2024. I just want a average uni in North India (preferable around delhi or other states) Please suggest some uni/ colleges

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2024/06/21
10:50 UTC

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HCI professional in mid 30s looking to do a full time PhD in India

Note: This is a long post. I hope to discuss and get a critical take on the opportunity cost, etc. If there is any missing information I'm ready to share it in the comments.

I am a mid-senior professional working in Service Design, HCI, UX, Communication, etc. I am now getting an opportunity to do a PhD from a reasonably good Private University in India with a good Industry interface. The Head of Department is an intelligent man, and the assistant professor who interviewed me were also very welcoming. The proposal thread that I presented was convincing for them, although I was heavily critiqued for my journalistic writing style rather than my research writing. However, they want someone who can come in and move the needle in space.

At the close of the interview, I had this thought that they would come back to me, and rightly so, I have now received admission to the PhD program in the Media department. They are also expecting me to do 8 hours of Teaching Assistantship every week.

My qualifications - master's degree was in Journalism and Mass Communication. Even as I completed my master's, both I and my professors in the university wanted me to pursue a PhD because somewhere we were convinced that I would do well in academia.

However, financial liabilities at home prompted me to work in the Private sector. I enjoy these jobs, but today I feel it is the right time to take a step back and look at things I'm doing from an academic background.

Fast forward to the present day, I am in my mid-30s and married today. My wife is a surgeon and she can surely support me today. The institute is also offering a modest stipend. The department is relatively new, but I feel that it has a lot of potential. I am ready to take this leap of faith, but I also understand that I will be investing a substantial amount of time and life in this, compromising an okayish career too.

All the criticism that Indian PhD programs get offline and online actually prompts me to step back and take a hard look at it. What are some of the potential drawbacks and benefits of pursuing a PhD at this stage in my career?

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2024/06/21
10:10 UTC

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Need Aptitude preparation tips for placements

Qualifications : I am 19 M currently pursuing b tech mech eng I just completed my fourth sem and I want to prepare for aptitude for campus placements.

I can't slove a single question at current How to prepare? From where/ which YouTube channel i can study? How much time it will take? Suggestions and tips for studying will be appreciated. All tips and suggestions related to placements are welcomed

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2024/06/21
10:00 UTC

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How is NMIMS Banglore college for BBA in terms of teaching, placements etc?

I am trying to find information regarding placements for the BBA course at NMIMS Banglore, but I couldn't find any concrete information. I am asking this for my sister, my personal qualifications are BTech NITK in CS.

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2024/06/21
09:48 UTC

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PCB graduates who couldn't crack NEET, what are you doing right now, are you happy with the course?

I am a dropper and I want to know if NEET really is the end of it or there are many other options as well. Generally people will drop some career options but what is it like to actually pursue them?

Myquals

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2024/06/21
09:27 UTC

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I am currently in class 11 and have opted for commerce with applied maths, I don't really know what to pursue after 12 but i have a interest in statistics and i wanna do it at ISI, but i can't get a clearity if applied maths qualifies for it.

Myquals: currently in class 11 with commerce and applied maths. I want to if I can apply at ISI for bsc stat at ISI with applied maths. What are some other institutions which offer a good course on statistics? What are different career options which I can pursue after 12, I think I am more inclined towards economics, statistics ,data analysis, etc..

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2024/06/21
09:22 UTC

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How to get into core investment banking roles as a btech undergrad

Myquals - 10th-96.6, 12th-93.6, btech ee from tier 1 govt college

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2024/06/21
08:27 UTC

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NPTEL courses and CS PhD in IIT..............

Can we reduce PhD course work requirement in IITs, by doing accredited NPTEL courses beforehand ? Do they consider those credits earned ? myquals

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2024/06/20
20:02 UTC

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MCAT if you graduate as a law student from India

NEET results are out and I am not able to get in to a med school thanks to NTA scam.

As the exams are over for this academic session, the best option I have is to prepare for CLAT till December.

As most of the unis only offer BA LLB and not BSc LLB (including the premiere NLUs) , will taking law be a safe bet for me?

I can move forward with a legal career or fulfill the doctor dream (MD-PhD) to be precise or do something else; that needs to be a question for college.

If I decide to go via the MD-PhD after law school in India, would I be able to do that?

In order to give the MCAT, what exactly do I need to do? Do I have to fulfil coursework in a masters degree in US, If yes, how?

Inputs shall be appreciated.

my qualifications include (12th pass-out CBSE with a percentage of 94.8 - PCB+ Psychology and a NEET score of 642)

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2024/06/21
01:26 UTC

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What should I do to move forward ? Seeking advice.

Myquals: GEM 8/6/7 - 3 YoE currently in Analytics Consulting (Tech Consulting) in a Big 4 Strategy & Analytics dept, worked with clients in logistics, finance & procurement and IT. Have 1 promotion, 3 company awards (1 major, 2 minor) & 1 company switch.

Company 1: Worked in the internal information department and was handling the development of new data systems along with operations of existing data systems of the procurement division of the company, stakeholders were internal company leadership. Was promoted to senior dev and was assigned to be the tech lead spearheading the proc division data systems (Diff from team lead, overall incharge of tech).

Company 2: Worked with a well known FAANG as client (cough we use it to search stuff cough) and a France-based MNC (service based company) to strategise, migrate and implement a new revamped HR data hub for them. Towards the end of project, Worked again as senior dev guiding 3 junior developers to implement a new segment of the program. I’ll have a new client in August so more fluff to add post that.

ECs - Head Photographer for a non-profit society in Tier 3 Private college, worked on gigs covering fests for college and other college fests/events in the city, NGO work in the vicinity like donation drives, fund raises, also taught photography to underprivileged kids in school. (As you can see, very casual EC in general)

Majorly plan to apply for co ‘26.

Disclaimer - My current salary is 14 LPA, Fixed - 12, I get 80k in hand.

I’ll be giving GMAT by Dec. Targeting a 675+ (equivalent to 720). What options do I have?

I am looking at both India and abroad, though my preference would be to stay in India, but my current role and income restrict me to certain colleges only. I have set sights on ISB, SPJIMR, IIM - K (BL) for India. ~ These are the only 3 colleges which take 3+ YoE, rest are 5+. For Abroad, I’m looking at T15-T25 US colleges - I am not super excited on them because I want to eventually settle in India. I will lose the alumni network the moment I step foot back in India.

The reason I want to do an MBA is because all I do now is yap and teach other people how to do the work. Not that I have a problem, but my eyes burn when I look at code, I love tech but I hate coding. I can’t imagine doing this long term. I love the strategy side of my work and want to continue permanently towards that end, unfortunately my firm will not pivot me without an MBA. So my option really now is to leave for an MBA and move permanent to Strategy consulting OR Growth/ Strategy in Big Tech.

Unfortunately, I’ve pretty sub standard acads, bang average EC and I’m time constrained with work, so I’m definitely not going to attempt CAT.

Sorry for the long post, I know this is a CAT centric subreddit but I’ve lurked here in the past and this probably has the most well informed people regarding mba for Indian people, be it in India or abroad.

Please don’t hesitate even if you are a fresher, your feedback and kindness would be appreciated, help this idiot out.

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2024/06/21
03:11 UTC

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Is it worth pursuing 1 year MBA from IIM-A or ISB?

Hey guys, 30 m here currently working in SBI for the past 5 years.Earning decent amount of 1.10 lacs pm currently after joining as a PO. My qualifications are being graduate from a tier 3 college and cracked the SBI PO exam in my first attempt. However the organisation culture and working doesn't align with my personal goals and i am exploring some options to switch or change my job.I cant just leave my job without any cushion as it pays well and i have responsibilities.However i am open to upskilling and am exploring pursuing 1 year MBA but only from good colleges.I have already started preparing for GMAT and aiming for IIM A or ISB Hyderabad.Looking for guidance as to what is the best option in this case.Any insights would be much appreciated.

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2024/06/21
06:38 UTC

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NMIMS Navi Mumbai or SNU for BSc. Economics? I

I hold offers of admission for BSc. Economics from both Shiv Nadar University and NMIMS Navi Mumbai Campus. Safe to say, I’m majorly confused between the two. Any advice from current/past students or anyone actually would be very much appreciated HELP ME 😭😭😭😭😭 myquals????

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2024/06/21
06:35 UTC

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Universities offering bachelor’s with research in India? (Would like to know master’s with research too)

Title, I want to know any available degrees whether ba or bsc. I found (surprisingly) that Christ University‘s NCR campus has a degree called bsc honours in psych with research. With RESEARCH! I was convinced I’ll never be able to research during undergrad if I’m studying in India. So I’m glad they’re scrapping this whole mphil situation and focusing on research intensive bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Please let me know! Would be especially helpful for anyone who has completed their bachelor’s and/ or master’s with research shared their experience. Thanks a lot.

myquals: 12th AISSCE 90%+.

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2024/06/21
06:31 UTC

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What course/degree shall I pursue that has better job prospects in India? Bsc Economics or BBA

Qualifications - 12th pass. Humanities Stream ( with Economics and Mathematics)

Planning to do postgraduate studies in future. Which degree would provide me with better job opportunities in India?

BBA

or

BSc. Economics

I'm not certain about exactly which job role I'll pursue in the future, but I'm sure of two things: I would like to work in corporate and, preferably, in the finance sector.  Both the courses—BBA and BSC Economics—will allow me to do so, and I'm interested in both of them.

But I'm confused about which one to go for.

Please help.

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2024/06/21
06:01 UTC

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Help regarding scope of law from nlu vs local government college

Law students or lawyers can you tell me about the jobs and salary freshers get from tier 1 nlu vs a local government college? Also I come from a non lawyer family. So is it worth it to invest 5 years of time down the line in a local government college to get into corporate law? I know close to nothing about this field yet. so I'm asking for help. And last question :- 5 yr ballb vs 3 yr llb what's the difference for hiring in corporate law?

myquals:-finished 12th with pcb

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2024/06/21
05:49 UTC

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Extremely confused about that university I should join for psychology

Hey I'm 20F, spent a few(2) years being painfully devoted to neet only to realise that it's not the right option for me. Realised it too late and I had just casually filled out cuet forms without taking it seriously at all and I applied only for ba psych. The problem now it that I want to pursue bsc psychology because I want to stay in the sciences field for future(maybe go into neuropsychology research etc) BUT I can only go to private universities now. And i have applied to amity gurugram and Sgt University, but I am really confused where I should go. I want to be in a place that is serious about academics. If you guys have any suggestions, recommendations please drop. (Myquals)

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2024/06/21
05:42 UTC

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CAREER ADVICE : Want to start Design Journey leaving my Coporate Job.

Background : I am Senior Software Developer with around 4yr of Experience working in a MNC in India with qualifications as Btech in Computer Science degree. I am (M27).I have always been passionate about design but couldn't pursue a Design career.

I don't enjoy my Job only doing it for the pay. Started realising that going forward my Job will become monotonous and hectic.I would end up staying in corporate life doing it half-heartedly with always having a regret that I couldn't follow my passion.Also in this Job i am not getting enough time to work on myself.

Now I want to take leap of faith (I am confident on my skills).

I want to leave my Corporate Job give myself 3 months .In these 3 months i will work on my design skills ,make myself fit for Design Jobs.Do freelancing.

Later thinking to pursue Masters in Design but not sure if I would able to get admission since I dont have a design background.

But will somehow manage to get some UX/UI or Product Design Job.

My only concern is that will my Past non-design corporate experience slow /hamper my Design Career initially .I dont have a Design Degree and also no prior Design Job.

I know I have to start from zero but want to know the ground reality of current market standards

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2024/06/21
05:13 UTC

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Is there future in this field or not I'm confused

My qualifications are 12th pass out ..my meet score isn't that much so i was unable to get admission in bams..I'm trying to persue bachelors of physiotherapy (bpt) from Dy Patil pune ( not done admission yet ) and will try do masters in physiotherapy with specialisation in gynecology. I have doubts that is there any future for male physiotherapist and can they earn decent enough .

I need advice from the people who are graduates or have a good knowledge about this field

Also if anyone knows about the future in pharmacy they can share some thoughts because pharmacy is my next option but I don't know what I can do after that

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2024/06/21
05:07 UTC

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