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I’m a B.Sc (Computer Applications) final year student and belong to a backward area of J&K. I have been working with NGOs for the last 3-4 years and am interested in Social Entrepreneurship. However, I am unable to decide between MSW and an MBA. Please advise.

     Print Edition: December 30, 2007

Tarun Sheth
Tarun Sheth
Q: I’m a B.Sc (Computer Applications) final year student and belong to a backward area of J&K. I have been working with NGOs for the last 3-4 years and am interested in Social Entrepreneurship. However, I am unable to decide between MSW and an MBA. Please advise.

It’s not an easy choice! A career in social services does not give the same monetary returns as a corporate job will. With your background and the fact that you have worked with NGOs, it is understandable that you are interested in this field. So, my advice to you is—go ahead and do an MBA. You could also take up short-term courses in entrepreneurship. Remember: If you want to work in the social work field, an MSW will help you.

Q: I’m a BA Economics student and wish to enter the investment banking sector. I want to take up a job after graduation and do a CFA on the side. Please advise how I can bolster my CV, besides doing an MBA.

You will need to do an MBA to make your resume comparable to others in the field. Also, job experience in the right area will bolster your CV. Even a part-time job will add to your resume. I would also advise you to read the financial and economic news (you can list these as your extra curricular activities).

Answers to your career concerns are contributed by Tarun Sheth (Senior Consultant) and Shilpa Sheth (Managing Partner, US practice) of HR firm, Shilputsi Consultants. Write to Help,Tarun! c/o Business Today, Videocon Tower, Fifth Floor, E-1, Jhandewalan Extn., New Delhi—110055.

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