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October 27, 2007

Q: I have a PG diploma in Industrial Electronics with four years of work experience. I am now planning to do an MBA. Will part-time executive management programmes help me in getting better job opportunities? Please advise.

Since you have only four years of work experience and have a diploma in Electronics, I would strongly recommend that you strengthen your resume with a full-time MBA from a good management institute. Part-time MBAs don’t have the same effect in terms of career enhancement.

Q: I completed MBBS two years ago and since then I have been working in the government sector. Given my background, should I go in for a management programme in hospital administration or a general MBA?

With the growth of organised hospitals, a hospital administration course is a good option. A general MBA may not have the same effect in terms of specialisation (though it does not in any way prevent you from going into hospitals), but it would open doors in other healthcare fields like diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, testing or clinical trials, etc. Therefore, you need to first decide what you would like to do in the long run before opting for a suitable course/programme.

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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