Monday, May 16, 2011

B-schools prefer students with less work experience

If you have been working for five or more years and want to enrol for a regular MBA degree, chances are you will not get it. You stand a better chance with a part-time executive management course. Reason: B-schools prefer to take students with only 2-3 years of work experience.

This is in contrast to other countries. “Business schools in the US, the UK, Europe, Italy and other parts of the world prefer admitting students with more work experience,” says Mr. Ashish Sachde, Study Abroad Counsellor, Institute of Foreign Study, Mumbai. A major reason for Indian B-schools rejecting such candidates is the placement factor. “Recruiters do not prefer hiring students with more experience during their regular placement drives as it is difficult to mould such students,” says Mr. Sachde.

The Registrar of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Mr. L.D. Mago, echoes this: “When the recruiters come for hiring, they look for students who are 26 years old. For MNCs, a person above 26 years of age does not fit into the scheme of things,” he says. Mr. Saral Mukherjee who heads the placement committee at the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A), says: “Every recruiter comes to the campus with a mandate and has the profiles of the people the company wants to hire in mind.” Those wanting to hire more experienced persons pick them up from the executive MBA programmes, he says. Classrooms in IIM-A are a mix of freshers and those with some experience. It is rare that people with more experience have been enrolled for the regular course, he adds.

The spokesperson of the Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, says: “The average work experience of our students is 20 months. For students with more experience we have other courses such as National Management Programme, Part-Time PGPM and Fellow Programme in Management.” The batch in IIM-Lucknow has 75 per cent students with an average work experience of 2-3 years, but there are also few students with more than four years, according to the spokesperson.

Given the stiff resistance from Indian institutes to enrol candidates with more work experience, Mr. Sachde says most have no other option but to go abroad to get their MBA degree.

Source: Business Line, May 16, 2011

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