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2- CHOOSING FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

 

CHOOSING FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION

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.Your own interest in that subject should be the first priority

By SYED KALEEM MAHMOOD
Mar 10 - 16, 2003 
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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) course is designed to produce business specialist to serve the market in specialized fields. Most of the institutions are offering the course both in the morning and evening. The morning courses are attended by the full time regular students while the evening programmes are designed for the people in service and those who desire to improve their career through education. However, the specially tailored MBA programme provides valuable opportunity for career development.

Most of the business schools offer specialization in Management, Marketing, Finance, Management Information System (MIS), Human Resource Management (HRM), Accounting and Banking.

Although decision-making is taught to the student. It is observed that most of the students are doubled minded and un-decided in their field of specialization till the last hour of receiving the application for that purpose.

After a thorough survey, observation and information gathering process, the following lines are designed to help our business students in choosing and selecting their subject of specialization in MBA.

*First analyze your own choice, watch your tendency. In selecting the field of specialization, your own interest in that subject should be the first priority. Ask yourself, discover your interest and see whether you could be successful in that field. It involves concentration with patience. Decide two subjects with first and second choice.

*Contact your senior students and friends having field/job experience. Senior students can give you clear-cut idea about the course outline and subjects taught during this period. Ask their justification in choosing the career planning.

 

 

*Your teachers know you the best during your studies. The teacher is aware how capable you are. Even your capabilities and interest can be evaluated from the pass marks you obtained in the previous semesters. So consult your Director of Studies and teachers of specialization subjects. Ask them about all doubtful questions and gather information; consider their advice which will helpful a lot.

*Do not forget to consider your group of study during the past semesters. Remember to contact all those who were with you during the preparation of assignments, presentations and group study. It is normally observed that a person has one choice, but due to his friends having another choice, he sacrifices his field of interest. But after all, it seems a good practice that students try to follow and learn from their friends.

*Your best opportunity to serve will be found in the market/field. How suitable you are for an employer, will depend on the requirement and demand of your specialization. So thoroughly see and survey the market demand. Visit different organizations and ask their requirements regarding MBA staff in the coming years. Also watch newspapers 'Career Opportunity' advertisements. List the requirement and demand in specialization. Then compare it with your choice.

*If you are already in employment, choose the field according to your work experience. For example, if you are working in bank, then Banking will be matching specialization with your job, likewise, Accountant/Account office/Auditor, then Finance or Accounting. In case of Junior/Senior Manager, Management will be beneficial. Those serving with Pharmaceutical companies as Sales/Marketing Representatives are matched with marketing specialization.

Some institutes offer BI-major facility during the same time period. It means you can have two specializations during your MBA course. The Bi-major suits with following combinations: Finance/Banking, Management/Human Resource Management, Finance/Accounting, Marketing/Finance.

Enjoy your study. I wish you good luck.

*The writer skaleemmahmood@hotmail.com is a freelance contributor and a student of MBA (Final) in Sindh University Jamshoro.