How to Choose a B-School that is Right for your Career
With the declaration of CAT result, MBA aspirants receive calls from various B-schools based on their percentile and the institutes’ CAT cutoff. It is quite natural for aspirants to get confused while making the final choice. To guide the prospective students, Great Lakes Chennai brings the factors to weigh while selecting the right B-School. Read the exclusive column by Great Lakes Institute of Management to know how to choose the right B-School and programme which would suit your career path.
Read the full column on how to choose a B-School below.
The CAT results are out and that marks the beginning of the time when MBA applicants need to take one of the most crucial decisions of their career at this point – School Selection. The most common questions that they confront are; which school? Which city? And most importantly, which program will benefit their career aspirations the best.
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The most arduous and time gruelling aspects of the MBA admissions process are searching the history of schools and selecting the ones that are in-sync with your career aspirations. There are hundreds of programs offered by hundreds of B-schools and there is a plethora of information available about every single one of them and that makes selecting the right ones all the more difficult. However, with appropriate research and planning you can select the schools which will be the right fit for you.
Here are some useful tips that will help you along the way; but before you start researching, here are some questions you need to ask yourself:
Is a traditional Two-Year MBA more suitable for me or do I possess the necessary experience to pursue a fast-track One-Year PGPM?
Would I prefer the exposure of a big metropolitan city or the quiet ambiance of a small town?
What teaching style I’ll be more comfortable with? Would I prefer the lectures, case studies, personal interaction with industry stalwarts, experiential learning or a combination of two or all of these methods?
I want to make a career in a specific domain (say, Analytics); does school X offer me a dedicated Major in that domain?
Will I be able to opt for dual specializations/majors?
List of recruiters from my area of expertise/interest.
Am I overqualified/under qualified for this school as per my profile, scores, and work experience?
Are the professors/faculty qualified enough? Are they consistently involved in research projects that match my areas of interest/expertise?
What will I contribute to the school community?
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1. Categorise & Start Researching
The schools can be categorized into three categories; Dream, Realistic, & Fall Back. Make a list of schools under these categories and start checking them against the questions listed above. All your following research on the B-Schools must be centred on answering those questions.
2. Visit B-School Websites and Take Notes
The easiest medium of gathering information on the shortlisted schools is their websites. Focus on the areas concerning the programs, faculty, recruiters and student life. Also, check out the class profile of the current students and recent alumni. If their test scores are higher than yours, it might limit your chances of getting selected. Therefore, it is advisable to find the schools whose accepted students’ average score is at par with yours.
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3. Visit Forums
Online discussion threads and forums are great platforms for MBA aspirants to get their queries solved. Admission Committees of schools, consultants, students and alumni are active on these forums and you can easily get expert advice about any specific school. You can also share your experiences and views with other students who are also trying to find the right school and program.
4. Reach out to the Alumni
If there is a group of individuals that will provide you with the most authentic information and feedback about a particular B-School, then it is the alumni of that school. Reach out to them and seek their feedback on the admission process, culture, peer groups, campus, placement process, faculty, clubs and committees etc. of the school and then decide whether all that information aligns with your aspirations.
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5. Attend Info-Seminars
B-Schools conduct admission info-seminars and other face-to-face interaction events quite frequently to engage with the prospective students and provide them insights into the culture and USPs of their schools. Make sure that you attend these information sessions when your shortlisted schools visit your city. This will provide you with unique information about the school and how its programs might be right for your career.
6. Faculty (Full Time & Visiting)
Find out the educational and professional background of the faculty teaching at the B-schools of your choice. Where they studied, what degrees they hold, where they have worked, how many research projects have they been involved in or are currently pursuing, etc. Also, check whether the school facilitates faculty exchange with the international institutes of high standing as this offers unparalleled global exposure. A B-School is only as good as the faculty teaching there. Therefore, don’t avoid the faculty profile before you send out your applications.
7. Programme Structure & International Tie-ups
The Programme Structure is another important factor to consider along with the location of the school, experiential learning projects, industry exposure (number of industry stalwarts who visit and interact with the students through various mediums), and tie-ups with international institutions of exemplary repute.
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Glance at the rankings of the schools while keeping your own profile, work experience, industry, goals, and test scores in mind. This will help you understand which B-schools suit your profile the best and offer you a competitive advantage over your peers. However, don’t follow the rankings blindly. Figure out which school will be able to fulfil your expectations best. Remember, it is not about getting into the best school, but getting into the one which is ‘best for you.’
9. Professional Committees & Clubs
These clubs and committees vary from one campus to another. For example, candidates who want to be an entrepreneur, post their MBA, should choose a school that has an Entrepreneurship cell along with a dedicated Major in Entrepreneurship. This will ensure that the candidate acquires a platform to develop and test new business ideas during his/her stay at the campus.
10. Placements & Final Thoughts
Last, but not the least, you need to check the placement statistics of shortlisted schools. Find out whether the school has recruiting tie-ups with the kind of organisations you wish to work for. Also, check the highest, lowest, mean and median offers made by recruiters in your chosen industry or domain. A history of success with the students who have had comparable career goals is the best indicator of you being on the right path.
Taking all of the above factors into consideration and checking all the right boxes, you can ensure that you shortlist and secure a place in a B-School that is perfectly in-sync with your aspirations and propels your career graph in the right direction.
So, now roll up your sleeves and get to work!
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which is better for marketing. PGDM at NMIMS Bangalore or PGDM at Great Lakes Chennai
PGDM (Post Graduation Diploma in Management) in marketing at NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies), Bangalore
The faculty staffs are very good. Placement rate is satisfactory. It is really a great college and very good for marketing. It is AICTE approved. The total fees is around INR 16.50 Lakh. The course duration is 2 years. Course level is PG Diploma. According to NAAC It got A+ grade. The number of total seat is 60. The infrastructure of this college is great. It is one of the best institute for marketing. It has a market value, flexible learning method.
PGDM (Post Graduation Diploma in Management) in marketing at Great Lakes, Chennai
You must have work experience of 18 to 16 months, if you found to be exceptionally good in this field. This institute only accepts CAT, XAT, GMAT, MAT or CMAT scores. It is really worthy institute for PGDM in marketing. There is international faculty, business ready manages, diversified industry interaction, rich peer learning and really strong alumni network. That is why it is worth going for it. There is no management quota in this institute. Here admissions are done on merit basis only. This institute is approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). AICTE is a statutory body under Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. It is a premier B school of the country and it is always tough to get into such schools as the number of applicants are very high. Good preparation is needed to be successful in the selection process.
Both of the institutes are private. NMIMS, Bangalore will be a better choice for a newbie and Great Lakes, Chennai is a better choice for the Experienced one. But the candidate must have at least work experience of two years. NMIMS is good for 2 years MBA course. The placement rate of NMIMS, Bangalore is better than that of Great Lakes, Chennai. But there is no doubt that Great Lakes provides much strong education than NMIMS, Bangalore. Otherwise both are very nice place to study and helpful for career. I wish you all the best for your future.
I have a friend who has scored 84.5%le in CMAT 2021. She is a NC-OBC category candidate based out in Delhi NCR with 1.2 years of experience. Which are the good colleges she can get in? What are the chances of Great Lakes Chennai/ Gurgaon, Welingkar Mumbai, etc. ?
Below I have provided a link stating the cut off of Cmat for different colleges last year. You can refer to link if you want detailed cut off.
As your friend has score 84+ percentile so the colleges to which he is eligible are,
Jaipuria Institute of Management,
Dr DY Patil College, Pune,
Welinkar School of Management,
Amity University, and many more.
Because of the category he also might be qualified for other good collegea.
Hope that helps.
Which college should i prefer for MBA/PGDM? . GLIM-C PGDM vs KJ CORE ? PLease do help and suggest
As per the rankings of NIRF, Great Lakes Institute of Management is at 23rd whereas KJ Somaiya Institute of Management is at 56th position.
The Placement Record of GLIM is that 95% of students were placed within 9 months in 2020 whereas 100% students were placed in 2019 in KJ Somaiya Institute.
Both the college's are good, the choice is yours which one you should prefer, the rankings and placement records will be a guiding factor for you.
Hope the information is helpful to you.
How good is Great lakes,chennai for pursuing career in Human resources?
Great Lakes Chennai is one of the better Private HR Campuses in India after XLRI, SPJIMR, IMT Ghaziabad and MDI Gurgaon. The Institute has good infrastructure, faculty and a strong employer outlook. Being located near Corporate Hubs at Chennai and nearby Bangalore and Hyderabad provide huge scope and impetus to training and placements.
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In what range is the CMAT cut of for Great lakes Chennai and Goa Institute of management?
The previous year CMAT cutoff for Goa Institute of Management, Goa was 99.8 percentile which means you need a score of 300+ and as far as Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai is concerned , you need a score of 280+. The cutoff percentile has always been 90+. But note that Great Lakes always considers other factors like past academic records, work experience (if any), interview equal importance ,so the selection will be done in an holistic manner.
You may checkout the below link for CMAT cutoffs of various colleges:
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