Work ex or fresher: Which is better for an MBA?

Introduction

Hello to all the dreamers and aspirants. Let me ask you some questions. Are you done with your graduation and looking for the next academic step? Are you still enjoying your last year of graduation but at the same time worried about what’s next? Or are you someone who is working but got bored with the job or want quick access to the managerial position? You know what, you are at the right place and reading the right article. I have an apt answer for all these questions: MBA.

MBA or Master of Business Administration is one of the most popular post-graduate degrees in India as well as abroad. An MBA or PGDM (Post-Graduate Diploma in Management) is a two-year course divided into four or six semesters. This course helps you to attain business acumen, expand your network, and creates a plethora of opportunities. Whether you want to enter the fields of Marketing, Finance, Human resource, Data analytics, etc., or want to change your current job profile, or want to take the path of being an entrepreneur, MBA is the degree to choose. You can choose from options like regular, online, or distance-education to pursue MBA/ PGDM. The working professionals have an option to choose an executive MBA as per their professional experience.

Million Dollar question

Should we start the MBA journey as a fresher or after attaining work experience? You know what, options are awesome because you get to choose the best among many. But at the same time, you tend to get confused about how to decide which is the best one. The same happens in this case as well. Join the MBA program after graduation or after attaining work experience, which is the better way to proceed? Let’s explore both options.

Freshers

Did you just complete your graduation or still in the final year and aiming for an MBA after completing your college, but confused about whether is this the right time to do so? Check out some of the pros and cons of joining a b-school as a fresher.

Advantages

  • Many people feel that the flow should not be broken. Here, I am talking about the flow of studies. Till graduation, you are already in the zone of attending classes, submitting assignments, doing homework, and appearing in the exams. So if you continue this trend, it’s easy for you to cope with the curriculum in MBA as well
  • Personal and professional developments are the key modifications that MBA provides. Since a fresher is like a clear board, the experiences in MBA help in grooming the person both personally and professionally. Since you will be new to the corporate world, an MBA makes you ready to face future challenges
  • The best news is coming your way and it is about placements. Top 50 colleges try to maintain a track record of 100% placements. So no need to go door to door of different offices because the companies will be coming for you on the campus. Also, some companies only select freshers for the job profiles they offer, especially the sales profile.

Disadvantages

  • Freshers feel high competition from the work experience people as they already know a lot of fancy stuff about the corporate world out there and can apply their work experience in the case studies and competitions. However, in way it also gives learning opportunity to freshers from their fellow classmates. 
  •  Work experience

Not only for MBA, but work experience means a lot because you have invested significant time in the organization(s). But does it always work in your favour, read in the section.

Advantages

  • As I have already mentioned that experience matters a lot. MBA is a course that makes you ready to face the challenges in the corporate world. Since you have already worked in the corporate, you know how it works, challenges being faced, and how to tackle those challenges. So, the journey of an MBA seems easier for people having work experience
  • Suppose you are working in an IT company because this is the only job you got from your last college. But you always wanted to be a marketer or a finance guy, etc. MBA gives you the option to switch industries and chase your dreams. In other words, you will be clearer in what you want and you can focus on the necessary things that help you achieve your target
  • Better soft skills as well as presentation skills are the gift of corporate exposure. In your two years of the MBA journey, you will be giving a lot of presentations and pitching your ideas in front of the class as well as in different competitions. So you are already trained to perform well
  • You know what is one of the most important parts of an MBA, it’s networking and work experience people are generally good at this, which helps them expand their network better

Disadvantages

 

  • After living the life of an employee, entering into student life is not as easy as it appears. We know that even people in jobs learn but their learning methods are different and there are no set criteria. So adjusting to the class and exam model again may be tough for work experience people

Current statistics

Since you people are looking at the MBA as your next journey, you have to interpret numbers/ data. So let’s talk about some top institutes and what is the number of intake of freshers and work experience people.

S. No.

College Name

% of
Freshers

% of Work Experience
Students

1

Indian Institute Of Management, Ahmedabad

39

61

2

Indian Institute Of Management, Kolkata

22

78

3

Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi

37

63

4

Management Development Institute (MDI),
Gurugram

37

63

5

Institute of Management Technology (IMT),
Ghaziabad

40

60

These are approximate figures which are based on the trend of the last three years.

As per the table, you can see how the top institutes set the batch profile to maintain the diversity in the upcoming batch. But the competition is tough and the total number of work experienced people outweigh the total number of freshers.

 

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Words From Our Students

Nihar Mehta
Nihar Mehta
Calls from IIMs, SPJIMR & MDI
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I joined the classroom coaching programme at MBA Pathshala for my CAT preparation. Since the very beginning, Abhijit Sir & Haider Sir guided me in terms of the strategy & the approach required in order to fare well in the exam. They not only stressed on the academics but also pushed me to build my profile aligned with my interests. Post CAT, they gave me ample practice for my GD & PI preparations with sufficient number of mock interviews & regular feedback for improvement. I managed to get calls from IIMs, SPJIMR & MDI. A huge part in this goes to the team at MBAP and I am cannot thank them enough for their contribution.
Ishan Rathod
Ishan Rathod
Calls from IIM I, S, and all New And Baby IIM's.
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MBAP is great place to preparing for MBA-CET,CAT,CMAT and faculty are unbeatable. They are very helpful best part is they give personal attention to each and every students. Most of faculty...who are alumni of IIM and JBIMS. There is more one to one interaction which helped me get better as the exams approached and helped me get calls from IIM I, S, and all New And Baby IIM's. The interview sessions proved to be of great learning helped me convert IIM S
Sanskriti Reja
Sanskriti Reja
Calls from IIMs, XLRI, XIMB
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MBA Pathshala was my first choice for MBA coaching and I'm happy that joined it. The faculty here is great.. they are really good in what they do. They supported me and motivated me during my journey of clearingthe entrances. They are always available for the doubts, extra lectures. they helped me get through my GD-PIs too after the exams. I am thankful to MBAP for helping me to crack CAT and other entrance exams. I got calls from XLRI, XIMB, IIMs, among others. I have converted colleges like KJ Somaiya, TAPMI, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur.
Parth Kanakia
Parth Kanakia
Converted SPJIMR
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I joined MBAP for GD, WAT & PI preparation. Received very good training from Abhijit Singh, Haider and other MBAP faculty. Starting from very basics, good knowledge was provided. Mock interviews were conducted on regular basis. I converted SPJIMR and I would definitely recommend students to join MBAP.
Ronit jaiswal
Ronit jaiswal
Calls from IIM-A/B/C & SNAP 98.12%ile
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I wanted to join a coaching where I can get personalised attention and competitive environment. I got both in MBAP. All the preparation was so rigorous that I eventually started giving my best. They conducted mock interviews/GD/WAT with anonymous panels and trust me it was such a confidence booster. I got a call from SCMHRD (SNAP-98.12) However I always wanted to go for IIM and Abhijeet sir felt that and he convinced me to try again and aim for IIM-A/B/C. Here I am back under his mentorship again. In short give your best and they will bring the best out of you. P.S- I'm a working individual. If I can do it then anybody can. Thank you for being such a great mentors.
Maitreya Khanapurkar
Maitreya Khanapurkar
Calls From IIMs
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Best learning experience.Faculties are good and you will get a good support from them till you get admission into a B-School.The shortcut techniques taught will be of great help for you. Doubts will be solved anytime you want. If planning for CAT CET or any entrance exam go for MBA Pathshala. It was of tutors at MBAP I received a call from IMT Ghaziabad.
Yash Dandavate
GMAT Score - 660
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I joined MBAP for GMAT prep and my experience with them was really amazing, from the first day itself the faculties gave personal attention to each student and made sure each student had their own personalised GMAT and CAT prep plans. The Verbal faculty Rohan Kulkarni Sir was amazing, I was very weak in English and verbal section, but through his guidance I scored a V38 (85th percentile) in my GMAT exam. The Quant faculties Abhijeet and Haider Sir helped me develop strategies and short cuts to approach GMAT problems and we're always available for my doubts. Overall it was a great experience and I would reccomend MBAP to everyone for GMAT and CAT prep
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Conclusion

As competition is increasing every year, many a times students need multiple attempts to get into a Tier 1 college. Hence, it is very important to start your preparation as fresher and aim to clear it in first attempt itself. Your first attempt as a fresher will always be easier as you won’t be having any break from your academic routine. However, in case you are not able to clear it in the first attempt as fresher, you can plan a retake along with work experience.