Swati.hr Started The Discussion:

I'm working as a HR Executive for past 1+ yrs.. I've done my Engineering in E&C and after that did my MBA(HR) thro' DDE. Actually i had a passion to do MBA.. But now whereever i go for interview they are asking me " Why MBA after BE?? - both are different streams ".. i used to answer them saying that "i wanted to enter into management side as i have so much interest and passion towards it and i chose HR since i like interacting with people"...

But i find nobody is satisfied with my answer eventhough it is the truth..

Can citehr friends help me in answering this question in a professional way.. It will be of greater help..

Swati :)

It is good that you had done MBA after BE

So better to apply in some core companies of ur enginnering background
where you can apply ur knowledge also.

And those peoples well understand why MBA after BE , and dont ask such questions

Best Of luck

Dear Swathi,

One thing I would like to know, are you looking at your furure in HR or want to settle down as Engineer

Because as per your say you are working as an Executive HR, why don't you try out as an IT Recruiter, which I feel is apt for your academics & moreover you want be a people person.
What Say.


Hi Swathi

Even my academic BG is same as u(BE EC ,MBA HR&Systems).Even I faced the same questions.

What I feel is tell what actually happened in ur case.In my case I was not so sure on my goal or target while I was doing BE.Just I did it to become an engineer...even my parents and relatives had influence on that.But b4 finishing the course i started doing reserch on the current industry and career options....and matched with my present skill sets.I found my self in a better way doing managerial kind of job,interacting with people,making decisions,helping and motivating others and able to convince others.....I realy enjoy doing this kind of this.....I have a few examples to justify this...always state things with examples supporting that...Now I am very clear on what I can do and what I have to do...

Technical knowledge will help to do technical interviews,interacting with engineers,understand ther requirements,technical recruitment,performance appraisals in IT COMPANIES .......its always an asset to have technical backgrnd.

:) praveen
Hi Swati,

You can support your thought with the following answers:

1) In India when we are 18yrs, we do not really understand what we really want to be. By Merit we get whatever we deserve or whatever our parents think is the best for us. After we spend 3-4yrs we get to know what would be expected out of us after we complete this professional course. But do we really want to pursue the same? or is it something else that would be more exciting? and you end up finding Management more fascinating than E&C Engineering.

2) How many Engineering graduates every year end up with really doing what they studied? Majority (infact more than 80%) enter the Software Engineering field though they come from EEE, E&C,Mechanical,Chemical etc.,and they are welcome. So, why not after BE, do MBA and enter Management...
I completely agree with praveen practical support..
i think u better opt for MNC where you can deal with man power planning so that you can use ur skills in implementing technical support as well as hr management...

Dear Swati,

BE + MBA is a lethal combination to have for the Corporate World.

I am surprised that people ask you this question and are not satisfied with the answers.

You may tell them:"BE has enhanced my logical and analytical abilities. MBA gives me the whole picture of how an organization works. MBA is a practitioners degree and BE gives me a sound base to adapt, adopt and understand domain knowledge quickly to apply the same for Corporate Growth".

Sunil Chandra
hi as i have the answer but i don't know whether it satisfies u or not.
according to management with an engineering background you cannot reach the top level management until u establish a firm or u become an enterprenuer. with MBA along with BE u can reach the top level management in a shorter period of time ..... ur response and feedback can send to
Hi Swathi,

The questions posed at the interview are just to check your attitude and reasoning ability, there is no hard and fast rule that a BE GRADUATE cannot pursue an MBA,

Be it a B.com MBA, or a BE MBA, what counts is your practical learning in the organisation,

Make sure that every action you take is a new learning experience for you.

keep updating yourself with emerging tends

Thanks and Regards
Hi Praveen, Sonu, Sunil and everyone.. Thanks for ur suggestions and replies..

My situation was the same as Praveen said.. When i passed out my school like others even me and my parents wanted me to do BE.. we had a paper called 'Entrepreneur Management' during my 1st Year.. Actually i got the inspiration of doing MBA only during that Period.. and moreover i thought BE with MBA will be an added value to my career.. But when i started getting such questions i was taken li'l aback.. But all your replies had made me happy and i've the confidence that i can easily take the question in any interview. :)



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