Why do companies ask for full-time MBA for positions where they require 10-12 years of experience? MBA is mostly done when someone wants to change their career, eg. A Software Coder who has done B.E. wants to move to HR then it makes sense that he/she does MBA. Why should HR candidates who have years of experience in HR itself and have learnt on job and worked their way up the corporate ladder be overlooked for not having a FULL-TIME MBA? Are these HR heads together trying to lobby with Business Schools to promote full-time MBA? Or are they trying to push children of their friends/relatives and trying to make future safe for their own children? After all they will get their children to do full-time MBA too.
We have to stop these so called HR heads from using their position to misguide others into believing that no matter how many years of experience or what quality of experience one has, full-time MBA is still required. I have been told that it is a filter used so that they have fewer and good candidates to interview. Really? Can years of experience not be a good enough filter?
One company does it and then all companies blindly follow them. Till 2-3 years back it was only our Indian companies like TCS, Infosys and Wipro weeding out non-MBAs out of their system. Now even smaller companies have started copying them. Internally they all know that experience matters but still the HR heads insist on full-time MBA. They very well know that they will be able to afford a 10-20 lakhs of full-time MBA course for their children and this will make them saleable in the management market. So in short, all the non-MBAs or all those MBAs who studied part-time will be thrown out of job market over a period of time to be replaced by children of these HR heads and their friends/relatives. Is this full-time MBA craze anything less than the quota/reservation system? The only difference is that this is being practiced by the sophisticated people of the society.
In US studying while earning is a matter of pride and employers respect their employees for that. But in our country, India only full-time MBAs matter. All those others who could not leave their job to study full-time or did not have rich parents to pay the mind-boggling MBA fees are all useless. If someone studied while earning because he/she had a family dependent on their earnings, has to suffer his/her entire life because once upon a time he did a part-time MBA and not a full-time MBA. Unfortunately, copying these Indian companies, even the US MNCs in India have started behaving like them.
We have to stand up against this reservation system created by these HR heads. They have really no care about Human Resource or Economic Empowerment. They are only lobbying through their LinkedIn group, HR Networking Group, etc to keep hammering that only full-time MBAs are good. I recently attended an interview which was taken by a VP of a fortune 500 company. I was surprised when he told to me at the end of my interview that he did not agree to me that HR can play any role in increasing productivity because it is Ops job. His full-time MBA and so many job-hopping did not even teach him the value HR can bring to business. According to him, HR should not spend time in knowing employees on the floor because it is job of line supervisor. Then what is HR supposed to do Mr. full-time MBA VP? Only keep networking and lobbying to get their children/friends/relatives at higher position in the company while all the other non-MBAs keep slogging to deliver results.
In one of the previous organization where I worked, the HR head used to promote interns only from the institute where she did her MBA. Amazing! Where did fairness, integrity, etc. disappear?
Another HR head, started weeding out all non-MBAs (irrespective of their performance rating) soon after taking up the position of HR head and from where not he started getting new employees who were full-time MBAs. Obviously these newbies could not manage the attrition and retention activities the way the previous experienced employees could. But that did not matter. It would had been interesting if someone did an audit to find out why were these experienced employees with good performance but non full time MBAs removed and within a month these new full-time MBAs were brought in. What were the benefits? Was there an increase (even a bit) in the HR scorecard? In fact there was a drastic dip in the overall morale of all other employees. Was this full-time HR head even questioned for his immature decision? Yes, he was moved to another position after 2 years because by then the management realized that this guy was toxic. By then he had ruined careers of many experience HR guys in that system.
These HR heads need to be stopped from spreading the virus that full-time MBA is the only important thing required irrespective of years and quality of experience. Am I the only one feeling so? Please share your thoughts?