Hope the below helps your friend to sort out a major hurdle, Always remember the interviewer is always looking for honest answers with a bit of sophostication.
My career goals are a continuation of my career so far, and I would like to take on bigger responsibilities which a business administration education & degree helps me to do. My current skills doesnt allow me to do the same, I agree that ther are some skills that I am more likely to gain only at work, while others would be best achieved through an MBA.
For the switch in career the MBA will help me make this change smoother and easier. I agree that additional skills and experiences would also be needed. (Specify for how long you have kept this goal in mind. Why do you think you are a good fit for your goals? What steps have you taken so far to prepare for the change?)
I really dont know in which scenario your friend is in but if you consider the following points and address it in such a manner that it helps you to sort out your weaknesses or accentuates your strengths then the interviewer can be led to those topics, I always enjoy leading the interviewer to my domain, make him ask question about the things I know and hence it becomes easier and my experience do reflect the same, as well the interviewer is also looking for answers with a lead in it, so that it becomes easier for him too.
(1) A career move to an entirely different domain say finance or consulting.....it could be done the without an MBA as well but then the struggle is a lot harder.
(2) A fast forward button for your career.....in the corporate world degree holders from top b-schools are given positions of responsibility and authority very quickly considered to those without an MBA irrespective of any amount of 'managerial' acumen you may show.
(3) Money.....lots of it ...at the end of the day there's no denying the fact that this plays a very important role besides your work...Infact for many it's the sole reason who pursue an MBA.....the hard fact is that those who do the actual work get paid far less than those who 'manage' them.
Also get some influence from the words below,
Given rapid technological change and increasingly global markets, there is an increasing need for MBA graduates who grasp the organizational and competitive possibilities enabled through and with information technology (IT). IT is now the prime driver and enabler of business strategy for many, if not most, organizations. The shear size level of investment in IT and its impact on productivity and competitiveness demonstrates the need for MBA students – whether majoring in Marketing, Finance, Management, or other disciplines – to possess skills and knowledge inherent to the field of information systems. Among many other things, this knowledge is essential to:
Recognizing new or improved technology-enabled ways to reach customers, partners and consumers
Managing information systems design, development and implementation
Choosing and assessing information systems-related investments wisely
Optimizing the benefits of technology for overall organizational gain
You can change the IT part to any other sector as with the current boom in global industries, this is applicable to all the sectors.
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10th March 2008 From India, Thana