Do it before you catch the MBA degree bus

An MBA from IIM is the most priced possession any candidate can get in India. Every year lakhs of MBA degree aspirants strive to crack the country’s most reputed business entrance test. But not all MBA colleges are able to groom candidates well in terms of skills required to meet the expectations of the job market.

Any MBA degree is promising if it provides a good career growth, help you form a skill-set that increases your employability and salary package. So before taking the exam focus on certain areas is must.

Polish your language skills

Communication skills play a vital role in professional life in corporate India. Refined language skills can take a fresh MBA graduate to places, during campus recruitment. If you wish to pursue MBA, focus on polishing your communication skills in English and also learn a second language. While preparing for the exam joining a finishing school to enhance your personality, body language, inter-personal and social interaction skills is not a bad idea.

Develop understanding of the corporate world

Learning about concepts of the corporate world is indispensable these days. Many students in spite of learning this in business schools hardly are able to apply this knowledge in real business settings. This indicates a gap between what you have learnt and what is demanded by the job. So before going for an MBA understand what business is all about and what can be your contribution to the growth of any organization.

Justifying how your skills can add to the growth of any organization, increases your chances of better employability within any organization.

Brighten up your leadership skills

If you are good at leadership skills you can work in a team effectively and manage the team efficiently. Every employer wishes to know how good you are at working in a team. We work as team everywhere, not as a single entity. So treat your management programme as a skill-enhancing programme and not just a degree you will get after two years. Improving your soft skills can add wonders to your leadership skills.

Update and refresh your knowledge timely

If you are preparing for IIM CAT, you should be aware about what is happening in the country and outside. So participate in group activities like group case studies, simulations, industry interaction programmes and inter- college level academic and extra-curricular competitions. Apart from adding to your knowledge participating in group discussions can improve your inter personal skills. Good technical knowledge accompanied with excellent communication skills is what most of the employers are looking for.

Be careful while selecting internships and placements

Your internship is the key to a great job. Internship gives you an opportunity to exhibit your skills by translating them into performance. You can also learn about a particular industry and its operation in detail during internship. Select an internship in the same industry you wish to work in future. Begin your career considering job description not designation and salary.


Choosing an MBA program as a career goal is a very crucial decision of your life. All we need is to be extra careful and wise while pursuing MBA.

Apurva Thakur

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