HELP ME CHOOSE A UNIVERSITY

School selection
  • Posted by jobyjohnjk on 12/30/12 10:08am

    Joby John
    India

    Respected sir/madam,

    I am working as a Project Engineer for the past few months. I am planning to do MBA , but going through the universities i realized that my work experience is not enough. So i am planning to go for Masters in Management. I guess Masters in Management from a top-end university is always better than MBA from an average university. I am focusing only on UK with a small hope that there will be a change in PSW visa scheme. Any ways I scored an average of 7.5 gpa in my Btech mechanical degree and have technical qualifications of QC ( ASNT LEVEL 2 certificates)
    I am confused to choose between these universities. Please the Pro's and Con's help me out

    1. Strathclyde MBM
    2. Manchester ( MiM )
    3. Lancaster ( MiM)

    If better choice do suggest me Sir, at the same time i heard about double masters in Manchester. But i guess strathclyde MBM will be fine because it can be converted to MBA later. I want a job from UK or elsewhere in world so that i can manage my ROI. Please help me out professors and do suggest me if i have any other better option before i go to apply for 2013 batch because of the application fee included with some universities.

    Hoping to hear from You soon

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 12/30/12 3:17pm

      Hi Joby John,

      thank you for your post. I think you have done a gerat job so far by clarifying your goals, limiting the number of potential schools to three that appear to meet your requirements and posing the right questions.

      Now you have a white paper with six boxes in front of you: At the top you have "Advantages" and "Disadvantages" as headlines. At the left side you have the names of the three schools beneath each other. That's great.

      Here are some structured questions that should help you fill out that paper and finally take a decision:

      1. Your main goal is finding a job in the UK:

      • Try to find out which companies come to campus to recruit master graduates? (Where are these companies located? Which industries do they cover? Are these the companies you want to work for?
      • Try to find out what kind of entry jobs they offer to MIM graduates: Is this the task you are looking for?
      • Try to find out which STUDENTS are enrolled in the MIM programs: Where do they come from? What have they studied before? How diverse is the student portfolio?
      • How many student from your geographic and cultural area are enrolled?
      • What expriences do the schools have with PLACING students from your cultural area in companies after the program?

      You can find this out by screening the websites, asking the admissions service team, and asking the career service team. The rationale for this approach is:

      • If you don't like the companies on campu or the tasks that they offer - maybe this is nto your school.
      • If a school has no experience with people from your cultural area - maybe it is not your school.
      • Also, you will find differences in how fast, nice, competent and polite the school representatives answer you. Maybe you prefer a school that creates a better impression in you?

      Ask companies!
      A second approach is that you identify some firms in the UK that you wish to work for - contact them (the HR people) politely and ask them if they recruit from one or the other of your schools. If they don't then maybe this is not the right school for you.

      Look for in company projects or internships
      A third differentiator between the schools may be whether they include practice periods in the program. Such projects or internships can help you build a network with your future employer already during the program.

      Ask current students and alumni
      I would also ask the school to bring you in contact with current students and alumni. Maybe they have alumni in your country and you can meet up with them. Otherwise email, skype.... These people can provide you with additional information about the quality of the programs.

      Costs and scholarships
      Finally, I would also compare the costs. How much tuition fees etc. do you need to pay? Wich school offers you scholarships? How long is the program?

      Overall, let me emphasize that all three schools are established and recognized schools. But of coure there may be differences and the road map above should help you figure this out.

      Best wishes
      Thomas

      • Posted by jobyjohnjk on 12/30/12 5:32pm

        First of all i thank you sir for providing me such relevant information. This website is great help for fresh graduates in search of their masters. Even though I will search the details as u said , It would be of great help if you can suggest your opinion about any one of these universities or any other BETTER OPTION and i request you to connect me with the graduates passed out from this universities.

        thanks and regards,
        Joby John

        • Posted by Thomas Graf on 01/01/13 10:23pm

          Hi there,

          please understand that I do not recommend schools here. One school may be good for one student and anotehr school may be good for a different student. It really depends on your preferences and the best aid I can give you is by supporting you in finding it out for yourself.

          In general, I can say that all three universities are established universities. If one of them would be a fake university or somethign not serious I would make you aware of it.

          All three schools have a triple accreditation (EQUIS, AMBA, and AACSB). This means that all three internationally recognized accreditation agencies have screent the universities or programs - another indicator of high quality.

          All three Master in Management (MIM) programs are in the Financial Times Master in Management Ranking. This means that these programs run for years and have been checked by independent journalists several times - another good signal.

          The differences that you are looking for can only be determined on a closer and more finegrained level by following the steps that I outlined you.


          As for the contacts, I will ask a MIM student that I know at Strathclyde to contact you. For Manchester, please use the Manchester Business School REQUEST INFO Button in our section school contacts. As for Lancaster, please contact the admissions team directly on their website - say that you are interested in the school and that you would like to get in contact with a student.

          Best wishes
          Thomas

          p.s. Don't forget to tell the schools' admission teams that you like the MIM Compass ;)

          • Posted by jobyjohnjk on 01/02/13 4:40am

            Thanking you for your help sir. I will do the steps recommended by you and will ask you about further queries.

            p.s. Certainly, i will tell about MIM compass >:D

    • Posted by ayesha2013 on 04/10/13 12:03pm

      @ Joby John Hi

      I have few tips for choosing a good university,

      When thinking about different universities for higher schooling we search for answers to inquiries about numerous degree programs, economical aid, college tuition fees, normal class size, college ranks, extracurricular exercises and graduation rates.

      Talk to University College students via facebook or skype

      This is one of the best ways to work out whether a university will be a good fit for you is to talk to current and past students who have attended the university.

      So u can be clear.

      • Posted by jobyjohnjk on 04/10/13 12:39pm

        hi ayesha

        I have already fixed University College Dublin for MiM