Is MIM after engineering a good career path?

School selection
  • Posted by eve on 06/19/13 8:31am

    Dear Thomas,

    First of all I would like to tell you that Mim Compass is boon of a site for me . I have read most of the links and advice that you have put up and it really has helped me understand this course and answered most of the questions and doubts. Yet I have a few specific things I want to ask you,

    1. I was unable to find any MIM candidate or alumni profile with an engineering degree previously. Is having an engineering degree beneficial? I will have one year work experience at the time of application. Will this be a good career boost for me?.

    2. The country I am looking forward to is Canada, hence the universities I would like to apply to are HEC Montreal and Sauder. What would be the job prospects or salary expected, after doing Mim in these universities.

    3. My profile is as follows.
      I am a chemical engineer with 7.7 gpa (69%, 3.08 on 4scale approx) from one of the top universities in India.
      I am now employed as Syst engineer from 3 months.
      Extra curricular: I am a freelance dance choreographer. I have represented my university in national events in dance and won. I have been recognised both by my school and college for my extra curriclar activities.
      Will be writing GMAT soon.
      An evaluation of my profile by you would be a great help for me.

    Thank You
    Regards
    Eve

    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 06/20/13 1:09am

      Dear Eve,

      thank you for your questions and your kind words.

      "1. I was unable to find any MIM candidate or alumni profile with an engineering degree previously."
      The usual way to get in contact with a MIM student or ex student is through the schools' admissions department. So, if you contact them they should be able to bring you in contact with a student or alumnus. If they are not able or willing to do that... honestly, I wouldn't give them my money and study there...

      They should also be able to let you know the academic backgrounds of their students (ideally they have also published them on their websites). Then you see how many MIM students of that respective school have an engineering background.

      So, the steps are: Choose your favorite schools, screen the websites for students statistics, and finally ask the admissions department for a contact.

      "Is having an engineering degree beneficial?"
      This is a very broad question. Beneficial.. what for? If you mean to get into an MIM program... well, it is beneficial like any other background - as long as you apply for programs that do NOT require an academic backround in business or economics. We have a special filter "Entry requirements" in our homepage search engine.

      Or do you mean: Is it beneficial to find a job after the MIM? Well, that's also a very broad question that depends on many things outside of the school - e.g., if you aply for the jobs that require your profile, on your interviews and self-presentation, on the firms that you apply for and whether they look for general management graduates etc.

      But in general, I think the combination of a technical first degree and a management masters is a fruitful one. You learn management competencies on top of the engineering knowledge - this means you may be able to work as a project manager later on, for instance, where you need to understand engineering and management issues equally. The MIM helps you to think outside of the box and offer a broader profile to employers.

      "I will have one year work experience at the time of application. Will this be a good career boost for me?"
      I am not sure if I fully understand. Doing a MIM with one year work experience is fine because it is a degree for graduates or people with only little professional experiece. Will your career boost after the MIM...? Well.. as explained before...that depends on many things (and at the end of the day it depends on you). If you want to increase your chances to find a satisfying job after graduation is to screen the schools carefully where you apply.

      • Check out where the MIM graduates work later on?
      • Check how many percent found a job within 3 months?
      • Check which empoyers come to campus to recruit and if these employers are attractive for you?

      "2. The country I am looking forward to is Canada, hence the universities I would like to apply to are HEC Montreal and Sauder. What would be the job prospects or salary expected, after doing Mim in these universities."
      This is an important question and you should find the answers directly from the schools' career service team. If they don't provide you with a satisfying answer I wouldn't study there...

      "An evaluation of my profile by you would be a great help for me."
      Your profile is perfect for a MIM. For many schools you won't need the GMAT. But it is good that you do it - just try to reach 600 points at minimum, ideally 650 and more (but 600 is sufficient).

      Again, screen the schools well and enter into a dialogue with them. By this, you get two sorts of information: First, ideally, the information you are asking for; and second, information about the communication style of the school, how fast and polite they answer, how serious they take your questions etc.

      Best wishes
      Thomas

      By Thomas Graf

    • Posted by amar ghatge on 11/07/18 7:58am

      hey eve did u purse your masters in management course and if u did will u pls tell what is the scope for chemical engineering degree and management degree at same time.

  • Posted by Shreyas on 02/11/19 7:29am

    Hi Eve and Thomas,

    First of all, I just would like to thank you guys for this informative post.

    I've been extremely interested in subjects like business, economics, and investments. I have a computer science bachelors degree and a year of technical work experience.

    Would MiM help me to find a career in business and investments?

    Regards,
    Shreyas

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 02/11/19 11:29am

    Hi there,

    I think your question so far is too general to give a useful answer. Think of this:

    Do you want an education as an expert with in-depth knowledge (e.g., through a Master in IT Management or Economics? Or do you want a more general management education (through a MIM where you tackle a bit HR management, strategy, IT management, ogr behaviour, finance, economcis etc.)?

    In addition:

    Ask yourself what exactly you want to do after graduation? Where do you want to work? Which tasks do you want to work on every day?

    Both questions together - where/what you want to work AFTER your master and whether you want to become an expert or generalist - will bring you closer to your question "Will the MIM help me to find (maybe better say: develop) a career in business and investments (whatever this means for you)?".

    At this stage, I also recommend you reading my MIM eBook thoroughly. It will give you more foundation about business masters and how to find the right master, what the right master means, actually, and how you can profit from it.

    Best wishes,
    Thomas

    By Thomas Graf
    Author of the MIM eBook