- Full-time vs online: If you contemplated pursuing an MBA degree online just because full-time MBA programs are temporarily running virtually (given the pandemic), you might want to evaluate your decision objectively. The pandemic is not going to stay forever, and campuses are ready to welcome students back. Once that happens, you will have a B-school ecosystem working towards transforming you into an excellent business & management professional. According to Dr Githa Heggde, Dean, School of Business at UPES, “A full-time MBA program sharpens your managerial and strategic thinking skills through an experiential, experimental and active learning process. The availability of committed mentors who can give you customized feedback depending on your progress steers you in the right direction at the right time”.
- On-campus experience: B-schools create a productive environment with a structured curriculum, peer discussions in and out of the classrooms, one-on-one mentoring sessions with professors and working in groups with your batchmates. You also get access to the campus infrastructure such as the incubation cell, libraries, various clubs & chapters, academic and non-academic events, resources for extracurricular activities and so on. You will miss out on the learnings gained from on-campus experiences in an online degree. “If your B-school is part of a larger multidisciplinary education institution, then it is a big plus because you get to interact and learn from students pursuing other fields of study like engineering, law or design. These inter-disciplinary interactions and experiences make you a better professional”, points out Dr Githa Heggde.
- Placements: Your two years of MBA culminate into you landing a job that you are excited about and works as a stepping-stone for your career ahead. B-schools have robust placement & career services departments. They ensure that the right companies arrive for campus recruitment, and you get multiple opportunities to explore. Wouldn’t you want that for yourself? Dr Heggde explains, “At UPES School of Business, we put a strong emphasis on life skills, innovation and entrepreneurship in addition to domain knowledge. Specific training interventions and program duration targeting cross-functional expertise are planned to enhance a students’ employability quotient. The Placement Selection Improvement Program (PSI) is designed to assess and enhance the employability skills of the final year students as per industry standards.”
- Professional network: Face-to-face communication creates more robust connections, and hence, you are most likely to build a professional network that is not ephemeral and grows with time. These connections are invaluable for the cross-disciplinary learning they make possible, help you find mentors or provide you newer platforms and opportunities to explore.
- Entrepreneurship: Creativity, originality and initiative combined with leadership and social influence are amongst the top skills of 2025 as per the Future of Jobs Report 2020 by World Economic Forum. Given the nature of the work, an MBA graduate is expected to have these skills. Students can develop these skills at a B-school by conceptualizing and starting their start-ups with support from the incubation cell and faculty members. Dr Heggde shares, “We have seen many success stories of our students who have grown immensely in their professional careers after their entrepreneurship experience at the campus. They become better at problem-solving, ideation and develop leadership skills, something every recruiter is looking for”.
- Non-academic support: Campuses are not just about classrooms. When you are associated with a campus, you are looked after by the student welfare team, on-campus counsellors, medical practitioners etc. The pandemic has put a spotlight on the significance of this kind of support.
- An experience that keeps on giving returns: The sense of camaraderie you develop and the bonds you create make you feel good or end up with memories and translate into a valuable alumni network over the long term.
“In a full-time MBA program, you effectively spend two years with a group of like-minded students who are enthusiastic about new ideas and want to succeed. On the one hand, this serves as a healthy competition; on the other hand, it keeps you motivated. The on-campus environment enables and empowers one to be most productive,” summarizes Dr Heggde.