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Asked by Nandini on September 21, 2016

I am currently pursuing a second year in B.Tech in I.T. What should I do next - earn an M.Tech, pursue an MBA or find a job? I am seriously lost on what is supposed to be my career path after my undergraduate degree.

Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on October 4, 2016

I would recommend determining what you want to do after you graduate. Create a map if you will of your goals and write what you steps you need to take to achieve them. If you do not know the steps you can search online for what the prerequisites are for the various roles you have listed. I would also look for internships and rotational programs in the areas you are interested in to get a feel if you really want to pursue that profession or expertise. Your Masters will be more meaningful if you have work experience in-between your education to balance out your resume both to you and your prospective employer.

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Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on November 18, 2016

I think you need to start thinking about your career path differently than you seem to be right now.  Your career path should be unique to you, there is no my career path is supposed to be this or that.  If you are not sure of the specific field or role that you want to pursue following graduation, seek as many opportunities as you can through internships/co-ops, part-time jobs, volunteer work as you can.  These are all "safe" opportunities for you to try things to see what you like, what energizes you.  Once you know that, you can start planning your path.  Also, in general, better to get work experience before pursing a graduate degree, but that may be different for you depending on the career path you decide to take.

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on May 25, 2017

Interesting and great question. There are a lot of options for you right now but I agree that it can be incredibly overwhelming. 

Similar to previous answers, it truly depends on what career path you're on and where you would consider getting your M.Tech or MBA. Many M.Tech/MBA programs and many jobs after you would finish school are looking for professional experience alongside your education. Some larger companies have programs where they will even pay for your advanced education. But if the positions you are considering don't typically require an M.Tech/MBA, I would hold off on going that route. If you still aren't sure, I would then suggest seeking out professionals and professors in your field, asking them if they would grab coffee and offer insight on the subject.

Best of luck in your studies!

Bri, former recruiter

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