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How should I design my career path

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How should I design my career path [#permalink] New post 24 May 2011, 23:19
I am looking for a serious advice as based on that I will decide my career.

About me: I am career oriented person and all I see is opportunity in every task. I need less effort to get motivated and almost no reason to again demotivated.

Academic Backgroud:

10th : 78%
12th : 67% [Science- Maths]
Under Graduate : Computer Science [72%] {Honors} [No back, No pass by Grace]

I joined a CMMI level company in 2008 and I right now I have 2 years and 7 months of experience.

Now, when I looked back I see a little salary growth and negligible designation promotion. Doesn't mean that I am a average worker. I have done an excellent technical job [developed many websites at my own] and had have been apprecaited many time by my managers and clients.

Tehnical Job Overview: I have cleared few certification [ASP.NET] and I found myself little strong in technical side. Though, some day I feel that this is not what I meant for but I love my job. I love creating new things and .NET helped me a lot.

Functional Overview: From last one year I am solely duing the functional work of my project and I become facinated towards functional side of the job. It keeps me active and show me dreams of better salary and handosme designation.

Did I try MBA entrance exam?

Yes, I did. I failed.

CAT [First attempt {When I was in college}] : 89 percentile
CAT [Second attempt {While working}] : 70 percentile
GMAT : Terrible : 470

My questions:
1: Should I go for GMAT again?

My guess: I am not sure, I found my self with very less experience and prepration of GMAT will require extensive effort which is not possible for me right now. But I see great opportunities in it and I want to go for MBA sooner or later.

2: Shall I go for Management Quota in any good Indian MBA college?

My Guess: Hmmm.. Sounds good. But what if I don't get any placement. I heard that college doesn't allow students from management quota to sit on the campus placement. [Than my Dad definately kill me {just kidding}]

3: Shall I continue with my technical job?

My Guess: This is what I am doing right now. But at some point of time I am not satisfied. I am looking for better salary and designation which I am sure my current job can not provide me in the next 8 years.

4: Shall I switch myself to functional side?

My Guess: Yeah... alternate solution to quickly grab my manager job. But what If it take another long era to build up my resume in functional side. But this solution seems promising and making me dream all day all night.

Please guide me which path should I choose and what should I do? I can go ahead with the combination of above 4 questions too.

What would you do if you were at my place? Any help would be apprecaited.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: How should I design my career path [#permalink] New post 25 May 2011, 08:35
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1. Yes. definitely but try to cross 650+ for a decent shot at a top tier 1 management college.
2. IF you have better GMAT with good work ex, management quota is not required. Top 10 in India will be within your reach.
3 & 4 - You have to decide what interests you if functional then continue with it and prep for MBA. grabbing your manager's job is only short term solution but not a long term career option.
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Re: How should I design my career path [#permalink] New post 26 May 2011, 04:04
@ivorytowers Thanks for the guidance. +1 kudos.
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Re: How should I design my career path [#permalink] New post 27 May 2011, 19:55
Yes you need to be an extraordinary and you must have complete knowledge about management and be on hard working track.
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