Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 23 Oct 2014, 07:25

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Why do so many engineers go to business school?

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 09 Sep 2008
Posts: 164
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 0

Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2008, 08:08
Seriously. At least a third of the folks I've met along the way to business school come from engineering backgrounds, which I never would've expected. Why do you think this is? Discuss.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 05 Feb 2008
Posts: 322
Location: Texas
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 59 [0], given: 10

Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2008, 10:06
I am an engineer. Been thinking about business school since my college years. My reason, engineers are usually bright individuals with a good amount of drive. Engineers obtain industry experience rather quickly, and want to move up the corporate ladder or switch industry's as a whole. MBA usually helps in every way.

I do not understand why you were surprised by this. Engineering degrees are difficult degrees, and combining a top MBA with an engineering degree from my view can be very powerful.
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
Joined: 04 Aug 2008
Posts: 379
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 28 [0], given: 1

Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2008, 10:41
I am also surprised by this phenomenon since engineering and business types of personalities are not very similar.

Also, I have always thought that engineering has a good earning potential itself and why would someone go for an MBA instead of Masters in their respective field or something
_________________

The one who flies is worthy. The one who is worthy flies. The one who doesn't fly isn't worthy

Director
Director
User avatar
Joined: 18 Feb 2008
Posts: 798
Followers: 20

Kudos [?]: 90 [0], given: 25

Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2009, 11:51
I think engineers are ideal MBA candidates. Just because you don't see them in suits, doesn't mean their personality won't fit in with the business world. Many CEOs and executives from top companies comes from engineering background. There are also a lot of engineers/science/math majors made a fortune in the finance world.

Engineers usually have excellent quantitative skills, they are trained to develop problem solving skills. In today's world, many engineering decision are increasingly based on financial constraints. It's only natural for some of the engineers try to apply their skills in a different realm where they can excel.

Of course there are other incentives such as career advancement and increase in pay. Engineer's pay usually caps off at certain point, while executives can have pay days of millions of dollars in bonuses.
Joined: 31 Dec 1969
Location: United States
Concentration: Marketing, Other
GPA: 3.64
WE: Accounting (Accounting)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 70 [0], given: 78626

CAT Tests
Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2009, 07:16
An engineer's career tends to plateau without official management experience. With a strong quantitative background, they often lack the business skills that their peers may have if they did not double in a business major or get in MBA. In my opinion it seems to be the perfect coupling of skill sets in order to achieve executive level positions and to break that plateau, or to extend their skillset in other functional areas in a company, for example strategic management or marketing in high-tech industries. And of course, there are always career switchers in the mix.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 24 Aug 2011
Posts: 11
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 06:42
EMLYON student Olivier Petit decided that an MBA was the best career choice if he wanted to get a position of even greater responsibility. As an engineer he knew that he would become the manager of a department and then the manager of a subsidiary but, “These were not my dream positions. I wanted to be more involved in the strategy of the company…I wanted also to increase my international exposure by being a part of a class with different nationalities”. The MBA would provide a solid base in management and finance, I think this is a reason that many engineers go to business school - the idea that your career will reach a plateau and an MBA can take it to the next level. You can read more at BusinessBecause!
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 06 Oct 2011
Posts: 9
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2011, 21:34
Might be they are fed up in their jobs and they need to know about business. After completion of their business education, i am sure they will turn their career from technology to business.
Expert Post
SVP
SVP
avatar
Status: Graduated
Affiliations: HEC
Joined: 28 Sep 2009
Posts: 1638
Concentration: Economics, Finance
GMAT 1: 730 Q48 V44
Followers: 86

Kudos [?]: 490 [0], given: 432

Premium Member
Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2011, 08:07
Expert's post
I actually had time to perform my own personal investigation on this matter during my MSc degree. Comments from 89k and billyjeans basically provide the answer. Another issue worth pointing out is that - and I don't mean to generalize or stereotype here - many MBA students with an engineering background focus on finance. And this leads me to the point that I wish to emphasize: an engineer has very powerful quantitative skills, and when they compliment this with managerial abilities acquired from a good MBA program, this results in a strong and reliable problem solver. Financial institutions, as well as other businesses, pay a lot of money for such people.
_________________

Get the best GMAT Prep Resources with GMAT Club Premium Membership

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 28 Nov 2011
Posts: 4
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2011, 08:26
As my perception the engineer degree is such a difficult and also a student with an intelligent brain can get the degree after doing hard work and also the engineers work is no an easy and it requires good business environment and facilities such the business school can provide. also it helps the engineer how to work in corporate field and all.
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 29 Nov 2011
Posts: 9
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2011, 15:57
I'm an engineer and my take on matter is that after you reach a certain stage in your engineering career, it helps move up the ladder if you have some sort of business degree or experience for that matter.
Expert Post
Founder
Founder
User avatar
Affiliations: UA-1K, SPG-G, HH-D
Joined: 04 Dec 2002
Posts: 12342
Location: United States (WA)
GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42
GPA: 3.5
WE: Information Technology (Hospitality and Tourism)
Followers: 2324

Kudos [?]: 9433 [0], given: 3700

GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member CAT Tests
Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2011, 21:27
Expert's post
Because they are smart? :)

Or perhaps just a bunch of calculating devils?
_________________

Founder of GMAT Club

Just starting out with GMAT? Start here... | Want to know your GMAT Score? Try GMAT Score Estimator
Need GMAT Book Recommendations? Best GMAT Books

Co-author of the GMAT Club tests

Have a blog? Feature it on GMAT Club!

Get the best GMAT Prep Resources with GMAT Club Premium Membership

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 29 Nov 2011
Posts: 9
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2011, 11:48
Or maybe because they think they can make more money?
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar
Joined: 10 May 2010
Posts: 818
Followers: 23

Kudos [?]: 324 [0], given: 191

GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member
Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 08:13
Ntang, Spiridon.

Pose an opposite question: I see 30-40% economics and business graduate getting MBA.
Donot see why they want to study the same thing twice. More so because the content lacks theoretical depth.
_________________

The question is not can you rise up to iconic! The real question is will you ?

Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 29 Nov 2011
Posts: 9
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school? [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2011, 15:04
They probably just want the title. Looks good (I guess) on the resume ;)
Re: Why do so many engineers go to business school?   [#permalink] 02 Dec 2011, 15:04
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Experts publish their posts in the topic To Go to Business School or Not? Tailer426 12 26 Oct 2013, 02:42
Experts publish their posts in the topic Should I go to business school? Treazy 2 14 Dec 2012, 07:14
3 Experts publish their posts in the topic Why do so many Indians pursue an MBA? machichi 13 30 Oct 2012, 21:46
2 Why are there so many consultants in top MBA programs? Youngjames 3 26 Jun 2012, 07:39
5 Things not to do at Business School 3underscore 9 12 Jan 2010, 10:38
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Why do so many engineers go to business school?

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.