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What should I go for? MS or Phd or MBA or Work?

8 February 2008 4 Comments

This is one of the most common question that people ask me these days.
Not that I am an expert in answering this question, but I had an opportunity to do each of the above option. And, I have found an excellent answer for it.

But before that, I have to tell a story to you all.
My grand father had told this story to me when I was young.

Here goes the story..


A man and his son were going from City A to City E through cities B, C & D.
They also had a donkey, which was made to walk along with them.
When they were going from City A to City B, all the people there were looking at them in awe.. They were cursing the man..
“Look, he has a donkey and he makes his son walk!”

The man thought about it!! Before he entered the city B, he made his son sit on the donkey.. They were walking peacefully.. The man was feeling proud about his decision..
Then he realized that people are cursing him again..
“Look, he his making his son sit on the donkey…
Poor donkey! How much weight can it bear!”

The man felt, probably what he had done was wrong..
So, before he entered city C, he lifted the donkey and carried it on his shoulder..
The proud man walked with his son..
Again people cursed him!! πŸ˜€
“Look at this fool.. He is having a donkey and he is carrying it! Donkey is supposed to carry him.. But he is carrying it!! What an idiot!”

Now the man is getting annoyed with himself.. So, before he entered city D, he sat on the donkey.. and walked along with his son…
So now what, you would have guessed it right!
People cribbed again..

He got so annoyed that he threw the donkey and ran away!!


Yeah.. Now lets come back to the original question πŸ˜€

If you start asking “What you should do?”, people will give so many answers..
So many opinions.. Some times, they are so contradicting..

So, dont go and ask “what you should do?”..
You should decide what you should do.. The answer to this is within you..

You can take inputs from others.. Like.. What are the job opportunities, work profile, job satisfactions, how hectic is the work, career growth options, how strong is the alumni network, who will be our peers after the degree etc.. Evaluate your options by weighing various opinions..

Finally, “Just do what you are passionate about!”

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  • The Maharishi said:

    omg !..that was neat..!..i really expected an critical comparison, that one really blew me away!

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ maharishi..

    Thanks.. I feel this is the right away one should approach taking such decisions.. But honestly.. I am giving this after I went through a mess.. πŸ™‚

    Atleast, let others learn from mistake.. πŸ˜€

  • Anonymous said:

    it is difficult to make decisions, but it is so easy to find fault in decisions..

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ anonymous…

    Very true!!