ElectivesNow it is the season of choosing the electives. The number of electives offered is pretty huge. Sometimes, I wish I never have a choice in anything, because whenever I choose, I'm afraid I might choose wrong :) So, finally I'm forced to decide on what I want to do of my MBA, something I've been postponing for long. Given my IT background, and the fact that I got through my interviews saying (with conviction, I might add) that I want to specialize in systems, the decision seems to be a nobrainer. Wish life were that easy !
I don't think so.
It is true that my job at Netscaler was probably the best I could ever hope for as a fresher, but I wasn't happy with just my engineering. There is so much in the world to learn and engineering left out quite a bit. I was good at where I was for maybe 10 years, but what after that ? I would just be stuck as a unix network programmer. When would I ever get to know other things ? I know a few people who are very geeky but nice, and I'm unfortunately acquainted with a lot of techie morons who don't know anything other than IT but are so arrogant that you want to puke. Another reason why I was on the fringes of Linux India or BLUG - not only were there a lot of unpleasant things happening, there were quite a few morons there as well. I was afraid narrow-mindedness could be contagious.
Now that I justified my intention for higher studies, it is obvious why it can't be a technical degree. What's the point ? For me, there is very little of value-add in learning computer science all over again. All I need to do is pick up a book, any one, whether it is Knuth's or a O'Reilly book on Python - it really doesn't matter, because I know the basics pretty well. So, MTech isn't worth the opportunity cost. That only leaves the MBA. However, among some techie crowd, business and management seems to be taboo. Superiority-complex. Hypocrisy. Any management-related discussion on slashdot invariably refers to PHB (pointy-haired boss) and the discussion goes downhill from there. There is a world out there that affects whatever I do, and I have no idea about it :-( Business or management are not unethical activities (sad that I have to be so explicit).
Since I'm here in SJMSOM to learn, why would I need to specialize in anything, esp. in Systems. Somehow, the very concept of specialization seems to be a manifestation of insecurity or closed-mindedness. Note that here in SOM, there is no concept of specialization per se, the electives we choose form our concentration. So, I've decided to take electives from all streams - though I can't say I want to specialize in general management (wouldn't that be an oxymoron ?).
So, what sort of job am I looking for ? Who cares, atleast for now ? One thing I've learnt about my life is that things don't turn out to be what you expect, so why waste time now ? :-)