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    Okay basically here is my plan - please don't tell me I am too farfetched, I am just planning if it works out like this:

    I plan to do Engineering at a good University... a full MEng course (4 years) and I might specialise in Electrical/Electronic.

    Then I want to do an MBA either at the same uni I did my engineering from, or in USA (e.g.: Stanford, or the top universities there)...

    How many kinds of job prospects I have opened myself up to and roughly what will be my salary? Just a very rough estimate...

    Oh and between Engineering and MBA, I don't plan to get into employment - I just directly want to do my MBA.

    Thanks!
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    Crap plan. Even _if_ you got on an MBA course - which is unlikely for a reputable course - you wouldn't have a clue how the frameworks are applied, and would come out with some bits of paper. I believe you would find it very difficult to get employment without experience.

    If you want to be a technical specialist, do tech placements, postgraduate training following your MEng and two to three years later, leverage yourself as a Chartered Engineer. Then continue with continuous learning or even further taught courses or professional doctorate. Otherwise get some solid engineering experience for a few years and make the transition into engineering management and bolster with a MBA to give you broader knowledge of corporate and finance (and even marketing).

    I suspect you are just trying to plot a route to the highest salary, if so then I can't help you.

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    Crap plan. Even _if_ you got on an MBA course - which is unlikely for a reputable course - you wouldn't have a clue how the frameworks are applied, and would come out with some bits of paper. I believe you would find it very difficult to get employment without experience.

    If you want to be a technical specialist, do tech placements, postgraduate training following your MEng and two to three years later, leverage yourself as a Chartered Engineer. Then continue with continuous learning or even further taught courses or professional doctorate. Otherwise get some solid engineering experience for a few years and make the transition into engineering management and bolster with a MBA to give you broader knowledge of corporate and finance (and even marketing).

    I suspect you are just trying to plot a route to the highest salary, if so then I can't help you.

    TBD
    hmmmm.. so you basically suggest that in between my meng and mba, I should get into employment with regards to the chartered side of engineering.. not bad. Say I do my engineering here and plan on working abroad, will that work?
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    You can get a Masters in management straight after you graduate, which would be with people with a similar age.
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    To demonstrate a professional standard Chartered Engineer is a Good Thing. To demonstrate a professional standard quickly post MEng, Chartered Engineer is an Excellent Thing.

    Will what work ? Depending on the Institution with whom you register, overseas they generally have mutual recognition schemes for Professional Engineers (eg CPEng in Australia). Note that in some countries "Professional Engineer" is a protected and licensed profession, so you will need to be Chartered to do the more interesting responsible work.

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    Very kind of you to say so :rolleyes:

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    hmmmm.. so you basically suggest that in between my meng and mba, I should get into employment with regards to the chartered side of engineering.. not bad. Say I do my engineering here and plan on working abroad, will that work?
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    (Original post by TBD)
    To demonstrate a professional standard Chartered Engineer is a Good Thing. To demonstrate a professional standard quickly post MEng, Chartered Engineer is an Excellent Thing.

    Will what work ? Depending on the Institution with whom you register, overseas they generally have mutual recognition schemes for Professional Engineers (eg CPEng in Australia). Note that in some countries "Professional Engineer" is a protected and licensed profession, so you will need to be Chartered to do the more interesting responsible work.

    TBD

    Very kind of you to say so :rolleyes:
    So like do you know any examples of people who have obtained their MEng in the UK and have started to be employed abroad (USA, e.g.: as that's where I plan to go to)Australia doesn't interest me though... I still don't get Chartered Engineering though - do you need to go to special institutions to get the CEng?
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    (Original post by Frankster)
    Okay basically here is my plan - please don't tell me I am too farfetched, I am just planning if it works out like this:

    I plan to do Engineering at a good University... a full MEng course (4 years) and I might specialise in Electrical/Electronic.

    Then I want to do an MBA either at the same uni I did my engineering from, or in USA (e.g.: Stanford, or the top universities there)...

    How many kinds of job prospects I have opened myself up to and roughly what will be my salary? Just a very rough estimate...

    Oh and between Engineering and MBA, I don't plan to get into employment - I just directly want to do my MBA.

    Thanks!
    Not sure about employment prospects but there definitely is a route there. I know someone who did Engineering at Bath and then did an MBA at Chicago.
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    I know a few people with engineering degrees and MBAs,though they all did their MBAs after a fair amount of work experience. It seems to be a good route for consulting!
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    (Original post by sj27)
    I know a few people with engineering degrees and MBAs,though they all did their MBAs after a fair amount of work experience. It seems to be a good route for consulting!
    You mean management consultancy? Yeah I was thinking about that as well...
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    (Original post by Frankster)
    You mean management consultancy? Yeah I was thinking about that as well...
    Yup.
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    Best advice I can give you if you want a traditional career is: get a chartered profession law, banking, accountancy, engineering, and then broaden it to cover the business of your profession with management training or MBA after five or so years of experience as a chartered professional.(Before anyone jumps in: yes, this could be a research PhD, or professional doctorate or EngD for those than want focus rather than breadth)

    The first question I ask a consultant is have you ever done this job (for which you are consulting) for real ?

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    Okay so, say I have done my MEng from a top university like Cambridge. What kinds of employment should I go for, for chartered professions? Then after 5 years in that work, I could look to do an MBA abroad and work there..

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