Gone are the days when a 30 plus executive, resigns his job, packs his bags and set out for a 2 year full time MBA, with a 700 plus GMAT score neatly tucked away in his laptop bag.
During recession, if you are not given a pink slip you are plain lucky. You hold tightly on to your present job. For you got to pay your EMIs, credit card bills and the like. Can you afford the luxury of a 2 yr study abroad? The answer is No.
The X factor
Called the executive program ( for work ex guys), the PGPX is the new hope. ‘Learn while you earn’ literally works. There are wide variety of executive programs to choose from- Indian and international.
The program duration ranges from a few weeks to one year.
ISB Hyderabad to MDI Gurgaon to INSEAD France offers such courses. Some are full time campus programs, others partly distance, partly on campus. Courses designed, delivered and certified by prestigious B.Schools. Platforms are offered by HughesNet and NIIT for videoconference lessons. The advantage aspirants can attend live lessons delivered from real campuses and interact with faculty. They can network with fellow learners form across cities.
Both public sector and private sector executives take up executive programs.
What they teach
A sense of direction, business strategies and personal effectiveness; ability to manage conflict; clarity in decision making and the skill to manage people of all dispositions and temperaments.
Course variations: I year fulltime executive program/ 1 yr certificate program(satellite), 6 month campus programs/ 5 week campus program/ online MBA
Sought after specializations
- General management
- International business
- Public management and policy
ISB’s executive MBA , IIMA’s PGPX, IIM L’s IMPX, IIM Indore’s PGCBM, XLRI’s Executive MBA, MDP(a few weeks to 6 month) of many top B Schools
NIIT Imperia, HughesNet programs, U21, e-MBA , 5 week Advanced Management program INSEAD France…