Brain teaser: If you are at INTERmediate of the COURSE then can you call it as ‘intercourse’???
[Hmmm… before you decide that I am nasty… intercourse ALSO (that’s right… ALSO) means: mutual dealings/ social or spiritual communication… check dictionary… but anyway I like your thought process, *wink* ;)]
As per great Guatemalan philosopher Socratotle, midpoint crisis occurs because you don’t have any comparison points to anchor and thus become indifferent… that’s very true as most of the time we run our life compared to others … everything runs with comparison… Oh… she has nice shoes, I need better ones, oh… he has good grades, even I need… oh you got more hike than me… and whole life revolves around proving only one point… mine is bigger than yours… and life goes on!!!
As of now I have nothing much to compare with anything or anyone… because most of the time I am so self centered that I simply just don’t care what others are up to… so I decided to go ahead and compare Engineering and MBA course… You might think what a stupid moron I am to compare engineering with MBA… it is like comparing apples with Durians… but anyway I won’t give two cents to your thinking which thinks my thinking is unthinkably moronic…
It is weird train of thought but there is a remarkable difference between engineering and MBA programs apart from the fact that from engineering course engineers come out (theoretically) and MBA courses produce managers (*really???*)
I feel, engineering is more of conclusion based, not many assumptions (except that next batch girls will be much prettier than this batch), and definite answers… yup… a definite 5 decimal point precision answers… so most of the time engineers know what is happening and what gonna happen next… because they know things will work as per theory… see even stupid Zener Diode of our electronics laboratory knew that it has to undergo voltage drop at breakdown voltage of 7 volts… no further arguments… just breakdown… asthe !!!
Engineering course really didn’t give much space or time (even though it was 4 year course) to discuss… (Or is it that my friends and I didn’t do it). I don’t remember discussing why we use ‘if-else-default’ condition rather than ‘this way – that way – highway’ condition… it’s not that engineers are not much intellectually challenged with their course but we largely trust others’ inventions, discoveries and theories and save the time…(what is the point in reinventing wheel… just ride the bike and reach nearest pub… that’s pretty smart haan!!!)
Engineers (at least me) are intuition based people… intuition is nothing but fastest way of reaching conclusion by skipping intermediate steps… if conclusion is wrong then simply call it ‘draft version1.0’ and restart one more round of intuition… 🙂
But MBA is totally different story… it’s about assumptions and discussions… and hell lot of discussions… and challenging idle brain cells to think a lot and listen a lot to others’ points (at times bullshit)… I strongly believe that discussion is good way of looking an object from multiple angles with multiple lenses (wow… i am so, so involved…)
There is inherent problem with discussion… because ‘it depends’… it depends who is there in discussion, what they want to discuss… are they interested in solution or just love discussions… and most importantly, ‘when is the presentation deadline??’ 🙂
When there are more exceptions than rules and more opinions than information then discussions tend to happen and conclusion becomes distant dreams…(like my dream of dating Megan Fox… woo…woo)… That’s the reason (in class) we are taught that ‘it’s not about arriving at conclusion but process behind it’…(managers always have some explanation in hand… pretty smart haan!!!)
In short, management is about systematically deducing a process (with discussions) considering all risks and rewards (with some more discussions) and arriving at conclusion (wrong one…oops…)… If deduced wrong conclusion makes even the slightest of the sense then call it ‘new business model’ 🙂
So hope that explains why engineers don’t appreciate managers’ methods of working… its not just pay scale but they are fundamentally different… that is the reason why engineers and managers never understand each others’ words though both are talking in same language… and that explains why few of my friends laughed when I told that I will do MBA 🙂