“I completed my BMS course … What do I do now?”
If the above dialogue sounds like a line stolen right from your mouth, then look no further, we’re here to sort it out for you. We’ve listed below the best careers and educational opportunities after having completed your BMS course. Keep reading to find out more!
Academic Avenues after a BMS course
There’s so many educational opportunities you can pursue after completing your BMS course, if that’s the path you want to go down. Adding value to a 3-year college course is always a good idea, especially in the current COVID-19 scenario. Let’s talk about the academic options you have right now.
1. Master’s degree in Business Administration
A Master’s in Business Administration is a widely recognised and coveted course across most countries. It’s one of the only university degrees that is given value all over the globe. This makes it a useful investment of your time if you’re looking to work abroad after your BMS course.
One of the reasons an MBA is so sought after is because it imparts practical business skills to students who have only a bookish understanding of it so far, especially a BMS course. It also instills confidence and demeanor to its graduates, forcing students to perfect their negotiation tactics and planning skills before they finish their degree.
As a result, it provides a high return on investment to most graduates from recognised universities. However, getting into the university of your choice requires work, and months of preparation. So make sure to spare a few hours daily into practicing the test material if this is the degree you want to shoot for, even while completing your BMS course.
Best institutes: Indian Institute of Management (all over India), Xavier Labour Relations Institute (Jamshedpur), Management Development Institute (Gurugram), Indian Institute of Technology (all over India), SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (Mumbai)
Eligibility: 10+2+3, CAT/other exams like XAT, SPJAT etc
2. Digital Marketing
Touted as the future of marketing, like it or not, this discipline is here to stay. This is something you would probably know after your BMS course!
What business isn’t online these days? As so many marketing gurus have already said, if you’re not online in today’s business scenario, your business is dead. And it is absolutely true! There is no avenue left that the digital industry hasn’t touched, and it has already staked its claim in large conglomerates’ marketing spend annually. After passing your BMS course, you would have learned this.
In light of recent events, we’re heading into a global recession. But the digital industry is one of the only ones that will survive this unscathed, because the demand for skilled digital employees in the fields of search engine optimisation, content production and writing, and website design, has never been higher. Luckily for you, you would have had a decent introduction during your BMS course. However, an introduction is not enough to be an expert in any profession.
If you’re looking for a something after your BMS course to add value to your degree, then look no further than digital marketing. It’s one of the top scoring courses in terms of employability.
Best Institutes: IIDE (Mumbai), Upgrad (Mumbai), Delhi School of Internet Marketing (multiple locations)
Eligibility: 10+2, private entrance tests in some places
3. Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing
Many people use the term ‘PGDM’ interchangeably with MBA. However, the two are slightly different– though in subtle ways.
First off, an MBA is a degree course whereas a PGDM is a diploma course. However, when awarded by a reputable university, this differentiation hardly seems to matter. Second, an MBA is offered by universities affiliated with the central board of education, whereas a PGDM is offered only by private universities. As for actual course material, the syllabus is standardised across all MBA-offering universities something that you also experienced during your BMS course!), but a PGDM differs from university to university as each institute designs its own syllabus.
A PGDM will always be impressive after a BMS course, and will carry the same effect on your resume as an MBA, so don’t rule this one out!
Best Institutes: KJ Somaiya Institute of Management and Research (Mumbai), Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Mumbai), MICA (Ahmedabad)
Eligibilty: 10+2+3, CAT/other exams like CET, MICAT, NMAT etc
Everyone always thinks that just because they pursued a commercial, scientific, or art-related field throughout college, they wouldn’t make a good lawyer. But this isn’t the case at all. You can easily pursue this after a BMS course!
An LLB is designed specifically as a course to be studied by a postgraduate student. Just because there are a number of undergraduate integrated law courses that can be pursued across the country does not mean that you’ve thrown away your legal dreams the moment you enrolled in a BMS course.
An LLB degree will allow you to work in, and further specialise, in any legal field. You do not have to become a lawyer, you could even work in company law and the like in the future. It all depends on your inclination towards certain nuances in the subjects. You might tend towards a financial field due to having completed your BMS course, but you can foray into any legal nuance you would like.
Best Institutes: National Law School of India University (Bengaluru), Faculty of Law, University of Delhi (Delhi), Symbiosis Law School (Pune)
If you do not want to pursue another degree after a grueling 3-year BMS course, it’s okay! There are plenty of career opportunities after BMS you can choose from. Check out our list of some of the top BMS job opportunities below!
1. Digital Marketing
Remember how we spoke about digital marketing being one of the few careers after a BMS course that is going to withstand this coming financial recession without a scratch?
While it is certainly preferred for you to have some sort of training in digital marketing before you enter the field, even if you did learn a bit during your BMS course, it is also entirely plausible for you to learn on-the-job. That is, if you’re a quick learner with a strong passion for marketing.
You have to make your prospective employers know why you deserve to be hired and be given an opportunity to learn with them. Plenty of jobs in digital marketing at the entry level can be taken up by people who aren’t trained after a BMS course, and who learn on-the-job.
However, in order to rise up the ranks and achieve recognition, you will need to either take a diploma course or practice a lot after or during your BMS course!
If you choose the course route, don’t forget to scroll back up and check out the digital marketing section under Academic Avenues for some good institute recommendations.
2. Chartered Accountancy
This is a professional qualification that you have to work for during your college degree. If you’re a student considering taking up a BMS course, then this is a must for you to read!
In order to become a chartered accountant, you have to pass 3 levels of tests. You are qualified to attempt these tests once you finish your first year of college. Once you’ve passed the first test, you are qualified to take the second post 9 months. Upon passing of the second, you will be required to complete a 3-year articleship, which is basically picking up practical skills and knowledge while working. This should be a piece of cake during your BMS course, as the course load isn’t as heavy when compared with some other courses.
Once your articleship is complete, you can finally take your third and final qualifying exam, post which you are a CA!
The upside to this is that you can pursue it alongside your BMS course, after which you can complete your 3-year articleship, and round it off with a CA qualification and begin your actual working life as a CA!
3. Media Planning
Advertising is another industry that is not going anywhere anytime soon. No matter what is going on in the world, every business still needs to advertise! So, how can a media planning job ever be defunct?
In case you don’t know, a media planner is the person who decides where an ad will be placed in order to maximise its visibility to the target audience. This person has to negotiate media rates and perform a lot of research to know exactly the attitudes and behaviours of the target group. This is a very interesting career that will be sure to always keep you engaged. You will also be perfectly equipped for this job after your BMS course.
A BMS course is, after all, has always been built to be an entrepreneurial degree. This should mean that you should step out of college already prepared to start and run your own venture! Being your own boss and calling all your shots while many of your friends are slaving away at a 9-5 … Well, isn’t that the fantasy?