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PGDM – Your Way To A Productive Career!

May 2, 2012

When it comes to management programs, MBA (Masters in Business Administration) and PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) are perhaps the most common career alternatives among aspiring professionals all across the world. PGDM is however the newly launched program in the field of management but it is equivalent to an MBA.  While the curriculum for both the courses doesn’t have much difference, it is the teaching methodology which differentiates the both. A PGDM program, along with the rigorous classroom learning, students get vast exposure to the real world of business through live projects, industry internship, case studies, and interactions with business leaders.

With the increase in business and corporate houses, there has been a excessive requirement for competent professionals. Most of the companies these days are looking for PGDM holders who can realize the complexities of the business and guide the organization to a bright future.

A PGDM holder from an AICTE approved Institute always has profitable job opportunities. To control an enterprise is a difficult job and professionals with PGDM in their resume are at all times up to the challenges thrown by modern day competitive business environment. PGDM is usually of two years or one year depending upon the college and place. For instance, in UK, Australia or Hong Kong, PGDM Course is of 12 months or 18 months whereas in countries like India or Malaysia, PGDM course is of 24 months.

As PGDM institutes are independent, so they are not affiliated to any university system. In this way these institutes are free to select the academics within the standards set by AICTE. In this way useful programs are designed to fulfill the demands of the industry or market. Hence, different universities have different PGDM course structure. Students pursuing PGDM can pick from different subjects for their specializations. Some of the most popular specialization options include;

•    Marketing
•    Finance
•    Human Resources
•    Information Technology
•    International Trade and Business
•    Consumer Behavior
•    Risk Management
•    Entrepreneurship etc

A PGDM program can be of different types:-

•    Full-time program
•    Part-time program
•    Distance learning program
•    Executive program
•    Online program

Depending on your time, comfort and budget, you may opt from several PGDM programs. Working experts can pick from the part-time and executive PGDM. By joining these courses, they can boost their working skills and can deal with both work as well as studies. In India, PGDM is usually a two years program and students are required to take exams like CAT, XAT, GMAT, NMET, MAT etc for getting admission into top business schools of the nation. After the successful completion of the course, students can participate in campus job interviews and land themselves wonderful job opportunities.

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