With an increase in demand of candidates with dual specialisation, Dr Tamal Datta Chaudhuri tells students the reasons why they should opt for it
There is a new trend emerging in the job market these days. Employers are looking for candidates with multiple skills. One area of expertise among candidates is no longer appealing to the organisations for the job. They believe that professionals who are proficient in two or more business domains can be better performers at jobs that are interdisciplinary in nature.
An increasing number of students have realised that they need to combine their specialisations to meet employer expectations. Here are some reasons why students prefer to enrol in dual specialisation PGDM degree.
With dual specialisation in their skills kitty, you can widen the scope of job opportunities. You can fit into diversified roles effortlessly. Dual specialisation gives you a competitive edge over other candidates armed with only one skill. It is akin to doubling the chances of landing a job. Moreover, students with dual specialisation have better access to job prospects in both domestic and international markets.
Get Higher Job Security
Today’s business world operates in a volatile, uncertain and dynamic economy. Organisations require adapting their business objectives and workforce to cater to the changing market. Employees who do not reskill, upskill or cross-skill themselves may lose their jobs. On the contrary, employees with dual specialisations are equipped to handle different and varied roles single-handedly as per the market changes. Hence, there is more job security.
Who doesn’t expect promotions and higher salaries in their career? A dual specialisation will enable you to climb the corporate ladder faster than your peers. As and when you want to make a career transition, you can do it smoothly because you can look for opportunities beyond your comfort zone. The fact that you have expertise in two business functions works to your advantage when it comes to advancing your career.
When you have dual specialisations, you come into contact with many people during both academic and professional life. As you go on cultivating relationships with people from two different domains, more people know about your skills and qualifications. So, you again have twice the chances of learning about new openings in the job market and fast-track your career.
When you pursue dual specialisation simultaneously, you can save half the time of what you would take by doing two courses one after another. The time which you save can be utilized to master other hard or soft skills to bridge the skill gaps in your career. This way, you earn not only dual specialisation but also add other new skill-sets on your resume in the same time frame.
If you aspire to become an entrepreneur, dual specialisation PGDM degree can come quite handy. As an entrepreneur, you need to possess knowledge of multiple business functions and sectors. Depending on the business you are venturing into, you can take up the specialisations that can prove useful in the future.
There is no doubt that dual specialisation is a value-addition on your resume as an amateur as well as an experienced professional.
The writer is Dean, Calcutta Business School