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The benefits of earning a dual specialisation

The benefits of earning a  dual specialisation

Tamal Datta Chaudhuri

Over the past few decades, the business landscape has been overhauled completely. With the growth of the economy, new businesses and industries have entered the playing field. This has resulted in a growing demand for professionals who understand how this new business landscape functions. The best way to gain this understanding is to earn a PGDM degree. However, with so many PGDM options available, how do you decide which one is the best for you? 

The answer is simple, a dual specialisation PGDM programme. This kind of programme will help you understand two different areas of business; ensuring that you can multitask. Here are a few advantages of earning a dual specialisation PGDM degree: 

Dual skill sets

A dual specialisation allows students to gain knowledge of two different business areas. This ensures that students gain more exposure and skills compared to those who study only one specialisation. Since businesses are looking for professionals who can multi-task efficiently, it’s a win-win situation.  

More job opportunities

These days, a huge number of people have a PGDM degree. This has resulted in students struggling to find good job opportunities. However, a dual specialisation is what you need to stand out of the crowd. Not only will you be a master of two different sectors of a business, but you will also have opportunities knocking from two separate doors. Furthermore, with a dual specialisation, you will be open to various job roles since your qualifications will match diverse job profiles. 

Easier career shift

A dual specialisation is a tool you need to move from one domain to another with minimum hassle. The reason is simple, you’ll have expertise in two sections of business, making it easier for you to shift. For instance, you choose to work as an HR after you graduate with a PGDM degree in HR and Marketing. A few years down the line, you realise that you would like to shift to the marketing domain, with your degree you can easily make that shift. 

Be an entrepreneur

As a business owner, you will need to possess skills in multiple business domains. A dual specialisation ensures that you do. This will help you understand how an organisation works, their management and the external factors that you should consider when building a start-up.  

The right tools

To find success in the world of business a person must possess above average knowledge and training. With a PGDM dual specialisation degree, a student learns twice as much as they would in a traditional PGDM programme. Every student possesses twice the skills, knowledge, and training. 

Exceptional agent for networking 

One of the biggest characteristics of a business school is the opportunity to network. Your network of classmates, professors, and industry experts will come in handy in the future. These are the people who will open doors for you that maybe nobody else can. If a single specialisation can help create a huge network, can you imagine what a dual specialisation can do for you? You’ll be interacting with twice the number of classmates, professors, and industry experts. This will lead to a larger network and twice the number of opportunities. 

Above average managerial skills

There isn’t a single PGDM programme that doesn’t focus on developing managerial skills in their students. However, with a dual specialisation, you will be developing your managerial skills with twice as much focus. You will be exposed to higher levels of critical thinking and problem-solving, ensuring that you will hold advanced managerial skills. 

— The writer is Dean, Calcutta Business School

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