We’d like to introduce you to Piyush, author of the blog, Piyush Jain: Science, Technology & Sports, and applicant to top b-schools in the U.S. and the U.K. Thank you Piyush for sharing your MBA adventure with us! We wish you lots of luck!
Accepted: First some basics: Where are you from? What and where did you study as an undergrad? What is your favorite book (fiction and/or nonfiction)?
Piyush: I am originally from India but was brought up in the Gulf countries. I graduated from University of Westminster, London with a BSc. Hon in Biotechnology. I am mostly interested in non-fiction books and Moneyball is my favorite book.
Accepted: What stage of the application process are you up to now?
Piyush: I planned my MBA journey last year and am currently on track to submit most of my applications in Round 1. I appeared for GMAT in early July and since then, I have reflected deeply on my experiences and shortlisted my schools.
Accepted: What would you say is the weakest part of your profile? What steps are you taking to improve on that weakness?
Piyush: The weakest part of my profile is that my work experience till date is in three different industries (government, retail, and engineering/technical products), making it hard for the admission committee to connect the dots.
Since I definitely wish to attend a b-school next year, and I really cannot change my past work experiences, I will put forward a strong application, clearly articulating my long and short term goals and how these work experiences have led me to want to pursue my career goals.
Accepted: What is your current job? Do you plan on staying in that industry post-MBA or moving to a new field?
Piyush: I am currently working as a senior business development executive with JGB International, a Gulf multinational company, which deals in mechanical and instrumentation engineering products. My job involves developing new sales channels for the company.
Entrepreneurship is close to my heart and in the long run I wish to be associated with mature and innovative tech or healthcare startup.
Accepted: Where are you applying to b-school?
Piyush: I am applying to Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Kellogg School of Management, London Business School and Fuqua School of Business, Duke.
Accepted: Are you applying Round 1 or Round 2 or both?
Piyush: I will apply to 3 schools in Round 1 and 2 schools in Round 2. However, I will only submit my application when I am confident that I have put together the strongest application possible for a particular school.
Accepted: Can you tell us about your blog? Who is your audience? What do you hope to gain from the blogging experience?
Piyush: My blog/website, which also serves as my identity on the Internet, dates back to 2009, and I write, on average, about 8 posts each month. I blog about my daily encounters and interests that include technology, travel experiences, Middle-East, startup experiences, interesting individuals, Indians abroad, viral information and English Premier League.
My audience ranges from MBA aspirants, Middle-East inquisitives, football fans and friends and family. My blog not only helps me give life to my thoughts but it also shares my little learnings with the Internet community.
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