I recently had the pleasure of interviewing a number of MBA applicant bloggers. We follow the blogs, and learn from them, so our hope is that by sharing these individual stories with you, that you will also learn more about the MBA admissions process and applicant journey.
Our first featured interview is with “A” of the blog, Mistakes, Lessons, MBA, and more….
Accepted: First, can you tell us a little about yourself – where are you from, where did you go to school and when did you graduate; and what prior degrees do you hold?
A: I was born and brought up in Mawana, a small town of Uttar Pradesh in North India, and did my schooling from CBSE board, Translam International School. Owing to my interest in technology, I joined KIET, one of the most reputed private Engineering colleges in Uttar Pradesh. I completed my studies (Bachelor of Technology) in 2004 with a major in Information Technology (IT) and since then I have gained experience in IT in varied domains. I have been working in Finance for last five years.
Accepted: How long have you planned on applying to business school?
A: I started off with my GMAT preparations in mid 2009, took the GMAT in late 2009 and applied to a few top-notch business schools in fall 2010.
Accepted: Why do you want to go to business school? What are some of the factors motivating you (for example, a pay increase, skill building, prestige, etc.)?
A: I have been working in the technology department of a multinational financial institution for the last five years. During this period, in addition to building my technology expertise, I have gained project management skills and Fixed Income domain knowledge. Now, my short term career goal is to be a part of management team as a head of a Fixed Income technology group. To accomplish my career goal, I need a strong understanding of Finance, Strategy, Technology Management and General Management. An MBA could empower me with these required skills and knowledge.
Accepted: Where do you plan on applying? What sort of criteria did you use in choosing where you’d like to attend?
A: I am getting married in December 2011 and I want to enjoy my marital life for sometime :-). I plan to apply in the fall of 2012. I would like to attend a one-year business school, reputed for finance and technology that has decent placements and reasonable ROI (depending on my savings, I will have the responsibilities of a married man after all ;-)).
Accepted: If you don’t get into b-school this year, will you apply again next year?
A: I am still waiting for one of my school’s results, so my fingers are crossed. But as I said, I am not planning on applying this year to any other schools. But for sure, I will apply next year.
Accepted: Why did you choose to blog about the MBA application experience?
A: I chose to blog so that one day I would be interviewed by Accepted.com. LOL :-). Jokes apart, I chose to blog, as my blog’s name suggests, to keep track of all my mistakes made and lessons learnt during my MBA journey. This has really helped me throughout and I strongly believe that my blog posts help my readers as well.
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