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Indiana Kelley MBA Winning Sample Essays – 1
Kelley MBA Essay 1: Please discuss your immediate post-MBA professional goals. How will your professional experience, when combined with a Kelley MBA degree, allow you to achieve these goals? Should the short-term goals you have identified not materialize, what alternative career paths might you consider? (500 words max)
I have been working in technology consulting for more than 5 years. While working with PwC US for 3 years in multiple global engagements, I have developed excellent client-handling skills, technical proficiency, and above all leadership capability to lead culturally diverse teams. Most of my experience is in technology implementation consulting for US clients. However, working alongside management consultants, I have become really fascinated with business strategy development. These experiences have motivated me to step up from implementation to strategy aspect of technology consulting.
Therefore, post-MBA my immediate goal is to transition to management consultant role at tech strategy function and work with a global consulting firm such as Mckinsey, Bain, PwC or Deloitte. There I will get the opportunities to work on client’s open-ended business problems. Needless to say, to switch to management consulting I need to gain fundamental knowledge of management and business strategy.
After extensive research and conversation with Alumni’s, I believe Kelley’s MBA is in perfect sync with my targeted goals and desired learning from an MBA program. Three ways through which I see that Kelley MBA will help me bridge the skill gaps and achieve my short-term goals of getting into management consulting are:
Integrated Core Curriculum – The best part I liked about Kelley’s curriculum 3 semesters of elective which offer the freedom to chart our own career paths. Major in ‘Management’ along with experiential learning at ‘Consulting Academy’ can help me fullfil the knowledge gap.
Global Exposure – I believe, global work experience is highly valued in consulting industry and Kelley’s GLOBASE and Kelley International Perspectives (KIP) program can provide me the opportunity to gain hands-on international experience while studying. I am really looking forward to participating in GLOBASE consulting project to strengthen my candidature in post-MBA consulting jobs.
Unique approach to Leadership Development – At PwC, I am a core member of PwC WIT (Women In Technology) club and at Kelley too, I am looking forward to being an active member of Kelley Association of Women MBAs, Consulting and Net Impact clubs which will provide me opportunities to hone my leadership skills in action.
I strongly believe, I can also leverage my connections within PwC to network my way into the desired management consulting role. In case I am not able to crack into the elite consulting world of MBB’s, I would be willing to switch into a product management roles within the technology sector focused on mobile applications. Co-founding a tech start-up has provided me opportunities to gain experience and learn to thrive in a product manager’s role. Therefore, I think, product management experience in a start-up has induced in me the flexibility to get into product management roles.
Overall I am confident that Kelley’s unique approach to leadership and focus on career transformation will help me achieve my professional objectives. And with my academic potential, team-working abilities, and leadership skills I will add significant value to Kelley community and sustain the Kelley brand.
Kelley MBA Essay 2: Please respond to one of the following short essay prompts. (300 words max)
- My greatest memory is…
- I’m most afraid of…
- My greatest challenge has been…
- I’m most proud of…
I am most proud of my accomplishment of making Pixtory, to which I had given my heart and soul over the last 6 months, a successful startup backed by seed funding of $50K from Venture Capitalists.
In January 2016, following my passion for entrepreneurship, I joined 3 member founding team of an app-based photo blogging start-up named “Pixtory”, alongside my full-time job at PwC. I met karum (company’s founder) at an entrepreneur’s networking event where he was pitching the idea and looking for a team.
I was the first engineer in the team, responsible for product development and building of engineering team for the company. Additionally, I was leading the digital marketing strategy of the product.
I crafted my hiring strategy to look beyond just technical skills and recruit people who shared the same passion for making our business a success and can thrive in demanding work environment. On Marketing front, we kicked-off with the market fit analysis of the product. We spent months in shaping our product’s strategy that is differentiated and delivers the unique value proposition.
Within 4 months the team grew from 3 to 13 members and my responsibilities increased from coding to leading the entire development team. The work stretched from 2-3 hours to full 7-8 hours of part-time work. And 7 months all this effort paid off, it was a truly ecstatic moment when we successfully secured initial seed funding of $50k from a venture capitalist firm. That day was the proudest day in my life which gave me the sense of achievement and confidence in my own hard work.
Through this enriching journey, I got the opportunity to work on various aspects of product management and organization building. In fact, it is this experience makes me confident that that post-MBA even if I couldn’t get into consulting, I can successfully pursue a career in product management
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