Essays For Iima Pgpx

This a sample MBA essay written by one of our clients for IIM Ahmedabad. We’ve included our take on the initial draft and also added the final version, submitted to the school, that helped the client bag an admit to IIMA.
 
This is a guideline and should not be reproduced as it is.
 

Essay Prompt:

 

What do you expect to gain from the PGPX Programme at IIMA? (500 words)

 

Client Profile:

 
– 9 years of experience in the IT industry
– Post-MBA Short-term Goal – Delivery Management
 
Initial Draft:
 
My interests in learning technology, taking ownership, and good performances paved way for my overseas assignments to UK and Canada. I felt a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when the projects I worked on transformed the client’s business. Exposure to cutting-edge technologies and experience in such exciting projects made me realize my panache for technology consulting. The extensive overseas experience also helped me become more flexible and adapt to people from different cultures quickly.
My goal is to become a Program Manager handling larger projects for an IT Services firm in the short-term and a Senior Leader (Vice President/Country Head) in the long-term. To achieve my goals, I need to gain more business knowledge, sharpen my analytical and decision-making skills and so that I can build value proposition for my company and align myself with my clients’ strategy. I realize that a structured 1-year MBA program is exactly what I need.
 
Placement statistics indicate that IIMA provides ample opportunities to pitch my candidature in front of my dream companies that recruit regularly at IIMA. The average experience of PGPX students is more in line with my experience than any other business school and is the best fit for me. The mandatory courses and a plethora of electives provide an opportunity to learn more about areas that are essential for senior management roles—electives such as Managing and Creating Creativity and Strategic Thinking and Decision Making. I want to be involved actively with the Centre for Retailing, Centre for Electronic Governance and conferences on Advanced Data Analytics, Business Analytics and Intelligence that will facilitate development of my skills and provide me networking opportunities with IT consulting industry leaders.
 
 
Our take on the Initial Draft:
 
This essay would rope in the reader’s attention better if the client starts with a more powerful opening line.
 
My interests in learning technology, taking ownership, and good performances paved way for my overseas assignments to Taipei and Sydney. I felt a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when the projects I worked on transformed the client’s business. Exposure to cutting-edge technologies and experience in such exciting projects made me realize my panache for technology consulting.
 
The above sentences do not convey precisely what the client has been working on. This paragraph would benefit from some specific detail.
 
The extensive overseas experience also helped me become more flexible and adapt to people from different cultures quickly.
 
My goal is to become a Program Manager handling larger projects for an IT Services firm in the short-term and a Senior Leader (Vice President/Country Head) in the long-term.
 
The previous paragraph talks about a panache for technology consulting. However, the client’s short-term goal is to become a program manager. This point needs to be cleared. The client should also include a sentence about WHY he wants to get into delivery management. He could also mention a couple of companies he’d like to work in.
 
To achieve my goals, I need to gain more business knowledge, sharpen my analytical and decision making skills and so that I can build value proposition for my company and align myself with my clients’ strategy. I realize that a structured 1-year MBA program is exactly what I need.
 
It is not clear why a 1-year MBA program is exactly what he needs. The above sentence either needs to be changed or needs to be qualified with reasons.
 
Placement statistics indicate that IIMA provides ample opportunities to pitch my candidature in front of my dream companies that recruit regularly at IIMA. The average experience of PGPX students is more in line with my experience than any other business school and is the best fit for me.
 
Would the above comparison still be true if the client were to compare it against the other IIMs? If not, he might want to remove this sentence.
 
The mandatory courses and a plethora of electives provide an opportunity to learn more about areas that are essential for senior management roles—electives such as Managing and Creating, Creativity and Strategic Thinking, and Decision Making. I want to be involved actively with the Centre for Retailing, Centre for Electronic Governance and conferences on Advanced Data Analytics, Business Analytics and Intelligence that will facilitate development of my skills and provide me networking opportunities with IT consulting industry leaders.
 
Why are these activities and courses the right ones for the client? The client needs to mention what about his experience and future ambitions make these activities the right ones for him.
 
 

Final Cut (after multiple rounds of reviews and drafts):

 
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”.
When I first heard this quote recently, it got me thinking about why I love my job. After some introspection, I realized that I am drawn to the thrill of seamlessly managing the multiple pieces of a solution that delivers value to the client.
 
This has fuelled my short-term ambition of heading the delivery for high-value accounts as part of an IT services organization such as IBM or Accenture, where I can handle multiple high-impact portfolios and build a lasting client relationship. In the long-term, I see myself as a senior leader (Vice President/Country Head) in IT services, where I will have the influencing power to make strategic decisions that can steer my organization to future successes.
 
I started my career as a software developer building web applications for retail clients of Infosys. My interest in quickly ramping up on web technologies paved the way for my overseas assignments to UK and Canada. An exposure to cutting-edge technologies in these assignments helped me build a solid technical base for my career. The overseas experience also helped me become more flexible and adapt to people from different cultures quickly. I felt a sense of immense satisfaction and accomplishment when the projects I worked on transformed the clients’ business.
 
This feeling has become a powerful motivator of my professional career. Though I have performed effectively as a project manager, I believe that I need to gain comprehensive business knowledge, sharpen my analytical skills, and hone a far-reaching, strategic mindset, to accelerate my career and achieve my goals. As a mid-career professional, I realize that a structured 1-year MBA program is exactly what I need, to prepare for senior management roles.
 
I believe that the case-study pedagogy at IIMA will help me connect my professional experiences with the concepts I learn. From perusing the placement statistics of IIMA, I can see that IIMA would provide me with ample opportunities to pitch my candidature to my dream companies. At IIMA, my cohorts will likely have a similar level of work experience as I do – this makes IIMA a very good fit of B-school for me, as I see a lot of value in engaging in discussions with such peers.
 
With the digital future revolving around SMAC (Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud), I think that it is very essential for me, as a future IT Services leader, to stay abreast of these technologies. At IIMA, I would like to attend conferences on ‘Advanced Data Analytics’ and ‘Business Analytics and Intelligence’ that will facilitate this knowledge and open up networking opportunities with IT Services industry leaders. As a person passionate about delivering high impact projects, I would like to be involved with the Centre for Electronic Governance (CEG) in the impact assessment of e-Governance projects. I look forward whole-heartedly to the IIMA experience to help me achieve a transformation into an effective leader of the future.
 
Download the Sample Essays PDF

  • IIMA PGPX Q 1: What do you expect to gain from the PGPX course at IIMA?
  • IIMA PGPX Q 2: Describe a situation that has demonstrated your leadership qualities.
  • IIMA PGPX Q 3: Describe the single event or achievement that has significantly influenced your life.
  • IIMA PGPX Q 4: Give a description of yourself stressing the personal characteristics that you feel are your strengths and weaknesses.
  • IIMA PGPX Q 5: Any other information that you believe will help us make a favourable decision on your application.

Sample set of questions asked in the application. These questions may change. But thinking about these question well in advance can help in writing essays / statement of purpose / application questions for other B schools.....

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