I would really appreciate it, if someone could evaluate this topsy turvy profile of mine and give me a honest feedback on whether Wharton would consider me a suitable candidate.
I started of as any other typical Indian IT Male working as a software
developer and integrator for a MNC after graduating in Computer
Science in 2005 with 73.2% (ranking in the top 10 percent of my class).
I worked for 3 years, winning many successful launch awards, when i
suddenly decided to quit it all in 2009 and prepare for the Union Public
Service Commission Examinations.
The UPSC is a prestigious British Institution created in 1924 which selects senior civil servants in India ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Services_Examination
), it's known as the mother of all exams because of the sheer
complexity of the syllabus and the competition ( half a million
candidates appear for the exam in which 300 odd clear). I had to select
two optionals in the exam, which need to be studied till the graduation
level, Computer Science was not one of the choices, I went about
choosing Sociology, Public Administration and Macro Economics as they
were more suited to the role i was pursuing.
I had decided to become a
civil servant,because i had this conception that one could make a direct
contribution to the growth of an emerging economy such as India by
being a Civil Servant.
I made it to the top 3000 rankings twice,and even though i have many more attempts left, I realised during my preparation that in this day and age of
entrepreneurial government, it's private enterprise that can make a
stellar contribution to the growth of the country, the role of a civil
servant is that of just a steer-er. The importance of the MBA can be
gauged from the fact that most Senior Civil servants today have to go
through a compulsory MBA programme in the mid career training schedule.
This is when i realized that an MBA is more suited to what i desired
than being a Civil Servant, creating jobs and making a direct impact on
the economy can do much more than just being an administrator.
I started a small social venture of my own in 2010 that trains
informal sector workers in the basics of Computers, in order to improve
their Social and Economic status. It proved to be successful, we
received many positive reviews from the workers we trained.
My post MBA goals are to start a venture that could have large revenue
generation and job creation( I have a couple of ideas in my mind), and
a significant percentage of this revenue should be pumped in to human capital
development in my country. This i believe would be a real contribution
to my country.
I gave my GMAT last week for the first time and scored a 690 (Q : 47 and V : 38) - 88 Percent.
I would really appreciate it if you guys could give me some constructive feedback.