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Hi I am an applicant for Class of 2009.
By the time I start school (if I get accepted) I will have close to 5 yrs of experience.
I am mainly aiming for so called Ultra Elite Schools. My question needs some background info to be answered. So here it goes.
I am a structural/bridge engineer and in my industry, to become a project manager/design lead, you need at least 15+ years of experiences. This implies that even though my daily taks involve managing and coordinating many different subconsultants and schedules for designs of 17 different bridge structures on a $900 mil project, I don't have any subordinates who directly under my supervision (Subconsultants don't count because they are not employees of my firm. I do have people to help me carry out different tasks though) nor I have a job title as fancy as my daily tasks.
So my question is, what should be the strategy on emphasizing my roles and responsibilities, and required leadership instead of focusing just on my job title, which would be "Junior Engineer" or "Project Consultant" and the fact that I don't have any direct subordinaes.
Thanks for your help. This forum is oh-so excellent!! : )
The admissions officers generally pay far more attention to your actual function than the title attached to it. The essays give you ample opportunity to explain your actual function to the admissions officers.
I would not dismiss supervision of subcontractors so readily. With increasing use of independent contractors and other forms of contract labor, the operational relationship among parties is often more important than whether they have a "master-servant" relationship in the traditional sense. Again, the essays represent your opportunity to show how your experience is applicable and relevant.