Thanks a lot for the feedback guys. Really means a lot to me, getting such unbiased opinions from you. But please forgive me for picking your brains a little more.
Well First, I do NOT belong to the IT industry. I currently work for a public owned, steel manufacturer which incidentally is the largest in India and among the top 25 globally with over 100,000 employees. Their recruitment program is very rigorous starting with a nationwide written exam, generally appeared by 250,000 applicants, followed by interviews to select around 400 odd management trainees. I was also adjudged the best management trainee during my induction. Going on I have in my very first year won a trophy from the Chairman of the company, in a company wide challenge for the best model for " Harnessing an Innovative Culture in the company". For the first year and a half I was in-charge of one of the shifts for electrical maintenance of the Steel Melting Shop at one of the Production units of the company. Then I moved on the Project management for 6 months and further on to the Corporate side of things managing the MIS and strategy formulation. So I am pretty far removed from IT.
Regarding the part of my post MBA goal, maybe I stretched it a bit too far. During my experiences here at the company I have come across several start ups - in the manufacturing sector-, both personally as well as through acquaintances. I believe these ventures are what will drive the future in this region. But most of them like you said are obviously unable to afford professional consulting and therefore suffer or maybe suffer is too strong a word but they could definitely benefit a lot from the application of operations optimising, something I see being used in my organisation on a regular basis.
Therefore I wanted to gain experience in this field post MBA. There are so many advances in Operations research that I wanted to focus, during my studies, on ways of customising these theories to fit the operational models of new ventures. Then move out in the strategy consulting business gaining experience with the classic consultancy customers. But maybe in 10years I hope to work towards a way to offer professional services in this area that are accessible to the SMSEs therefore beniffiting them.
So MIT seems like the perfect fit, with its emphasis on Engineering and entrepreneurship and world class operations research faculties
But hey maybe I am too ambitious or too naive or plain stupid
Please comment if you find what I wrote in the above paragraphs is absolute gibberish.
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