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Need essay writing tips for tech guys [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2010, 21:06
Hi guys

I have got a query about how to write essays when one is from the technology background and come off as truly unique.

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I belong to the technology arm of one the biggest banks on earth and I am solely into corporate banking. Have 3.5 years WE, 2 as a Module lead/subject matter expert/global rollout co-ordinator (And when i say global, i actuallymean 30 countries type global) and now keeping MBA in mind have jumped into Business analysis and kind of left development far behind. Youngest BA in my department and some awards as well.

Good EC's have been a core member of the CSR committee in my organization, so i am one of the few who control which NGO gets how many $$, organizing events so on and so forth

My concern is that whenever I look at the essays of some of my friends who are in the energy sector or into journalism, I feel that my essays dont have the punch at all! My greatest achievement could be rolling out corporate banking services in eastern europe, whereas theirs is dodging bullets in kashmir or setting up 4000 solar lamps and electrifying a village in bangladesh. As an adcom I would be inclined to call these guys than the guy who setup high value payment services for XYZ corporation.

After a ding from Darden, I am beginning to wonder whether I am doing this wrong somehow? What could i possibly write in an essay that is an achievement and still will not pale when compared to what people from other industries are doing?
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I am applying in Round 2, so my ideas aren't yet battle-tested, but I don't think your essays need to be all about the vast significance of your accomplishments. You will want to touch on your successes, but I think your resume is where you want to really drive home your biggest feats.

For your essays, I think it is more critical to show that you have reflected and learned from your experiences. For instance, if the essay question asks you to describe some formative leadership experiences and what you have learned from them (Kellogg), it is fine to choose examples where your leadership did not have the broadest of impacts (e.g. saving refugees or single-handedly managing an IPO). Rather, choose a modest example where you learned a lot and make sure to explain what you learned from your experience and how this lesson can be applied to the types of situations you are likely to face later in your career. In one of my essays about risk, I talk a programming project in college. I think the strength of my essay is not the story itself, but the way I analyze it and explain what I learned both about managing risk and about myself.

This is just my opinion, so maybe others will disagree.
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Re: Need essay writing tips for tech guys [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2010, 09:38
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I too struggled with essays during my application process, since to fully appreciate a tech accomplishment, you will probably bore the reader. Instead of thinking about the accomplishment from a technology perspective, think about it from a people or business perspective. Use examples that will show your transferable skills in business (creativity, analytical, consensus building, etc.), and not tech skills like your ability to hack into the DoD mainframe.

For example, you can talk about how your saw that your company utililizing technology to its full potential (business need), thus you proactively help make business efficiency improvements and save the company $$$$. You can also talk about your passion for social responsibility, and how you used your CSR position to provide housing to XXXX people. In essence, just use the STAR format, focusing on the action and the (quantifiable) result. If you do not have exact numbers for the result, make a good faith estimation. It will make your essay much more power.
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