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Which 2 use as a culture shock essay? [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 01:23
Work Place culture shock
At the client site most developers had ten plus years of focused experience in one technology (c++ programming language) and domain (Energy sector) and I had just five years in a variety of technologies and business domains. Also the manager at the client site was a senior developer who was involved in the project since its inception.
To the client’s developers I was like a manager managing my team which was based in India. It was difficult for them to accept me in that role because of my lack of depth in both technology and business domain. I knew that if I had to continue my work smoothly and earn a name for my company I had to make myself acceptable to the team.

So My solution
1) Observed the work culture of client (noticed that most people place personal issues above meeting deadlines, do not work late nights and weekends. Also noticed they were very weak in knowledge management and testing quality processes)

2) In our work culture we even work at times 24*7. I leveraged on extra time available to studiy thier technoloogy and domain, and helped them establish metrics for testing and quality and earned an acceptance with the team as a capable team member. Also leveraged on the time zone differences to meet deadlines. Gradually inspite of my lack of expertise I gained an acceptance


What I wanted to know is does this qualify as a case of culture shock?
Will this create a negative impression of me as a workaholic (which i am at time though)


A casual experience

Also If this is not good enough Is it possible to use a casual event like I went touring In tokyo. I was shocked to see people drink beer in a Buddha temple. Drinking in a temple?? This was so against my culture (buddha being an Indian god as well) It took a while to get adjusted to the mannerisms out there and eventually got over it.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 02:31
In my humble opinion - I think the first one without a doubt is more powerful than the second. "I saw some people drinking in a temple and I thought it was weird", i'm paraphrasing but it isn't that exciting unless you are a real wordsmith.

That being said, I think even the first one is a little bland. But I think it will be a winner if you can spice it up with spin and good writing.

I haven't applied to b school yet - but I think most competitive top 20 applicants would probably be able to write very compelling "culture shock" essays. I.e. based on their foreign work experience, charitable extracurrics, etc. These just don't seem like they have too much special sauce - but again with good spin and good writing, they could probably be powerful.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 03:40
Honestly, I wouldn't use either for the INSEAD essay.

INSEAD's main focus is on international experiences. For this reason, I'd think that they'd like to hear about your experiences in a new culture - a new country among people different to those you live around and how you were able to adjust and adapt (this could be work-related obviously). What did you learn from them? How are they so different.

I'm pretty sure they don't want to hear about business cultures unless they are different due to the ethnic and traditional cultures of its people.

I would talk about your experience in Tokyo, but try to make it a little deeper than the difference in people's drinking habits. :)
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 03:51
I agree. I don't think either of these work. In the first one, you could come off as describing another culture as lazy (that sort of judgmentalism is the opposite point of the essay), the second one is more of an observation about people around you, rather than something you yourself experienced. Think of a time that you really felt uncomfortable or out of place because of some cultural difference you were experiencing. Then write about how you came to terms with it. Did you come into a new culture and commit a social faux pas? Did someone accidentally offend you? Did some cross-cultural experience rattle your world view? Did the behavior of a different culture make you really uncomfortable?
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 04:18
hosam wrote:
Honestly, I wouldn't use either for the INSEAD essay.

INSEAD's main focus is on international experiences. For this reason, I'd think that they'd like to hear about your experiences in a new culture - a new country among people different to those you live around and how you were able to adjust and adapt (this could be work-related obviously). What did you learn from them? How are they so different.

I'm pretty sure they don't want to hear about business cultures unless they are different due to the ethnic and traditional cultures of its people.

I would talk about your experience in Tokyo, but try to make it a little deeper than the difference in people's drinking habits. :)


Agree with Hosam here.

For us Indian techies, facing situation one is a no-brainer. Majority of techies from India would face a similar situation.
I personally think that you should use this essay to highlight how you beacme a well-rounded individual not only how you became a well-rounded employee.
Think about some other personal experiences in Tokyo or for that matter in India itself (remember India is a huge country) and talk about it.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 04:37
Also, look at this essay as an opportunity to show that you're the kind of person who who is not scared to put himself/herself into unique and unfamiliar situations. One of the essay purposes is to show that you are indeed "international." I really struggled with this essay because I'm not the kind of person who typically experiences the "shock" part of culture shock. I ended up writing about a vacation experience where I was unfamiliar with certain local customs and ended up offending my hosts (indigenous people in a third world country). Then I wrote about what I learned from these people and and the experience as a whole and how it shaped my "international" interactions from there on out. I never felt that it was great essay, but it worked well enough.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 05:13
Thanks every body
Yes both examples are not so appropriate

I agree
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 05:32
Thanks a lot everybody dukes, hosam, diesgmat, jaynayak, dahiya
I had a small doubt when I had began to write the essay
and now I am quite glad that I posted my doubt as a query
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 05:47
hosam wrote:
Honestly, I wouldn't use either for the INSEAD essay.

INSEAD's main focus is on international experiences. For this reason, I'd think that they'd like to hear about your experiences in a new culture - a new country among people different to those you live around and how you were able to adjust and adapt (this could be work-related obviously). What did you learn from them? How are they so different.

I'm pretty sure they don't want to hear about business cultures unless they are different due to the ethnic and traditional cultures of its people.

I would talk about your experience in Tokyo, but try to make it a little deeper than the difference in people's drinking habits. :)

This is what I told in my reply to another of your post.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 06:01
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hosam wrote:
Honestly, I wouldn't use either for the INSEAD essay.

INSEAD's main focus is on international experiences. For this reason, I'd think that they'd like to hear about your experiences in a new culture - a new country among people different to those you live around and how you were able to adjust and adapt (this could be work-related obviously). What did you learn from them? How are they so different.

I'm pretty sure they don't want to hear about business cultures unless they are different due to the ethnic and traditional cultures of its people.

I would talk about your experience in Tokyo, but try to make it a little deeper than the difference in people's drinking habits. :)

This is what I told in my reply to another of your post.


I agree now i am understanding how the culture shock essay should look like
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