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Hi,

I'm having trouble defining my short term and long term goals. I'm an engineering grad from IIT (top most college in India), an edtech entrepreunr having run a startup in the field for 2 years before closing it down, and currently a Product Manager at an ecommerce startup (1 year 6 months).

My short term goal is to be a Product Manager at one of the top education technology startups in the US. My long term goal is to start up again in the education industry after gaining relevant experience about the industry as well as about Product development.

Here's the problem: Since edtech is a very niche field, hardly any edtech companies recruit from the schools I'm applying to. In fact, I have already checked the employment reports for the B-schools (all Top 15) that I'm applying to and none of the education technology firms/startups recruit from the schools.

Hence, I am thinking of tweaking my short term goal to 'Product Manager at an ecommerce firm (Amazon)', because, well, Amazon visits and recruits heavily from the top-15. I can then spin my story as to how I will learn about Product development at Amazon and after gaining experience move into education technology and eventually startup a company.

Does this change in short term goals make sense? Or should I go with the earlier one? Should I mention a company (some MBA applications specifically ask for company name) that doesn't recruit from the B-school I'm applying to in my short term goal? Should I avoid mentioning that in my essays?

Please advise,

Thanks!

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Pillarsofcreation wrote:
Hi,

I'm having trouble defining my short term and long term goals. I'm an engineering grad from IIT (top most college in India), an edtech entrepreunr having run a startup in the field for 2 years before closing it down, and currently a Product Manager at an ecommerce startup (1 year 6 months).

My short term goal is to be a Product Manager at one of the top education technology startups in the US. My long term goal is to start up again in the education industry after gaining relevant experience about the industry as well as about Product development.

Here's the problem: Since edtech is a very niche field, hardly any edtech companies recruit from the schools I'm applying to. In fact, I have already checked the employment reports for the B-schools (all Top 15) that I'm applying to and none of the education technology firms/startups recruit from the schools.

Hence, I am thinking of tweaking my short term goal to 'Product Manager at an ecommerce firm (Amazon)', because, well, Amazon visits and recruits heavily from the top-15. I can then spin my story as to how I will learn about Product development at Amazon and after gaining experience move into education technology and eventually startup a company.

Does this change in short term goals make sense? Or should I go with the earlier one? Should I mention a company (some MBA applications specifically ask for company name) that doesn't recruit from the B-school I'm applying to in my short term goal? Should I avoid mentioning that in my essays?

Please advise,

Thanks!


I'd go with going into product management with a broader range of companies not only edutech. Its expected of you to have clear focussed goals. But at the same time, if you sound very niche, something that the b-school does not have resources for, then it's likely to be a concern for them.
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New post 06 Nov 2017, 01:21
Depending on the strength of your story - both could make sense.

If you are really passionate about edtech, and can demonstrate passion in your essays, then you should continue to go forward in that direction. If that was just something you tried, because you saw an opportunity there, then maybe that is not your passion. In other words - were you a Steve Jobs kind of entrepreneur (passionate about what he invested his life into) or a Richard Branson kind of entrepreneur (opportunity seeking). If the former, continue with edtech - talk about how you will startup regardless of recruitment. If the latter, then go with e-commerce.

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Pillarsofcreation wrote:
Hi,

I'm having trouble defining my short term and long term goals. I'm an engineering grad from IIT (top most college in India), an edtech entrepreunr having run a startup in the field for 2 years before closing it down, and currently a Product Manager at an ecommerce startup (1 year 6 months).

My short term goal is to be a Product Manager at one of the top education technology startups in the US. My long term goal is to start up again in the education industry after gaining relevant experience about the industry as well as about Product development.

Here's the problem: Since edtech is a very niche field, hardly any edtech companies recruit from the schools I'm applying to. In fact, I have already checked the employment reports for the B-schools (all Top 15) that I'm applying to and none of the education technology firms/startups recruit from the schools.

Hence, I am thinking of tweaking my short term goal to 'Product Manager at an ecommerce firm (Amazon)', because, well, Amazon visits and recruits heavily from the top-15. I can then spin my story as to how I will learn about Product development at Amazon and after gaining experience move into education technology and eventually startup a company.

Does this change in short term goals make sense? Or should I go with the earlier one? Should I mention a company (some MBA applications specifically ask for company name) that doesn't recruit from the B-school I'm applying to in my short term goal? Should I avoid mentioning that in my essays?

Please advise,

Thanks!

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