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ISB Sample Essay Set 1:

ISB Essay 1: At ISB we value diversity as it enhances both the in-class and out of class learning experience. Tell us how would you contribute to the same?

2014 national elections had captured the frenzy of each Indian, as a nation grappling with a weak economy, administrative lethargy and accepted status quo wanted to change and take efforts to realise its immense potential. Past 4 years have seen multiple significant achievements and some missed opportunities for the Government, but it has boosted confidence and provided avenues for aspiring change-makers to contribute to India's success story.

I am one of those passionate & committed individuals who constantly find ways to add value to team members' growth and the outcomes achieved together. As a business analyst, I conducted sessions to aid my colleagues to automate their iterative tasks. I also shared tips learnt from mentors to proactively add quality checks to deploy error free deliverables within deadlines. Consequently, this led to improved efficiency & productivity for my colleagues and saved costs & time for the firm. As a senior analyst, I leveraged gamification to solve an unstructured problem- increase employee turnout for company's advanced trainings. Simple addition of a leader-board added competitiveness and increased the employee turnout from 5% to 20% within 1 month. The advanced trainings helped employees handle clients' growing demands and the firm had an effective workforce aligned with emerging technologies & innovative approaches.

Seeking an opportunity to make meaningful contribution to the society, I applied for Chief Minister Fellowship, Government of Karnataka. While working on different social development projects, the avid reader in me came across an article outlining how Governments outside India were redesigning polices to 'nudge' citizens towards better behaviour and choices at lower costs. I was curious how a country with diverse cultures & attitude could benefit from soft interventions than universal policies. This transformed into a passion that helped me lead a team that assisted Karnataka Government in adopting the Nudge theory for improved citizen decision making. Under ISB's Leadership Summit, I plan to facilitate workshops by eminent practitioners in this field, to enable my classmates add a unique approach to their tool kit as they work on bringing change outside MBA.

My mother always reminded me to add salt while cooking. At ISB, I wish to essay role of salt lending a balance to the diverse pool. Through my unique experience in Consulting, Media & Government spanning across 5 years, I hope to bring a fresh perspective to my class as it deliberates on collaborating to make India a lighthouse for other emerging economies.

 

ISB Essay 2: Enrolling in a Business School is an important career decision. Critically look at your career to date, the choices you have made, the key influences behind those choices, your goals for the future and how do you think ISB's PGP can help you in achieving your goals?

At 65, my father still travels to remote places to help low income communities, especially in areas of education & livelihoods. As a Superintendent Jailer, he had worked on rehabilitation and reformation of criminals. His passion for serving people in different capacities has had an immense influence on me since my childhood. I was able to actualise my interest in socio-economic development sector through an opportunity with Government of Karnataka. Here, I worked with Chief Minister's Social Responsibility Cell and assisted in forming multi-stakeholder partnerships for the social impact.

My ongoing experience has shaped my goal to be a global social impact leader, with a strong focus on India and gradually expand to expand my scope to other emerging economies in South East Asia. ISB will provide me the necessary skills, refined perspective and access to resources to achieve important milestones on my ambitious journey. Net Impact Club's Global Pro Bono Consulting is an ideal platform to demonstrate my learnings for social business issues. Having worked extensively for volunteering engagement as part of CM Office, I would proactively contribute to strengthen the Bandhan initiative. The rich network & deep learning curve offered by ISB will help me tackle the social challenges effectively after MBA.

Immediately post ISB, I plan to work with a Social Consulting firm or Social Enterprise tackling some of challenges especially for water conservation, waste management and climate change and help them design effective solutions. In the intermediate 5-10 years after ISB, I plan to build a curated open source digital collection of best innovative & scalable approaches by diverse stakeholders impacting lives in South East Asia to facilitate long term collaboration among impact investors, problem-solvers, policy makers and thought leaders in this region.

I am confident that ISB will enable me to realise my goal of long term impact.

 

ISB Sample Essay Set 2:

ISB Essay 1: At ISB we value diversity as it enhances both the in-class and out of class learning experience. Tell us how would you contribute to the same?

As a Merchant Navy officer, the opportunity to travel to 20 countries and work with seamen from 8 nationalities has enhanced my cross-cultural sensitivity and adaptability to various leadership styles and has helped me understand eccentricities of different cultures and develop ideas to deal with them. Recounting numerous examples such as resolving conflict with African port authorities while refueling or negotiating for prices at Chinese ports with a "poker face" will help me to bring a global viewpoint to both in-class and out of class discussions across courses and case-studies at ISB.

Throughout my career, I have dauntlessly overcome several crisis situations at sea. For instance, while sailing through choppy waters in Pacific Ocean without any hope of external assistance, 20 human lives, $80M ship and cargo worth $120M were at stake, when seawater flooded the engine room. With calm demeanor and focused leadership I ensured that my panic-ridden crew covered all aspects of ship emergency including managing watch and readying emergency equipment while I focused on minimizing leakage through repairs and rehearsing Plan B in my mind. Eventually, we sailed through without much damage. Such experiences have given me invaluable lessons of crisis management along with enhancing my skills as a leader and risk evaluator which will be useful during the LEAD program as well as in leading events including ILS.

Acknowledging vast experiences in demanding situations such as above, firm assigned me critical responsibility to manage smooth transition of an $100M ship from a Chinese company. Supervising preparations for surveys, establishing documentation and maintaining strict trading schedule, I saw several challenges including under-stocked inventory, overdue maintenance jobs and insufficient budget. To overcome these issues, I streamlined similar jobs together, devised ways to refurbish old spares, and introduced pre-job crew training. The focus on costs and operational efficiency not only helped in cost savings of $20,000 but also reduced ship downtime by half. Handling such end-to-end responsibilities have helped me gain rich functional experience while building on my people management and planning skills. My ability to blend micro and macro aspects of operations and cost management is a big differentiator among my peers which I bring to courses such as operations management, project management and supply chain management.

 

 

ISB Essay 2: Enrolling in a Business School is an important career decision. Critically look at your career to date, the choices you have made, the key influences behind those choices, your goals for the future and how do you think ISB's PGP can help you in achieving your goals?

The desire to develop myself in a truly global setting and a deep attraction to sea led me to pursue Marine Engineering. Learning skills such as inventory management, risk management, people management along with nuances of trading and logistics, my consistent performance and hard work saw me get promoted to management cadre quickly. As a result, today, my rich functional experience in Operations and Maintenance is augmented by my superlative interpersonal, problem solving and leadership skills. To build on this experience, I have an innate desire to move into Operations and Supply Chain space onshore. My short-term goal is to work in a middle management role in an E-commerce or Manufacturing company to plan and implement their logistics and operations strategy focusing on cost optimization and operational efficiency management. I believe this experience shall lay a strong foundation for my long-term aspiration to be the supply chain head at a Fortune 500 multinational firm.

I firmly believe that ISB's PGP is the perfect platform to acquire a 360-degree business view across finance, marketing and operations. I intend to take elective courses in strategy, analytics, cost accounting and supply chain to build on my current skillset towards my short-term goal. Platforms such as the Manufacturing and operations Club will help me collaborate with peers having similar aspirations outside the classroom while ELP will give me an opportunity to experience real-world challenges in onshore logistics and supply-chains. The Toastmasters Club shall help me improve my presentation skills, ISB leadership summit will get me introduced to industry experts while Solstice and Equinox shall provide me opportunities to network with alumni in similar roles. Finally, the professional credibility, lifelong access to ISB alumni network and priceless friendships make me confident that ISB is the next biggest stepping stone to achieve my ambitions.

 

 

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