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Sample ISB PGP Goals Essay (400 Words)

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? (300 words max)

As the question suggests, the answer should follow a simple four-step narrative structure:

1) Critically look at your career (choices you have made)
2) Influences behind the choices
3) Goals for the future
4) How ISB PGP would help

The first example is from a Technologist who reflects on his decision to choose Engineering instead of medicine. A mentor’s career is quoted as an inspiration, but he cleverly shares the reasons for not following the exact career path.

The second paragraph narrates the realities of his career and the predictable nature of the problems he solves. The applicant then opens up about an avenue where he truly could apply his problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking for a 500M rural market.

In the final paragraph, the applicant quotes the aspect of the ISB PGP program that he found most useful.

Don’t copy the Sample. Use it only as an inspiration.

Sample ISB PGP – Career Choice, Goals and why ISB PGP

The consistent performance in school tests, entrance exams and the discipline with which <x> carried himself during interactions in the mentor’s club inspired me to follow his footsteps and pursue Medicine as the career of my choice. When the results came, I had a dilemma, albeit a good one – choose the treacherous 12-year journey to be a competitive Doctor in India or take on a relatively easier Engineering stream from IIT. Math has always been my strength but interacting with x revealed that it was the same for him. The mission to witness his diagnostic skills change lives suppressed the desire to apply his quantitative aptitude. I was not as brave as x and choose Technology as in my naivety I felt my interest in connecting technology to rural lives through my school projects was enough to bring lasting change in the society.

As I was assigned to projects in an ad-hoc manner, my true passion came through ‘Technology for Change’ – an initiative I began to bring technology into rural households of India..


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