As an extrovert , right from my school days I have always felt energized by being around other people.This is what has inspired me and shaped into an individual who is more self confident and ready to share her own thoughts and ideas.Unlike everyone in my family leaving their studies and getting married at an early age or get involved in family business , I was pretty sure to choose the path less travelled by and do something of my own interest.
Thus, I studied the Sciences and ultimately engineering,being the first from my family to do so. I think one of my most distinguishing characteristics is the diversity of experiences I possess. I am a woman with technical aptitude and an interest in management. I also have a passion for traveling and understanding different cultures of the world. All these elements have given me a very broad outlook with varying degrees of knowledge in a range of topics.
I strongly believe that although some are not related directly, all these qualities will influence my graduate work.
My Engineering degree has given a strong foundation to my analytical skills by giving an exposure to various courses in its curriculum. I have comprehensive knowledge about embedded systems and computer technology after studying four years at ” Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University ” , which is among one of the topmost university in India and also accredited with Grade “A” by NAAC. Over the past five years I have been working in the corporate world which has helped me to put my theoretical knowledge to practical use.
Throughout this journey, I have constantly challenged myself to learn, grow and change.Though I could not work as I took to another chapter of my life after marriage due to visa norms(check) , I further kept myself involved in volunteering activities through Commmunity Library which is a wonderful and unique experience that not only hones personal skills but also foster teamwork, create personal connections and inspire memorable moments.
After gaining practical knowledge as an IT professional , I decided to return to academic study and undertake graduate studies in Executive Engineering Management from St Cloud State University. I bring a unique set of experiences and a need for an innovative, transformative education that I can apply to my career. I am eager to transform my own mind and create immediate positive impact across my work.I am inspired by the experiences of current students who implement their new learnings every other day. I am eager to do exactly that. I seek to participate in this program as another step in my personal commitment to learn and to adapt to the needs of the future. Now is the moment of maximum impact,and benefit the most from the lessons that I intend to bring back and implement.I believe that this unique blend of experiences has made me a woman with an original point of view. This blend has given me a broader perspective and a good understanding of life.
I started my career in technology field in Finance Domain for National Stock Exchange Of India Information Technology (NSEiT) , for the first two years I had the opportunity to observe and to participate and discuss ideas with seniors about the existing and new applications on different platforms. I have loved every minute of my work specially the annual event where I got the opportunity to manage and participate in the cultural event which allowed me to showcase my skills as an organiser, co-ordiantor and a dancer. I soon worked as a Software Engineer in another finance organisation , Religare Securities , where in I worked with niche developers to optimize applications for usability, more efficiently and a quick accessibility to customers according to their requirements.
However I soon experienced the most interesting and challenging role in my career when I was working for Tata Consultancy Services in manufacturing domain and I got promoted to leadership role accountable for maintaining key business applications and systems. Working in line with senior leadership to guide short- and long-range technology planning enlightened me to take a pro-active approach, take the initiative and play a role in motivating people and executing the project to completion .In this position, my most substantial accomplishment has been the migration of legacy applications to a new framework. Initially, I imagined this project would be rather simple but it turned out to be among the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. As all the associated stakeholders were located in different geographical locations it was tough to co ordinate and manage the project. Right from the initiation phase from kick off meetings to planning , monitoring , mentoring the team and to deliver per the deadlines looked rather haphazard sometimes.
At the office, there was a great deal of chaos while working on this project due to lack of resources, skills , strict deadlines , co ordinating with on site team and updating the client on the progress. I defined scope & decomposed it into the work break down structure.I organised for required trainings , assigned work packages to team members & managed to track their progress by stand up calls in line with the onshore team members.I developed project schedules and created change requets when development activities were failing behind.I implemented approved changes by taking corrective & preventive actions. I established communication channel with the client though a series of meetings. Finally I managed to get the deliverable sign off during closure with an improved client satisfaction ratio.This project required me to believe in myself and in what I thought was good for the company.
However, in order to achieve my lofty goals, I believe that there are still gaps in my knowledge that I need to address. The exposure to the academic environment in St Cloud State University will sharpen my skills. Thus, I am applying for your graduate program. St Cloud State University would be a perfect place for me to pursue my graduate studies
due to the flexibility of schedule and courses that it has to offer. This is definitely a priviledge to pursue Masters under the guidance of such experienced faculty members including senior-level executives from the industry. I would also be delighted to recieve guidance from the program director Dr.Ben Baliga . Hereby moving to St Cloud State University , I envision myself swiftly transitioning into a leader while I hasten towards my own aspirations and carve out my future to bring smiles.
Furthermore , I do have a strong desire to share my experiences and the details of my company and my journey with my classmates. I understand how valuable it is to be completely transparent with a group of peers who are eager to learn and share. I am excited to share my successes and my failures with them. Also being the first one in the family to go abroad for further studies, I also see myself as setting an example for younger siblings in the family in guiding them to study ahead and aspire their dreams. With this perspective, I am applying to your eminent university. I eagerly look forward to be a part of your reputed graduate program.