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To materialize my career goals and aspirations - SOP for Masters in analytics


kumar1983 1 / 2  
Mar 10, 2017   #1
Dear experts,
This is the first time I am writing SOP for master in analytics. Please review and provide your valuable suggestions.

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Although I learned statistics during my undergraduate level, but I realized the power of analytics during my master's thesis when I used multiple linear regression model using 4 independent variable to predict thickness of coating by CVD process. The analytics edge gave my thesis a different perspective, that helped me in understanding the research area better and resulted in getting A grade in my thesis work. Since then, I worked in domain of quality, lean six sigma, process improvement and supply chain. The analytical thought process has been instrumental in my professional success. During my work tenure, I have developed understanding of six sigma approach to improve the business process. I used statistical approach during the six sigma DMAIC project. I want to delve deeper to learn the analytics and become expert in data analytics.

During my work at XX , I started working in the area of quality with emphasis on process improvement. I performed statistical analysis and used 7 QC tools such as Control charts, histogram, and Pareto analysis to monitor and improve the quality. Communicating with supplier for supplier development and working with cross functional teams for process improvement initiatives developed my communication skills, which is very important to work in any business area. My inclination to analytics motivated me to learn Six Sigma, data-driven approach, through Six Sigma Black belt training program and I achieved certification from ASQ. During my work at YY, I identified the important KPI metrics such as quality, productivity, material efficiency for process improvement projects. I lead the Six Sigma Black Belt projects to improve quality and productivity and delivered tangible benefits to company .One of my key project reduced the non-prime generation of product due to longitudinal cracks by 20 %, resulted in saving of 55000 USD per month. I worked with a team of 5 personnel, performed CTQ drill down, and identified significant contributors, recommended improvement actions, monitored & controlled the recommendations. Working in six Sigma projects not only enhance my analytical skills but also develop my team skills, communication and presentation skills. I also managed the production planning at 4 plants starting from raw material planning, inventory management and distribution of product. My domain experience in quality, lean six sigma and upstream supply chain prepared me to learn new data analytics skills and blend it with six sigma approach to improve the business function.

My immediate goal after masters is to become a data scientist doing predictive analytics in E-commerce industry such as Amazon. Predicting demand is very crucial for the firms because holding inventory is expensive and stock outs are detrimental to both short term and long term objectives of the company. The accuracy in prediction will deliver large increase in operational efficiency. Ecommerce industries have now moved from simple basket analysis to the customer's specific predictive algorithms. It seems interesting and challenging for me. Since the E- commerce industry is strategy driven and knowledge of analytics play a critical role in decision making, taking a data analytics role will provide the perfect stepping-stone to realizing my mid-term goal of strategy manager and thereafter advance to long term goal of Vice President-Strategy.

In order to fulfill such goals, my short-run objectives are to acquire the best academic tools available and combine them with the substantial business experience. I wish to say, sincerely, that in my opinion XXX program will fulfill my first short-run objective. XXX program has the qualities that best fit my expectations, objective, and background. It will complement my background of quality, lean six sigma and supply chain in developing my understanding of areas I lack experience in. When talking with ABC, a XXX alumnus and now a Senior Data scientist in YYY, I learned about the school's rigorous academic environment and its emphasis on experimental learning which have shaped his view of the industry and his place in it. The program offers list of courses to pursue data scientist career but courses such as customer analytics, operation analytics, applied machine learning, spreadsheet modelling, strategy & organization found interesting to me. As they will help me achieve my short term goal of predictive analytics in supply chain and midterm goal of strategy manager. The internship during the program will give the experience in the application of skills learned. Analytics events and industry experts' lectures held by XXX will help me in expanding my network and in securing position of data scientist. I have attended the seminar on UUUU held by XXX. The seminars was very interactive and gave real industry insights. I admire the XXX mode of teaching new technology from industry experts. The more I hear and read about XXX - the more I feel I belong there.

Overall, the XXX program would not only enhance my overall education experience but also provide me a vital avenue to equip myself with intersection of everything I wish to pursue. The program would aid me to materialize my career goals and aspirations. I strongly believe that with my analytical, leadership and team working skills, I would add significant value to XXX community. With my domain expertise in quality, six sigma and supply chain, I will provide new perspective to the class.

OP kumar1983 1 / 2  
Mar 11, 2017   #2
Please review my SOP above for admission to Masters in analytics program
Holt  Educational Consultant - / 10,144 3273  
Mar 11, 2017   #3
Kamal, this is a very comprehensive statement of purpose. You have covered most of the required elements of a statement of purpose in a manner that outlines your experience in support of your application while also stating a career benefit as one of your motivating factors for the application to the masters school. I have one question though. You mentioned that you were involved in analytics as a college student through your thesis research. That is very important information that directly relates to the purpose of your application. Are you applying via the thesis or non thesis track? I am asking because the information about your college thesis should have led into your presentation of your masters degree thesis statement as their is an implication that you might be able to do additional research, or related research to your college thesis. If you are applying via thesis track, then you need to present your thesis statement here. Not necessarily the whole proposal, just the statement of the problem. After you do that, include an overview of how you hope to use the facilities of the university to complete your research. One simple paragraph, not too extensively written will be sufficient enough for that portion. Other than that, the essay is in a perfectly usable form.
OP kumar1983 1 / 2  
Mar 11, 2017   #4
@Holt
Thanks for your review.
I mentioned use of analytics in my research area to mention that i applied the statistic first time in my master research area and found the importance of analytics. After wards, I have 8 years of experience in lean six sigma and supply chain where I also used statistics to some extent. The continual exposure of analytics from my masters and during my work experience has led me to pursue 1 year master in analytics.

.........This is what I intend to say.What do you suggest is the message conveying properly.
....I am not applying through master thesis specific research....it only mentions my first application.
One important point that I want to know is the use of analytics related words in the essay. I feel my essay is lacking typical data analytics wording such as machine learning , data base management ,..... . The other thing is on flow of essay.

Please suggest me on the same
Holt  Educational Consultant - / 10,144 3273  
Mar 11, 2017   #5
Kamal, you are not writing an SEO based essay therefore, you do not need to focus on the technical words for presentation in the essay. The use of those words have to come naturally within in relation to your presentation. You should not fit the essay to include the words in the hopes of impressing the reviewer. Knowing how to use the terms is one thing, but the actual consideration will be how you applied analytics in your workplace. Which you seem to have done quite well as far as your presentation of your professional background is concerned.

Speaking of your 8 years experience in this field, make sure that you highlight that in your essay by mentioning the number of years you have worked, and the various companies you worked for (if there was more than 1) accompanied by your duties description. Make sure to represent what you feel your shortcomings are in terms of initiating analytics in your workplace as one of the motivating factors for your desire to garner more training in this field. Remember, the more impressive your professional background in relation to your masters course, the better chances for consideration you will have for admission.

Since you are not applying for a thesis track program, disregard the advice I gave you about connecting your college research to your masters research interests.


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