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MSc programme to support your career and personal development - how to answer it


a 100 hills 3 / 10  
Apr 21, 2010   #1
How will your chosen MSc programme help to support your career and personal development? Please support your answer by telling us about the experiences and people who have influenced and shaped your decision to consider this career...
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Apr 22, 2010   #2
So, this is an essay about a plan you have made, and it is also about some people and experiences.

You should use one paragraph for each topic: plan, people, experiences.

Start each paragraph with a topic sentence that tells the main idea of the paragraph. After the topic sentence, write a sentence with an example. Then write a few more thoughtful sentences about the idea.

Maybe you will also add a nice conclusion paragraph that tells about some professor you want to learn from at the school.

:-)
OP a 100 hills 3 / 10  
Apr 22, 2010   #3
waw!
This is so simple and to the point.
Thanks Kevin.
Am going to post my rough piece so you and the rest of the guys can run through it.

Kind regards
D
alibaba 1983 3 / 12  
Apr 23, 2010   #4
the best thing is to write about your past expericences it worked for me :)
hope that helps too
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
Apr 23, 2010   #5
Nice, I bet this will become an excellent thread.
OP a 100 hills 3 / 10  
May 7, 2010   #6
Kevin, Alibaba, every body on this forum...I need some editing and ideas here. Thanks in advance

How will your chosen MSc program help to support your career and personal development? Please support your answer by telling us about the experiences and people who have influenced and shaped your decision to consider this career.

"Next year, you and me miss school'', I reminded one of my clearly unhappy brothers. Born to poor illiterate parents from different refugee camps and being the eldest in a family of eight, life was always a challenge. With zero resources to our dysfunctional family, we had to take turns to miss school. Being the first-born meant that I had to look for and delegate odd jobs to my siblings whose turn it was to miss school that year. At 14, I formed an association of refugee children contracted to do different jobs in the villages in exchange for school fees. It was my responsibility to sometimes train and assign jobs based on ability and performance of the child. My childhood experiences laid the foundation for my love affair with management and in particular dealing with people. To achieve my long-term desire of being a Human Resource Management consultant, I need a program that will enable me to better plan my career by giving me the necessary skills and knowledge that employers require.

Occasionally stopping school to support my family never distracted me from striving for and earning scholarships to the top ranked institutions in the country, right from my primary school through University. In High School, I graduated among the top 10 in the country and won a state scholarship to the best University in the country. I opted for a degree in Information Technology Applications in Management (BITAM) because I believe that adaptability, creative thinking and the application of technologies are now intrinsic to managing businesses. Interestingly, my crave for deeper knowledge in management was stirred up when I was introduced to courses such as Strategic Management, Human resource Management and Operations Management while studying for my bachelors degree. Since then I have attended seminars, workshops and consulted both from libraries and over the internet on the MSc in Management. I have also talked to professors and leading professional expatriates from varying management fields working in my country who have guided me in lots of ways.

My most rewarding experiences, however, were outside of the classroom. As a volunteer of African Mission Alliance, I was part of the teams that helped set up and construct schools for orphans and street Kids. I started a program where those children often visit the university to interact with the university students through sports and other related activities. As a volunteer of Project Rwanda, I have trained poor coffee farmers to assemble, use and maintain donated cargo bikes. I am part of a group of volunteers that regularly helps with counseling of both genocide survivors and people living with Aids in various villages in the country.

I have previously worked as a supervisor, a sales representative and as a marketing manager. I am currently employed by an International company that specials in IT education management solutions. However, my most thought-provoking and challenging time came when I worked as a data captain in a World Bank research program. Surrounded and mentored by international management consultants, their knowledge and expertise challenged me. The way they analyzed existing problems, assessed and developed action plans to solve specific problems or to improve the numerous organizations and government ministries totally fascinated me. They gave me a glimpse into practical business management, in other words managing resources, people, and products at the heart of any operation. I was hooked. Having to work to tight deadlines taught me how to communicate and work independently as part of a cross cultural professional team but most importantly it has nurtured my leadership, creativity as well as analytical and problem solving skills. Am also a columnist, publishing at least two management related articles per week with my local English newspaper.

Although learning to manage was a way of survival in the camps, it has now grown to become one of my greatest passions. I intend to be the best human resource management consultant that I can be, not confined to my country but working in a cross-cultural environment. With my varied interests in research, leadership and management, I strongly believe that this program is what I need to give me the right knowledge and depth for that sort of career. I also trust that not only will the program diminish my weaknesses and improve my talents but I will also greatly benefit from the opportunities for intellectual and practical development provided by a sustained period of graduate study in an international academic setting.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,321 129  
May 10, 2010   #7
"Next year, you and I me miss school'', I reminded one of...

My childhood experiences laid the foundation for my love affair with management and in particular dealing with people.

VERY very impressive!!!

...by an International company that specializes in IT education management solutions.

Although learning to manage was a way of survival in the camps, it has...---- another brilliant sentence. The premise of this essay is so excellent, and I really hope you achieve all that you set out to do.

I also trust that not only will the program diminish my weaknesses and improve my talents but also that I will also greatly benefit from...
OP a 100 hills 3 / 10  
May 22, 2010   #8
Thank you so much Kevin. And hey am really flattered.


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