Re: Rock on ..my Story for CAT so far..
|It’s been over 4 years since I wrote this but I still remember the passion I felt while writing this post. While searching through a few old things I came across this and remembered posting it on TG. After reading through it again, I felt the post deserved its logical ending. It might even help someone (highly doubt it though) so will keep it short unlike the original monster: The US trip came to a halt with Recession of 08-09. My client was broke and all vendors were going back home. Feb 09 back in India with no CAT and no US trip but a lot had changed during those 3-4 months. The most important thing was that I got time to think about what I really wanted to do with my life. In retrospect, I would highly rate this exercise. Take time to think your career through. Think what you like, where the industry is moving, what are your strengths ..(blah blah I realized that I dislike IT (read:Hate IT,mainly coding and SDLC part), but enjoy staying in touch with technology. The introspection led to a strong desire to move out of software to analytical/business consulting (Who says introspection has to be Logical?? Road ahead -Quick and dirty version Gave Cat in 09 , Bombed it.Stayed irritated for a week. Worked really hard at changing job. Got a great one after 8 months of searching. Gave Cat in '10 , killed it - 98.75 got a few calls but nothing worth killing for (non-ABC). Gave GMAT, Got 700+ , started dreaming Bigger. US-B schools. Worked hard , slogged and got promoted on a fast track. Researched the hell out of global B schools. I remember a time going crazy 24/7 eating breathing sleeping Bschools. Met and spoke with a lot of amazing & brilliant people (Very Very Important). Set a focus and list of which Bschools make sense for my future career. Added my decision criteria (which one would I take based on what scholarships/loans etc). Got rejected from all US Bschools. Stayed irritated for a week again. (Life is like a Sine Curve Got my act together again for '11-12 season, worked on at least 10 iterations of each essay and built a strong group of reviewers & recommenders. Got multiple offers and a few with scholarships at a top US B School. Finally my MBA race was over. If there is 1 message i would want everyone to get , its this : "It's going to be all right. Just hang in there and keep fighting, that's what life is all about and honestly, that's what makes life interesting " Hope you all take time to realize what you want and get what you are looking for. All the best.|