SAMPLE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Please upload an essay of approximately 1,000 words describing your academic and professional background, your career goals, and how the program will help you achieve your goals.

Growing up in a generation that is primarily known for its technological advancements, I was always amazed to see how technology gradually evolved; filling the gaps in all dimensions of human’s life. This curiosity and interest in technology ignited my pursuit of the bachelor’s degree in engineering, where I was exposed to various segments of engineering technology and management fundamentals. I enjoyed organizing National level technical symposiums, cultural fests and leading my university table tennis team at various inter-college sport meets.

Soon after graduation, I joined the ‘Enterprise Information Management – Healthcare’ business unit of Cognizant. Starting as a programmer analyst, I developed programs for complex claims processing and performed system analysis for large healthcare systems. Soon I transitioned to a business analyst’s role for the operations and data analytics team. Within a year, I led and managed business operations team of five to support 30 terabyte Teradata Healthcare Data Warehouse. Also, I led various operational initiatives, which reduced manual intervention and decreased the quality assurance effort by 73%.

My success with the business operations earned me the responsibility to handle business development for new emerging healthcare projects. Besides efficiently implementing various development projects, I spearheaded concept to implementation of various initiatives, which increased the revenue by 23% for our clients in one year. This also provided me a great opportunity to expand my horizons in healthcare IT and an avenue to think strategically about business problems.

My contribution led to my promotion to the next level as ‘Senior Business Analyst’ within a span of two years. This in turn amplified my passion and enthusiasm towards data management space; therefore, in order to complement my skills with project management techniques, I successfully pursued Certificate program in Project Management. This course equipped me with skills that I applied in real time projects and thus improved the efficiency of the existing process by 46%.

With more than five years of experience at data management space, I have developed interest in this ever evolving domain and have grown from being a programmer analyst to an advocate of this space through my role as a Senior Business Analyst. Also, I have received the prestigious ‘SCOPE’ award for two consecutive years for my special contribution to project excellence in the business unit.

Apart from professional engagement, my interest in green technology, which kicked off during college and motivated me to develop an eco-friendly e-bike as academic project, continued with Cognizant. I started as a volunteer and rose to be a core member of the ‘Go Green - Sustainability’ Council, which is committed to achieve measurable reductions in environmental impact. Also, I led a team of 30+ volunteers and spearheaded various impactful initiatives & community campaigns aimed at environmental awareness and Green IT. I was also awarded “Green Feather” award for my continued impactful contribution towards ‘Go Green’ program in 2011.

Having spent several years thriving in a competitive, customer-focused Healthcare data management space, performing short and long term strategic business activities, I have gained solid exposure to the technology consulting. However, I am well aware that this is an ever changing and challenging sector, and in order to grow, I would need to equip myself with key IT strategy and management skills. With my Masters in Information systems management from Heinz College, I will be able to bring my past to full potential and gain these skills for a maximum career impact.

Post MISM, I see myself as a Senior Healthcare IT Consultant in data management space of a top notch IT consulting firm such as Deloitte LLP or PwC, where I would not only manage the delivery of information management projects and lead business engagement for global clients, but also incorporate efficient and innovative solution practices. Since Deloitte LLP places great emphasis on green technology and sustainable development, this would help me to integrate my professional interest with my passion for green technology and sustainable development. Ten years down the lane, I plan to build on the success of this endeavor and ultimately see myself as a Principal/Vice President of a firm, actively building relationships within the firm and with global clients, providing thought leadership and leading organizational initiatives on sustainable development

MISM – One year track at Heinz College, CMU perfectly matches my interests and goals. The most appealing aspect of the program to me is the interdisciplinary approach, which gives me the flexibility to choose courses with my professional and personal interest. When talking with Rashi Arora, a 2012 alumnus and now a Senior Associate in PwC, I learned about the school’s rigorous academic environment and its emphasis on experimental learning which have shaped her view of the industry and her place in it. Beyond the valuable core courses, electives such as ‘Health economics’ and ‘Healthcare information systems’ would provide an extra boost to my current healthcare domain expertise. Also, courses such as ‘Negotiations’, ‘IT business leadership’ and ‘Global IT sourcing’ are uniquely tailored to my needs that would help me explore all dimensions of IT consulting and refine my leadership potential, thus equipping me with skills to handle my business clients efficiently. After gaining a solid foundation in management essentials through core courses, I will diversify my learning by opting for ‘Technology for Developing Communities’ and ‘Economics of Global Warming’ electives through which I could streamline my passion for sustainable development and explore areas of improvement in technology for a sustainable green future. Also, I am looking forward to avail the ample opportunities available for practical application of the theory in real time business problems through capstone project and student organizations such as Health IT and Net Impact club.

Overall, the MISM 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 Heinz community. With my domain expertise in data management space and passion for green technology, I will provide new perspective to the class and motivate them to participate in environmental community campaigns.