Clarification of Question by
13 Oct 2005 07:54 PDT
You have put forth many questions and some nice pointers; Thanks.
I shall try to answer all the questions as comprehensively as i can.
I am from Indian origin, and there are multiple reasons I mentioned
"back home". One its coming up economy as most people know now.
Second, I feel I understand the phsyche of Indians fairly well, which
could help me set up a business or do well in a job. In the end, its
just that i feel a little more comfortable there; not that it is any
constraint for assignments elsewhere. I am not sure if i understand
"geographic constraints" completely, but i have no reservations for
South asia, Europe, North america and Mid-East. Language skills:
English, Hindi (2 other indian languages) and French.
I have completed BS in Electronics Engineering, and MS in Electrical
and Cmoputer Engineering. During BS the core focus was learning basic
Electronics principles and the only focus by the end of BS, if any,
was Networking/Wireless Networking. I have an affinity towards
biology, and during MS my advisor presented an opportunity to work on
genetics. Since it was offered as a part of Masters i jumped in and
ended up doing 2 projects in computational/statistical genetics. As
for IT, it comes from the part time Research assistant job i did for a
professor for an year. Since IT is basically a marriage of Networking
and software(progrmming and management), its a logical extension. At
my stage of experience and knowledge i would compare my proficiency as
follows, Networking (very proficient), IT (fairly proficient) and
computational genetics (Scratched the surface). By the way, I already
have been accepted into computaiton genetics PhD program earlier this
year. I deffered that to next year, as i didn't wish to commit to
anything with this dilemma.
My current plan is to continue advancement in Networking/IT and on the
side develop the product i plan for my business. By the way, if the
company i work for in future, allows me to implement the product for
them i am more than willing.
I have a few seriously thought over business products/ideas. I have
developed them on paper in good details. The market research right now
is at beginning stages, and i am evaluating US and Indian markets. A
friend in Market Research back in India is helping me with research
there. Given that i gain some financial traction by working for a
company here, I would go ahead for real market research using
questionnaires etc. I plan to start priliminary US market research as
soon as i get a job. By the way the idea and the plans both are based
on Wireless/Networking and IT.
I worked on a full-time Internship for a Telecom bigname for about 8
months, handling telecom data analysis in good detail. I think i was
the only person involved in this in the company, but i was directed
completely by my boss. I was a research assistant, part-time for about
an year, as i mentioned above. And i did a short 2-3 month internship
stint with another telecom/networking company after BS in India, but
moved to US for MS. Out of these experiences my preferences are
Wireless/Networking (Testing, operations, deployment and design --
probably not development) involving travel and actual field jobs,
rather than completely desk jobs. I would love to be in a position
having Interaction with other people, like customers, vendors etc. I
love to write and within these experiences my writing habits have
amplified. I am not yet published but some technical papers are in
pipeline. One problem i am facing is becoming completely free thinker
after coming to US and that i am still learning how to gather
resources. I was pretty good at it in India. Thats the reason i adont
know where to start when looking for jobs pertaining to my interests.
The possible interest in MBA stems from the following reasons, I like
to talk to people and convince them on things i believe (and generally
i am pretty successful at it), I like decision making and mostly i am
confident enough to lead people (although at current stage in my life
i'm a little shaky). Apart from personal reasons, logically MBA should
give me exposure to paper work and legalities involved in Business (I
have extremely minimal info on this) and it should put me in a better
financial position for making my other thoughts pratical (remember
"financial traction" i mentioned). I have not been involved in chip
design, high-tech programming (but i can do it if required), and the
current skills i hold give me enough knowledge to make sane decisions,
and engineer products at higher level. According to me, possibly
wrong, all these point to MBA if i want to advance in corporate world.
In the long run (15-20 years), i want to be in control of either my
own company or an important peg in another company i am part of. I
don't mind learning and getting involved in new technologies as long
as they serve a purpose. My curiosity leads me to read about different
things happening around me (technical advance, new fields, political
situations, health etc etc.), but for me to get involved in a
particular domain would require solid reasoning.
I would have to think a little more to honestly answer the last
question you asked, "Are you someone who can take the long view and
plan a career toward specific goals or are you more likely to pursue
your current fields of interest and trust that opportunities for the
emerge?". I shall write about it in another clarification in some time.
I hope i have conveyed enough information about me and my plans to
help you answer. Let me know if any other clarification is required.
Honestly, this is turning out great, i have never written down my
feelings and this feels good.