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Vivek Pai (Founder)
Education:                                                                                                                             
 
Cornell MBA                                                                                  
Stevens MS in Engineering
Manipal BE in Chemical Engineering
Work Experience:
Amazon (Product Management)
AstraZeneca (Process Engineering)
Bain Consulting (Chemical Engineering Subject Matter Expertise)
Ford (Sales)
Infosys (Sales Analytics)
Johnson & Johnson (Sustainability, Marketing, and Operations Strategy)
Microsoft (Marketing, Operations, and Finance)
Radiant (Business Development and Recruiting)
Several startups
 

I've had a diverse career -- from business development in the pharma industry to product management in the technology space. I've been through a ton of interviews and realize that MBA level interviews are a different ball game.

 

I worked as a recruiter a long time ago and am experienced with the recruiting process. From writing killer resumes to negotiating job offers and everything in between. I joined Cornell's full-time MBA program undecided about what to do after B-school. So, I tried to explore opportunities taking diverse classes from marketing to sustainability and finance to entrepreneurship while also dedicating myself to finding “a great job”.  Because I was great at creating resumes and cover letters, my success rate of landing interviews was excellent because my application came across impressive, customized to the job I applied for. Although I likely had the most  interviews in my class, I just could not convert those interviews to job offers.

 

At one stage my stats were something like 50+ interviews, 0 job offers.

 

So I worked hard to understand why I was failing at that last step and made a dedicated effort to become a better interviewee. Apart from standard behavioral and case interview preparation, I honed my public speaking skills, read books on body language and eye contact (yes there are 300 page books on these topics!) and made appointments with all my career counselors at Cornell for mock interviews. In short, I made every effort to become an expert at interviewing.

 

I finally got so good at interviewing that I had more job offers than I knew what to do with. I ended up accepting one of the most prestigious, highest paying post-MBA jobs as a Senior Product Manager with Amazon in their AWS EC2 team. This reinforced my notion that great prior experience, GPAs and GMAT scores, high-pedigree undergrad degree etc. are secondary in your job search. What matters more is your approach and detail oriented planning to get interviews. What matters MOST is how you do in your job interviews.

 

I probably won't be able to pay back the people who helped me succeed so I decided to pay it forward. The result is Dream MBA Job.

Our consultants are from leading US business schools -  Carey, Darden, Fuqua, Johnson, Katz, Krannert, Smeal, Sloan, and Wharton. 

 

Featured Senior Consultant - Vaibhav Jain

Johns Hopkins (Carey) MBA and Business Analytics guru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Vaibhav's words: 

 

I wouldn't be overstating if I claim to be one of the most unusual professionals to come to U.S. to pursue a premier MBA.  What makes me unique is my  unconventional background in thermal power plants and my long stint at the Indian power sector behemoth 'Reliance Energy' as an Electrical Protection Engineer. 

 

Surprisingly, my unique background led me to a very exciting career voyage when I got an opportunity to work as senior product development consultant for a Baltimore based startup, went on to work with world's finest doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital, consulted with a giant South American Power Company on a CSR project and finally bagged multiple offers in Energy Trading and Corporate Strategy roles in Fortune 500 Utility companies. I accepted an extremely competitive and highly coveted Corporate Strategy role at Nisource Inc. in Chicago. 

 

My journey wasn't without caveats, though. Like many other aspiring Indian students, I was confident about my job prospects in the U.S., and never imagined how 'esoteric' it would prove to be to find a job in the energy sector in U.S. (After all why worry when you are graduating top of your class from one of the finest universities across the globe, right?) That said, I stumbled multiple times, struggled with the very basic traits that might appear non-significant for many, shied away from crucial networking events, spent more time on things that were not as important as others etc. The list is ever-lasting!

 

On the other hand, even though I made mistakes, I was also fortunate to come across some very interesting people who would not only helped me identify my mistakes (most crucial aspect for prospective job hunters) but also led me to potential job offers eventually. My job search proved to be a life changing experience' it gave me an honest opportunity to figure out what is it that I really want, and more importantly, what it is that I can contribute such that I exceed the expectations of employers. (The single most important ingredient to succeeding in an American corporate).

 

After working as a Senior Strategy Analyst in a Fortune 500 company for little over a year now, life has come to a full circle. As a hiring manager, I have written  job requirements for various analyst roles (the kind of what you see on Indeed.com), worked with HR, conducted case interviews and come across hundreds of potential MBA applicants. My experiences and learnings drew me towards Vivek and Dream MBA Job ever since I came in contact with Vivek. Just like in healthcare - where a career is not just a career but an opportunity to touch people's lives- a career as a 'Career Coach' is an opportunity to help fellow MBA graduates, esspecially international students. The immense gratitude shown by students is the byproduct of this job!

 

I hope my experience and expertise will help  prospective Dream MBA clients succeed without the same agony that many of us had to undergo.  

 

 

About Vivek                                                                                              About DMJ Consultants
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