Bishwajit Singh, Georgetown McDonough MBA Class of 2025
Age: 35 years
Hometown: Kolkata, India / Dubai, UAE
Undergraduate Institution and Major: Calcutta University (West Bengal-India), Major: Accounting and Finance (Honours), Chartered Accountancy (India), Chartered Financial Analyst (USA)
Pre-MBA Work Experience (role, company, years): Risk & Transaction Services Team: Dubai Investments (Investment arm of Sovereign fund) (2 years); Investments Team: Gulf General Investment Co. (Family Investment Office) (6.75 years); Accounting Team: Farnek Services (Facilities Management) (0.5 year); Corporate Finance Team: Emirates Trans Graphics (Printing Industry) (1 year)
Why did you make the decision to attend business school? Why now?
I have a holistic exposure to finance by traversing various domains within the realm of finance, encompassing roles in auditing, accounting, corporate finance, investments, transaction services, and risk management. An MBA serves as a seamless continuation of this journey, propelling me toward my envisioned goals. Pursuing an MBA is the logical step forward in my professional journey, poised to drive me closer to my aspirations. I find myself at a juncture in my career where I recognize the need to enhance my skill set and continue growing.
While my previous educational endeavors have enriched me with in-depth knowledge, an MBA promises to provide me with a broader perspective. It will equip me with structured thinking, expose me to cross-functional domains, and open doors to valuable networking opportunities.
Moreover, as you may be aware, pursuing an MBA entails substantial financial investment, and I am now in a more secure financial position to effectively manage the associated expenses.
Why did you choose McDonough? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business boasts a sizable and dynamic alumni network, which presents valuable networking possibilities and post-graduation support. Additionally, McDonough places a significant emphasis on experiential learning, encompassing consulting projects, case competitions, and internships, thereby offering students hands-on experience and fostering the development of practical skills. Situated in the heart of Washington D.C., McDonough affords students the unique chance to establish connections with professionals across various industries, including government, finance, and consulting. Lastly, I am particularly intrigued by the ‘Hoya Gateway’ initiative, which sets McDonough apart. This program offers the opportunity to engage with alumni one-on-one, gaining invaluable feedback, suggestions, and guidance, which I believe could significantly benefit my professional development.
What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Georgetown McDonough School of Business Class of 2025?
My extensive years of experience have afforded me a comprehensive understanding of various facets within the field of finance. Since finance and accounting are one of the core courses in the MBA program and are also essential for understanding business dynamics, I believe the two courses have not only assisted me in preparing myself better but also helped my peers with my knowledge and experience.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself that didn’t get included on your application:
One of my key interests is horse-riding and my affection for it was so profound that I once contemplated a career as a full-time jockey. My interests also include playing golf, and Georgetown’s exceptional recreational amenities have enabled me to advance my golfing pursuit.
Post-MBA career interests:
My immediate goal is to work in consulting, more specifically in strategy or finance-related roles where I can best utilise my expertise and the skillset I acquire after graduating from McDonough School of Business.
Advice for Current Prospective Applicants:
–What is one thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process?
The pivotal element of an MBA program lies in networking, and I started to grow my network much ahead of the beginning of my journey at McDonough. If I had the chance, I would connect more with the alumni to gain deeper insights into the current challenges and future opportunities that professionals in the field of business and consultancy currently grapple with.
–What is one thing you would change or do differently?
While my past experiences have shaped who I am today, if given the chance to go through it all again, I would opt to pursue an MBA earlier in life. Doing so would have expedited my learning curve and my career progression significantly.
–What is one part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?
As an international student, I faced challenges in maneuvering my way around my visa appointment and securing my reference letters since I applied in the later rounds. I wish there was any way to skip it, but I do understand the importance of these processes. The MBA Admissions team at Georgetown University was really prompt and helpful in their responses which expedited the entire process.
What is your initial impression of the McDonough students/culture/community?
I am amazed by the diversity and the plethora of experienced professionals I have encountered at McDonough. From second-year students and alumni to staff and faculty, everyone I’ve encountered has been incredibly inspiring and supportive. What’s most noteworthy is the selfless dedication of everyone to support one another on the path towards self-improvement and the attainment of their goals.
What is one thing you have learned about the Georgetown McDonough School of Business that has surprised you?
The opportunity to connect with students not only from the MBA program but also from various other programs has provided me with invaluable insights. Their warmth and helpfulness have left a lasting impression on me.
What is one thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
As the recruiting period approaches, I find myself feeling a mix of anxiety and anticipation about conducting coffee chats and meeting with alumni. While I am well-prepared, I understand that it can still be a stressful experience, but every challenge comes with its own unique opportunities.
What is one thing you are most excited about in your first year?
I was away from school for a very long time, so I am looking forward to this journey and enjoying every moment of it.