Fourteen years ago, I decided that I wanted to live in the United States, where I could succeed in any career path I might choose. For a high school student in the small Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, this was a lofty ambition. I finally boarded a plane to New York in 1991. 作者来自吉尔吉斯斯坦
At first I was not certain about what I wanted to do with my future, but in the summer of 1993, my plans solidified. While I was visiting my parents in Kyrgyzstan, a friend of mine suggested that I call the American Embassy and ask for a list of organizations that might need a Russian/English interpreter. After calling a few such organizations, I began working for a group that was considering investing $10 million in the development of tourism in Kyrgyzstan. The group, though geographically diverse, all hailed from English-speaking nations: an ecologist from Australia, a lawyer from the US, and a specialist in handcrafts from England. They shared the common goal of helping the Kyrgyz economy to recover. After a month of working with this group, I knew that I wanted to enter the international business world and help to remodel the socialist economy in my homeland. I enrolled in Moscow State University and graduated in 1996, with a degree in International Trade.
A few weeks ago, while reading a Russian newspaper on the Internet, I saw an advertisement for some American fat-burning pills. The English meant something like "Five minutes on your lips, all your life on your hips," but the Russian translation sounded extremely vulgar. As this amusing advertisement demonstrates, cross-cultural skills are critical to international business, but are often overlooked. My ability to speak Russian fluently and my understanding of Russian, Kyrgyz, and American cultures will help enable me to succeed in the global business economy. I think that my intercultural capabilities will be a major contribution to the Robinson student body, as well as an asset to my future career in international marketing. 翻译与文化
Along with my cross-cultural savvy, I also hope to bring to Robinson my previous academic experience in international marketing. My final project in Moscow State University was titled "Marketing of Russian Products & Services Abroad Using Stock Company Volga-Dnepr." I spent six months researching and writing my thesis on Volga-Dnepr, a joint venture of the British company Heavy Lift and the Russian company Volga-Dnepr, and a leader in the Russian cargo transport market. I spent most of my time in the marketing department, observing the creation of a company's portfolio, its advertising strategies in the international market, and its relationships with Russian and foreign clients. The experience proved absolutely fascinating, and I hope to encounter similarly exciting academic endeavors at Robinson.
After studying international marketing in-depth and graduating from Robinson
College of Business, I hope to secure a position with a company that operates
in Eastern Europe, CIS, or an ex-Soviet republic. My long-term professional
objective is to find a job that fully utilizes my unique educational and
cultural background. My ideal job would be with a marketing department--I
would like to be involved in promoting new products and enhancing the
image of current ones. Furthermore, I am interested in conducting marketing
research, and building new relationships between American and Russian
companies. I might also enjoy working for an international company here
in the States, or perhaps in a company like USAID. Eventually, regardless
of what career path I choose after earning my degree at Robinson, I would
like to return to Russia and teach Russian and Kyrgyz companies the key
principles of international marketing. I know that I may be aiming high
with my career objectives right now, but I have learned from my life thus
far that I am capable of achieving my dreams if I set my mind to it. As
Henry David Thoreau wrote, "In the long run, men hit only what they
aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high."
This applicant moved from a small country formerly of the Soviet Union to the United States. Because his interest is in international business, he is able to tie his cross-cultural background to his past accomplishments and future plans in the global economy--and to his involvement in the school's student body.
The other angle some schools may take on diversity is to ask about your
experience in diverse situations. Again, this should not be an invitation
to deliver a paean to diversity. If you're going to discuss the positive
influence that diversity had on a situation, be sure to cite specific
examples. Also, focus on your role even if the question just asks about
your experience, since active contribution reveals more about your character
than passive response. You might emphasize such qualities as your ability
to communicate, to cooperate, to bridge differences, and so on, but always
include specific examples to back them up.