A “Tweeter” from India used technology to “package” his qualifications and impress the judges for the Tippie MBA’s International Tweet Competition.
Rahul Rathi, 25, from Noida, India, has five years of experience in software engineering, and is currently leading teams in business and quality analysis for telecom giant AT&T.
Rahul’s Tweet, posted on his Twitter feed, used a play on the word “packaging” to make him stand out from the competition:
The judging panel, which consisted of Tippie MBA staff from career and student services, as well as current international Tippie MBA students, liked Rahul’s entry for its creativity and effort. “The photo slideshow was a unique way to present information, and he chose to keep it simple while communicating his points effectively. We appreciated that and the message came through loud and clear,” said one judging panel member.
Rathi will receive a full-tuition financial award to study at Tippie this fall, valued at over $36,400 per year.
This was the Tippie MBA’s first foray into an international Tweet competition after offering the competition to domestic candidates last summer (winner John Yates will be joining the Tippie Class of 2014 this fall). About 30% of the international applicants who applied before April 1, 2012 elected to submit Tweet-style essays as part of their application. Submissions included links to blogs, websites, video essays, interviews, and slideshows.
While the international competition is now complete, the competition for domestic applicants will continue accepting entries until June 30, 2012.