Sunday, June 10, 2012

MBA Essay Goals

Good MBA Essay goals:

- are a logical progression of your experience and the MBA you'll get

The short-term goal should be achievable given your experience and the MBA you are aiming for.  At the same time, any mid-term or long-term goals should be well-though out and connected to success achieved with your short-term goals.

- show you at your best

What is your potential, given your current level of experience and the MBA to which you are applying? This should be seen through your goals. If you can and want to position yourself to be running a company that is changing the world, then this should be in your goals.

- confirm your passion

What kind of impact are you really passionate about having on the world? This should come through in your goals.

- are easy to explain/understand

You don't want to have to spend 2 pages or 5 minutes detailing what your goals mean, or why they are important.  Good goals, with a bit of explanation, should be clear and impressive.

- are strategic

This is perhaps the most important thing to remember. The goals you put in your application are not a promise, nor are they your father's wish or the instructions from your boss. They are instead a portrait of your potential, an advertisement of what you are positioning yourself to become, an introduction to who you are now and will be in the future that puts you in the best possible light and maximizes your chances of getting admitted to a top MBA program.

John Couke