Helpful for: MBA applicants

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  • You will most likely be required to write a career goals essay in your MBA application. Many candidates struggle simply because they haven’t defined their goals.
  • Ask yourself how an MBA degree will help propel you professionally and this will prove a good way of matching your goals to the specific school. Stacy elaborates:

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Remember, a goal is something you want to achieve. Thus, “I want to work in management consulting” is not a goal. How then do you go about defining your career goals?Self-awareness about your strengths and interests will help you refine what you want. Your past experiences have likely informed your post-MBA plans. Share details in your essays about why you are interested in your specific career path. Don’t rehash your resume, though.

  • Explaining the reasons behind your decisions will make your essay stronger and will help you to convince the admissions committee that you are the right fit for their program. Try to be direct and only focus on those goals you feel sure of attaining and the skills that you will build during the MBA to help you reach them.

Useful Information:

  • A career goals essay which illustrates a career path which reflecting a hobby or passion will definitely get the attention of the admission’s team.
  • Acknowledging negative aspects of past careers as well as previous professional low points will help you assess which jobs you’ve enjoyed and which not so much.
  • Talking to MBA alums about their career development after graduating will help you notice various different career paths you can take.


    For some practical career advice check out: 4 Keys for a Successful Career Path

    Source: Stacy Blackman