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Post-MBA goal: "Getting into a rotational program"???

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Post-MBA goal: "Getting into a rotational program"??? [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 11:46
Hi,

I am a career changer. I had been working in a small company(only a dozen employees) as a general manager.

I am applying for MBA, and want to get into a leadership development or rotational program after MBA.

in my essays, i put "getting in to a rotational program" as my short-term goal. I also write about how i am interested in general management, and interested in retail or consumer product industry. I also listed one or two rotational program (such as amazon, intel, etc) as examples.

I already got rejected by two schools, so i started looking back into my applications and try to improve.

is my short-term goal too vague and general? if so, any suggestion to improve it.

thanks in advance!!!
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Re: Post-MBA goal: "Getting into a rotational program"??? [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2013, 22:19
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Hi,

I am a career changer. I had been working in a small company(only a dozen employees) as a general manager.

I am applying for MBA, and want to get into a leadership development or rotational program after MBA.

in my essays, i put "getting in to a rotational program" as my short-term goal. I also write about how i am interested in general management, and interested in retail or consumer product industry. I also listed one or two rotational program (such as amazon, intel, etc) as examples.

I already got rejected by two schools, so i started looking back into my applications and try to improve.

is my short-term goal too vague and general? if so, any suggestion to improve it.

thanks in advance!!!


First of all I'm sorry to hear about the dings, but I applaud your efforts to evaluate what happened and see how you can improve. That evaluation is an effective response and the foundation of an effective reapplication.

Without reading your essays I really can't say if your short-term goal was too general or not, and I really can't suggest ways to improve it. It does sound like it was more general than I would have liked. I like to see goals that include both a function and an industry. If possible, and depending on the question it may be necessary, I also like to see some greater vision or aspiration or dream. Like I want to do X in Industry Y to accomplish Z. Not everyone has a Z, but it's nice when you do.

Another thought strikes me. Was there a disconnect between your short-term and long-term goals? If you say you are interested in retail or consumer products, would the management development programs at companies like P&G or Walmart have been more appropriate than Amazon or Intel; the latter sells primarily to business?

We have a lot for resources that may be of help to you:

* Application Advice for Career Changers and Career Change 101
* MBA Goals A-Z
* MBA Reapplication 101

You will find a lot of free articles and resources at the above pages. However, if you want a coherent approach to the MBA application process, including the role of MBA goals in both selecting schools and showing fit, I recommend (shameless plug) my book MBA Admissions for Smarties

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Re: Post-MBA goal: "Getting into a rotational program"??? [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2013, 13:45
Thanks for your feedback.

I have done some more research, this is what i come up with:

Short-term goal: Rotational Program in Retail Industry.
Reason: I am the general manager of a small retail chain (5 stores, with a dozen employees)

Interested job function: Vendor management or retail product management (can i do either/or? since they are similar functions)
Reason: I led the project to develop the merchandizing department in my company, building relationship with new vendors and increase the product variety. (will include this in one of the essays).

Does this look better?

thanks in advance!
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Re: Post-MBA goal: "Getting into a rotational program"??? [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2013, 17:23
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zl2012 wrote:
Thanks for your feedback.

I have done some more research, this is what i come up with:

Short-term goal: Rotational Program in Retail Industry.
Reason: I am the general manager of a small retail chain (5 stores, with a dozen employees)

Interested job function: Vendor management or retail product management (can i do either/or? since they are similar functions)
Reason: I led the project to develop the merchandizing department in my company, building relationship with new vendors and increase the product variety. (will include this in one of the essays).

Does this look better?

thanks in advance!


Not really. (Sorry.)

It seems to me that you are backing into the goal, that you are attempting to fit a goal into what you have done in the past instead of really examining your what you have done, what you have liked, what you have been good at and then determining what you want to do in the future. Then use that information to show how your experience in the past, plus the education you hope to receive will prepare you to achieve your goal.

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