I follow accepted.com
with great interest - although I cant afford your services ...as yet!
Iam 28 year old Indian marketing professional looking at an american MBA to move beyond marketing and India into management consulting.
Since my 1st MBA from a 2nd tier school in India was done straight after my under graduate degree, I did not find most of the theory relevant at all...However after 5 years of some fantastic work ex, I think I can contribute and learn much more from an MBA class...hence planning a 2nd MBA.Add to this the fact that am looking at intl exposure and a shift into mgmt consulting...
Any thoughts on how I present this to the adcom? Would "intl exposure" sound too trite? And would saying "I want to move into mgmt consulting and these firms hire from Ivy league schools" sounds too harsh?
Do let me know...and thanks a ton for the help!
You will want to emphasize all the ways you can think of in which your first MBA differs from the kind of MBA programs you'll be targeting this time. The point is to convince them that you do really need that second MBA because the first is not doing what you need it do in terms of A, B, C, etc.
Saying you need "international exposure" is one reason for an MBA but needs to be discussed much more specifically. In other words, explain to what degree your post-MBA goals have an international dimension. Be more specific about where internationally your post-MBA career will focus. That is, flesh "international exposure" out.
Saying "these firms hire from Ivy league schools" is a bit too direct. You want to play the B-schools' game and give them some of the "personal transformation" language they want to hear. You want to be as definite as you can be about the consulting career you want (including naming firms), but when it comes to saying why you are applying to School X, mention their placement success as only one among several factors. As long as you give them a number of good, specific reasons why you are targeting their school, however, I see no harm in reminding them of what they already know: that last year they placed [insert number] graduates with the consulting firms you want to work for.
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