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application essay...decision making or leadership [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2013, 14:11
Hi,
I am appplying for a b school after along career break.i decided to take a break to care of my baby.
In the application form i have to write about a leadership experience or a decision making challenge and how it affected me professionally and personally.
I have no actual managerial experience ,so in my leadership experience i can write about when i trained someone or i can write about my decision to take a break and how it affected my professionally and personally.
I really need some advice.
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Re: application essay...decision making or leadership [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2013, 15:40
Hello Happy123,
The latter seems to me like a great choice ie. decision making challenge. You put your career on hold to have a baby and that in itself is a huge decision so you could use that angle to talk about how you got around to making that decision and how it has positively impacted you? (just brainstorming here) It also gives you the opportunity to spin the time off as a positive and how it taught you better time management, prioritization and other business type skills, you could draw parallels between how taking care of a baby is akin to managing a business. I'm oversimplifying things but just trying to get you started on how you can spin your story in a positive way. Hope this helps.
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Re: application essay...decision making or leadership [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2013, 18:15
Happy123,
Without knowing the details, I would recommend you choose the decision-making challenge topic in that training someone is unlikely to help you show a lot of leadership potential.

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Re: application essay...decision making or leadership [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2013, 05:14
easy choice -- decision making challenge.
also, this is a very hot topic right now so your experience will be well received.

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Re: application essay...decision making or leadership [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2013, 12:13
Thanks everyone...your replies have really been helpfull.
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