Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 23 Oct 2014, 11:27

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Career goals in app. essays

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 11 Jun 2006
Posts: 254
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 0

Career goals in app. essays [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2007, 08:00
Hello,

After reading quite a bit about the approaches one takes to impress the ad coms, it seems that stating crystal clear career goals is a must. As someone who is just getting ready to start applying, I'm beginning to formulate my approach, however, I'm not quite sure what angle I should take.

Given that the best thing about b-schools is the career options it affords, how can one be dead set on a single career? How did some of you explain this?

In my current position, I work on the business side of fashion for a very well known company. The possible career options that interest me are as follows:

1) stay in industry, shoot for upper level exec. positions (CEO, CFO, etc...)

2) transition into equity research for the retail sector at a bank by using my experience in the retail industry.

3) asset management, mutual fund, hedge fund, etc...

To me, option 1 seems like it would be the most compelling story. My experience in the industry has afforded me a lot of responsibility and leadership at a young age (25). I'm applying to only elite cluster schools, so this would be a good opportunity for me to stand out w/unique career goals. Advice greatly appreciated.
Director
Director
User avatar
Joined: 28 Jun 2006
Posts: 958
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 72 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2007, 10:05
I agree that option 1 makes the best "story." And that's what you have to do is go with the best story.

Ad-coms realize people may change their minds, but they don't really want to read thousands of applications where people speculate on the various industries they might be interested in. Think of these essays NOT as a true blueprint for you future, but rather as a TEST QUESTION where the ad-coms are saying to you, "Are you capable of outlining a possible career path? Show us that you have done your research and are savvy enough, and self-aware enough, to assemble a good career path that leverages your strengths and makes sense for someone coming out of our school."
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
avatar
Joined: 11 Jun 2006
Posts: 254
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 4 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 14:04
Perfect. I can have my employeer recs. tie in nicely with that story.

In addition, how much benefit would reaching out to Luxury Goods Retailing clubs at my target schools be? I know they are very active at Columbia and HBS.

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~luxret/LuxRet_Press_WSJ_6.13.06.pdf

It seems as a conversation could be mutually beneficial: I could give tips on breaking into luxury good industry while they could offer advice on admissions.

Have any of you leveraged student relationships?
GMAT Club Legend
GMAT Club Legend
avatar
Affiliations: HHonors Diamond, BGS Honor Society
Joined: 05 Apr 2006
Posts: 5925
Schools: Chicago (Booth) - Class of 2009
GMAT 1: 730 Q45 V45
WE: Business Development (Consumer Products)
Followers: 256

Kudos [?]: 1577 [0], given: 7

Premium Member
 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 14:47
baer wrote:
Perfect. I can have my employeer recs. tie in nicely with that story.

In addition, how much benefit would reaching out to Luxury Goods Retailing clubs at my target schools be? I know they are very active at Columbia and HBS.

http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~luxret/LuxRet_Press_WSJ_6.13.06.pdf

It seems as a conversation could be mutually beneficial: I could give tips on breaking into luxury good industry while they could offer advice on admissions.

Have any of you leveraged student relationships?


Absolutely reach out. Don't ask so much about admissions but ask about the club - then when you write about it in your essays you can sound serious and passionate. Take note of the person's name you talk to.

For instance:

"I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mr. AmazonSucks from the Stern Luxury BrandWhore Club, who informed me about X and Y, which I found incredibly interesting given my interest in Z. Moreover, I rock."
VP
VP
User avatar
Joined: 14 Feb 2005
Posts: 1001
Location: New York
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 16 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 15:09
Quote:
"I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mr. AmazonSucks from the Stern Luxury BrandWhore Club, who informed me about X and Y, which I found incredibly interesting given my interest in Z. Moreover, I rock."

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: ROFL

GSB 2007-09 are lucky to have such a member in the class...
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 12 Mar 2007
Posts: 81
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2007, 20:10
Ozmba2006 wrote:
Quote:
"I recently had the opportunity to speak with Mr. AmazonSucks from the Stern Luxury BrandWhore Club, who informed me about X and Y, which I found incredibly interesting given my interest in Z. Moreover, I rock."

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: ROFL

GSB 2007-09 are lucky to have such a member in the class...


Yes,
I once again gave away the fact that I was not doing math homework by laughing at one one of Rhyme's essay examples. My immediate thought was about: http://nymag.com/fashion/lookbook/32096/ On second thought, Rhyme please read my essays... pleease.
  [#permalink] 19 Jun 2007, 20:10
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Experts publish their posts in the topic Career goals essay - how specific? texasexpat 1 23 Sep 2011, 07:05
Experts publish their posts in the topic Career goals essay- Need advice!! ashokkadam123 5 17 Oct 2010, 05:06
Career goals in essays mikekennyb 9 14 Oct 2010, 12:57
1 Realistic (essay) Career Goal? VictoryMBA 1 27 Apr 2010, 13:03
Career Goals essay gmatmba 2 14 Nov 2006, 19:23
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Career goals in app. essays

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


cron

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.