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Certifications in Application Forms [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2013, 15:59
Hi,

In some of the B School Application forms,it has been asked to state the "certifications" done such as CFA,Level 3,Level 6.

I want to know what is fair game to include in this form ?

Can I include all the technical certifications that I have completed while at work or the certifications has to be related to the business world such as a CFA ?

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Re: Certifications in Application Forms [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 08:44
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Hey Harsh - good question.

It's really up to you - the act of getting certified in something indicates that you're motivated to advance your skills in your career. So there's some value to that.

However, if you cite a bunch of alphabet-soup acronyms for technical certifications that the adcom-person won't be familiar with then it mostly just solidifies your profile as a tech guy - which, generally, you should be seeking ways to rise above.*

If it was our app we'd probably leave those off, but it's not wrong to include them.

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Re: Certifications in Application Forms [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 09:58
Thanks.

Then I guess,I would only write about my CC and CL certifications in toastmasters(Public Speaking and Leadership) and the French DELF B2 certificate.(Foreign Language - Internationalism)

I completed like 4,5 other certifications but those were related to my oil and gas sector.

After all,being an engineer my prime task is to show the adcoms that I am more than a techie.

What say ?
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Re: Certifications in Application Forms [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 10:08
Well..... not sure about the Toastmasters stuff. Again, you can include it, and we don't know how rigorous of a 'certification' process that is, but on the surface we're guessing maybe not so much. Typically what adds value in an app are the hardcore certifications like the CFA or Chartered Accountant.

Conversely, those energy industry certifications (again provided they're significant in terms of what you had to do to get them) could be worthwhile to include if you're going to be focusing on energy in your future goals.

We can't be definitive on such questions without knowing the details of the profile - there's lots of different ways that these might be important to include, or important to exclude.

But we're not feeling it on the Toastmasters. Perhaps it doesn't hurt to cite it, but we'd be more inclined to put that on the resume and skip it for the application.

The goal for these text fields is not to fill them to overflowing. Use discretion in terms of which pieces truly add value and distinction. A 'certification' should show that you accomplished something. Maybe those Toastmasters ones do, we honestly don't know, but an uneducated assumption is that they're not quite weighty enough to merit a place in this section of the app.

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Re: Certifications in Application Forms [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2013, 11:10
Actually,the Toastmasters certificate do take time and effort on your part and given the case-study schools that can look like a +ve point(Improved Public Speaking). I am currently on the path of Advanced Communicator and by the time the 2nd round interview invites go out(hope I get one of them!) I would have completed the Advanced Communicator Bronze manual.

Moreover,I actually started a Toastmasters club in my city benefiting the company professionals and the college students in the city. - Maybe a leadership story(Reason I wanted to cite Toastmaster as a certification)

Also,by my profile you can see that I am a reapplicant to some schools that I got dinged from last year so in the reapplicant essay(How you have improved and What else you have done ? ) I can write about improvement in my French language and Public Speaking Skills .(Plus the fact that my paper was selected for a major article in JPT (a major oil & gas journal)).

And the French certificate is equivalent to a MA in French in India so I guess that would carry some weight.
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