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Impact of Post-MBA Career Plans on Admission [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2013, 10:21
Hi there,

I have a couple of questions regarding how to best communicate my post-MBA goals given that, at least immediately, my goals are relatively mainstream.

I work at a large, multinational financial institution. I am considered a high performer and am viewed as a future leader in the company, and as a result may be eligible for MBA sponsorship. My immediate post-MBA career path may involve me returning to my current employer - I would make a functional shift (from strategy) to a different area of the company where more specific financial technical skill would be required (closer to traditional corporate/investment banking). I could however pursue the same kind of work post-MBA elsewhere. I do have longer term, entrepreneurial goals that would be built on from returning to work at my current employer/working in a similar role elsewhere.

My questions regarding this conundrum:

Do I need to convey my much loftier long term goals, or should I focus on my performance to date resulting in the opportunity to be fast-tracked with my current employer (I worry this is too mainstream)?

If I should convey my more ambitious long term goals, then should I stay away from committing to returning to my current employer and communicate my immediate post-career goal more generically (I'm not sure how communicating an intent to return, but also an intent to leave would be received)?

And would the answer to these questions differ by school, since I know some schools (H/S) are more demanding in terms of game-changing ambitions than others (I'm targeting top 10-15 schools)?

Thanks for your help,

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Re: Impact of Post-MBA Career Plans on Admission [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2013, 11:04
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Dear Steve,
Good to hear from you. Let's hit those questions one by one.

Do I need to convey my much loftier long term goals, or should I focus on my performance to date resulting in the opportunity to be fast-tracked with my current employer (I worry this is too mainstream)?

You should. Absolutely. And your job is not only to dream high, but to build the story leading into it to make these very lofty goals seem reachable for you. Most schools will explicitly ask for your long and short term goals, and actually being fast-tracked in the short-time is a pretty darn good way to make it to the top. And schools know that. If you can get that company support, that would be just another argument in your favor.

If I should convey my more ambitious long term goals, then should I stay away from committing to returning to my current employer and communicate my immediate post-career goal more generically (I'm not sure how communicating an intent to return, but also an intent to leave would be received)?

Not at all! Having a guaranteed managerial position at a good employer is essentially the best thing you can offer a business school, as you will be playing directly into their interests (by having a job, getting a good salary, etc).


And would the answer to these questions differ by school, since I know some schools (H/S) are more demanding in terms of game-changing ambitions than others (I'm targeting top 10-15 schools)?

Not really. All schools like the ambitious and successful (go figure... ) Stanford though, does seem to be just as concerned about the "big picture" beyond your goals... they are always asking not just WHAT, but also WHY and HOW... so think about that as you prepare your essays,

Hope this helps!
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