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

It is currently 22 Oct 2014, 23:02

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

Journalism/English Lit Major seeks B-School Acceptance

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Intern
Intern
User avatar
Joined: 10 Apr 2007
Posts: 7
Followers: 0

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

Journalism/English Lit Major seeks B-School Acceptance [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2007, 16:28
Hello,

I graduated from the University of Miami 4 years ago with a 3.6 GPA and a B.S. in Communication. As a copywriter at a marketing firm, editor of a financial publication, and public relations asst. dir. for a med school division, I've had to make a lot of business decisions based on not much more than instinct. I'm very interested in obtaining an MBA so I can delve deeper into the business aspects of what I do and have the knowledge to back up my gut. Basically, I'm a creative person looking to round out my experience so I can conquer the world!

So... how do I convey this in a B-School Application Essay? What are admissions officers looking for from potential students who don't have extensive business backgrounds?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give,

Danielle
SVP
SVP
avatar
Joined: 12 Dec 2005
Posts: 1675
Location: San Diego, California
Followers: 12

Kudos [?]: 164 [0], given: 0

Re: Journalism/English Lit Major seeks B-School Acceptance [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2007, 12:03
dscottpep wrote:
Hello,

I graduated from the University of Miami 4 years ago with a 3.6 GPA and a B.S. in Communication. As a copywriter at a marketing firm, editor of a financial publication, and public relations asst. dir. for a med school division, I've had to make a lot of business decisions based on not much more than instinct. I'm very interested in obtaining an MBA so I can delve deeper into the business aspects of what I do and have the knowledge to back up my gut. Basically, I'm a creative person looking to round out my experience so I can conquer the world!

So... how do I convey this in a B-School Application Essay? What are admissions officers looking for from potential students who don't have extensive business backgrounds?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give,

Danielle


Danielle,

Apologies for the delayed response. B-schools are looking for the same things from non-business applicants that they are from business applicants: a track record of leadership and impact, evidence that you can handle their program academically, and some clear sense that you know why you need an MBA. People who don't have quant academic backgrounds like yourself have a special burden as well as a special opportunity. The burden is showing them (thru GMAT, grades) that you can handle quant classes; the opportunity is the diversity your background can bring to the class. So focus your essays on stories that show your leadership inside and outside of work, that communicate what's unique about you (family background, passions, experiences, career), and that paint a really savvy sense of where you want to go after the MBA. I offer much more specific advice about building essays in my book.

Good luck,
_________________

Paul Bodine /
Author, Great Applications for Business School and Perfect Phrases for Business School Acceptance

Follow Paul Bodine on Twitter

Intern
Intern
User avatar
Joined: 10 Apr 2007
Posts: 7
Followers: 0

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

 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2007, 16:25
thanks for your advice.

I've actually had quite a bit of leadership and team/project management experience so I shouldnt have a problem showing that in an essay.

The career plan is really the most problematic for me.

Short-term, my current position is as an associate editor for a university b-school faculty publication so it's pretty easy to show how obtaining an MBA degree will further that position. Eventually, I would like to become editor of that publication.

It's the long-term goals, I suppose, that get hazy.

I've been really thinking about it over the past few days and I think I'd like to merge my 2 passions (communications and academia) and go into academic editing, specifically for business journals.

I'm about halfway there wrt my current position so I think it's a good career path for me.

What do you think?
SVP
SVP
avatar
Joined: 12 Dec 2005
Posts: 1675
Location: San Diego, California
Followers: 12

Kudos [?]: 164 [0], given: 0

 [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2007, 16:05
dscottpep wrote:
thanks for your advice.

I've actually had quite a bit of leadership and team/project management experience so I shouldnt have a problem showing that in an essay.

The career plan is really the most problematic for me.

Short-term, my current position is as an associate editor for a university b-school faculty publication so it's pretty easy to show how obtaining an MBA degree will further that position. Eventually, I would like to become editor of that publication.

It's the long-term goals, I suppose, that get hazy.

I've been really thinking about it over the past few days and I think I'd like to merge my 2 passions (communications and academia) and go into academic editing, specifically for business journals.

I'm about halfway there wrt my current position so I think it's a good career path for me.

What do you think?


Hmm, not sure I see why you need an MBA to go into academic editing, even if it's for a business journal -- unless you mean a journal like Harvard Business Review or similar caliber? That would make a decent short-term goal but for a long-term goal, at least for the top schools, you would probably want to say: leading a publishing company or even communications company, etc.

Good luck,
_________________

Paul Bodine /
Author, Great Applications for Business School and Perfect Phrases for Business School Acceptance

Follow Paul Bodine on Twitter

    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
b-school acceptance rates gt7er 4 11 Sep 2008, 16:20
Seeking Leadership In B-School johnnyx9 6 18 May 2007, 06:39
Journalism/English Lit Major seeks B-School Acceptance dscottpep 4 10 Apr 2007, 16:50
Tracking Bschool Acceptances dudenarwhal 5 06 Nov 2006, 12:53
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Journalism/English Lit Major seeks B-School Acceptance

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


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®.