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Proper reason for MBA [#permalink] New post 26 Dec 2011, 14:00
Hello,

Couple years ago when I was still in college, someone told me that in order to consider an MBA (especially at top schools) I should know the specifics as to why I want that degree. So far, the only I know is that I have passion for business and finance since I enjoy the environment and challenges. I look at an MBA degree as something that would provide me with more opportunities. But beside that, I feel clueless.

From what I have learned on this forum, essays will be essential to describe why I would want to go to school XYZ. It seems to me that my reason is not a lot different from the one of most candidates, and from what I see those people mostly get dinged. My life experience is probably very different than of most candidates but reason is not. I do not feel like writing a story that would serve just to get me in but that is different from what I really am.

As a reference, I started looking up some stories by people who have graduated from HBS. I have noticed there is a number of people who are saying something like "HBS has helped me discover what I truly wish to do" or "I thought I was going to this but instead I will do that."

So how can I figure out the specifics? I know that my bachelors degree from a school that is not a top tier will not get me too far, or at least, not soon enough. Therefore, further education is a must for me.

I would really appreciate your insight.

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Hello Laker7, thanks for your question.

I certainly understand that few of us have a specific picture in our head of our post-MBA careers. Most of us have conceived a broad vision without details. I, too, was like this when applying!

I think programs know that students will evolve their career plans in school, but the bar for any applicant is to still paint a picture that cohesively ties together your past, present, and future. Demonstrate to the admissions committees that your desired career path necessitates an MBA. Identify the specific gaps that stand between you and your short- and long-term goals (knowledge, skills, experiences, network, etc.) and show how business school would directly address those gaps.

In the end, a business school won’t hold you to the plan you put forth in your essay, but the plan should make logical sense! And, from my work as an admissions consultant, going through the process of answering the personal statement question actually helps clients clarify in their own minds what they’re really looking to get out of business school and how that fits into their future career plans. So, the exercise can be useful in general, not just for the admissions process.

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Re: Proper reason for MBA [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2012, 02:16
Thank you very much! That all makes a lot of sense!

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My pleasure - best of luck!
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