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Impact of Post-MBA Career Plans on Admissions

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New post 17 Jun 2013, 10:24
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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New post 18 Jun 2013, 19:21
Hi there,

Those are good questions to be asking, and it's good that you've really thought through your shorter and longer -term post MBA goals.

My feeling would be to include both, the short-term plans as you described them, and the longer-term entrepreneurial vision... especially if the long term vision makes sense in some way based on your career path to date/before then. You want your story to flow-- showing that your past experience leads to the MBA, which leads to your future (short and long term) post MBA goals. Even if there are changes along the way, there should be some semblance of a flowing story and there should be things you are bringing from each step to the next one (skills, experiences, etc).

Overall you want to be as honest as you can, as generally people come across as more genuine and your writing is naturally stronger, when you write from the heart about why you want the MBA and how you envision your future career path. What I often suggest to applicants is to do your first drafts without worrying about the admissions committee or what they are 'looking for' etc... you can always edit/improve from here, but it takes the pressure off and lets your genuine voice come through. It's up to you how specific you want to be about exactly what you intend to do shorter term but it's actually fairly common to have shorter term goals as well as longer term entrepreneurial vision and depending on what that is and how you set it up, it could even be a way to provide something unique/memorable.

I hope that's given you some food for thought! If you have any interest in discussing further we do offer free 30 min consults to provide profile feedback and answer questions. (If interested, you can sign up at

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