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# Long Term Goal.....But why?

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27 Jun 2008, 08:05
Ok, I am having some trouble outlining why hitting Senior Manager (within MC) is a long term goal. Of course there is the money, responsibility, the power to organize and structure teams, natural career progression etc......but what is a deeper way of explaining this?

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27 Jun 2008, 08:08
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Ok, I am having some trouble outlining why hitting Senior Manager (within MC) is a long term goal. Of course there is the money, responsibility, the power to organize and structure teams, natural career progression etc......but what is a deeper way of explaining this?

The cash and societal standing.
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27 Jun 2008, 08:10
LOL, yeah Im sure that is what the adcoms want to hear!

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Ok, I am having some trouble outlining why hitting Senior Manager (within MC) is a long term goal. Of course there is the money, responsibility, the power to organize and structure teams, natural career progression etc......but what is a deeper way of explaining this?

The cash and societal standing.

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27 Jun 2008, 08:36
Truth is, hitting senior manager in consulting isn't going to be all that interesting to Adcom's no matter how you spin it.
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27 Jun 2008, 08:44
Im sure the adcoms understand that not everybody has a goal of becoming partner or starting their own firm....plus, they always say that they want realist goals. I bet they can see right through the smoke and mirrors of the people who say stuff like "My ultimate goal is to start a boutique consulting firm specializing in non-profits dealing with saving the manatee". I wont be dishonest with them. Dont they just want solid realistic goals?

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Truth is, hitting senior manager in consulting isn't going to be all that interesting to Adcom's no matter how you spin it.

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27 Jun 2008, 09:44
How is that not a realistic goal. If you plan on applying to an ultra-elite, you must have some sort of longterm goal that will demonstrate leadership. Remember, school's like HBS are trying to create leaders who will continue to raise the profile of the school and donate money. I think saying anything else that does not demonstrate future leadership after the MBA will significantly diminish your chances in getting into an ultra-elite. As well, you must remember that everyone who gets into these elite schools are fully capable of doing whatever they want after an MBA. So if you aspire to become a senior manager at a MC firm, go ahead and put it down. As long as your previous experiences make sense with your longterm goal.

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27 Jun 2008, 10:10
A related question..what is a good long-term goal for someone in investment banking. I know most of the folks leave IB to join a PE or HF, but for someone who does want to stay in banking, how do you spin it?

I currently say my long-term goal is a Managing Director position for the entire telecom/media industry (my past background is in telecom/media) for my company...is that realistic enough?

I have heard people say that your long-term goal should be a little out there.. what say?
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27 Jun 2008, 10:23
So if my goal is simply Senior Manager in MC working with emerging multinationals in manufacturing.....would I state that "Since I will already have had lots of experience helping to set the direction of emerging multi-national firms, I would like to use the knowledge I have gained to work with firms even lower down in their infancy stages and take my team along the route of designing newer and innovative models so companies in the poorer countries of Southeast Asia can compete against their larger/wealthier neighbors in manufacturing, without sacrificing the rights and benefits of their workers (more ethical and cost-efficient practices)" as a more specific reason of why I want the SM position since that is one reason why? Too specific?
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27 Jun 2008, 10:26
P.S. Part of my post-MBA goals is to pursue a position in East or Southeast Asia (relocation) so the context makes more sense to you guys
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27 Jun 2008, 21:20
TFN is right, senior manager at an MC firm is a very pedestrian goal for someone at a top school. Spend some time hanging out with people at these schools and you'll understand. If that's your goal, then put it down, but it really does little to demonstrate drive, creativity, leadership, or any of the things that Adcoms are trying to sniff out. You shoudl take every opportunity in your application to show that you have initiative and are thinking above and beyond.

For example, I'll try to answer sterny's question. If your short term goal is IB, your long term goal could be CFO at an action sports company if that interest you, or perhaps you'd like to raise a fund to invest in community development projects to help the mentally ill. If you like sports, maybe you can be a "cap-ologist" and work out sophisticated trades for an MBA team, or perhaps you could work to development new cross-board real estate investment vehicles. The possibilities are endless, but you need to use your brain a little.

Sure, not everybody can do this stuff, but you'd be amazed at how many people do amazing things. Top schools churn out consultants and bankers by the boatload every year, so like I mentioned before, it's not going to be very interesting for Adcoms. It's not going to kill your application, but it won't help you either. Like the OP listed in his original post money (grads from top schools will have plenty), responsibility (you can have responsibility now if you're capable, you don't need some consulting firm to give it to you), natural career progression (yawn...), you get the picture. Look at every part of the application as a tool to show you are inspired, driven, creative, involved and an all around fun person they would like to have around.
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