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Yale MBA Application Tips from Current Students  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Yale MBA Application Tips from Current Students
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Whether you plan to submit a Yale MBA application or apply elsewhere, we’ve got great advice to pass along.  Take a look at these tips from current Yale School of Management students. When asked what advice they would offer this year’s MBA hopefuls, here are a few of their best nuggets.

Research exhaustively 
Business school is a huge, expensive proposition. For that reason, conducting ample research to find out every detail you can about each school is vital.

“Try to get as many data points on schools as possible. The first step is research, research, research. Each business school has unique characteristics that make it stand out from the others. I found the ones that spoke to me and my interests and took a deeper dive on those. That meant getting on the phone with current students and still more online research. The next step was to actually interact with the schools—go to presentations, go to events, visit campuses, and connect with admissions.” – Rayan Mansour ’20

Prepare thoroughly
Create  a timeline that incorporates the schools to which you will apply and in what particular round. Working backward from this timeline should help you set goals in terms of GMAT preparation, essay writing, planning to attend events, etc.

“It may sound simple, but once you have a sense of what schools you will apply to, make sure to really understand all of the application requirements! MBA applicants are typically working full time and are generally busy people, and it will help you in the long run to know the nuances of each school’s application requirements. There are differences across schools, such as essay question prompts and required supplemental information. It gave me a lot of peace of mind to map everything out and avoid some last-minute surprises before submitting my applications.” – Rebecca Baehr ’20

It’s okay to ask for help
It can be hard to stay motivated when you are faced with so many competing responsibilities, both as an applicant and from the real world. Never underestimate the importance of having someone you can vent to who knows exactly what it feels like in your shoes.

A little nudge from your application buddy, and having a sense of support, community and accountability to another person in the MBA trenches, can go a long way toward keeping your motivation levels running high and your eye on the prize.

“Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Reach out to current students or recent alumni to hear about why they chose a certain school, reach out to friends and family for help revising your essays, set up a GMAT study plan with a friend. The application process can be challenging, and having a support network will make a world of a difference.” – Jordan Woll ’20

It’s a lot to absorb, but the sooner you hash out all of the details, the better prepared you’ll be to fine-tune your application and polish those essays. If you need guidance on your Yale MBA essays, we can help! Or, check out any of our SBC strategy guides to help you learn the secrets for creating standout application essays.

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Keep Impostor Syndrome in Check  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Keep Impostor Syndrome in Check
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This post originally appeared on the Blacklight, our new newsletter for professionals.
Do you often worry that any moment, a colleague, professor, or your boss will realize you are a total fraud? Sure, you’re accomplished and exude confidence on the outside. But secretly, you fear everyone will realize that you aren’t as smart, talented, or capable as they believe. If so, impostor syndrome is the likely culprit of those persistent self-doubts and fears. (This quiz will help settle the matter if you’re not sure.)

Clinical Psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes coined the term in 1978 to describe low expectations of successor a feeling of intellectual fraudulence. Guess who else suffers from I.S.? Michelle Obama. Howard Schultz. Lady Gaga. Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor. Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Tom Hanks. And…let’s just say it’s a long list and you’re in good company.

There are still days when I wake up feeling like a fraud,
not sure I should be where I am.—Sheryl Sandberg

In fact, 70 percent of people will experience impostor syndrome at some point in their career. Take a look around the room at your next meeting. Chances are, the majority of people sitting there also struggle with massive self-doubt. The next time you feel like a fake who’s about to be unmasked, try these three strategies to keep your impostor syndrome in check.

Own your successes
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Don’t shrug off wins such as landing a killer new job, promotion, or getting into a top-ranked grad school as mere luck. Nuh-uh. Hard work, determination, skills, and talent are the reasons for your success. That voice trying to convince you that every triumph you’ve ever had is due to some kind of accident is merely a distortion of reality. Mute that sucker and celebrate your accomplishments! You earned them and deserve to enjoy the results of your hard work.

Ditch the goal of perfection
Do you set unreasonably high goals for yourself? Not meeting them usually leads to frustration, disappointment, and thus “confirmation” that you really don’t measure up. And even if you do manage to meet that lofty goal, there’s still something you could have done better.

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Striving for perfection can adversely affect your career if you avoid challenges for fear you’ll make a mistake. Instead, set reasonable goals and accept when the result is “good enough.” To be clear, it’s not about aiming for mediocrity, notes Valerie Young, author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women. It’s about living in the real world.

“What it does mean is, with some obvious exceptions such as performing surgery or flying an airplane, not everything you do deserves 100 percent. It’s a matter of being selective about where you put your efforts and not wasting time fussing over routine tasks when an adequate effort is all that is required. If you get a chance to go back and make improvements later, great—if not, move on.”

Seek opinions from a trusted source
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If you doubt whether your accomplishments have come as a result of your own efforts, check in with others for impartial feedback. Ask a supervisor what they think of your job performance—their comments might be the wake-up call your doubting self needs. Now, we shouldn’t rely solely on external sources for validation. But hearing the unvarnished truth from a trusted friend or mentor can provide clarity. It can also help re-frame your distorted self-impression.

The next time impostor syndrome strikes, and you doubt whether you deserve a place at the table, remember that hard work, talent, and drive got you where you are today. As this affirming TedTalk points out,

“We may never be able to banish these feelings entirely, but we can have open conversations about academic or professional challenges. With increasing awareness of how common these experiences are, perhaps we can feel freer to be frank about our feelings and build confidence in some simple truths: you have talent, you are capable, and you belong.”

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INSEAD MBA Essays for 2019-2020  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: INSEAD MBA Essays for 2019-2020
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The INSEAD application for the September 2020 intake is now live. You’ll find the INSEAD MBA essays within the online application.  Once again, INSEAD asks applicants to answer a series of short-answer job description essays as well as motivation essays.

INSEAD MBA Essays for 2019-2020
Job Description Essays
The job questions are not essays. Hence, the number of words is not so important. People need to be comfortable writing 3 lines or 20. Some applicants work for companies that are well known and only 3 lines are sufficient to describe them; others work for small companies where it is more important to give the full picture.

Essay 1
Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/products and results achieved. (short answer)

Essay 2
What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company? (short answer)

Essay 3
Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. Describe your career path with the rationale behind your choices. (short answer)

Essay 4
Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with or without an MBA from INSEAD. (short answer)

Optional
If you are currently not working or if you plan to leave your current employer more than 2 months before the programme starts, please explain your activities and occupations between leaving your job and the start of the programme.

Motivation Essays
Essay 1
Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (approximately 500 words)

Essay 2
Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned. (approximately 400 words)

Essay 3
Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (approximately 300 words)

Optional
Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (approximately 300 words)

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Wondering how to get started on your INSEAD MBA essays? Check out this article with essay writing tips direct from the school’s admissions team. For more information on applying, visit the INSEAD MBA admissions website.

If you need guidance on your INSEAD MBA application, or wish to discuss your business school plans, don’t hesitate to reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help!

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Tuesday Tips: Cornell MBA Essays and Tips for 2019-2020  [#permalink]

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Are you targeting Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management? The MBA application is now live, so it’s time to tackle those Cornell MBA essays. Cornell Johnson is a flexible MBA program within an Ivy League campus. Consider for your Cornell MBA application that Cornell Johnson offers multiple full-time options. Some of the options include a one-year MBA, specialized executive programs, and the Cornell Tech MBA in Ithaca and NYC.

Whatever your goals and background, Cornell has a program that can help you achieve your goals. Johnson also works to integrate the MBA experience into the larger Cornell community and to leverage coursework at the other top-ranked graduate programs to provide more opportunity to Johnson students.

When approaching the Cornell MBA essays, set your application strategy before you start working. Then, identify the program at Cornell you are most interested in. Do some serious school research. This means research the faculty, coursework and career opportunities. Also, examine your background and goals to see what is most important to explain as part of your story.

In addition, inject a layer of personal background and experiences—what makes you truly unique. Finally, make sure you have solid academics, work experience and extracurriculars. These can be covered in your Cornell MBA essays, resume, or recommendations. If you identify any holes in your profile or story, take the time to fill them prior to starting your application. You can explain anything necessary in the optional essay.

To talk to Stacy Blackman Consulting about your Cornell MBA essays, contact us! Learn more about applying at the Cornell Johnson website.

Cornell MBA Essays and Tips
Goals Statement
Immediately post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) ____[Role]____ at ___[Company]___within___[Industry]___.

Targeted Job Role:

Target Job Company:

Industry:

In 5 – 10 years post-MBA, my goal is to work as a(n) ____[Role]____ at ___[Company]___within___[Industry]___.

Targeted Job Role:

Target Job Company:

Industry:

How has your experience prepared and encouraged you to pursue these goals?

This short answer question is a quick way to cover the relevant career goals questions for your Cornell MBA application. Make sure that your answers are clear and are consistent with your recommenders.

Once you have identified your industry, company, and role in both the short- and long-term, you can briefly answer how your past experiences have led you to your goals. Then, think about the pivotal moments in your career and how they have prepared you for the next step, or have helped to realize your passions.

Finally, pick a very brief example to cover here. In addition, you can use your resume and recommendations to showcase any other skills you need to accomplish your goals. You can explain more about your accomplishments and leadership in the Impact Essay.

Impact Essay
At Cornell, our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve. How do you intend to make an impact during the next several years of your education and/or career? (350 words maximum)
The Cornell Johnson admissions committee advises you to use this essay “to explore the intersection of engagement and community culture. Whether during the program or following graduation, our students and alumni share a desire to positively impact the organizations and communities they serve.”

The first step to answering this question is to do your research. Ideally you will have an opportunity to either visit Johnson or to attend an admissions event in your city. Or, as Johnson suggests, connect via phone or email. Another way to find a personal connection is to reach out friends, family and work colleagues to see if anyone knows a current or future member of the Johnson community.

As you prepare for conversations to learn more about Cornell Johnson, think about programs, extracurricular activities and the informal ways that students might interact. Johnson offers groups for interests ranging from cooking to ice hockey, and has professional clubs for every possible career path. Those formal groups, or connecting in a classroom or party, may be ways you make connections at Johnson. Showing that you know the school well is important for a successful Cornell MBA application.

Once you have identified opportunities to contribute to campus life at Johnson, ideally you support your story with evidence from your past experiences. For example, maybe you want to bring new speakers to the Johnson Marketing Association because you have contributed to your young professionals group at work. Explain that you have successfully organized events featuring major speakers for a large group of people, and can bring that skill to create impact for your peers at Johnson.

Back of Your Resume Essay
The front page of your resume has given us a sense of your professional experience and accomplishments as well as your academic summary and extracurricular involvement. If the back page reflects “the rest of your story,” please help us get to know you better by sharing ONE example of a life experience, achievement, or passion that will give us a sense of who you are as a potential community member.
Of all the Cornell MBA essays, this one will show the admissions committee who you are on a personal level. Think about highlighting areas you may not have been able to touch on in the previous essays. Consider an example that demonstrates your unique personal attributes. Another idea might be to focus on community involvement. For example, if you have a consistent theme of involvement in a charity or activity, this is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate why you became involved and what you have done over the years.

As the Admissions Committee suggests: “We encourage you to think about your proudest accomplishments, interests and passions, and personal highlights that will help us to get to know you as a person and potential community member. We value creativity and authenticity and encourage you to approach this essay with your unique style.“

This essay can be written as a 500-word essay, or delivered in one of the alternative submission formats: a slide presentation, links to pre-existing media (personal website, digital portfolio, YouTube, etc.), or visually enhanced written submissions.

If you use an alternative format, you should tailor the format you use to the message you want to send. For example, if you discuss your involvement in a cultural activity a YouTube video would be a good way to show that experience.

Or, if you have a start-up idea you may want to showcase it on a website or through a slide presentation. Don’t be too distracted by format, though. While a creative format might impress the admissions committee, substance is the most important part of the essay.

Optional Essay
You may use this essay to call attention to items needing clarification and to add additional details to any aspects of your application that do not accurately reflect your potential for success at Johnson (350 words maximum).
If you are reapplying for admission, please use this essay to indicate how you have strengthened your application and candidacy since the last time you applied for admission. Please also review our Admissions Policy for additional information about re-applying (350 words maximum).
This optional essay allows for either an explanation of any weaknesses in your application, or additional information. Your issue could be a poor GPA or GMAT. Or you might have concerns with your undergraduate record. Possibly you were unable to provide a recommendation from a current supervisor. If any of those issues exist, this is the place to give the background.

Briefly describe the situation and what may have contributed to the issue (illness, family difficulties, etc.). Make sure you don’t editorialize—facts only. Focus the balance of your essay on looking forward. What have you done in the recent past to demonstrate your skills and intelligence?

For re-applicants, this is the place to explain what you have done since your last application. Make sure to strengthen your case for admission. If you have a new GMAT score or took classes in calculus or statistics, you have a solid case for improved academics. A promotion could signal career development and leadership.

Even if you don’t have a clear-cut update to describe, use this space to explain how you have improved your career goals or fit with Cornell.

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Tuesday Tips: Tuck MBA Essays and Tips for 2019-2020  [#permalink]

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Tuesday Tips: Tuck MBA Essays and Tips for 2019-2020
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The Tuck MBA essays are out, and we have the latest tips for you! The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth has a small student body and a rural location, combined with world-class faculty and academic focus. The admissions committee has spent considerable time developing a clear set of criteria for admissions. Through their Tuck MBA essays, successful applicants will show they are: smart, nice, accomplished and aware.

The essays map directly to aware and nice, explained Luke Anthony Peña, executive director of admissions and financial aid at the Tuck School, in an announcement last year about the changes.

The admissions committee expects that the other two criteria—smart and accomplished—will be covered elsewhere in the application. This year, he said: “We have been pleased with the quality and caliber of aspiring wise leaders for whom all four of the criteria have resonated.”

Stacy Blackman Consulting can help you put together successful Tuck MBA essays. Contact us to learn more about the customized assistance we can provide for you. To learn more about the Tuck MBA application, visit the Tuck MBA admissions website.

Tuck MBA Essays
Essay One: Tuck students can articulate how the distinctive Tuck MBA will advance their aspirations. Why are you pursuing an MBA and why Tuck? (300 words)
Being aware is one of the four criteria for successful Tuck MBA essays. To show awareness in this essay, spend some time considering your goals. Also, think about why you think an MBA is the right choice. Finally, consider why Tuck is the right place for you.

Once you have decided upon your goals, you must articulate them in this essay. Make sure you have done research on Tuck. Use your research to show why Tuck is the right place for your next step. Being aware also means seeing the opportunities available at Tuck. To make goals that are appropriate for you, considering your background and MBA, also shows you are aware.

Essay Two: Tuck students recognize how their individuality adds to the fabric of Tuck. Tell us who you are. (300 words)
Make sure you have spent time learning about Tuck and why you think you are a fit with the community. This essay will show that you are aware of your own individuality. Also, that you understand how you interact with others. And, by reaching out to current students and alumni, you will learn more about the Tuck experience. That will help you better understand how you fit in at Tuck, and write better Tuck MBA  essays.

Once you understand Tuck, think about the experiences that have shaped you. This essay is an ideal place to talk about some of your past experiences. For example, what you have experienced in various communities and what you have contributed or learned.

If you are struggling to come up with a topic to discuss, talk to your friends and family about any stories that remind them of your unique personality and how you interact with others. Sometimes talking with the people who know you the best can aid your self-awareness.

Essay Three: Tuck students invest generously in one another’s success even when it is not convenient or easy. Share an example of how you helped someone else succeed. (300 words)
Tuck is a team-oriented culture. It’s important to be a nice person who wants to help others. This essay can show your personality and teamwork skills. Think about times that you invested in another person’s success even when inconvenient. Maybe you helped a competitor at work. Or, someone who was not in a position to help you. It’s easy to be nice in a low-stakes environment. It is hard to be nice when it doesn’t personally benefit you.

Think about your behavior in a team. Do you help your teammates understand issues or argue with them? How do you resolve conflict? When have you helped someone when it was not noticed or required? Choose a time when you have truly been a nice and helpful teammate and then explain the situation, what you did, and the result.

If there were any lessons learned that you have applied since then, describe those lessons.

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After receiving rejections from six top schools, successful reapplicant Ed Redden won acceptances to both Harvard and Stanford’s MBA programs.

Everyone hates rejection. But when it comes in the form of a ding from your dream business school, the disappointment is amplified. You’re already emotionally drained from the application experience, out hundreds or even thousands of dollars in MBA application fees, travel expenses to visit the schools, or wardrobe updates to impress your MBA interviewers. For many rejected MBA candidates, having to wait another year to start business school feels like pure agony.

Where did I go wrong?

What could I have done differently?

What does the admissions committee really want from applicants?

These questions plague dinged candidates each season. Unfortunately, the schools rarely convey exactly what caused your application to land in the denied pile.

When we met Ed Redden last year, he had submitted six failed applications. But the rejections from Harvard and Stanford GSB in particular made him question whether he should even try to apply again.

Yet, he was a compelling candidate. He graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Notre Dame University in 2013. Redden has spent the past five years working for General Electric Co. in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility. He leads a group of more than 55 employees across five manufacturing product lines for GE.

Doubts About Reapplying
“There was a lot of self-doubt and questioning about what my future would be,” he admits. “Should I re-apply or focus on the career I already had going? I knew I didn’t put my best application forward, but was it worth it to try again? Did I even have a chance as a reapplicant, or had I blown my chance?”

Many applicants face this crossroads—whether to forgo business school completely and focus on their current career path—at the end of an unsuccessful admissions cycle. No one can answer that question but you. However, the important takeaway is that one failed attempt does not mean you’ve blown your chance forever.

“During my first round of applications I remember feeling very confused about what it was the adcom was looking for in a good candidate,” Redden explains. “It often felt like admissions was a black box and I was hopelessly trying to crack the code. I knew deep inside that I was a good candidate for top MBA programs and had great experiences that would add value to the classroom. I just needed help telling my story.”

3 Common Mistakes in MBA Applications
Without direct feedback from the admissions committee, you must do some sleuthing yourself to determine what your weaknesses were. After a complete review, we uncovered three common mistakes Redden made during his first time applying. These issues likely hindered his chances at these top MBA programs.

A successful reapplicant must put in a lot of time and energy. Candidates must really do their homework about the schools they have targeted. You need to create compelling essays that convince the adcom how a particular program will help you reach your career goals. Essays should also provide a window into how you will contribute to the school as a student and eventual alumni.

Work and personal factors caused Redden to rush his applications.  That translated into a generic approach, rather than focusing on each school and tailoring the application to speak to that program’s unique culture and values. The third and most consequential weakness, we realized, was with his recommenders. “I didn’t give my recommenders much direction or background,” he admits. “They were not familiar with the MBA application process and had never written a letter of recommendation like that before.”

Guiding Your MBA Recommenders
To remedy this issue when he reapplied, we suggested Redden create a “recommender package.” This offers helpful instruction on both process and content. Provide your recommenders with a list of your strengths and characteristics that you plan to highlight in the application. Since many schools ask recommenders about your weaknesses or areas of development, give the recommender a growth area for you as well as examples of how you’re working on it.

Then the recommender can speak to your maturity and awareness, showing schools you intend to hit the ground running and improve through their program. You want to make it as easy as possible for them to write glowing letters. That way, a recommender package is a win-win for all. Don’t leave it to your recommender to remember everything you’ve ever done, and definitely don’t leave this process to chance. Your recommenders will appreciate your assistance and thoroughness. This simple step can turn you into a successful reapplicant next time.

Redden says he devoted much more time and attention to his recommenders during the re-application process.

“I chose each recommender for specific and different reasons and worked with them as opposed to throwing it over the fence and simply hoping they wrote a good letter.  I was intentional on what aspects of our relationship I wanted them to focus on and what achievements or experiences I wanted them to highlight. The letter they wrote was fully their own but it was much better aligned with my overall SBC strategy as a re-applicant,” he notes.

GMAT Score and Career Goals
Although his career path and goals, and GMAT score, didn’t change from one application cycle to the next, Redden says he adapted a much more honest and authentic approach to the essays. He also had better structure that reflected a strategic focus the second time around.

“Through conversations with my consultant and a lot of self-reflection, I came to better understand what unique experiences and perspectives I brought to the table, how that would best resonate with each school, and how best to highlight that in my application,” he explains.

On the surface, many applicants to elite MBA programs share similar backgrounds and traits. Ambitious, driven, and accomplished, they  have strong academic records and impressive test scores. But just because candidates share these characteristics doesn’t mean their MBA application essays have to beat the same drum.

When brainstorming stories from your background to share in your MBA essays, you should absolutely include some traditional work stuff. But also think about family, friendships, languages, interests, passions, and dreams. These categories aren’t “business-y,” but do reveal character traits you want to emphasize.

Why an MBA Resume Matters
Redden also created a better, stronger resume tailored specifically for his applications. Your resume should signal to the admissions team what sort of work stories you’d talk about in class. In addition, the resume should preview some “lessons learned” from either your professional or community-service experiences.

Adcom members have often told us that the resume is just as important as the essays. The extra work you put into revising it could make the difference between a ding and an interview offer. To pick up some tips for your own resume, check out our resume guide here.

About his final decision, he says,  “I could not make a ‘wrong’ choice, and would have loved to attend either school (or both if I could!). After a lot of self-reflection it came down to who I wanted to be and the type of leader I wanted to become. Both schools would strengthen and develop different aspects of my leadership ability and it was ultimately a personal decision about what school I believed to be the right fit for me.” This successful reapplicant chose Stanford, and started its MBA program last fall.

We are grateful to Ed for placing his trust in SBC and for agreeing to share his story. We hope you feel inspired to shoot for the stars—even if you have failed. It doesn’t take a perfect 4.0 or an 800 test score to become a successful reapplicant. You don’t need to manage a team of 40 people. However, you do need focus, resilience and the proper strategy.

This article originally published in July 2018 on Poets & Quants. It has been updated.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: MBA Reapplicant Success Story: From 24 Apps, 19 Dings to 1st in Class at Emory
We have an inspirational MBA reapplicant success story to share with you today! “I wrote 24 applications over two years and was turned down nineteen times in a row before anyone said yes. All said-and-done, I received only two ‘yeses.’  Hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars I spent trying to get in, and was rejected over and over,” shares Ed Luggen.

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Perseverance paid off for MBA reapplicant Ed Luggen.

When Luggen signed on us in 2015, he had received more rejections than almost anyone we had ever worked with. The fact that he wanted to persevere was a true testament to his character, his resilience, drive and problem-solving abilities.

In 2018, Luggen received his MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School, graduating #1 in the class. He was on the dean’s list for four semesters at Goizueta, receiving the most outstanding academic achievement award. Before going to Emory, Luggen was an associate attorney at Kurtz & Blum in the Raleigh-Durham area for just over three years.

He graduated summa cum laude with his law degree from Michigan State University in 2012. Luggen earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Miami University. He did his MBA internship at Ford Motor Co. in global strategy. Luggen then  started a career with The Boston Consulting Group in July 2018.

This accomplishment was a test of character. Throughout his long journey, Luggen leveraged the challenges he faced and the wisdom he acquired through the admissions cycles to gain an admit to Emory GBS. This, despite his low undergrad GPA and a career that MBA admissions likely viewed as unfocused.

Within his story are five lessons that any MBA reapplicant—and first-time applicants—can benefit from.

#1 Embrace being the underdog
Ed’s success should serve as an engaging example for those who have had difficult setbacks and imperfect academic statistics.  He offers the following advice to others in this underdog category.

“It’s going to be tougher for you than it will be for many other applicants and future classmates.  You are going to have to work harder to get admitted. Know your story and how to tell it in a compelling fashion. Spend more time networking to create opportunities,” he counsels.

With our help, Ed learned to embrace his shortcomings rather than trying to hide them. He learned to reveal the character created by his hardship and shortcomings.  MBA admissions officers know that struggle builds character.  Ed advises, “If you can turn your weakness into a strength, show the toughness your life has instilled in you, exercise the determination that’s gotten you this far, and package it in a polished and compelling story, you will find a school and a company that value you.”

#2 Don’t let adversity trip you up
“The biggest challenge in the application process was finding a school that would believe in me and my potential. That, and staying resolved in the face of rejection,” shares Luggen.  Ed knew he was good enough and stuck with it using the strategy developed with the Stacy Blackman Consulting team.

“I see now that it was a necessary process that landed me exactly where I should have been: at a school that appreciated my strengths and cared for my success.  Emory GBS was the perfect place for me, and my early struggles made me appreciate the school and the opportunities it brought me all the more.  Goizueta believed in me, and two years later I graduated first in my class.” Developing resilience is incredibly important during the MBA process, but it’s also essential in life. To be successful, you need to learn how to bounce back and try again.

#3 One size doesn’t fit all
The MBA is not a one-size-fits-all degree. In reality, not every business school is equipped to help every person reach his or her unique professional goals.  After his experience at Goizueta with peers he described as “remarkable, yet down-to-earth,” Luggen advises future students to carefully consider student culture and community.

Ed shares, “Building a network of former classmates who will answer when you call and alumni who will go out of their way for you because they know where you’ve come from and the character your shared experience has built, that’s what it’s really about.”

Find an MBA program that appreciates what you have to offer, as it will be better suited to helping you achieve your unique professional aspirations. “I’ve left GBS feeling like I grew as a person and belonged to something very special.  Every student there was impressive in some way or another, and it was rewarding to get to know them as people and learn their strengths. You can take basic corporate finance anywhere, but leaving school feeling like you’ve been enriched in all facets of your life is a priceless benefit.” Also, Luggen adds, “GBS’s career opportunities well outpaced its position in the rankings.”

#4 The MBA reapplicant must be laser focused
Nothing beats hard work and defined goals.  As Luggen says, “Many pursue an MBA… because it seems like a good next step in their life process; a foregone conclusion. But the people who really succeed both in their recruiting and academically know what they want and what they’re working toward. Knowing what you want will likely help you craft the story you tell to the MBA admissions committee, to recruiters, to contacts, and to classmates.  People love stories, and particularly they like good stories.  The ability to tell a good story about yourself and why you have chosen your goals help in many ways.”

#5 Stay tough and enlist the support you need
“My other advice is to stay tough,” says Luggen. After so many rejections, he could have given up, but he regrouped, and tried again with a different approach. When it came to recruiting, he similarly had to keep the faith.

“We had a few rock-star students who seemed to get every interview they applied for. But the majority of us would get dinged for reasons unknown, walking out of an interview thinking it went great.  We get declined for a first-round interview without explanation, even though we think ourselves a good fit.  We get to the final decision round and go home empty-handed on the same flight as our cheering classmates thinking ‘why them instead of me?’ That’s the life, though. Embrace it, keep faith in yourself, and let it make you stronger.”

We so appreciate MBA reapplicant Ed for placing his trust in SBC. We know many of you will feel as inspired by Ed’s journey as we have been!

Ed’s journey first appeared on the SBC blog and as a guest post for Poets & Quants in August 2018. It has been updated.

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Are you interested in the MBA program at Carnegie Mellon University’sTepper School of Business? Then check out these Tepper MBA essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season!

Tepper MBA Essays for 2019-2020
Required Essay
At Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School, we love to tell our story. Below is your chance to tell yours. Please select only ONE of the options below to complete the essay requirement (maximum 300–350 words).
Option #1: Carnegie Mellon University is an institution that never stops looking and moving ahead, pioneering the next way forward with technology, business, and research to answer questions big and small. Personally or professionally, in what way have you been a pioneer?

Option #2: Amidst the ambiguous and unchartered nature of change, Carnegie Mellon University students and alumni rise above to envision and create. Discuss how you have anticipated change in your professional life. In what ways did you effectively collaborate to create your desired outcome?

Option #3: At Carnegie Mellon University, our difference is what we imagine for the world and how we answer its challenges. What impact have you had on the world around you?

Optional Essay
There also is an optional essay for additional information about your candidacy that you may wish to share with the admissions committee.

Use this essay to convey important information that you may not have otherwise been able to convey. This may include unexplained resume gaps, context for recommender selection, etc.

If you are a re-applicant, explain how your candidacy has strengthened since your last application.

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If you need guidance with your Tepper MBA essays, don’t hesitate to contact us! For more information about applying to CMU Tepper, please visit the Tepper MBA admissions website.

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Are you interested in Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business? Then get out your calendar, because the Georgetown MBA deadlines for the 2019-2020 admissions season have been announced!

Georgetown MBA Deadlines 2019-2020
Round 1
Application due: September 30, 2019

Decision released: December 13, 2019

Round 2*
Application due: January 6, 2020

Decision released: March 19, 2020

Round 3
Application due: March 24, 2020

Decision released: May 1, 2020

Round 4
Application due: April 27, 2020

Decision released: May 27, 2020

*Priority scholarship consideration deadline for all applicants. International students are also encouraged to apply by this round to allow sufficient time to secure a student visa.

All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on the deadline day.

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The 2019-2020 application is now open. For more information on applying, please visit the Georgetown MBA admissions website. If you need guidance on your Georgetown MBA application, or wish to discuss your MBA plans, reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help!

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Is the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University on your short list of target MBA programs? Then get ready, because the Georgetown MBA essays have been confirmed for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle.

Georgetown MBA Essays 2019-2020
Notes from the school:
We want to hear your story. When responding to our required essays, be authentic and take time to reflect on your goals and past experiences. Craft a response that explains how these experiences led you to pursue an MBA.

Our goal at Georgetown McDonough is to craft a diverse class with people who have had varying personal and professional life experiences. As such, we want to give our applicants the opportunity to select one essay (from a list of three) that allows them the ability to best highlight their experiences, characteristics, and values that showcase the value proposition that they can bring to the McDonough community. Please select one of the following three essays to complete in 500 words or less and include the essay prompt and your first/last name at the top of your submission.

Essay Option One
 It can be said that life begins outside your comfort zone. Describe a situation when you were asked to lead outside of your comfort zone. What leadership characteristics did you exemplify in this situation that allowed you to succeed?

Essay Option Two
“Failure is not something to be ashamed of, it’s something to be POWERED by. Failure is the high-octane fuel your life can run on. You’ve got to learn to make failure your fuel.” -Abby Wambach.

Describe a situation when failure has been your fuel. What was your failure (or when did you not succeed to your full potential), and how did you use this as motivation to move forward and be successful in a future situation?

Essay Option Three 
Think of the business leader or role model you admire or aspire to be. What are the defining characteristics of their personal brand that you see in yourself, why would you highlight those qualities, and how will those characteristics enrich the community at McDonough?

Video Essay
We ask that you introduce yourself to your cohort in one minute or less. The Admissions Committee would like for you to appear in person during part of your video, and we strongly encourage you to speak outside of the experiences we can read on your resume. Use this video as an opportunity to bring life to your application. For more instructions, view our Video Essay Guide.

  • You may use your phone, computer, or other means to record the video, but please ensure all audio and visual components are clear. We recommend a well-lit room and minimal noise distraction.
  • Upload your video to an accessible website (such as Youtube, Vimeo, Youku, or Tudou), and submit the direct video URL into your online application.
  • Please note that all videos must remain active and accessible to the admissions committee online for a minimum of five years for record retention purposes.
  • For your privacy: Do not include your name in the title of your video. You may submit “unlisted” videos via Youtube or password protected videos through Vimeo. If using a password, please include immediately after your link in the text box below. [Ex: www.youtube.com/123, password: Hoyas]
Optional Essay
Please provide any information you would like to add to your application that you have not otherwise included. (500 words or fewer)

Re-Applicant Essay
Required for re-applicants. How have you strengthened your candidacy since your last application? We are particularly interested in hearing about how you have grown professionally and personally. (500 words or fewer)

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The 2019-2020 application is now open. For more information on applying, please visit the Georgetown MBA admissions website. If you need guidance on your Georgetown MBA essays, or wish to discuss your MBA plans, reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help!

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Are you interested in earning an MBA at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management? Then get out your calendar, because the UCLA MBA deadlines for the 2019-2020 admissions season have been announced!

UCLA MBA Deadlines 2019-2020
Round 1
Application due: October 2, 2019

Decision released: December 18, 2019

Round 2
Application due: January 8, 2020

Decision released: March 26, 2020

Round 3
Application due: April 16, 2020

Decision released: May 21, 2020

The 2019-2020 application goes live on August 1. For more information on applying, please visit the UCLA Anderson MBA admissions website. If you need guidance on your UCLA MBA application, or wish to discuss your MBA plans, reach out for a complimentary analysis of your candidacy. We’re here to help!

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If the UCLA Anderson School of Management is on your shortlist of target MBA programs, the wait to apply is almost over. The application goes live on August 1st, but you can check out the UCLA MBA application essays for the 2019-2020 season right now.

For the 2019–2020 application year, first-time applicants must respond to the short answer questions (2) and one essay question. Reapplicants are required to respond to the reapplicant essay question.

UCLA MBA Application Essays for 2019-2020
New Applicants
a) Tell us about your MBA goals AND why you are applying to UCLA Anderson now:

  • Describe your short term and long term goals (150 words maximum)
  • Why is UCLA Anderson a good school for you? (150 words maximum)
b) At Anderson, we believe our students are engaged, courageous, humble, and open. Describe a time when you demonstrated one of these traits in your personal life. (250 words maximum)

c) Optional: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions committee should be aware. (250 words maximum)

Reapplicants
(For applicants who applied for the MBA program in the previous two application years. If you applied three years or more prior, please answer the “New Applicant” questions.)

a) Please describe your career progress since you last applied and how you have enhanced your candidacy. Include information on short-term and long-term career goals, as well as your continued interest in UCLA Anderson. (500 words maximum)

b) Optional: Are there any extenuating circumstances in your profile about which the Admissions Committee should be aware? Please use your best judgment. (250 words maximum)

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“The business school for the world,” INSEAD MBA, is a top ranked program. INSEAD MBA attracts a diverse and international group of students. The INSEAD MBA program is only 12-months and provides multiple campuses and practical business experience.

Also, INSEAD MBA has an active exchange program with Wharton in the US and campuses in France, Abu Dhabi and Singapore. As a result, INSEAD provides further options for student experiences.

The INSEAD MBA admissions team advises all applications to be original, focus on the details, and be specific about work experience. Visit the INSEAD MBA website for more essay tips. And for more research on INSEAD, see the INSEAD admissions overview for detailed information on INSEAD.

Contact Stacy Blackman Consulting for more help with your INSEAD application, and a free evaluation of your candidacy.

Job Description Essays
The job questions are not essays. Hence, the number of words is not so important. People need to be comfortable writing 3 lines or 20. Some applicants work for companies that are well known and only 3 lines are sufficient to describe them; others work for small companies where it is more important to give the full picture.
All of the job essays are short answer, and INSEAD advises they can be answered in as little as one line. Or, they can be answered in as much as twenty lines. You could think of the entire set of essays as one narrative. First, you start with your current job, then discuss what you would do next in your role. Then, discuss your background. Finally, end with a brief explanation of your goals and where an MBA fits.

Make sure you are efficient with your space and answer the questions directly. INSEAD MBA admissions is not looking for extensive explanation. There is no need for background beyond the questions answered.

Essay 1
Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/products and results achieved. (short answer)
This question focuses on your current (or most recent) work situation. Providing relevant context for your current role is appropriate. However, make sure you are devoting most of the space to describing the details of your day-to-day responsibilities. If you have less experience supervising others or managing a budget, use the space for key responsibilities and results.

Essay 2
What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company? (short answer)
If your boss has already talked to you about the next step this is an easy question to answer. If you have not explicitly discussed promotion at work, what would be the next role you would ideally pursue?

Maybe you are pursuing an MBA because you want to make a career change or because the next step at your current company is undesirable for other reasons. If so, this may be a place to describe what that next step would be. Also, consider why you do not wish to pursue that next step.

Essay 3
Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. Describe your career path with the rationale behind your choices. (short answer)
Even if you have a fairly straightforward career path you can take the opportunity to comment on some of the learnings from each position. Use those learnings to create the story of your past, present and future plans to build your career narrative. This should be a short answer like the others. As a result, you should focus only on the moves you have made in your career and the reasons behind them.

Essay 4
Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with or without an MBA from INSEAD. (short answer)
Typically, a top-tier program like INSEAD is an accelerator for your career. The INSEAD MBA program can introduce you to a broader network than you would otherwise have. INSEAD will expand your skillset into new functional areas, and expose you to people from around the world.

Think about how you plan to use your INSEAD MBA to advance your current career (or change paths entirely). If you did not attend INSEAD, how would you achieve your goals otherwise? Think of this short answer essay as a thought experiment to show that you can plan two routes to one goal.

Optional
If you are currently not working or if you plan to leave your current employer more than 2 months before the programme starts, please explain your activities and occupations between leaving your job and the start of the programme.
If you are not employed at the moment, you will want to answer this question. Use the space to show how you are spending your time without full-time employment. Ideally, you are currently involved in an activity that is going to further your career. If not, you are pursuing personal goals at this time. The best answer shows you are self-motivated and do not need paid work to continue developing yourself.

For example, perhaps you are volunteering in a non-profit that is related to your career goals. Maybe you are working with a friend on a start-up. Or you are consulting and building contacts in your industry.

Maybe you are out of work only briefly, or planning to take just a few months off before school starts. If so, it’s reasonable to pursue travel or other activities. Focus on areas that develop your international awareness and perspective. However, make sure that your activities can tie back to your long-term goals.

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Motivation Essays
Essay 1
Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (approximately 500 words)
Strengths and weaknesses are a common topic for MBA applications. The purpose of a question about strengths and weaknesses is to evaluate your level of maturity and self-awareness. This is an opportunity to highlight leadership, teamwork or other qualities that will drive your future career success.

Examples aren’t explicitly required, but consider that INSEAD MBA admissions is reading a lot of essays. Concrete examples can help you stand out. When describing weaknesses, focus on those weaknesses that you have taken tangible steps to fix. Or, that have been a route to learning more about yourself. Often strengths and weaknesses are two sides of the same coin. Sometimes you can tie your key weaknesses to your key strengths.

It is difficult to write about weaknesses without sounding either overly self-deprecating, or as if you are humble-bragging. Therefore, this is an important essay to share with others to seek feedback on tone.

Essay 2
Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned. (approximately 400 words)
This essay is an opportunity to showcase one of your most important achievements. Impressive achievements that stand on their own are great fuel for this essay. It is equally important to explain why these accomplishments are valuable to you. If you concisely explain the accomplishment, then provide the background for your personal pride.

The flip side of achievement is failure, and INSEAD wants to understand how you view both. When approaching any failure essay it’s important to use a real failure that has emotional resonance for you. An accomplishment framed as a failure will be easy to see through. Use a real failure to demonstrate your maturity and ability to grow. If you can explain how you changed as a result of the failure, that is excellent.

The third part of the essay deals with how these experiences impacted your relationships and what you learned. Whether you were part of a team or the main impact was on a loved one, this part of the essay is about how other people felt.

Most obviously, a success likely led to happiness from a team or a manager, while a failure was disappointing. However, your particular achievement or failure could have led to a learning experience for your team. Or, an opportunity opened up for someone else. Possibly it was a chance for you to be closer to another person through a team challenge. Think creatively about this aspect.

Essay 3
Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (approximately 300 words)
Nothing is more personal than what you choose to do outside of school or work. What are the most meaningful pursuits you have spent your time on? You should both describe the main interests you have outside of your professional pursuits and explain why they are meaningful to you and why you spend time on them.

Ideally, you can also explain how you will continue your involvement while at INSEAD and cite some specific clubs or groups where you see your interests contributing to the community.

Optional
Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (approximately 300 words)
This essay is 300 words you can use for anything you would like to cover. Think of topics that couldn’t work into the rest of your application. Because INSEAD MBA’s questions are thorough you may have covered all aspects of your candidacy. Also, make sure you covered personal qualities also. If you did cover everything, you can feel comfortable skipping this question (it IS optional).

However, this might be a good place to describe an interesting hobby or key accomplishment. If so, it may be appropriate to tell that story in this essay.

It is far better to fully explain any issues in your application. You do not want to leave the INSEAD MBA admissions committee to guess what happened. If you have any issues like a low GPA or a failing grade in college, this is the place to cover it. Explain your issue clearly and focus most of the essay on the correction for the issue.

For example, if you had a disciplinary issue in college. First, spend most of the essay demonstrating that you learned from the experience. Then, show you have been an ideal citizen ever since. Finally, avoid blame, and show that this incident is in your past and will stay there.

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INSEAD, “the business school for the world,” is a top ranked program. The INSEAD MBA attracts a diverse and international group of students. The INSEAD MBA program is only 12-months and provides multiple campuses and practical business experience.

Also, INSEAD MBA has an active exchange program with Wharton in the US and campuses in France, Abu Dhabi and Singapore. As a result, INSEAD provides further options for student experiences.

The INSEAD MBA admissions team advises all applications to be original, focus on the details, and be specific about work experience. Visit the INSEAD MBA website for more essay tips. And for more research on INSEAD, see the INSEAD admissions overview for detailed information on INSEAD.

Contact Stacy Blackman Consulting for more help with your INSEAD application, and a free evaluation of your candidacy.

Job Description Essays
The job questions are not essays. Hence, the number of words is not so important. People need to be comfortable writing 3 lines or 20. Some applicants work for companies that are well known and only 3 lines are sufficient to describe them; others work for small companies where it is more important to give the full picture.
All of the job essays are short answer, and INSEAD advises they can be answered in as little as one line. Or, they can be answered in as much as twenty lines. You could think of the entire set of essays as one narrative. First, you start with your current job, then discuss what you would do next in your role. Then, discuss your background. Finally, end with a brief explanation of your goals and where an MBA fits.

Make sure you are efficient with your space and answer the questions directly. INSEAD MBA admissions is not looking for extensive explanation. There is no need for background beyond the questions answered.

Essay 1
Briefly summarise your current (or most recent) job, including the nature of work, major responsibilities, and where relevant, employees under your supervision, size of budget, clients/products and results achieved. (short answer)
This question focuses on your current (or most recent) work situation. Providing relevant context for your current role is appropriate. However, make sure you are devoting most of the space to describing the details of your day-to-day responsibilities. If you have less experience supervising others or managing a budget, use the space for key responsibilities and results.

Essay 2
What would be your next step in terms of position if you were to remain in the same company? (short answer)
If your boss has already talked to you about the next step this is an easy question to answer. If you have not explicitly discussed promotion at work, what would be the next role you would ideally pursue?

Maybe you are pursuing an MBA because you want to make a career change or because the next step at your current company is undesirable for other reasons. If so, this may be a place to describe what that next step would be. Also, consider why you do not wish to pursue that next step.

Essay 3
Please give a full description of your career since graduating from university. Describe your career path with the rationale behind your choices. (short answer)
Even if you have a fairly straightforward career path you can take the opportunity to comment on some of the learnings from each position. Use those learnings to create the story of your past, present and future plans to build your career narrative. This should be a short answer like the others. As a result, you should focus only on the moves you have made in your career and the reasons behind them.

Essay 4
Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with or without an MBA from INSEAD. (short answer)
Typically, a top-tier program like INSEAD is an accelerator for your career. The INSEAD MBA program can introduce you to a broader network than you would otherwise have. INSEAD will expand your skillset into new functional areas, and expose you to people from around the world.

Think about how you plan to use your INSEAD MBA to advance your current career (or change paths entirely). If you did not attend INSEAD, how would you achieve your goals otherwise? Think of this short answer essay as a thought experiment to show that you can plan two routes to one goal.

Optional
If you are currently not working or if you plan to leave your current employer more than 2 months before the programme starts, please explain your activities and occupations between leaving your job and the start of the programme.
If you are not employed at the moment, you will want to answer this question. Use the space to show how you are spending your time without full-time employment. Ideally, you are currently involved in an activity that is going to further your career. If not, you are pursuing personal goals at this time. The best answer shows you are self-motivated and do not need paid work to continue developing yourself.

For example, perhaps you are volunteering in a non-profit that is related to your career goals. Maybe you are working with a friend on a start-up. Or you are consulting and building contacts in your industry.

Maybe you are out of work only briefly, or planning to take just a few months off before school starts. If so, it’s reasonable to pursue travel or other activities. Focus on areas that develop your international awareness and perspective. However, make sure that your activities can tie back to your long-term goals.

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Motivation Essays
Essay 1
Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (approximately 500 words)
Strengths and weaknesses are a common topic for MBA applications. The purpose of a question about strengths and weaknesses is to evaluate your level of maturity and self-awareness. This is an opportunity to highlight leadership, teamwork or other qualities that will drive your future career success.

Examples aren’t explicitly required, but consider that INSEAD MBA admissions is reading a lot of essays. Concrete examples can help you stand out. When describing weaknesses, focus on those weaknesses that you have taken tangible steps to fix. Or, that have been a route to learning more about yourself. Often strengths and weaknesses are two sides of the same coin. Sometimes you can tie your key weaknesses to your key strengths.

It is difficult to write about weaknesses without sounding either overly self-deprecating, or as if you are humble-bragging. Therefore, this is an important essay to share with others to seek feedback on tone.

Essay 2
Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned. (approximately 400 words)
This essay is an opportunity to showcase one of your most important achievements. Impressive achievements that stand on their own are great fuel for this essay. It is equally important to explain why these accomplishments are valuable to you. If you concisely explain the accomplishment, then provide the background for your personal pride.

The flip side of achievement is failure, and INSEAD wants to understand how you view both. When approaching any failure essay it’s important to use a real failure that has emotional resonance for you. An accomplishment framed as a failure will be easy to see through. Use a real failure to demonstrate your maturity and ability to grow. If you can explain how you changed as a result of the failure, that is excellent.

The third part of the essay deals with how these experiences impacted your relationships and what you learned. Whether you were part of a team or the main impact was on a loved one, this part of the essay is about how other people felt.

Most obviously, a success likely led to happiness from a team or a manager, while a failure was disappointing. However, your particular achievement or failure could have led to a learning experience for your team. Or, an opportunity opened up for someone else. Possibly it was a chance for you to be closer to another person through a team challenge. Think creatively about this aspect.

Essay 3
Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (approximately 300 words)
Nothing is more personal than what you choose to do outside of school or work. What are the most meaningful pursuits you have spent your time on? You should both describe the main interests you have outside of your professional pursuits and explain why they are meaningful to you and why you spend time on them.

Ideally, you can also explain how you will continue your involvement while at INSEAD and cite some specific clubs or groups where you see your interests contributing to the community.

Optional
Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (approximately 300 words)
This essay is 300 words you can use for anything you would like to cover. Think of topics that couldn’t work into the rest of your application. Because INSEAD MBA’s questions are thorough you may have covered all aspects of your candidacy. Also, make sure you covered personal qualities also. If you did cover everything, you can feel comfortable skipping this question (it IS optional).

However, this might be a good place to describe an interesting hobby or key accomplishment. If so, it may be appropriate to tell that story in this essay.

It is far better to fully explain any issues in your application. You do not want to leave the INSEAD MBA admissions committee to guess what happened. If you have any issues like a low GPA or a failing grade in college, this is the place to cover it. Explain your issue clearly and focus most of the essay on the correction for the issue.

For example, if you had a disciplinary issue in college. First, spend most of the essay demonstrating that you learned from the experience. Then, show you have been an ideal citizen ever since. Finally, avoid blame, and show that this incident is in your past and will stay there.

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The application to Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina is now live. Here are the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA deadlines for the 2019-2020 admissions season.

UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Deadlines
Early Action
Application due: October 14, 2019

Decision released: December 9, 2019

Round 2
Application due: January 6, 2020

Decision released: March 2, 2020

Round 3*
Application due: March 2, 2020

Decision released: April 14, 2020

Round 4
Application due: April 6, 2020

Decision released: May 18, 2020

*Recommended deadline for International applicants.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the application date.

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The application to Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina is now live. Here are the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season.

UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Essays
Required Essay 1
Please respond to the questions below that will assist us in learning more about you (500 words):

  • Tell us what your immediate career goals are and how you will benefit personally and professionally from earning an MBA at Kenan-Flagler Business School.
  • As the business world continues to evolve, circumstances can change and guide you in a different direction. Should your goals that you provided above not transpire, what other opportunities would you explore?
Required Essay 2
Please select one topic below and respond to the prompt. (250 words)

  • Topic 1: What is one thing that we do not know about you that you want us to know?
  • Topic 2: Provide us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it? Did you achieve the results you were looking for?
  • Topic 3: Tell us about a time when you felt or witnessed someone being marginalized. How did you feel? What did you take away from the experience and how has it encouraged you to be an inclusive leader?
Optional Essay
Is there any additional information not presented elsewhere in your application that you would like the admissions committee to consider? (Optional, 150 words) Optional areas to address include:

  • If you have not had coursework in the core business subjects (calculus, microeconomics, statistics, financial accounting), how will you prepare yourself?
  • Inconsistent academics, gaps in work, or low standardized test scores
  • Choice of recommenders
Optional Re-Applicant Essay
We appreciate your continued interest in UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The admissions committee requires a complete application in addition to a brief essay about how your application differentiates from when you applied last time. Please include new information pertaining to your application such as new test scores, recent promotion or other areas that demonstrate how you have strengthened your candidacy. (100 words)

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MBA admissions officers used to heavily favor finance applicants.  Business schools such as Harvard, Wharton and Stanford respect the strong work ethic of investment bankers and money managers. Those qualities indicate readiness for the rigors of the MBA classroom.

These days, finance applicants have to take a more critical approach to MBA application strategy. They now represent the largest pool of incoming students at top business schools. MBA admissions committees do accept applications from oversubscribed populations.

But, they now focus more on diversity of profession, gender and nationality. Those attributes enrich peer-to-peer learning and contributes to their rankings success. Finance is an overwhelmingly male-dominated profession. Therefore, men in particular have a higher bar to reach in the current MBA admissions climate.

So, how can finance applicants rise to the top of a competitive pool as a common commodity? Every element of the MBA application should be optimized if you are to set yourself apart from the financial herd. Here’s how to do it:

Recognize that your resume doesn’t make you special
Finance applicants automatically assume that their strong work ethic, employer brand and high stats will get them into a top school. But that is not the case today. About 50% of our finance inquiries don’t realize the bar is higher for their cohort. Their application must be more compelling to differentiate themselves from the competition. Accepting that truth is the first step to securing a place on a top MBA program.

Top business schools expect holistic interests and achievements
Highlighting personal qualities and triumphs is essential to your MBA application strategy. At SBC, we charted the application journeys of 21 MBA candidates from private equity firms applying to Harvard (HBS), Stanford (GSB) and Wharton.

Our study concluded that neither past academic background nor GMAT scores could reliably predict whether finance applicants were admitted or rejected. Rather, success— defined by either an admit or interview invite—was predicted by how interesting the candidate was to admissions officers.

What does it mean to be “interesting?” Successful finance applicants talked about activities they engaged with outside the classroom as an undergrad or work today. For example, debate leadership, athletic activity and a remarkable thesis were undergraduate experiences that led to admits to GSB and HBS.  Emphasizing earlier life interests that show character and values can differentiate finance candidates vying for top MBA programs.

Display responsible leadership credentials
Admissions committees want you to demonstrate more than financial success. “Show how you have made a positive impact on the communities in which you have operated. This demonstrates leadership and predicts success at HBS,” shared a former HBS Admissions Officer on the SBC consulting team.  It’s important to list your leadership roles and titles held. But also how you interacted with others and worked well in teams.

Many business schools also want to educate people who will lead society, not just business. When reviewing applications, schools also think about employability—a critical factor in MBA rankings—and whether candidates will use the MBA to achieve their career goals.

“Clarity of goals is extremely important to Wharton, especially as they’ve combined MBA admissions, career management, and student life under the same deputy vice dean,” according to Meghan Ellis, a former Wharton Admissions Officer on the SBC team.

“The Wharton admissions committee will look at applications to see:  is this person already on the fast track, are their goals logical and reasonable, do they have a plan for how they will use their time during the program and how they will meet their goals?”

In addition, illustrate how you will contribute to your new community at business school. Convey that you will be active and engaged on campus. For example, how you will take on a leadership role within a club that you are passionate about?

Use recommendations to show how you are at the top of your class
A career at a prestigious firm such as Goldman Sachs may not be enough to get you into business school. But it sure can help. A recommendation from a senior manager at a leading bank or fund can add some stardust to your MBA application.

Use your recommendation letters to convey what made you stand apart from your peers at the firm. This might include project or people management. Or, evidence of high performance, such as receiving promotions more quickly than others. All of this is valued by MBA admissions teams.

While you shouldn’t write the letters yourself, you can guide your recommender by explaining what business schools want to know about you, relative to the strengths and vulnerabilities of your profile.

Being a banker can still be an advantage to gaining an admit to an elite MBA program, if you know how to sell it.

This article originally appeared on the eFinancial Careers website. It has been updated.

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This post originally appeared on the Blacklight, our new newsletter for professionals.
We all want a mentor who challenges us and acts as a stellar sounding board. If they can open some doors that lead to cool new career opportunities, even better. But, like any relationship, not every mentor-mentee pair is destined for greatness. At some point, you may need to break things off and look elsewhere for career advice. Here are three signs it’s time to call it quits.

Your mentor gives you bad or generic advice.
An effective mentor provides guidance and constructive feedback. They help the mentee cultivate strengths and identify weaknesses. Your mentor should listen and ask questions that show they want to understand your goals, situation, or a problem you need to resolve. They offer specific, timely, and effective input. If their “insights” seem like one-size-fits-all, it’s time to reevaluate the relationship.

InFive Signs That Your Mentor is Giving You Bad Advice, Stanford management professor Bob Sutton stresses that it’s our job to think critically about the advice and feedback we receive. And sometimes, the correct course of action is to ignore it. Sheryl Sandberg can attest to that.

“Although mentors played a key role in her success,” Sutton writes, “mentors had advised her not to take the job as an executive at Google and not to take the job as Facebook COO—the very roles that have made her rich and famous.”

Your Mentor is content with the status quo.
We all have blind spots. A good adviser will encourage you to push beyond your comfort zone and take calculated risks. They should also be willing to do the same for themselves, no matter how long they’ve held a position. Everyone can find ways to improve and grow.

If your mentor has little interest in learning about advancements in their industry, and shows no commitment to continued professional development, it’s okay to look elsewhere for someone who does.

Your mentor is a bit of a deadbeat.
Successful people are constantly in demand. Your mentor is busy running a company or ruling the world. Of course emails, calls or texts will sometimes go unanswered. But the hallmark of a quality relationship is the mentor’s continued interest and investment in the protégée’s success.

If your mentor often cancels meetings, is hard to get hold of, and seems distracted or disinterested in your goals, reconsider the relationship. You may have extracted all its value, and it’s okay to move on.

As Tim Denning pointed out in Medium, “There’s no one Yoda Mentor that will guide you for the rest of your life and career.”

Keep in mind, this type of break up doesn’t mean the entire professional relationship is over. So don’t actually “ghost” your mentor when it’s time to call it quits. After all, your reputation doesn’t just follow you, it often precedes you. How you end the mentoring relationship can have an impact on your career.

If possible, end the relationship in person, with honesty, gratitude, and grace. Then, take time to appreciate what you learned from the experience. Even if that main takeaway is what to avoid in a future mentor.

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The UT McCombs School of Business is a globally recognized MBA program, located in Austin, Texas, a center of technology and business for the region. When you are getting ready to draft your Texas McCombas MBA application, consider that entrepreneurship is a huge focus.

Along with Management Consulting, Clean Tech, Innovation Leadership and Supply Chain & Operations Management, Entrepreneurship is a top 5 concentration. Class size at Texas McCombs MBA is small and close knit, and the students’ backgrounds are diverse.

Stacey Kammerdiener, Texas MBA Admissions Officer, advises prospective students: “Be honest. These essays are our way to learn more about you. Our students value authenticity and we look for essays that reflect your authentic self.” More great advice for your Texas McCombs MBA application can be found at the Texas MBA Insider blog.

If you want more assistance, we can help! Contact Stacy Blackman Consulting for a free evaluation and more tips on your Texas McCombs MBA application. For additional information on applying, please visit the McCombs admissions website.

Essay One
We will learn a lot about your professional background through your resume and letter of recommendation. We want to get to know you further. Please introduce yourself using an essays of 250 words, OR a video introduction of one minute.
An open-ended essay with a creative option (the video) can be intimidating. Instead of focusing on whether you want to use an essay or a video, start thinking about what you want to communicate. Your Texas McCombs MBA application is a way to introduce yourself to the admissions committee. Also, of course your new study group.

As the Texas Admissions Blog reminds you, “While your professional life is important, this essay is your opportunity to share who you are outside of the bullet points on your resume.” The best Texas McCombas MBA application essays will dive deep into your motivations and aspirations.

Also, get into your cultural background, formative moments in your life and friends, family and colleagues who have influenced you. To identify key stories you want to tell in your Texas McCombs MBA application, think about those pivotal moments of change.

Life transitions can spark your essay topics
For many people, the transition from high school to college and from college to work led to personal change. Others had formative childhood experiences. Or experiences that led to shifts in perspective, like travel or living outside your home country. Any one of these moments could be a good way to illustrate your values and what motivates you.

Once you have identified the content of your essay you can decide how to present it. A video could give you the opportunity to add elements of emotion, such as humor, that are harder in writing. With a video you can include graphics, photos or other visual elements. Note that you should appear in the video for the bulk of it. If your story works better in writing you should choose the written essay instead.

If you choose a video essay, write a script for your video. Think about the bullet points you want to cover, and any important points. If you decide to talk into the camera, make sure you rehearse. Consider having a friend or family member there so you can talk to a person instead of the camera.

Try to edit the video after you record footage to keep it smooth and on topic. Either way, make sure you take the time to record several takes of the video content so you can choose the best one to submit to McCombs.

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Essay Two
Picture yourself at graduation. Describe how you spent your time as a Texas McCombs MBA to achieve your personal and professional goals. (500 words)
This essay is your opportunity to demonstrate your fit with the Texas McCombs MBA program. As part of your homework for the Texas McCombs MBA application you should learn as much as possible about the school. Now you can combine your research with your own aspirations and goals.

Use your imagination and think about how you might describe your Texas McCombs MBA experience at graduation. You’ll likely have had both professional and personal growth. Also, met interesting people who will be part of your lifelong network. The Admissions Blog reminds you “We have also already reviewed your short and long term goals. Essay two is meant to explain to us how you believe McCombs will help get you there.”

To help you get started, research some of the unique opportunities at McCombs like the Venture Labs, if you have entrepreneurial dreams. Another great program is The MBA+ Program, with opportunities to work with influential companies. Being part of the city of Austin also is a unique benefit to the program that you may want to consider.

For example, maybe you were interested in working for a major technology firm to learn product manager skills to use in starting your own business. While at McCombs you might have tested ideas with the Venture Labs. You could have also consulted for major companies like Adobe or HP to learn how large companies worked. These experiences were probably formative as you made career plans.

Don’t forget the personal – McCombs has an active and engaged student culture with student clubs you likely joined. And your classmates and friends you made were definitely an influence!

Optional Statement
Please provide any additional information you believe is important and/or address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, or extenuating personal circumstances). (250 words)
This optional essay provides space for you to explain anything that needs context. Some areas that may need explanation for your Texas McCombs MBA application include: lower than average test scores, any grades below a C on your transcript, academic probation or a significant resume gap. Keep your explanation concise and factual. Also, focus on context for the issue instead of excuses.

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FROM Stacy Blackman Consulting Blog: Readiness Check: 3 Questions for Younger MBA Applicants
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Prospective business school applicants always want to know when it’s best to pursue an MBA, but there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. In the past, business schools required applicants to have 4-6 years of job experience prior to applying. Now, many programs welcome candidates straight out of college. The trend is definitely moving toward the lower end of the work experience spectrum.

If you have fewer than three years of work experience under your belt after college, you may find yourself questioning whether now is the right time to pursue an MBA. Younger MBA applicants should ask themselves these three questions before applying to business school.

Do I bring enough work and life experiences to the table?
This is perhaps the most critical question from the admissions perspective when weighing admit decisions.

Focus on the quality of your experiences, not quantity. There’s a reason why the 2020 class profiles at schools such as HBS, Stanford, and Wharton include students who are soccer fanatics and Renaissance fair aficionados; track stars and sky divers. You’ll even find an MLB pitcher and professional dancer turned petroleum engineer! Can you imagine the classroom and group discussions among such a diverse and intriguing cohort?

Younger MBA applicants should complete an unflinching assessment of their professional and life experiences. Do you bring enough to the table to enhance a learning environment that will include more experienced and accomplished peers?

Can you step into the MBA classroom with a solid understanding of how businesses and organizations work? Has your professional experience been sufficient to help you crystalize your career goals and understand what you want to do with the rest of your life?

If you can answer yes to all of the above, use your MBA application essays to demonstrate those key lessons you’ve learned. Show how—despite the short time frame—you’ve progressed in both knowledge and management experience.

Will more time on the job benefit me or my MBA candidacy?
 First, you’ll need to decide whether another year or more of work experience will significantly strengthen your profile and make you a more competitive candidate.

Second, determine whether the costs associated with delaying a full-time MBA program create a larger opportunity cost. Think not only about foregone salary. Also consider lost career momentum, especially for those coming from fast-moving high-tech industries.

Maybe you’ve maxed out at your current level and are ready for a career boost that only business school can facilitate. Or, perhaps you could benefit from another year in the workforce—taking on more responsibilities, earning promotions and using the time to further bolster other aspects of your candidacy.

When it comes to impressing MBA admissions committees, younger MBA applicants need to show off their leadership abilities. They should also exhibit their comfort in team-based environments. Finally, they need to demonstrate career progression. Make sure you can compete on solid footing in each of these areas with the rest of the applicant pool.

Can I clearly demonstrate how an MBA will help me reach my career goals?
Younger MBA applicants need to convince the admissions committee on why the timing of entering the MBA program makes sense for one’s career and life plans.

A desire to pivot to a new career is what sets many younger MBA applicants on their b-school journey. However, younger applicants often haven’t yet landed on a firm path.  Those with limited professional experience must clearly articulate their short- and long-term professional goals. Critically, they must convince the admissions committee that an MBA is critical to helping them reach those goals.

Think about what you want to gain from an MBA program and also what you can contribute. You may be 23-years-old but have highly focused career goals and ample insight to share. This would give you an advantage over an unfocused 28-year-old who is pursuing an MBA to pass the time.

Younger MBA applicants may not have the years of formal work experience under their belts. But, many have gained valuable skills through internships, community service, entrepreneurial ventures or extracurricular activities. Early career candidates who are motivated, talented and have a proven track record of leadership have a great chance of admission into a top MBA program.

The bottom line on timing your MBA plans is that you should only go for the degree when the timing feels right for you.

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