Wednesday, 17 June 2015

MBA Admissions Essay Writing Tip: Think Globally!

As a former Harvard University admissions interviewer and a Harvard graduate myself, I have a lot of inside knowledge about the Ivy League admissions progress.

Today, I am concentrating on the Ivy League MBA application process, for those of you thinking of applying to a top MBA program. My tip today is:


If you look at any of the MBA essay prompts, from this year or recent years in the past, you will see that a lot of the questions for many of the schools ask about your future career plans, your future goals and dreams.

Very understandable, as each school wants to see that you have a well thought out plan of action: that getting your MBA now, is the next logical step to fulfilling your long-term professional vision.

However, it has been my experience that the applications that are going to stand out, are those that take a GLOBAL approach. An international focus. The MBA applicants that can demonstrate through their essays that they are thinking beyond the confines of their own city, or country, or region, and have what I call a "far-reaching" plan for their career, product, parent corporation, or entrepreneurial business.

GLOBAL is the new catch-phrase.

We are no longer living in the day where a country's economy is self-contained. With social media and the internet, everything is now world-wide, and world-related and business, more than ever before, has taken on an international connectivity.

This understanding needs to be reflected in your MBA applications, and will make you stand out as an applicant. The idea that you are fully up-to-date with this focus, and understand the international, global significance of any business venture, small or large, and thereby have the ability to think on a global, international scale.

This is especially true for those of you who speak an additional language, as that, too, will give you an edge in the ever expanding international business market.

Do you speak Chinese? Hindi? Russian? Farsi? All these languages are great assets to your MBA application, as these are areas in the world right now where business is rapidly expanding. If you speak one of these languages, you need to mention it.

So, if you can demonstrate that you have a far reaching vision, and if you can demonstrate in your essays that you perhaps have additional language skills and experience with other cultures, you will, as an applicant already be way ahead of the game!

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