Specific career goals help you to pick the right MBA


Duncan

Many people looking for an MBA don't have specific career goals. For example, they might not know which country they want to work in, which industry they want to work in, or what functional or managerial role they want to play. Sometimes that's because they don't know. Othertimes, it's because they think the MBA will just sort that out for them. As a result, they don't really see MBAs are being very different from each other.

The top sign of this is someone asking which MBA is best. For example: is Melbourne better than Edinburgh? Without context it is a meaningless question, like saying what is better: a $10,000 engagement ring or a $10,000 motorbike?

Not having a specific goal makes it harder for you to target the right schools, and it makes it harder to be admitted. For example, someone who applies to both Melbourne and Edinburgh probably cannot work in both countries, probable doesn't understand the different employer pools of the schools, cannot see how the graduates of those programmes have different outcomes. If you understand the schools that are most able to meet your specific goals, then you can convince the schools that their school is a better fit with your goals and their potential employers. As a result, you are more likely to be offered a place. Between two similar candidates, schools will always prefer the one who is most likely to accept the offerand is more likely to be valued by their partner firms.

There are some great articles on this. I will flag up the Economist https://gmat.economist.com/gmat-advice/business-school-admissions/application-advice/how-craft-effective-career-goal-essay-your-mba-application

Many business schools have great articles too: http://bit.ly/SetPostMBAgoals

Many people looking for an MBA don't have specific career goals. For example, they might not know which country they want to work in, which industry they want to work in, or what functional or managerial role they want to play. Sometimes that's because they don't know. Othertimes, it's because they think the MBA will just sort that out for them. As a result, they don't really see MBAs are being very different from each other.

The top sign of this is someone asking which MBA is best. For example: is Melbourne better than Edinburgh? Without context it is a meaningless question, like saying what is better: a $10,000 engagement ring or a $10,000 motorbike?

Not having a specific goal makes it harder for you to target the right schools, and it makes it harder to be admitted. For example, someone who applies to both Melbourne and Edinburgh probably cannot work in both countries, probable doesn't understand the different employer pools of the schools, cannot see how the graduates of those programmes have different outcomes. If you understand the schools that are most able to meet your specific goals, then you can convince the schools that their school is a better fit with your goals and their potential employers. As a result, you are more likely to be offered a place. Between two similar candidates, schools will always prefer the one who is most likely to accept the offerand is more likely to be valued by their partner firms.

There are some great articles on this. I will flag up the Economist https://gmat.economist.com/gmat-advice/business-school-admissions/application-advice/how-craft-effective-career-goal-essay-your-mba-application

Many business schools have great articles too: http://bit.ly/SetPostMBAgoals
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Good post, thank you Duncan! In general, if you lack concrete career goals, or just think that an MBA will help you figure them out, then you probably will not be offered a spot, regardless of your qualifications / GMAT score. 

Good post, thank you Duncan! In general, if you lack concrete career goals, or just think that an MBA will help you figure them out, then you probably will not be offered a spot, regardless of your qualifications / GMAT score. 
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Duncan

Well, you won't be offered a spot in a great MBA if you don't have clear goals that the school considers to be both realistic, and which are better served by this school than by obvious competitors. If you have unrealistic expectations, if the school obviously cannot meet your expectations, or if there is an obviously better school for which you are looking for an insurance alternative, they will not waste an offer on you.

On the other hand, an average or below-average school that is separate for students, or a good school that things you are well above its average student quality, will have no trouble offering you a place even if they cannot meet your objectives.

Well, you won't be offered a spot in a great MBA if you don't have clear goals that the school considers to be both realistic, and which are better served by this school than by obvious competitors. If you have unrealistic expectations, if the school obviously cannot meet your expectations, or if there is an obviously better school for which you are looking for an insurance alternative, they will not waste an offer on you.<br><br>On the other hand, an average or below-average school that is separate for students, or a good school that things you are well above its average student quality, will have no trouble offering you a place even if they cannot meet your objectives.
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