Essay 2: What are your short term and long term goals? How will the ISB help you achieve the same? (300 words max)
This is again a variant of the standard question found in the applications for many other top Business Schools. For example,
- Discuss the factors that influenced your career decisions to date. Please describe your professional goals for the future. How will the M.B.A. experience influence your ability to achieve your goals? (Wharton)
- Discuss your career progression to date. Why do you want an M.B.A.? How do you envision your career progressing after receiving the M.B.A.? (Tuck)
- Specifically address your post-M.B.A. short- and long-term professional goals. How will Darden assist you in attaining these goals?
- Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at Kellogg.
- What are your post-M.B.A. career plans? (Harvard)
As explained above this is the most common type of essay question, asked on virtually every business school application. This question asks you to present, clearly and coherently, your all too familiar reasons for wanting to do an M.B.A and also why from the Indian School of Business (ISB). The question consists of a few distinct parts.
- About your past (How has your career progressed to date? What has motivated you thus far?),
- Your future (How do you envision your career progressing? What are your goals for the future?),
- Correlate both the above. The expectation is for you to relate the information to your present desire to attain an M.B.A from the Indian School of Business (ISB).
- How are these goals important for you and for the Indian School of Business (ISB).
Let this question create an impression about you as a person to the admissions committee at the ISB. It is similar to the moment in an interview when you shake the interviewerâ€™s hand and smile- It is a critical step. The ISB admissions committee uses this question to ascertain your motivation, maturity, and focus. While undergraduate application essays are understandably fuzzy about career choices and goals, graduate business essays should, in contrast, be crystal clear. If you have vague reasons for pursuing an M.B.A., you need to reconsider your decision to apply to the Indian School of Business (ISB). Giving a vague response to this question is akin to having a weak handshake and not looking the interviewer in the eye and can create a bad impression.
You must accomplish a lot in this essay, so pay special attention to the structure, overall objectives and content as well. Again CrackISB team is strictly against following a template approach. We advise you to be honest and be your true self- Our Proprietary HR instruments form the starting point for this (There are many such tools in market, but nothing is customized for ISB admissions process). You can tackle the question by dividing your answer into four separate pieces. The first can be about your past professional experience. The second can discuss your future career goals. The third and fourth can be about how these fit into your plan and the schoolâ€™s particular program. At each step, demonstrate why and how these experiences, goals, or attributes motivate you to get your M.B.A from the Indian School of Business (ISB).
In general CrackISB team recommends you to limit yourself to one career goal, if it is general. If you have a couple of different jobs in mind, that is all right, too. However, your reasons for them should be easily inferred or specifically stated in your essay. If you are truly unsure of what your goals are, admit so honestly rather than make up something which is not true. At the very least, though, give credible reasons for your indecision, and explain why you believe that ISBâ€™s PGP program will help you overcome your ambivalence.
Even if the question does not specifically ask for it, articulate why the PGP at Indian School of Business (ISB) makes sense for you given your unique professional and personal goals. To do this well, you must spend the necessary time in introspection and also research the school. When you understand the schoolâ€™s program and positioning, use what you have uncovered only if you can apply it to yourself. Do not write what you think they want to hear. ISB Admissions committee can spot this kind of insincerity from thousands of miles away. They also seek a heterogeneous mix of backgrounds and experiences. Therefore, trying to fashion yourself as a typical applicant can hurt you even if you do it well. The more honest you are to your real motivations and desires, the better your essay will be.
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