EssaySnark is seeing more and more Brave Supplicants enthusiastically propositioning adcoms… and they truly have no good reason for going to bschool.
- “I’ve wanted to get an MBA since I was knee-high to a grasshopper!”
- “I’ve been working for two years as an analyst, I want to get an MBA!”
- “I’m going to be graduating from college next year, I want to get an MBA!”
EssaySnark says: None of these are reasons. All of them smack of, I want to get an MBA because it will make me feel important! Or, I want to get an MBA because everyone else is doing it! Or even worse*, I want to get an MBA but I have no idea what it even is or why I need one!
Catch that last bit? About “needing” an MBA?
Given that the MBA (from a top school) is a limited resource, the adcoms are going to be better swayed if you show that you NEED that resource. As in, it’s critical to your future success if you go back to school and learn certain skills. And you write about it in such a way that the reader is convinced that you’re convinced that the only place you can get those said skills is at THEIR program.
The adcom is not going to throw away the opportunity to go to Their Esteemed School on some schmuck who doesn’t need it. If your career goals are all over the map — “I could do this or I could do this or I could do this” — then the adcom can tell you haven’t a clue what you want to do — and clearly, you don’t “need” an MBA. Or if you’re working at such a stratospheric level with your goals — “I want to go into finance” — then you maybe don’t really know what “finance” is (it’s a pretty big word, that), because you haven’t aptly described the goals — and so you haven’t convinced anyone that you need an MBA. ‘Cuz you haven’t defined what you need it for. Or, if you already hold one (or more!) Master’s, and now you’ve decided you want to add an MBA to the list, the adcom may be skeptical that you really “need” it — maybe you’re just collecting degrees. Another way to make the adcom doubt that you “need” the MBA is to be vague about what you’ve done in the past, with your career, with making an impact… because if you don’t have evidence of that, then you don’t “need” an MBA, you need to roll up your sleeves and dive in, in whatever environment you find yourself, to prove that you’re a go-getter, a mover and a shaker, somebody who’s done something.
At least, not yet. Maybe you’ll figure things out and come back and try again in the future. Since it’s sure as heck unlikely the adcom would let you in with such a vague, misdirected, pitch today. “I’ve always wanted an MBA!” does not justify the allocation of this precious resource on you. Bschool admissions is competitive. There are a going to be a gazillion other candidates with a buttoned-up pitch for the adcom. “Readiness” is one aspect that can count a lot in helping you stand out.
*The very worst reason is, I want to get an MBA because I am a greedy motherf*er and I want to get rich rich rich!!! And yes, sometimes that sentiment does in fact come through in essays that we read.