We tend to talk about this a lot on the blahg because a lot of BSers toss out entrepreneurial goals in their MBA essays these days.
You may think that writing your MBA essays is something to happen so far into the future that you don’t need to worry about it right now. After all, it’s springtime. The questions aren’t even out for the Class of 2019 for most schools (Harvard and Columbia being the exceptions).
However, the MBA essays are a snapshot of all that you are to that point. They need to reflect the full package of you in submitting your plans to the school. If you’re thinking about pitching something entrepreneurial, then that is a very big deal – and you’re going to need backup to make it come through convincingly when you talk about it to the schools.
Plus, you’re going to need experience to have a fair shot of success at it. No, we don’t mean experience starting a business (though it certainly wouldn’t hurt). We do mean, you need to have a proper foundation set up in your background, to show the adcom that these goals are real.
That’s true for ANY goal but it’s really true for this.
Here’s some advice from a Duke alum who’s been successful with entrepreneurship in his life. He says you need to “get the reps in”:
(That’s true for writing your MBA admissions essays too BTW. When it does come time for you to put them together, reading up on how to do it is not going to help you nearly as much as doing it. Getting through multiple drafts, and many revisions — getting your reps in — is how you develop those skills. Nope, you don’t need to be in the midst of that process yet, but we’re just giving you plenty of warning so that you plan for it!!!)
Oh hey! Did you hear that we have written a special-purpose guide for figuring out how to pitch entrepreneurial goals to the adcom? There’s also a bunch of posts here on the blahg about getting into bschool with an entrepreneurial angle.