Today we’re doing a
lazy lame VERY HELPFUL thing and instead of blathering on about some MBA admissions topic, we’re going to simply redirect you to this post where a former Brave Supplicant who ended up at their top choice MBA program illustrated in detail why the schools want you to figure out your post-MBA career goals NOW, before you apply.
And we’re doing the
lazy lame VERY HELPFUL thing of copying in what an admissions director said about goals , as reinforcement:
And, we’re doing the definitely lamer thing of shameless plugging our Career Goals App Accelerator at the same time.
The schools seemingly care less about career goals than they used to. True that. Most schools have dropped questions about “long-term goal” from their essays and apps, because heck, we can’t even figure out where we’re gonna be at the end of this year, much less in 5-10 years. But you still should be mapping out some plans for yourself. Stanford asks you to “Describe your aspirations” and even if your goals may change radically from what you’re thinking today, you still need to have a reason for pursuing an MBA. And you need to be able to articulate that. Goals have less of an emphasis in apps but if you’re not prepared, they will come up when you don’t expect it — so, plan on them coming up.
This is the first thing you can do to build your app strategy.