Kinda of as a follow-up to our shout-out last week to Berkeley Haas Admissions for doing right in marketing to interested MBA applicants, we thought we’d share this with you. It hit our radar many moons ago, and we’ve been saving it:
Berkeley Haas Admissions, kudos to you: That post is an excellent distillation of best practices in how to write about your career goals! (Note when they say “2020 MBA application” they mean “application to start your MBA in 2020” — it was posted in January, geared for last season’s candidates!! Many schools can be confusing in how they reference their applications and admissions years.)
In terms of actual advice offered in their post, we almost don’t have anything else to add!
We fully subscribe to pretty much everything they’ve said there.
And yet… Following that advice is hard! We know, because we work with motivated BSers every year who try to follow advice (at least, we think that’s what they are doing?) and the workproduct that they send in for us to look at is, well, not quite up to the task.
This is a great start though, and when schools like Haas publish advice that’s literally useful, then it puts warm-fuzzies in the cockles of EssaySnark’s heart. These schools really want you to do a good job with your app!
The thing is, writing MBA essays is not something that you’ve done before — or at least, not successfully, or you would not be sitting here facing the task of doing it now.
The main thing that Berkeley overlooked in that advice is: REVISION!
Just like they say the way to Carnegie Hall is through practice, the way to an excellent MBA that catches the attention of the adcom for all the right reasons (and not the wrong ones — eek!) is through revision.
So. Take the Haas advice to heart. And, keep reading about other advice that we offer here. And, leave time for rewrites — not just edits or corrections, but wholesale do-overs. That’s how great essays are born.
If you’re feeling you could use more support along the way: The Complete Essay Package gives plenty of that!!
Or you could be a do-it-yourselfer who leverages advice from cool adcoms like Haas.