MBA Application Essay Writing Tips for Working Professionals

MBA Application Essay Writing for Working ProfessionalsFor working professionals, especially someone working in mid-level management or technical roles, getting dedicated time for essay writing is a rarity. But if you squeeze into the daily schedule, there are chunks of free time that you can turn into productive time for essay writing.


If you are driving, writing is not a feasible option, but if you have a recording app in your phone, dictate your thoughts. Instead of randomly recording thoughts on several essays, keep a schedule. Start with the goals essays.

Driving – staring at the road, and passively observing people on the road has a therapeutic effect on your thoughts, and offers clarity on what you need. Don’t switch on the radio - let silence fill the void. Switch on the recording device, and start to talk.

What do you plan to achieve in the next 3 to 5 years?

How can an MBA help you reach your goals?

While coming back repeat the same with another essay – strength or weakness. By focusing on two essays in a single day, you will not be tied down by the monotony of the task. Ending your day gives a much better perspective on your strengths and weaknesses as you would have succeeded in meeting the daily schedule, missed it or exceeded your expectations.

For a bad day, record your weaknesses. Ask the following question:

Why are you unhappy with your current position – professionally and personally?

For a productive day, ask yourself the following questions:

How can I contribute for the MBA class?

What are my strengths?

How will MBA help me with my goals?

Lunch Break

Unless you are closing in on a crucial deadline, most organization will provide a 1-hour break for lunch. Finish you lunch in 20 minutes. Convert the other 40 minutes for productive writing. Don’t worry about writing the perfect essay. This is your chance to jot down thoughts about each essay. If you face a roadblock, do not stop writing. Switch essay questions if it gives you the flow. Force yourself to sit in front of the laptop. If you feel pen and paper inspires you, move towards a quiet corner of the office, meeting room, or your car, and start writing.

To make the random writing exercise more productive, have writing targets:

a) List your 5 strengths and weaknesses
b) Write 300 words in 40 minutes about your weakness (1 or more)

With thoughts already recorded in the morning, you can easily convert the thoughts into an outline.

Evening or Early Morning

Depending on your energy level, and whether you are a morning or evening person, devote 1 hour for writing, every day. If you don’t have the energy to write in the evening, record your answers just before sleep – a 10-minute recording would be enough. If you have a routine for daily exercise either in Gym or with morning walks, carry your recorder. Again, length is not important. Even a 2-3 minute recording about one topic can translate to 100-150 words in essays.

Next Step

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Only 1 in 900 gains admission to Harvard MBA program. If you write your essay focused only on your achievements, post-MBA goals, and your pre-MBA experience, you will be among the 899 rejected applicants.

ATTENTION is the secret ingredient. How will you get the attention of the essay reviewer?

You know why parables shared 1000 years ago are still shared among us?


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+Harvard (2018 Entering Class)
    Sample MBA Essay – Gratitude & Giving Back   
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Stanford (2018 Entering Class)
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+ Chicago Booth (2018 Entering Class)
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    #2. Teamwork and Individual Ambition   
    #3. Adventure   
    #4. Diversity = Creativity   
    #5. Classroom Experience   
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+ Columbia (2018 Entering Class)
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     Sample MBA Essay – Free Day   

+ MIT Sloan (2018 Entering Class)
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+ Kellogg (2018 Entering Class)
     Sample Essay - Leadership and Challenges   
     Sample Essay - How you have grown and intend to grow   

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Haas (2018 Entering Class)
     Sample MBA Essay: Non-Profit   
     Sample MBA Essay: Technology   
     Sample MBA Essay: Marketing   
     Sample MBA Essay: Getting Fired   
     Sample MBA Essay: Diverse and Inclusive Culture   
     Sample MBA Essay: Leadership   
     Sample MBA Essay: Post-MBA Goal & How Pre-MBA Experience will help  
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    Sample MBA Essay: Technologist (Idea to Action)  
    Sample MBA Essay: Creative Marketing (Idea to Action)  
    Sample MBA Essay: Consulting (Made a Difference)  
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    Sample MBA Essay: Finance to Marketing (extra-curricular)  
    Sample MBA Essay: I am Aware that I am different  
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    Sample MBA Essay: A valuable thing I have taught someone  
    Sample Essay – Part 2 (Short-term & Long-Term Goals, skills relevant to your career goals and how
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+ Wharton (2018 Entering Class)
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+ The Art of Storytelling 
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+ Review Tips
+ Persuasion Strategies
+ The Secret to "unleashing" your unique voice
+ How to write about your Strengths
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