Essay B: Why Stanford? (400 Words) - Tips
Since you have a complete overview of the curriculum, the study options, and the student clubs, it is time to answer Essay B that asks specifically about ‘how your short-term goals will be fulfilled with a Stanford MBA.
Why Stanford MBA – Career Growth (Courses, Clubs, and Alumni)
When 31% of the class of 2016 chose the Finance Industry post-MBA, there is a clear trend. There is nothing wrong in following it. In fact, applicants who try to be ‘different’, and cite unconventional career paths – Govt. or creative do not often get through the admission process.
Underneath, all the essays about motivation, you have to understand that MBA Admissions is a well-oiled veto process for Employment. Sure, the MBA program will give you the confidence, and the skills, but if the quality of the entering class were to be compromised, the smooth transitioning from pre-MBA to post-MBA for Stanford candidates would get affected. Brand value of the program depends on Stanford's post-MBA salary and career options.
Schools reserve a small percentage of seats for the exception – the low GMAT scoring high performer, but almost all top schools have an average GMAT Score of 720, and an average GPA of 3.4, but the most crucial aspect of the selection process is the evaluation of your work experience.
Over 350 recruiting companies hired Stanford GSB Full-time MBA students. The strong partnerships that GSB’s Career Management Center have developed over the years cannot be jeopardized if your application essay hints in any way that you are not the best employee in terms of communication, leadership, teamwork, and effectiveness.
When there is little to choose between two candidates, the professional accomplishments are insurance that the candidate has the potential to repeat her performance, post-MBA.
Clear Career Path --> Stagnation
Applicants have to state that they had a clear career path and growth over their 3-5 year career but reached career stagnation when they started pursuing cross-functional job openings - one of the most common reasons for pursuing an MBA.
So you have to be as specific as possible within the 400-word limit. If you want to show a clear learning path with Stanford MBA, select four courses - two from the core and two from electives. Demonstrate how you understand your post-MBA industry and job function.
Example: Consulting (Career Growth)
An applicant working in consulting might have experienced career stagnation when she seeks opportunities in management consulting. Most Management team will allow the transition for superstar performers, but with a caveat – they have to demonstrate results within a short time or gain experience in the job function for 4-5 years before taking over key accounts.
Paragraph 1: You have to explain the tradeoff in the number of years to gain experience vs. the 2-year MBA, and preferably quote the example of one of the Alumni, who made the transition, with the Stanford MBA program.
Paragraph 2: Go to the specifics by quoting Stanford MBA core courses. Mention how ‘Managerial Skills’ course will give you the perspective about the problems faced by small and mid-sized Businesses
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