Approach: Pre-MBA career transition influencing post-MBA Goals
The third common theme for the Ross MBA goals essay is the mini transition that the applicant already had undergone within the organization. An MBA becomes the official ‘sign of approval’ for the complete transition.
Those who started their career in software development and later moved into product management or marketing, typically use this narrative arc. Even within this experience, the applicant’s impact in an extra-curricular is essential to highlight the development of the functional skills in a different domain with unique goals.
In this example, the applicant traces his interest in ‘selling’ to an accidental deal he closed while narrating the origins of the annotating feature for the flagship product – DotXYZ. The transition from software development to sales is the first half. The second half is about the contribution in a non-profit, leveraging technology with his storytelling skills.