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The applicant wants to transition from Technology Consulting to FinTech & Strategic Management

Wharton MBA Essay #1 Strategy: Most essay narrative directly lists the expected professional gain. All of them sound like a reverse advertisement of Wharton MBA. What the admission team needs is the context for the professional gain. Without citing an interesting project you worked, or the motivation for Wharton MBA, the essay will sound cliched.

Wharton Value: Wharton Business School proudly mentions analytics and data-based decision making as a value that differentiates it from other top Business School schools.

Wharton MBA Essay #1 Narrative: For the sample essay we have used a fictitious profile – a Consultant, who has worked with a Technology giant and noticed its core value eroding since the maverick Founder’s demise. An unethical leadership decision is used as an opener to capture the admission team’s attention. The applicant then compares decision made under a tough condition to leading an expedition, and cleverly transition into how Wharton’s expeditions would help him gain leadership skills.

The narrative then switches back to the applicant’s experience with the technology company and introduces analytics as a tool for making smarter decisions. This experience is matched with ‘Analytics’ and ‘Wharton MBA.’

Wharton MBA Essay 2 Example: Software Engineer with 4+ years of Experience and Tutoring/Music as extra-curricular

Wharton MBA Essay #2: Describe an impactful experience or accomplishment that is not reflected elsewhere in your application. How will you use what you learned through that experience to contribute to the Wharton community? (400 words)

For this essay, we look at a Fictitious profile – a candidate with 4+ years of experience working for a Technology Giant, leading the development of their most profitable product.

He was a Math tutor on the weekends and a Technical Consultant on weekdays.

The career path of this applicant was extraordinary.

Hailing from a village, the applicant was the first in his state to score 100% in Grade 12th Math exam. The natural curiosity to play with numbers didn’t lead him to Finance. Math was an extension of his highly evolved logical mind and a curiosity to find patterns. Music was an extension of his curiosity. He just didn’t repeat the same-old western classics.

UPenn's Wharton School vs. Columbia Business SchoolAlthough Wharton has a slight advantage over Columbia in terms of history and reputation, the demand from our readers to do a detailed analysis allowed us to dig deeper into 8 comparison factors: location, ranking, cost, funding, incoming class, curriculum, experiential learning, and post-MBA opportunities.

Location

Columbia Business School is located in Manhattan, New York City(NYC). The City is number 1 in the US and the world in terms of GMP and attracts professional in Banking & Finance, real estate, advertising, media, and retail.

Wharton School is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Although Philadelphia is 4th in the US, and 8th in the world, in terms of cities by GDP, the newly evolving service and IT industry will soon replace the Financial industry as a leading contributor. Choice of location depends on your post-MBA industry and the trade-off between the cost of living and lifestyle.

Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)

Columbia MBA Essay 1 Tips: The Essay is a rephrased short-term and long-term goal essay. Unlike last year, the admission team has reduced the word count from 750 to 500. You have to be judicious with the use of phrases. Dive straight into the core of the narrative.
Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)


Columbia MBA Essay 1 Tips

The Essay is a rephrased short-term and long-term goal essay. Unlike last year, the admission team has reduced the word count from 750 to 500. You have to be judicious with the use of phrases. Dive straight into the core of the narrative.

The question has remained the same for the past four years – an indication that the admission team has been able to gauge the mind of the applicant through the short but necessary question for your MBA Application. The idea is to create a mission statement for your career.
Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (51 characters maximum)

Examples of possible responses:


“Work in business development for a media company.”

“Join a strategy consulting firm.”

“Launch a data-management start-up.”

The question has remained the same for the past four years – an indication that the admission team has been able to gauge the mind of the applicant through the short but necessary question for your MBA Application. The idea is to create a mission statement for your career.

To give you an idea of what 51 characters entails, let us look at Facebook’s mission statement:

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected

That is 1 character short of 75; 24 characters too long.

You can’t use two objectives in your post-MBA professional goal.

With an MBA, you might plan to move industry, job function, increase salary by 125%, and relocate to France. But what is that one goal that would allow you to do that?




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