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In the second example, we look at an applicant who has worked in a non-profit for 5 years as their Business Development/Fund-Raising Manager. Even though she had a positive impact on the lives of women and children migrating from oppressive regimes, an encounter with a Kellogg MBA Alumnus and a Technology Entrepreneur opened up ideas to upgrade her skills.

Kellogg Sample Essay: Catalyst for Personal and Professional Growth

Essay #2: Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (450 words)

My career choice has always been driven by a desire to see my work impact the disadvantaged. In high-school, I raised $10,000 and helped rehabilitate the homeless in <neighborhood>. The choice of Economics as a major meant that a career in Corporate Finance was a logical choice. But my inner calling led me to <x> - a non-profit that rehabilitated over 30,000 women and children from war-torn countries and oppressive regimes, into the United States.

While interacting with fund-raisers, I saw that the messaging was customized from our perspective and not on the impact the donation would have on the company’s brand value. By presenting my strategy to customize the messaging and...


In the first example, we share the journey of an applicant, who has a natural inclination to find bigger opportunities. Starting as a Technologist, his keen sense of observation and listening skills, helped him earn $5mn for the company. The transition from a Technologists to a Consultant encouraged the applicant to consider Management Consulting. Kellogg MBA becomes the obvious bridge. The first half of the essay narrates the events that transitioned him to Consulting. The second half goes through the specifics of the MBA course and how the majors, tracks, and global experiential learning will help him grow as a professional and a person.

Kellogg Sample Essay: Catalyst for Personal and Professional Growth

Essay #2: Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (450 words)

I stumbled onto growth opportunities by embracing one mantra – go beyond my comfort zone. As a technologist, we often get opportunities to be part of project kickoff events. My first employer sent me to one such meeting where the discussion was mostly about the impact of the project and the problem it was trying to solve. During the discussion on the challenges of integrating the banking software, with a communication...


In the second example, we use the fictitious profile of a Technology consultant, who is from an Entrepreneurial environment and finds the bureaucratic culture limiting for innovation and productivity. Finding the root cause of the cultural problem is narrated with the perspective of the company and its history of serving faceless enterprises. The actions the applicants took to change the attitude of the team towards risk and innovation is the basis for this leadership essay.

Kellogg Sample Essay: Changing Company Culture

Essay #1: Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip & inspire brave leaders who create lasting value.  Tell us about a time you have demonstrated leadership and created lasting value.  What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 words)

Earning double promotion and leading the technological integration for over 20 start-ups have acclimatized me to the ramen noodles’ story, founders sleeping under the bench, and 48-hour hackathons that became the basis for their new products. I was surprised when the Founder shared the news that he had accepted a $20 mn acquisition deal with <x> - the 100-year old tech giant. As part of the deal, the management gave promotion to top 10% of the employees.

The triple promotion that I...


In this example, we use the fictitious profile of a Marketing lead, who has to work with an inexperienced team and nearly lost the client after the team presented a cliched idea. The unexpected exit of the senior most marketer from the team adds to the pressure. The narrative focuses on the leadership of the applicant and how he motivated the team to rise above the limitations. The inspiration for the campaign is narrated with an interesting turn of events.

Essay #1: Kellogg’s purpose is to educate, equip & inspire brave leaders who create lasting value.  Tell us about a time you have demonstrated leadership and created lasting value.  What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 words)

Kellogg Sample Essay: Leading a Marketing Campaign

With just 2 years into understanding the nuances of developing campaigns and finding influencers for amplifying the marketing message, I was assigned to lead the campaign for <x> AgroPro – a newbie from the US with limited market penetration. However, the flagship brand – Masaki Chips, had a cult following in India and Japan – an unlikely two markets, since the two countries had...

Applicants with monetary goals are easy to spot. Their narration about professional growth is focused exclusively on hierarchical growth within the organization or the performance bonuses they earned. It is never about the experience of helping a colleague, pushing oneself, or learning about one’s true strengths.

Kellogg MBA Essay 2 Tips: Pursuing an MBA is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. How have you grown in the past? How do you intend to grow at Kellogg? (450 words)

MBA Applicants who complete the essay just for the sake of meeting the deadlines do not see MBA as a tool for personal and professional growth. The MBA Admission team believes that the curriculum is structured to transform your personality and would prefer candidates who ‘truly’ believe in the power of Kellogg MBA. Would you invest your time, money, and energy into joining a prestigious MBA program like Kellogg just for the sake of increasing your salary by 100 or 150% without experiencing the transformative learning experiences?

Applicants with monetary goals are easy to spot. Their narration about professional growth is focused exclusively on hierarchical growth within the organization or the performance bonuses they earned. It is never about the experience of helping a colleague, pushing oneself, or learning about one’s true strengths....



kellogg essay adviceKellogg School of Management has two essays for all Full-time MBA applicants. One essay measures the applicant’s leadership & teamwork skills while the second measures the ability for career progression and growth.

Kellogg MBA Essay 1: Leadership and teamwork are integral parts of the Kellogg experience. Describe a recent and meaningful time you were a leader. What challenges did you face, and what did you learn? (450 words)

Leadership might have become a clichéd essay topic but not for Kellogg. Even their core curriculum has a mandatory course in Leadership (Leadership in Organizations). Since leadership has several contexts: personal responsibility, overcoming a personal setback, domain expertise, overcoming a team setback, motivating the team, and leading the team towards a goal, pick the most relevant context.

If you are not sure about the context, Beth Tidmarsh - Director of Admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time program has shared what the admission team means by leadership in Essay 1.

“What challenges did you face? Oh yes, we want to understand the challenges for your team. (You had a team, right?...



Kellogg MBA Application Deadlines for 2018-19 has been announced.
                                                     
                                                                        Round 1             Round 2             Round 3
 
MBA Application Deadlines                                Sep. 19, 2018     Jan. 09, 2019      Apr. 10, 2019
On-Campus Interview                                         Sep 21, 2018      Jan 11,...




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