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Most applicants don’t have continuous involvement with one non-profit. When they learn that the spike in activity, 1 year before admissions would be judged as manipulation by the US schools, the geographic spread of their target schools widens. European schools don't have such heavy emphasis on volunteering and extra-curricular. However, if you were among those who had decent involvement (3-4 months each) in a non-profit while managing an impressive career progression, positioning the extra-curricular experience is necessary for a Winning MBA Application.

Here are 5 ways to position your volunteering/extra-curricular experience

1) Choice of Organization

Although schools don't openly share this uncomfortable trend, applicants from Fortune 100 companies have a clear advantage over applicants building their multi-functional skills in a start-up or performing above their peers in a 200 to 500 ranked Fortune company. When you have 3-4 years of experience in one organization, the sub-conscious question that admission team would have is - can the applicant excel in a highly...
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When clients share their post-MBA goals, I first evaluate their resume, volunteering experience, motivation, and career progression. The combination of the evaluation factors almost always determines the feasibility of the goal.

The follow-up questions are primarily skewed towards understanding six factors:

1) Motivation for Post-MBA Goals

An MBA should not be the first attempt at upgrading your skills or experiencing cross-cultural learning opportunities. Most successful applicants demonstrate the initiative to gain additional experience by taking on projects that require them to come out of their comfort zone. Marketers and Finance professionals learning a new technology to complement their core skills is a typical but effective example. Technologists and consultants taking certification in Finance or Marketing courses to develop an in-depth understanding of Businesses and using the newly acquired knowledge in designing systems, software or campaigns are some of the other examples we...

Now that you have a summary of the curriculum let us go back to the tips on answering the goals and how ISB PGP would help you achieve them.

ISB PGP Essay Tip#1: Critically look at your career (choices you have made)

Honesty is rarely seen in MBA Application. So it came as a surprise when one of our clients choose to describe the trend India was bucking in placing the vast majority of teenagers into Engineering and Medicine. Instead of passing the blame onto parents, society or peers, he owned up to the mistake and shared how as a young kid, he didn’t know where his talent lied. This is true for the vast majority of applicants.

Only 20-25% of top applicants are actively involved in extra-curricular at school – an essential part of skill discovery and finding where one’s true talent.

ISB PGP Essay Tip#2: Influences behind the...

In this example, the applicant shares how his passion for math sparked an interest in Finance and a career with Goldman Sachs. Although aware of the career path – short-term and long-term with the current role, the applicant cites a transformation that is happening in the industry as a major motivator to upgrade his skills.

By comparing the revolutionizing force of the internet in the mid-90s with the trifecta of AI, Blockchain, and automated processes, the applicant is making an argument of taking a break from the career and upgrading his skills on an emergency basis. The applicant then commends NYU Stern’s thought leadership in customizing the curriculum to incorporate FinTech as one of the 25 specializations.

In the concluding paragraphs, the applicant shares how emerging economies have yet to find a free-flow of deals despite innovation in fund-raising platforms. With the experiential learning modules, the applicant plans to develop hands-on experience necessary to understand the financial, cultural and governance issues in these economies. Through the skill enhancement, FinTech specialization and experiential learning, the...

In this MIT Sloan Sample Cover Letter, we consider the profile of an applicant who has 3+ years’ of experience in a management consulting company. Working with clients in the Healthcare industry has exposed the applicant of the inefficiencies in data management and the impact it has on patient care.

Profile Example #2: Consulting to Healthcare Entrepreneurship (with MIT Sloan MBA)

Most hospitals and insurance companies have data in independent Silos with the inability to communicate with each other. On an unrelated exploration of pre-existing conditions and its impact on the effectiveness of drugs, he realizes that although there exists study, evaluating the results of the treatment in the real world is non-existent as patients rarely visit Doctors once their condition improves. Since data of their health record is private, the follow-up communication is not welcome in most cases. To make matters worse, the recent data breaches of leading insurance companies and hospital networks have discouraged App development around private data.

There has never been a better time to bring patient data to a secure blockchain.

Although we have a checklist for Cover Letter...

Now that you have an overview of the kind of candidates who are accepted at MIT Sloan (read our Essay Guide), it is time to do a life audit. We recommend this to all our clients. If you skip this exercise, the chances are that you will cite a ‘not so great’ event that will miss the mark due to perceived non-competitiveness of your role or lack of context, or both. Especially with 300-words and a professionally communicative device like the cover letter, you can’t cite multiple examples from your professional life.
When you are shortlisting the most impactful events for MIT Sloan, follow the three-structure format

Achievement Overview-> Achievement Specifics -> Impact of your team’s success

Our team earned the honor of the fastest growing department in China Telecom contributing a yearly revenue of $500 million, allowing the company to invest the surplus cash in 5G technology.

<Achievement Overview>
  Our team earned the honor of the fastest growing department in China Telecom

<Achievement Specifics> contributing a yearly revenue of over $500 million

Q1) Taking the above into consideration, please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria above, and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Senior Director of Admissions (300 words or fewer, excluding address and salutation).


Q2) Please introduce yourself to your future classmates via a brief video statement.

The challenge with cover letter is that you have no chance to offer any context on your major achievements, your values, and why an MIT Sloan MBA is the next logical step.

You get a 1-page or 300-word space to write a cover letter. Many job applicants don’t fully use them because the goal is to customize your experience to one specific job function, but in MBA Admissions you are selling the idea that you are that all-rounder that would brighten the MIT Sloan brand.

Resume to the Rescue

Just beneath the required cover letter, the admission team has requested that you submit a resume in a 1-page format. You have to approach the limited word count by combining the resume and the cover letter in such a way that the bullet point achievements acts as titles, and the cover letter description offers...

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