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At ISB we value diversity as it enhances both the in-class and out of class learning experience. Tell us how would you contribute to the same? (400 words max)

Even though the school has shared the intention to diversify the class – 35% non-engineering and the same percentage for female, they still prefer candidates with a strong analytic mind. The diversity that ISB expects is within the realms of your functional expertise when it comes to professional experience.

For Technologists, it can be the different programming framework, industries and unique functions that you are supporting.

For Accountants, it could be the diversity of the clients the company is serving or forging partnerships or divesting/merging.

For Consultants, the rotating nature of the project in related industries is evidence of diversity

For Energy professionals, the uniqueness of the operational challenge and the strategic insight into the importance of each performance parameter could shed light into how they think....

Essay 2: Enrolling in a Business School is an important career decision. Critically look at your career to date, the choices you have made, the key influences behind those choices, your goals for the future and how do you think ISB's PGP can help you in achieving your goals? (300 words max)

As the question suggests, the answer should follow a simple four-step narrative structure:

1) Critically look at your career (choices you have made)
2) Influences behind the choices
3) Goals for the future
4) How ISB PGP would help

The first example is from a Technologist who reflects on his decision to choose Engineering instead of medicine. A mentor’s career is quoted as an inspiration, but he cleverly shares the reasons for not following the exact career path.

The second paragraph narrates the realities of his career and the predictable nature of the problems he solves. The applicant then opens up about an avenue where he truly could apply his problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking for a 500M rural market.

In the final paragraph, the applicant quotes the aspect of the ISB PGP program that he found most useful.

Don’t copy the Sample. Use it only as an inspiration.

Sample ISB PGP –...

The first example is from a Technologist who looks at problems uniquely. This ability to see details others are missing led him to roles that require considerable planning.

Leadership became a natural extension of this skill.

For the in-class and out-of-class learning experience, the applicant’s curiosity and leadership are captured as the foundation on which all his accomplishments began.

Essay: At ISB we value diversity as it enhances both the in-class and out of class learning experience. Tell us how would you contribute to the same? (400 words max)

In the first paragraph, the applicant starts with an interesting event and offers the admission team an insight into his observation skills and interest in understanding the mechanism behind even the mundane behavior.

The second paragraph segues into how detail-orientation have helped him take on roles as a class monitor in school and elected representative in college. The responsibilities in college shed light into the exposure the applicant had as a student in managing the anxieties of students, coordinating with recruiters and appreciating the sacrifices non-profits make in changing societies.

With insight on what leadership meant for the applicant and how it has led him to new experiences, the...

The first paragraph captures the trend in the hospitality industry that has kept them behind by over two decades. The candidate then describes the numerous strategies the team has adopted to improve the value offered to the guests, from monitoring the spending pattern to notifying the various department on the guest presence, in such a way that the responsibility is clearly defined.

The candidate then cites an MBA information session held in London where her role was to offer an excellent user experience for the admission and marketing team. The talk on London and the Future of Financing are pointed out as the triggering event for her interest in pursuing a post-graduate degree.

The next half of the essay provides details of the skills that the candidate has acquired in the industry and plans to develop through the LBS MBA core curriculum, the Global Experiential learning modules, and the Summer Consulting program.

At the end of the essay, the candidate mentions the short-term and long-term goals, giving the MBA Admission team enough context on whether the targets are achievable based on previous successes. The need to embrace...

In the first example, we look at the career profile of a Technologist who had worked closely with Investment Banks (IB) while implementing a FinTech solution.

The narrative starts with the background, then quickly contrasts the regulatory mechanism between banks and platforms. Then, the candidate shares his concerns on how Robo-advisors have taken over retail banking, and it is only a matter of time before automation would start putting pressure on the high commission that IB charges. By citing the $15 Goldman Sach investment in Kensho, generic observation is translated to a specific data point.

The opener of the second half of the essay is an honest acceptance that without an MBA, a technologist like the candidate would not be taken seriously. Without dwelling too much into the reality of how expertise is evaluated, the candidate quotes the curriculum structure of the LBS MBA program. A statistic highlighting London's FinTech dominance over the American counterparts, especially Silicon Valley is quoted as the transition to the next paragraph.

The final paragraph states how serving in the non-profit sector is essential to developing a thorough understanding of the...

In this example, we look at the life story of a Technologist, who has found recognition as a leader and as a professional by exercising his superior listening skills. The pattern of listening to peer’s problems began at school and then in college through the candidate’s leadership role. The habit of finding the problem not obvious to the general crowd became an advantage when he found the ‘real reasons’ for the client’s frequent change requests. By calming the nerves of the Chief Technology officer and offering an insight on how they were ahead of the competition, the disruptive behavior of the client stopped.

In the narrative, the candidate is careful not to put the client in a negative light. Instead, he takes extra effort in imagining their worldview. This skill of recognizing problems beyond what is verbalized became an asset. The Employer promoted the client from Technology Consulting to a Project Consulting role. Although the two years in the role was satisfying, the applicant’s insatiable thirst to solve multi-industrial problems has not been met. NYU Stern MBA’s experiential learning in Consulting is pointed out as the major reason for choosing the program.


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...

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