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How to Answer Columbia MBA Short Answer Question (2020 Entering Class)

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? (50 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 50 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?

“Work in Business Development for a New York Media Company” (48 Characters)

Where:
New York Job Function: Business Development Job Industry:  Media

You can make it more specific by cutting out the location and including the Employer

“Work for Amazon as a Product Development Manager in the US” (46 Characters)


For: Amazon  Job Function: Business Development Manager

Location:
United States

To demonstrate the specificity of your goal, focus on all three – Employer, Job Function, and Location.

Use short forms to condense country name or designation, like the US for the United States, NYU for New York City.

Don’t change the designation.

Your post-MBA job function determines whether you will achieve most of your goals – increase in salary, climb the corporate ladder and the return on your investment.

The goal that you mention should be something that has been achieved by Columbia MBA graduates. It should not be too ambitious and sound unreachable after a Columbia MBA or too easy that a Columbia MBA might seem unnecessary. The best bet to figure out whether you goal is in-sync with past MBA graduates is by analyzing the latest Employment report.

Here is a summary


Columbia MBA Job Function Percentage Class

Columbia MBA Jobs by Industry


The rule of thumb is that your post-MBA job function or industry should break the single digit representation.


If you are working for the Consulting industry, which has 33.6% representation, citing your post-MBA job function as one of Management (10.2%), and Marketing (9.9%) will convey feasibility.

Education/Non-profit/Government is the lowest represented with just 1.6% of the latest class, but if you were to find consulting opportunities in the industry, it would look feasible.

Use the representation rule with the Top Employers as well to pick the right combination.

Top Employers Columbia MBA

For Comprehensive tips and Strategies for Columbia MBA Essays + Tips on creating interesting narratives + Editing & Review Tips,
Download F1GMAT's Columbia MBA Essay Guide

F1GMAT's Columbia MBA Essay Guide will show you:

1) How to create the 50-character post-MBA professional goal using Facebook’s mission statement as a starting point

2) How to use the 5-Step Process to write about Post-MBA Career Goals


3) How to write about long-term career goals connecting your pre-MBA experience and short-term career goals

4) How to Quote New York's Economy and match it with your post-MBA career path


5) How to write about Immersion Seminars and Master Class


6) How to use Internship and Full-time Jobs data for your Essay


7) How to write about your Hobbies/Extracurricular/volunteering in an interesting way

8) How to demonstrate fit for the Columbia MBA program

9) How to quote the right leader

Bonus: 11 Sample Essays

Sample Goals Essay 1: Enterprise Technology to Consumer Marketing (496 Words)   
Sample Goals Essay 2: Healthcare (Finance to Consulting) (499 Words)   
Sample Goals Essay 3: FinTech (Product Manager to Strategy) (482 Words)   
Sample Columbia Good Fit Essay 1: Value from NYC (237 Words)   
Sample Columbia Good Fit Essay 2: Entrepreneur Mindset (Persistence/Creativity/Opportunity Seeking) (237 Words)   
Sample Columbia Good Fit Essay 3: Teamwork and Learning (242 Words)   
Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #1 (Elon Musk) (250 Words)   
Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #2 (Father) (244 Words)   
Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #3 (Mother) (243 Words)   
Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #4 (Math Teacher) (242 Words)   
Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #5 (Co-Founder) (250 Words)   

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