If you’re thinking about applying in Fall 2012, now is the time to get started. True, the application essays are not yet available on the MBA program website, but there is still much to be done.
- Evaluate your profile:
What are your chances? For candidates with limited professional experience, applying in the second round might mean more work experience and stronger recommendations.
Often, students who are simultaneously studying for the GMAT and writing their essays spend more time on the former, leaving the essays till the last minute. This is a huge mistake, as the difficult part about the essays is not the actual writing -- it’s the long and somewhat painful soul-searching and introspection that generates the content for the essays.
- Career goals:
Do you really know what you want to do after the MBA? I’ve had multiple clients come in and say, “I want to do investment banking/corporate finance” without even the slightest knowledge about the nature of the work. Start researching your target industries and role now, and you will have a stronger understanding of the value the MBA can provide for you in your career transition.
- Selecting the right schools:
Everybody has their dream schools, but if it’s MBA or bust in 2012/3, you should apply to schools beyond the top 10. Try to identify other schools that can serve your career goals and where you can thrive.
- Academic :
If your GPA is below the average for your target school you will have to address the issue, and not just in your optional essay. True, if you get a stellar result on the GMAT the Admissions committee will be less worried, but it might not suffice. A low GPA is also an indication of your level of commitment to the academic process.
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