As an IT consultant, how do you know equities research is the right career for you? How do you know you can handle the hours, the industry volatility, the stress of having such a large impact on huge investment decisions?
The MBA applicant pursuing career change carries a burden spared other applicants: the need to demonstrate that you understand the new industry and/or function in practical terms. After all, someone may be genuinely fascinated by equities research but ultimately not fit in with that industry's culture. Thus, you must go beyond expressing sincere interest and making a logical case for your career goals. You must show that you understand your chosen industry or function "from the inside." Failure to do so will undermine the credibility of your goals.
The goals essay is the heart of that effort. Most important, explain how you plan to achieve your goals, the actual steps you will take. Here are some other pointers for using your goals essay to show that you know exactly what you are doing in changing career direction.
Clinch your message by effectively using the "why this school" part of the essay question. Ideally, the MBA studies are a bridge that will take you from where you are to where you want to be. By now identifying key learning needs for your new career, you further strengthen the impression that you understand the realities and demands of the position. Describe through specific details how the program under discussion will become that bridge.
As a career changer, you face certain obstacles in your MBA strategy and application. On the other hand, you likely have an interesting story to tell about your goals. Use that story to make your plans seem like the most inevitable, natural thing in the world.
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Guide to MBA Admissions Success
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