Think globally about your future.
As a former Harvard University admissions interviewer and a Harvard graduate, I have a lot of inside knowledge about the MBA application progress among North America’s top schools. If you’re thinking of applying to a top MBA program, my best piece of advice would be to think globally about your future!
If you look at any of the MBA essay prompts, from this year or recent years in the past, you will see that a lot of the questions from the top schools ask about your future career plans, your future goals and dreams.
This is perfectly understandable, as each school wants to see that you have a well thought-out plan of action and that getting your MBA now is the next logical step to fulfilling your long-term professional vision.
However, it has been my experience that the applications that stand out are those that take a global approach, or have an international focus. The MBA applicants who get attention are those who demonstrate through their essays that they are thinking beyond the confines of their own city, country or region, and have what I call a “far-reaching” plan for their career, product, parent corporation, or entrepreneurial business.
GLOBAL is the new catch-phrase
We are no longer living in a time where a country’s economy is self-contained. With social media and the internet, everything is now world-wide and world-related, and business, more than ever before, has taken on an international connectivity.
This understanding needs to be reflected in your MBA applications, and will make you stand out as an applicant. You must convey that you’re fully up-to-date with this focus, and understand the international and global significance of any business venture, small or large, and thereby have the ability to think on a global, international scale.
This is especially true for those of you who speak an additional language, as that, too, will give you an edge in the ever expanding international business market.
Do you speak Chinese? Hindi? Russian? Farsi? All these languages are great assets to your MBA application, as these are areas in the world where business is rapidly expanding. If you speak one of these languages, you need to mention it.
So, if you can demonstrate that you have a far reaching vision, and if you can demonstrate in your essays that you perhaps have additional language skills and experience with other cultures, you will already be way ahead of the game!