Let me start this with a summary of my applicant profile:
- Work Exp: One year in a non-profit. Almost 6 years in consulting.
- 710 GMAT (Q47, V40)
- GPA of 3.92 out of 5
- College EC’s: member of Student Government, Peer tutor, church volunteer.
- Post-college EC’s: Founding Board member of a committee at work, professional mentoring to new recruits, volunteer at church, photography, sports (volleyball & tennis)
- Post-MBA goals: Entrepreneurship (Agribusiness)
Where’s the snag?
My post MBA goals are both cross function and cross industry. I need to show the adcom that an overachiever like myself with a lot of passion can make it happen. I know this is what I want to do, I know I can do it but I need to convince the adcom that I am a risk worth taking. What makes this even ‘riskier’ for the school is that my post-MBA industry is not a traditional one. (Aside: I knew the industry was a big issue when I talked to one of the adcom members at an admission event.)
I recently found an article on accepted.com which is all shades of useful and has finally pointed me in the right direction. I am now working on how to demonstrate th attributes recommended in that article in my optional essay.
One advice I will give to career changers: DO NOT CHANGE YOUR GOALS just because you think it will be a hard sell. Some people had advised me to pick a more sellable goal for admission purposes but I do not believe that will work. I don’t know about other people but I find it ver difficult to communicate passion if I am not passionate about something. Another reason is that you want to be sure that the school you attend will help you achieve your actual goals not the fake one you pick for admission purposes. However, this is just my opinion, and you are very free to do the opposite if it works for you.
Any career changer (cross industry, cross function or both) care to share their opinion?