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Want To Write A Strong MBA Essay? Read This.

Want To Write A Strong MBA Essay? Read This.

You want to get your MBA, but worried your essay won’t be strong enough?

Peter Jackson, a writer for Foreign Policy, recently created a list of tips and tricks to secure MBA admission with a strong essay.

Work On Your Business Acumen

Jackson says one way to strengthen your essay, and ultimately, your candidacy is to develop business acumen.

“Given that an MBA is a postgraduate study, you need to develop sufficient business acumen before applying for this course,” Jackson writes. “This is something which is judged by the academics and the interviewers. They are keen to accept those students who are already good at business subjects. Hence, you need to develop those skills before applying.”

Brainstorm

Prior to writing your essay, it can be helpful to do a little brainstorming about your own personal goals and how it fits with an MBA.

“Your ability to be both genuine and reflective about some fundamental questions – such as your motivations, goals, strengths and career aspirations – will set you up for success,” Sharon Joyce, of Fortuna Admissions, writes for P&Q.

Joyce recommends applicants consider the following prior to writing their essay:

  • Brainstorm: What factors have driven your personal life and professional career?
  • Reflect: What key messages do you want to convey? What are the three or so most important take-aways you want the reader to know in the context of the questions?
  • Frame: Start with a bullet point version and show a logical flow in your path.

“In the end, your personal motivations and future ambitions become the filter for crafting a powerful narrative about who you are and where you’re going,” Joyce writes.

Practice Writing Skills

If you want your essay to be stronger, it may be helpful to develop some writing skills.

The key to developing strong essay skills, Jackson says, is practice.

“Practice makes the man perfect,” Jackson writes. “This is a notion that applies here with equal effect. Essay writing is most likely to be one of the requirements when applying for MBA courses. This is why you need to practice essay writing on a regular basis.”

Sources: Foreign Policy, Poets & Quants