MBA essay writing can be a challenge. But once you know what you specifically need to focus on, it gets easier. This is more important for Indian MBA applicants (many from engineering and information technology IT backgrounds).
Jon Frank, founder of Precision Essay, started a guest series to share MBA essay tips for Indian MBA applicants. This is part two in the series.
Here’s the full series:
MBA Essay Tip #1: Undo the adcom’s preconceptions about India
MBA Essay Tip #2: Don’t be so quick to throw away the tech background.
MBA Essay Tip #3: Focus on SOFT skills. Leadership, not tech.
MBA Essay Tip #4: Be creative. Take Risks.
MBA Essay Tip #5: Don’t kid yourself.
Indian applicants have a unique set of hurdles to overcome when they’re applying to business school. And to do so, there are some things you can (and must) do. Last week, I shared the first of many: Undoing the adcom’s preconceptions (and misconceptions) about India.
Today, I’d like to talk about another biggie. And that is:
#2: Don’t be so quick to throw away the tech background.
Well, conventional wisdom tells us that “IT is the toughest background to get into schools with.” After all, there are MANY IT candidates from India and it’s impossible to set yourself apart. The obvious answer would be to forget about IT and move into something else.
And that is the wrong answer.
The one thing you DON’T wanna do is throw your background away and say, “I have no experience outside of IT, but my dream is to get into finance.” Sure, you wanna get away from IT, but if you have NO background in finance, how would you argue effectively that you can get into that field?
Instead, you gotta work with what you have. Don’t ignore your background — BUILD on it. From IT, you can easily make a compelling case for getting into product management, sales, general management, consulting…there are plenty of logical fields that you can focus on to stand out.
Don’t fall into the trap of throwing away your STRONG background in IT just because you heard that “there are too many IT applicants from India.” You’ll make a much stronger case using what you’ve got, than ignoring it.
Next up, we’ll be talking about leadership and how you need to incorporate it into your apps.
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