1. Why you want an MBA (important) and why you want an MBA now (incredibly important). This is a no-brainer. Asking why you want to get an MBA is in almost any application you’ll pick up, and you should have a clear answer to this question. However, as an early-career candidate, there’s also an imbedded question here – you should be ready to describe why you want an MBA today. There is no right answer to this question – but it’s definitely something you should be thinking about.
As I’ve been involved with the admissions process leading up to first round decisions coming out later this month, I’ve thought back a lot on some of the major questions I had before going back to business school. I’ve mentioned before that giving up a stable income and good career track can seem like a huge risk, and there are a lot of unknowns. Now with more than a year under my belt, I wanted to retrospectively answer the three questions I (and I think a lot of other people as well) had about going back to business school:
I was 24 when I started at Booth. At the time, I had only two years of professional experience. I was incredibly worried about starting with a huge disadvantage but once I got here the feeling quickly disappeared. In future posts, I’ll explore why I think Booth is a great school for early career candidates and provide some tips for any early career readers. Before thinking about which school you should attend and the best way to gain admission, you should first understand where you’re at in your career and what an MBA can do for you. Here are some things I tried to think about before enrolling:
This week at The Booth Experience, we hear from Ashley Cleveland, a first-year student who is one of the newest members of the DSAC team. She’s been up to a lot this quarter and has been an active part of the Booth community since Day 1.
Boothies all recognize the light installation that adorns the Harper Center asking “Why are you here and not somewhere else?” As a student body this is something we think about often. If you come to Booth you’ll find everyone has a story and many are here because they want to make a career change. Yesterday’s Economist MBA rankings placed Booth #1, largely because it offers unparalleled new career opportunities and “its graduates find employment in the widest range of industries.” We’re proud to be part of a community that has extremely varied interests and an institution that provides the resources for us to pursue so many paths. If you speak with Booth students, you will hear over and over that Career Services, academic flexibility, and strong community are what makes this possible. Today, four students reflect on why they believe Booth is #1 and share why they are here and not somewhere else.