In The Next Few Years…
In the next few years I will have conquered one of the most important goals I have ever set myself to achieve, which is to become a sports manager. In order for me to obtain this goal, I will have to do well in college, learn about being a sports manager, and real world experience will greatly come to aid. I will have to be completely focused if my targeted goal is to be completed.
First, I will have to the best-suited university for my goal to come to fruition. It will need to have m intended major. Also will have to be comfortable for my lifestyle. To ensure my acceptance I have to get the scores necessary to be considered to make this happen is for me to study hard and play around and risk losing my opportunity at my dream career. I have to approach my goal with nothing but the upmost focus. So that I wont be strayed away from my goal.
If all goes well, and I do get accepted into the university of my choosing, my next assignment will be learn as much as possible about being a sports manager. I must be ready to know what to expect in the work field besides going in not knowing anything at all. This will prevent me from making asinine decisions only due to my lack of knowledge in the field. Also it will improve the chances of me making a great first impression when I begin to work there. So the university will greatly teach and prepare me for what challenges lie ahead.
Nevertheless, the last venture I will be forced to take has to be to understand the real world. I know that everything coming up to this point would have helped me prepare for my future, but it is mandatory that I find a mentor. Lucky I already have found one; she is in the exact field I want to be in. She fully understands how the real world of being a sports manager actually is; her experience will be to the ultimate preparation to secure my goal. She will dramatically improve my chances to grasp my goal.
In the upcoming years, I will have task I must complete in order to achieve my goal. It is vital that all my endeavors are met. If not my most desired dream will become unattainable. So I will have to be determined like never before to become a sports manager. It will be a challenging mountain to climb, but I know can do it.
Most business school applications will ask you to think about your career goals. This is a very important question. Business schools want to know how you will make the business world better when you leave their campuses and what your unique mark will be.
The best career essay will do two things:
1) Your essay will connect your past career to your future goals. Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior and we have all left a mark in one way or another. Whether you plan to take your career in a completely different direction, make a small career pivot or return to the same company post-MBA in a higher role, it is important to connect your past to your future. This does not, however, mean that your essay should include a chronological history of your career to date. In fact, in nearly all cases you DO NOT want to do this. Instead, you want to think about a few highlights from your career and link them to your future. What are your strengths? When have you shined? Take an example or two and draw the connection for the reader.
Regardless of your goal, this link is important. If you are not planning a major career change, there should be plenty of ways to make this connection. But even if you are, there are links to me made. Here are some examples:
- Perhaps you are a great public speaker. If so, show how you have used this to your advantage in the past, how your performance at work has reflected this and detail how you might use it in a future role, combined with certain key things you will absorb from the MBA.
- Maybe instead your strength lies in working through ambiguity. This is another example of a skill that could be leveraged regardless of your career.
2) Your career goal will be focused, attainable and if possible, unique. Your career essay should generally include both a short-term and long-term goal. This goal should be specific! Do not use OR in your essay. If you don’t know for sure, that is ok! No one is going to hold you to what you put in your essay, but it is important to think through and convey your plan. There are many different strategies to think about when deciding how to narrow down your career goals. In fact, I plan to write a whole blog in the future on just this and I spend many hours counseling clients on how to arrive at their ideal career goals. What is most important, however, is that you are decisive and consistent. Whatever you choose, do not waiver. Your short-term goal should also flow logically to your long-term goal. I have seen candidates with a short-term goal of working in marketing and a long-term goal of becoming a CFO. Sure, some might make this leap in their careers but this isn’t the norm. If you want a finance career, both your short and long-term goal should be in this field.
Your career goal should also be attainable. As valuable as an MBA is, you likely will not be running a department the first day out of business school. Do your research and figure out what jobs are attainable for you. This does not mean you should not be ambitious, of course! This is part of why I tell client to have two goals in most essays.
Finally, uniqueness can also work in your favor. If you have your heart set on a career at McKinsey, then you should write about that. (I talk my clients through when this is and is not a good strategy based on your background and long-term goals). However, don’t simply put this as your goal because that is what you think AdComs wants to hear. Not everyone goes into consulting and having a unique goal can often work in your favor. It may make it easier for you to stand out and be memorable, but at the same time do not forget that it has to be realistic and achievable.
The career goal essay is very important. After all, you need to convince admissions committee members that you know WHY you need an MBA and that you will use it effectively so give it the time it deserves!
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See examples of career essays from a few different business schools
Columbia Business School
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