The D-School course, for example, will help me apply the knowledge I have gained as Product Manager to my future decisions as CEO of a technology company, responsible for a full range of development and business activities.
Question: What are your short-term and long-term post-MBA goals? How will Columbia Business School help you achieve these goals? The following essay was submitted to the Columbia MBA program by our client. Six years ago my father founded our family company in Ghana. The company supplied security products locally, but quickly expanded to 6 departments— Civil and Marine Engineering, Railroad Projects, Security Products, Water Treatment Facilities, and Telecommunications.
While most company activities are in Ghana, we have completed projects across Africa, Europe, and North America. Today, our company has the knowhow, means, and, according to the board, intent to expand to additional industries and regions. Six years ago I became intensely involved in the company. I started in sales and business development and advanced to project manager and board member.
I have already started by founding a timber company in Central America and designing a pilot for a smart fueling project in Nigeria and Ghana. My immediate next goal is to focus on growing our telecommunications department. Due to recent investments, this department has potential to serve most of Western Africa with low marginal cost. I intend on leveraging this position by leading our company into other countries, including Nigeria, Liberia and Cameroon.
Although I know I have the technical experience and management approval to lead this path, I still feel I need more practical knowledge to execute my vision.
I always knew Columbia Business School could offer such direction through its extensive networking, program rankings, brand name and unique locale. Though, only after visiting the school, attending classes, and talking to students and professors, did I fully understand how Columbia can help me achieve my career goals.
Furthermore, at a class of event during my April campus visit I was inspired by potential networking with students of such eclectic professional and cultural backgrounds. In the long run I plan to advance towards general management to eventually become company president, as my father recently clarified is his expectation. Then, I will be responsible for management of the entire company, consisting of almost employees across offices in 6 countries.
Despite recent rapid growth, our company still runs as a family business with all its advantages and disadvantages that I will have to overcome. I believe Columbia Business School can provide me with the necessary tools for these challenges. Three of our departments perform large infrastructure projects requiring significant funding. Currently all our projects rely either on our investments or IMF and World Bank grants while institutional financing options are ignored.
I know these options exist and should be properly investigated and managed. Unfortunately, among our current managers no one has the skills and knowhow to properly overcome this hurdle. When my father was 26, he travelled abroad for the first time to supervise his first international business project. When I turned 26 last year I had already lived on 3 continents, visited 38 countries, and worked in 10 of them.
Regardless of my supposed academic and multicultural advantage and my understanding of the challenges, part of me still feels that when my father hands over the company reigns, his shoes will be big enough for me to swim in. Nevertheless, I believe that as long as I work hard on enriching my professional experience while supplementing it with top technical and academic knowhow, I know I can get at Columbia, that one day those shoes will be the right fit.
With 7 of our projects located a direct flight away from JFK and my important ongoing project at the Ghanaian Consulate in NYC, studying at Columbia would allow me to continue to stay at least involved part-time as I prepare myself not only to achieve, but to excel and even surpass my short and long term goals for myself and the company.
Question: Discuss your career goals. It made me realize that my passion was to lead a decision-making career. Afterwards, I hope to become V. It will complement my legal and corporate background in developing my understanding of fields I lack experience in: finance, HR, marketing and production.
On a more direct level, participating in one of the many consulting internships offered to INSEAD students will provide me my first real consulting experience. This famous recruitment record, specifically with consulting firms, will be a benefit in seeking my post-MBA position. My previous positions have supplied me with business experience in South-America, Europe and Africa. Gaining cultural experience and business contacts in Asia, by attending the Singapore campus will benefit my career immensely.
As the ultimate stage of my career, I aim at implementing my business experience to impact i the public sector by becoming the CEO of a ministry such as Education or Industry. Cause and effect comes into play even more when talking about your short and long term goals. Make sure that what you hope to achieve in the few years following school can realistically lead to what you are aiming for long term.
If the two seem slightly disjointed at first glance, you might just have a little more work ahead of you to show the relationship between them. The key is simply communicating that well — something that we here at Ellin Lolis Consulting can also help you with.
Be Specific Again, this applies to both your goals and your entire essay. In other words, they show the admissions officers how likely you are to succeed in the future and how well their program can set you up for success.
If your goals are vague, they will not be able to determine your career risk and your application will likely be rejected. Stories are not only helpful for understanding you as a candidate, they also make you stand out and add interest. However, they must have a strong connection with the rest of the essay to be effective. So how do you get specific in a word essay?
Choose just a few points to highlight. Kudos [? When writing such essay, the candidate has to make it clear to the admission committee why an MBA is a crucial step for him in order to achieve his career goals.
Will the MBA enable you to get this knowledge? For example: I still lack knowledge of X to achieve my goal Y. How will the MBA enable you to get these things? For instance, what exactly within marketing do you need to achieve your stated goals? I plan to achieve that position after acquiring the necessary tools and experience required to manage a large-scale global business by completing my MBA, starting as Product Manager and working my way up.
I find the information security industry exciting; it is ever-growing, ever-changing and provides a huge technological challenge in adapting to new technologies and attacks. Data security was a crucial element to business managers worldwide deciding to connect their intra-nets to the Internet.
This made the transformation to a global-commercial network possible. I hope to harness my motivation, technological ingenuity and managerial skills in developing the industry.
I feel that such knowledge will help me do my job effectively and achieve my long term objectives. While my grandfather built the country with a saw and hammer, I would like to build up its financial strength by developing its capital markets. In my current, position I recruit new clients and market financial products.
I wanted to ensure that JPH received a consistent layout from Zoelle magazine. While today I use intuition and experience to guide my activity, I plan to strengthen my skills by learning formal methodologies at Tuck and benefiting from personal experiences of classmates and faculty. Some admissions reps read more than 1, essays answering the same question. HBS has no competitors in academic level and in world-wide fame I learned that from talking to people in China, Eastern Europe, and Arab countries. Many of the projects I have been working on in the Technology Unit of the Intelligence Directorate utilize technologies that are applicable to medical devices.
My candles are still burning. Question: Professional Aspirations: word maximum, double-spaced, point font Think about the decisions you have made in your life.
I took the responsibility of two kids who were at the age of ten and eleven years old. It will complement my legal and corporate background in developing my understanding of fields I lack experience in: finance, HR, marketing and production. My candles are still burning. People were suffering from unemployement as a result welfare. I value the fact that at the XXX School, entrepreneurial education does not stop at the classroom but continues through internships and extracurricular activities. I believe an MBA is the most structural way to learn how to build organizational values, culture and design organizational structure and hierarchy.
While my grandfather built the country with a saw and hammer, I would like to build up its financial strength by developing its capital markets. On a more direct level, participating in one of the many consulting internships offered to INSEAD students will provide me my first real consulting experience.
I will need to understand the activities of these departments, best practices for interacting with them and how to take them into account in decision-making. After leading the Zoelle team to a business deal close and a fresh start, I learned that with the proper leadership, a staff of varied talents, insights and opinions can work closely together to produce a magazine that continues to increase its sells each issue. Furthermore, dynamic changes in this sector require structured yet flexible marketing strategies to better penetrate new markets and develop suitable mergers and acquisitions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the field of physical therapy to grow faster than average in the upcoming years. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Cause and effect comes into play even more when talking about your short and long term goals.
It is important that you explain the relationship between all the lessons you learned along your career journey and your future — how has your past prepared and inspired you for your future? I always knew Columbia Business School could offer such direction through its extensive networking, program rankings, brand name and unique locale. I consider helping these two kids to be my most significant personal accomplishment to date. One of the first questions I asked during the job interview was whether the bank offers management training programs.