Applicants are asked to outline their immediate post-MBA professional objectives, as well as their longer-term plans.Meanwhile, the explicit request that applicants inventory the existing skills and characteristics that will help them along their chosen paths is a somewhat unusual one, so candidates will need to reflect on their qualifications and take care in addressing this element of the prompt.As you work on your Judge MBA essays and application, we encourage you to consider all of Clear Admit’s offerings: I want to tip my hat to the team at Clear Admit that put these guides together.
This can stem naturally from a brief career summary, as one would be able to point to one’s past actions as proof of their current skills/characteristics.
In regards to the second part of the prompt, discussing concrete efforts, such as additional projects at work, engaging Judge’s MBA Careers team or participating in an MBA career trek, would best support Judge’s request for actions.
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That said, the essay is not binding for one’s career upon admission and the school does anticipate that candidates are looking for a change, as 94% of the recent class changed country, function or industry sector.
Should candidates still be at a loss for a specific career path, responses to the final question should be kept brief, with broad reflections on how the skills acquired during the MBA could apply to an industry in general.Failures from the personal realm are technically fair game here, but candidates will likely want to give first consideration to professional or academic examples, or to those from structured extracurricular activities.Describe a situation where you had to work jointly with others to achieve a common goal. (up to 200 words) It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid highlighting a failure unless specifically asked to do so; hence, especially with the need to discuss a failure in Essay 2, candidates should be sure to choose a situation with successful results here.What did you learn from your most spectacular failure?(up to 200 words) While the topic of failure is a common one when it comes to MBA applications, the very tight word limit of this response makes this a relatively unusual task.With only 200 words to work with, applicants will need to summarize the failure itself in a very high-level manner, devoting the majority of the response to a treatment of the lessons they learned from the experience and perhaps a mention of the sorts of situations to which this learning has subsequently proven applicable.The “spectacular” scope of the question adds a further layer of complexity, as applicants should aim to discuss lessons that will be relevant to future experiences on the Judge campus and in their future careers.Let’s take a look at each of this year’s prompts: Please provide a personal statement.It should not exceed 500 words and must address the following questions: Cambridge once again includes a fairly standard career goals essay of the sort featured in many MBA programs’ applications.However, given Judge’s focus on career readiness in the next essay, it could work to highlight an industry lesson that aligns with one’s career goals.Thanks for reading our analysis of this year’s Cambridge / Judge MBA essay topics!