This short orientation video introduces four powerful exercises that will help you develop your Statement of Career Purpose, Dream Job, Career Capabilities Inventory, and Career Action Plan. Following the orientation video, you’ll be ready to work through the MBA Prep Step videos dedicated to each Career Goals exercise.
The leadership capabilities you identified in earlier exercises have enabled you to achieve some very impressive things in your career thus far both personally and professionally. But make no mistake, an acceptance letter to a top tier MBA program is not a blue ribbon for past achievements. Admissions committees are interested in what you've accomplished thus far for one reason and one reason only -- they are trying to assess your potential.
Your application must convince the admissions committee that you're just getting started and that you will achieve even greater things in the future!
If you look at the application essay sets from different programs you'll notice that one question appears consistently in just about every application:
"What are your career goals?"
The wording may differ slightly from application to application but that's the essence of the question you're being asked.
Before we introduce the first exercise, let's spend a few more moments thinking about why just about every business school application asks you about your career goals.
Are admissions committee really all that interested in what job you hope to get when you graduate? Do they want to read 5,000 essays about each candidate's plan for climbing the corporate ladder? No!
So if that's not what they are looking for by asking the career goals question what are they looking for? We believe there are actually multiple questions embedded in this seemingly straightforward query.
Reference: Lecture Slides and Speaker Notes