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Question 1. Explain why you chose your current job. How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will an MBA assist you in the development of these ambitions? (Maximum 750 words)
This question presents a slight twist on the classic goals question. In addition to wanting to know how you see your future and how an MBA will help you there, it asks you to explain why you chose your current job. Don’t say it was the only job offer you got. What motivated you to apply? What do you like about it? Given your work experience, how do you see your career developing in the short-term after you graduate. They don’t ask here if you want to be president in 2028. They’re just asking about the next five years. Finally, how will an MBA get you from today to your desired tomorrow?
Question 2. Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why? (Maximum 1,000 words)
What was your outlook before the event or your reading of this book and how has it changed your perspective? Although the question doesn’t ask for it, how has this epiphany motivated you to alter your behavior? If something is important and influential and you are a person of initiative and commitment, it should also lead to changes in action.
Finally, make sure you answer the “why” part of the question. Your answer may relate to personal experience or your personal background.
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Application DeadlineFinal Decision
Stage 1:Oct 14, 2011Dec 11, 2011
Stage 2:Jan 20, 2012Mar 23, 2012
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