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What are your short term and long-term career goals? How will Post Graduate Program at ISB assist you in achieving your goals? (400 words max)
The career goal essay has consistently found place in the ISB application, especially since unlike most international programs of similar repute, ISB provides complete placement support. This remains one of the primary reasons why ISB is very keen to understand your short-term goals.
As you start writing your goals, it will be important to be very specific about your plans immediately post MBA and not get too engrossed in detailing your plans for the “future and beyond”.
While the world and the economy are likely to change significantly in the coming years, you better have a strong and specific reason to have invested your time, money, and effort in the ISB MBA at this point in your career.
It helps to keep your short-term goals consistent with your past. The recruiter is going to value your experience until now; hence do not underplay it.
The idea is to demonstrate your intention of effectively leveraging the experience and exposure you have gained until now. You may want to move to a different function or industry – that is justifiable. Focus on the Transferable Skills that will equip you to perform in your new role.
If you recognize that the role/industry you want to enter is a bit too competitive, it may be a good idea to also present a Plan B.
But both your Plan A and Plan B must be consistent with your long-term plans. All that you will do in the next 4-5 years should not be considered the ultimate destination, but rather, a path leading towards a larger purpose.
While presenting your long-term goals, do not get into specific designations, but focus on presenting the direction you would want your career to take.
Define your long-term plans to include the foreseeable future – let’s say 8-10 years from now. Your plans may very well evolve with time and experience, but to begin with, a base plan must be in place.
A major part of your essay should also go into establishing the quality, context, and highlights of your past experience. If you have undertaken any major industry or function shifts, cite what you learned at each stage, alongside demonstrating that you achieved seamless transitions.
Conclude by validating the indispensable need for an MBA and why you think ISB precisely resonates with your aspirations.
Remember not to go overboard with ‘why ISB’, since it would not earn you any brownie points just because you listed several clubs, electives, and faculty at ISB. The essay is more about you and how ISB is an ideal choice in your scheme of things. Keep it short and sweet.
ISB PGP Sample Essay Structure – Essay 2
Briefly (about 100 words) establish your career progression to date and the skills that have been developed
Present your short-term and long-term goals and the specifics that may be required in the context of your profile
Talk about the knowledge and skill gaps that exist, which may be critical to your future plans
Finally, talk about how the ISB PGP can help you get there
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