Columbia MBA Essay Guide (2020 Entering Class)

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Columbia MBA Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-MBA professional goal? (50 characters maximum)

Columbia MBA Essay #1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals over the next 3-5 years and what, in your imagination, would be your long-term dream job? (500 words)

Columbia MBA Essay #2: Why do you feel Columbia Business School is a good fit for you? (250 words)

Columbia MBA Essay #3: Who is a leader you admire, and why? (250 words)

Who Should Buy Columbia MBA Essay Guide?

If you don't know how to approach the Short-term Goal essay, we list out a 5-step template to create a relevant goal.

If you don't know how to approach the long-term Goal essay, we provide two alternatives - predicting the future and starting with your core strengths.

We predict the future for Consulting and Finance professionals (and for applicants interested in switching careers to the two industries). Choose the narrative that fits your profile.

For Essay 1, we have categorized the electives and interesting experiential learning modules based on industries - Finance, Consulting, Healthcare, Fashion/Luxury, Media/Advertising and Technology with context on how the courses will be valuable for your post-MBA career.

In addition to summarizing the curriculum, we have shared three Sample Goals Essays

Sample Goals Essay 1: Enterprise Technology to Consumer Marketing (496 Words)   

Sample Goals Essay 2: Healthcare (Finance to Consulting) (499 Words)   

Sample Goals Essay 3: FinTech (Product Manager to Strategy) (482 Words)   

For Essay 2 - the good fit essay, we have included three approaches to answer the essay with a Sample Essay for each approach.

Sample Columbia Good Fit Essay 1: Value from NYC (237 Words)   

Sample Columbia Good Fit Essay 2: Entrepreneurial Mindset (Persistence/Creativity/Opportunity Seeking) (237 Words)   

Sample Columbia Good Fit Essay 3: Teamwork and Learning (242 Words)   

For Essay 3 - the leader I admire, we have shared 9 Traits of leaders that you can mix and match according to the person you have chosen.

We have also included five Sample essays

Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #1 (Elon Musk) (250 Words)   

Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #2 (Father) (244 Words)   

Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #3 (Mother) (243 Words)   

Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #4 (Math Teacher) (242 Words)   

Sample Columbia MBA Leader I admire Essay #5 (Co-Founder) (250 Words)   

If your essay looks too bland, Columbia MBA Essay Guide will show you, with examples, on how to use the elements of Storytelling like Incorporating "The Struggle," using Emotional connectors, narrating the Journey and the use of Chronology, Vividness and Active Verbs to transform your essays.

If you are stuck in the Writing process, Columbia MBA Essay Guide will show you how to silence the Analytic Mind and overcome mental blocks.

If you feel that the Essays are not persuasive
, Columbia MBA Essay Guide will teach you how to use the W-Pattern narrative, Contexts, Turning Points and "The Show Don't Tell Approach" to write a Winning MBA Essay.

If you don't have enough leadership experience, Columbia MBA Essay Guide will show you how to highlight non-obvious qualities like Trust, Focus, Listening Skills, Personal Responsibility, Humility, Self-Knowledge, and other secondary traits to prove your leadership.

If you don't know how to review your essays
, Columbia MBA Essay Guide will demonstrate how to improve readability with the power of iteration and maintain your original voice by removing review biases.

Book Details
Page Length: 304
Entering Class: 2020


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The bulk of the initial chapter is about using evidence-based case that before randomly writing about the short-term and long-term goals, begin with the curriculum and employment trends. Skillfully weaving post-MBA placement data with narrative creativity, the author captures the techniques that successful MBA applicants use to leave a memorable first impression. " - Verified Purchase

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