Wharton MBA essays 2011-2012: Writing tips

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What are your professional objectives? (300 words)

Simply state your short term and long term career goals.The two must be logically consistent with each other and also the career path should justify your motivation to pursue a Wharton MBA. In other words, why not just work in your current organization instead of doing an MBA?what additional skills/knowledge do you need for your future career which the Wharton MBA can help you gain.

Reflect on a time when you turned down an opportunity. What was the thought process behind your decision? Would you make the same decision today? (600 words)

As a manager and leader, you will find yourself in such situations often where you have to decide between two equally appealign opportunities. When you chose a particular opportunity over another, what went into your decision making process-how did you measure the benefits and risks associated with that opportunity? Who else helped you to decide, how did you gather information to assist your decision making etc. What impact did turning down that opportunity have on you, say personally and professionally. Were you satisfied in hindsight or what you would you change about how you decided?

Discuss a time when you faced a challenging interpersonal experience. How did you navigate the situation and what did you learn from it? (600 words)

This is not only about a professional relationship, although you may be well advised to keep to a difficult professional relationship and how you smoothened the rough edges to this relationship. Whatever relationship you choose to write about, explain where the points of disagreement were, what was the impact of this disagreement and therefore what you did to come around it. What did you learn about handling relationships from this situation?

“Innovation is central to our culture at Wharton. It is a mentality that must encompass every aspect of the School – whether faculty research, teaching or alumni outreach.” – Thomas S. Robertson, Dean, The Wharton School Keeping this component of our culture in mind, discuss a time when you have been innovative in your personal or professional life (600 words)

Can you think fresh?use a concrete example to demonstrate this. What was your goal and what would have been the usual way to meet this goal? Why did you decide to do something different and how did you go about doing this? What did you learn while doing this and how have you since applied this? Connect with us: To receive regular updates about essay questions and tips, application deadlines and business school hot news, join us on Facebook and follow our moves on Twitter

 

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