CEIBS Essay Prompt 1

Discuss your post – MBA career aspirations (short-term and long-term) and explain how you plan to achieve them (400 words). 

Applicants ought to begin by defining their precise post-MBA goals. Describe your longer-term (5–10 year) strategy in detail, moving beyond the “what” and the “where” to the “why”—that is, the difference you expect to create in a company, industry, clientele, or geographic area. Then, candidates should very clearly describe their short-term intentions, mentioning both the job they aim to occupy after receiving an MBA and one or two firms they intend to seek. The long-term should follow naturally from this short-term objective. 

It would be advisable to quickly discuss your prior job experience in order to highlight the talents you now have. This will help identify any skill gaps that an MBA would cover in your skill set. The skills and information you expect to acquire from an MBA should be described in this section of your conversation with an eye toward your future goals. You may demonstrate to the admissions committee that you have a clear idea of how an MBA would equip you for success by drawing concrete linkages between the skills you expect to acquire (in class or outside of it) and your future ambitions.

CEIBS Essay Prompt 2

At CEIBS, we honor those who have the courage and resilience to venture into a changing world. Describe a situation when you accepted a similar challenge. How did you handle the unknown and what did you learn from that experience? (400 words) 

Essay Prompt 3

You only need to answer one of the three questions.

3.1 Discuss a situation where you have demonstrated significant leadership ability. (400 words) 

This question can include any kind of experience,those that are individual or team-based, personal or professional, informal or official, high-impact or more growth-focused. Applicants would do well to start by listing the leadership opportunities that stand out as particularly noteworthy, whether in terms of their own development or effect. Setting would be a minor factor, but given everything being equal, we would suggest choosing a professional leadership position (though an anecdote about leadership in a community organization could work nicely here as well).

Candidates must describe their leadership experience in detail, including how they handled the work and how their actions impacted other people and the goals or bottom line of the business. Whatever its source, the relevance of this event should be included in the essay together with a description of the whole process. It may take the form of producing dramatic outcomes on a project or just learning a useful lesson about cooperation. 

3.2 Many would argue that entrepreneurship is not necessarily a state of being, but a state of mind. Describe an entrepreneurial experience where you went against the grain or conventional way of thinking, to discover and create new value. (400 words). 

By definition, being an entrepreneur means that you identified a need in the market for a service, a good, or even an activity. Any of these topics might be represented by your example. Showing the reader both the conventional thinking that was in place and how your concept created new possibilities is a crucial component of this essay.

This is a chance for applicants with a history of innovative problem-solving and improvement, as well as those with entrepreneurial experience or objectives, to demonstrate their sense of vision and ingenuity. Describe the norms you were up against, describe your vision,, and then walk the reader through your activities to set the scenario. Be careful to describe your influence as it is demonstrated by adding additional value. If there is room, you might be able to conclude by discussing how you would use this way of thinking at CEIBS and elsewhere.                                            

3.3 Identify up to two trends, big or small, that you see unfolding in the next decade. Discuss how the(se) trend(s) might affect you and your career, and how you plan to address them during your MBA and/or after you graduate. (400 words) 

In essence, the adcom is requesting a “Plan B.” Working backward from your long-term objective is one strategy that can help you identify this option. Think about the knowledge or expertise you will need in the long run and how you may get it. This might be as easy as choosing a different industrial niche or broadening your list of possible target companies. You may also have an interest in an area that is always changing and speak about future trends that could have an impact on your career path there.  

  For instance, if you talk about strategy consulting in the first response, it would be really odd to talk about investment banking here; whereas, if your consulting goals were going to be focused on serving the healthcare domain, then you could reasonably consider a short-term backup plan of getting directly into that industry with a major player.

CEIBS Optional Essay Prompt 1

4(a) Is there any other information that you believe would be helpful to the MBA Admission Committee in evaluating your application? (200 words).

This response will be an appropriate place to address any elements of one’s application that need further explanation (e.g. recommender choice, expected promotions, etc.). Applicants should aim to demonstrate good judgment in deciding whether to respond to this prompt, and should take care not to introduce information that appears elsewhere in their materials or that could have been covered in response to one of the above essays.

For re-applicants, this response is relatively short, so candidates will need to exercise sound judgment and brevity in writing as they cover material improvements in their candidacy. While some schools ask about the applicant’s reflection and growth since their prior application, the wording and length of this prompt suggest that a “facts first” approach will be most effective here.

4(b). If you are a non-native Mandarin speaker, you are strongly encouraged to answer this optional question

China is changing. It presents many challenges for international MBA graduates looking to develop their careers here. In order to compensate for the language and cultural challenges you may face when competing with Chinese peers in the job market, what additional steps are you planning to take? (400 words) 

4(c) Re-applicants are suggested to describe the progress they have made since the previous application. (400 words)

CEIBS Optional Essay Prompt 2

You are encouraged to showcase your life and career in a short video, no longer than three minutes. Please provide a downloadable link below (preferably from wetransfer.com).

You have the opportunity to figuratively demonstrate to the adcom who you are, where you are from, and what matters to you. In the admissions process, taking chances may frequently pay off, but you don’t want to venture too far out of your comfort zone and end up making a bad impression (this seems especially possible for camera-shy applicants). If you want to go the additional mile for CEIBS in the application process, it will be clear that you are prepared to go above and beyond, so before hitting “record,” be sure to read our video essay advice.

Candidates should be conscious of the content balance between the essays and what they would really like the adcom to know about them if they have decided to create a video. It seems reasonable to concentrate the majority of your thoughts in this response on your life outside of work since the first response asks about candidates’ career aspirations and will inevitably contain some commentary on job experience. Candidates should carefully consider what sets them apart from other candidates while also reflecting on their ideals and personalities. In the framework of this creative activity, the objective will be to communicate information about your interests, values, and personality.

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