Ivey Essay 1 

What are your short-term career plans immediately post-MBA, and why is an Ivey MBA essential to those plans? (250-word limit)

The answer to this question can be broken down into three prompts – 

  1. Short-term objectives – Describe your job aspirations after graduating from Ivey, including the businesses you want to work for and the skills you wish to acquire. Your stated goals must be congruent with your present talents and interests, especially if you want to pursue an MBA. This will show that your goals are reasonable and hence feasible. Examine placement statistics and chat with Ivey graduates to learn more about the types of employment available after completing the Ivey MBA program. The school does not inquire about your previous work experiences, however simply explaining your aim might be beneficial.
  1. Why pursue an MBA? After outlining your profile’s strengths, demonstrate how the limitations of your present position and talents are impeding your future career advancement or intended moves. Determine the need for professional development, which can only be accomplished through an MBA at this point in your career. Discuss how an MBA may help you improve your business acumen, leadership abilities, and soft skills for communication and presentation, as well as give you the network you need to advance your career or business.
  1. Why Ivey? – A solid response to this question must demonstrate knowledge of the curriculum’s unique qualities. It will be advantageous in this situation to learn about the school’s curriculum, distinctive programs, and extracurricular activities, whether through an online admissions event or chats with alumni.

A business school education consists of four major components: 1) the in-class experience (courses and faculty); 2) the application of the courses through experiential learning and case competitions; 3) the out-of-class experience (professional, cultural, and sports clubs); and 4) the peer and alumni network. Depending on your objectives, highlight at least three of these four factors and be precise about it.

Ivey Essay 2

Tell us about a challenge you have faced in your life, and what lessons you learned from it. (250-word limit)

The goal of this prompt is to start you thinking about what you learn when things aren’t as simple as you’d like or when you have to make a sacrifice of some kind. You can talk about a professional or personal/familial/communal experience. Tell a tale about a time when something was at stake so that the reader might feel and understand that your decision was risky. The reader must understand that you were confronted with an indisputable situation and had to carefully weigh your options. In your essay, walk the reader through your decision-making process while quickly highlighting the multiple potential outcomes or ramifications of your various alternatives. 

When illustrating examples, an easy method to follow is the STAR methodology.  

  • Situation
  • Task
  • Action
  • Result

Begin by discussing the scenario or problem at hand to provide context for the reader. Explain what was required of you and the outcome of the work. Explain why you took the actions you did in response to this challenging scenario. It is critical to demonstrate what the effect of the action was and what outcomes you received.

Finally, demonstrate what you gained from this encounter or scenario. How has this changed you as a person or as a leader? how these experiences will improve your chances of becoming a successful leader or how you will add value to IVEY’s MBA program.

Ivey Reapplicant essay

Please highlight any significant changes/developments since your previous application to Ivey. (250-word limit)

It may be useful to review your prior application to discover any potential flaws—did you have sufficient leadership experience? Were your goals well-defined? ‘Did you raise your GMAT score or pursue quantitative courses to make up for your poor undergraduate performance? This prompt focuses on proactive improvements made to one’s candidacy since the last time they applied. As a result, this response should be action-oriented, with a focus on explaining the measures undertaken to become a stronger candidate for Ivey since being rejected, as well as the rewards of these efforts in terms of new information and expanded talents. 

The request for professional growth should account for an increase in one’s responsibilities at work, such as more direct management experience, or a successful project completed since your previous application. On a personal level, this might suggest significant community involvement. There should also be some leeway to allow for changes in one’s career goals as well as an interest in Ivey’s curriculum. It’s also important not to repeat information from your prior application verbatim; the adcom wants to see that you approached the application process with new eyes and expertise.

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