Schulich Essay 1 

What are your short-term and long-term goals (eg, roles, employers, industry) and how will your selected program of interest help you achieve these goals? (350 words)

This question is a condensed form of the normal career objectives essay, focusing on candidates’ immediate post-graduation job ambitions and connections to the long term. First, define your desired short-term goal employer(s) and employment position, and then explain how this approach will lead to your long-term vision. Answer the question “Will having an MBA from Schulich help me reach where I want to go?”  Before jumping directly to goals, give a quick synopsis of your career at the beginning of the essay to establish a background. 

The division can be as follows – 

1. Journey- 50 words

2. Long-term & Short-term goal- 100 words

3. How the Schulich MBA will help you?- 200 words

The school wants to know that you will be able to achieve your goals after completing their program, so don’t establish unreasonable expectations. Establishing simply that you have the abilities and expertise to enter your selected sector will assist the admissions reader in making the logical link. 

Candidates are expected to describe both their short- and long-term career goals after getting an MBA degree. Then, as is the case with most colleges, solid response to this question must demonstrate an awareness of the special features of Schulich’s curriculum. 

You must draw clear, convincing linkages between the Schulich MBA’s courses and how they will help you achieve your objectives. It will be beneficial in this case to take the time to learn about the curriculum, unique programs, and extracurricular activities offered by the school, whether through an online admissions event or discussions with alumni.

Many candidates believe they do not need to define their objectives in detail or that it is preferable to “keep their choices open.” However, if you are submitting an application to a top business school, your objectives must be crystal clear. 

Schulich Optional Essay 

Is there any other information or area of concern in your academic or personal history that you believe would be helpful to the admissions committee when considering your application? (please limit your answer to 350 words)

Schulich’s optional essay prompt is carefully written to make it clear that it is meant to allow applicants the freedom to clarify any ambiguous or problematic aspects of their profiles and is not an invitation to share anything more they would want with the admissions committee. 

This space shall be used to explain the “extenuating circumstances” (e.g unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, inconsistent or questionable academic performance, areas of weakness, etc.) that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider.   These circumstances can include the following – 

  •  Low GPA or GMAT
  • Gaps in resume
  • Any disciplinary action

Before you submit an optional essay, consider the following questions – Is the relevant? Is it constructive? Because the goal is to improve the reader’s opinion of your ability to excel in the classroom and contribute to the MBA community at the school.

Explain the problem in a clear and concise manner. Then, illustrate how you’ve improved and addressed the concerns using proof. Finally, talk about how you want to keep the momentum going.

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