Are you a Wall Street analyst… or an elementary school teacher? Do you live in New York City… or Lilongwe, Malawi? Did you attend Princeton University… or University of Phoenix? Is your background too similar to other MBA applicants… or too different to gain admission to Harvard, Wharton and Stanford?
The reality is it doesn’t matter. Top-tier business schools are always looking for those individuals who have achieved excellence, demonstrated integrity and revealed potential. Over the past 15 years, The MBA Exchange has helped nearly 3,000 MBA candidates succeed, not despite their background but rather because of it. We’ve worked with individuals from more than 40 industries and sectors, nearly 80 countries worldwide, and 70 of the Fortune 100 companies. You name it, we’ve seen it. Just take a quick look at our client profiles. From farmers to venture capitalists. From Afghans to Venezuelans. From Wal-Mart execs to solo entrepreneurs.
Applicants with profiles that look similar to the “typical” MBA student need to dig below the surface and show the ad comms the real substance of their thoughts, feelings, vision and accomplishments. Likewise, those individuals with very distinctive profiles must help the b-schools see and understand the “MBA-relevance” of their actions and impact.
A thorough, thoughtful and strategic application process is the only way to go. That’s why we start every client engagement with a discovery process that drills down and then builds up. We help applicants find and mine those attributes that make them similar to successful MBA students as well as those that distinguish them from the pack.
So, as you contemplate whether admission to a top-tier MBA program is within your grasp, don’t let perceived sameness or differences distract or discourage you. Understanding and then leveraging those attributes is essential to achieving your dream of a b-school education. The start of that process is a free, objective, expert evaluation of your MBA candidacy – past, present and future.