How to Adapt Your Career Goals for HBS

by Vault Education Editors | June 30, 2011

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Last time, we walked you through an exercise of how to construct your career goals for your applications to business school. Those instructions—and the short-term and long-term goals you identified for yourself through that process—are perfectly suitable for an application to most of the best MBA programs.

Why do we say “most of”?

There are some schools that do not even ask about career goals, or at least, not directly. Consider Harvard's current incarnation of the career goals question: “Why do you want an MBA?”

Harvard really does expect you to provide a fairly traditional “career goals” response to this. You can present those short-term and long-term goals that you have already developed, but the big difference with why those goals may not be quite enough for Harvard (or for Stanford) is that they might sound a little basic. READ MORE

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