Ask Jeremy: “What Career Should I Discuss in My MBA Application?”

by on January 8th, 2013

It’s that time of year again, MBA application season. As such, I’m getting a lot of questions about applying to MBA programs and to MLT.

In a recent question from a long time reader named Jennifer, I got a question about just that. He asked about what career to discuss in his MBA application.

Hello Jeremy,

My name is Stanley and I met you at the MLT happy hour earlier in the week. I want to personally thank you for the advice that you gave me on both the MLT process as well as the MBA admissions process. I think those pieces of information will go a long way in helping me complete my essays during my attempt at going to business school. I believe the main thing you said was to answer what, why, and how when addressing your essays: with the most important area being the focus on the why.

I also have a follow up question on essays around the idea of if it is better to create the most complete story for business admissions counselors on what your background most relevantly points towards rather than create a story about what you really truly want to do if your background work doesn’t strongly support that field or work (ie currently doing financial consulting and aspire to get into management consulting/ as appose to currently in financial consulting and aspire to become an entrepreneur in the field of education). What do you think? Should I go for the story all the websites say works or should I go for the story of my true passions despite not having the strongest backgrounds to support wanting to do this. Finally I know you said that you had two blog entries that you wanted me to read and I am eager to find out what they are because at this point I welcome informed advice.

Otherwise, I think what you are doing with the education matters project as well as this website and you work with MLT is admirable. Please keep it up, you have no idea of the positive impact that it brings. Thanks for all the advice and I hope to hear from you soon.

Kind Regards,


Below is my video response. Apologies in advance for some of the noise in the background — we’re still working on the sound and lighting from the videos.

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