The MBA Application Roadmap: The Essential Guide to Getting into a Top Business School Kindle Edition
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Thank you for such an informative online booklet. I am immensely benefitted by going through it as it helped me understand the practical route to admission and probability of success in getting admission to an MBA course which is highly competitive.
There are some essay writing tips that I'm fortunate to have read because it guided me away from committing certain follies in my essays that I had planned to commit! One being starting my essays with the intention to create a mystery.
If you're concerned with the content being too old (the book was published in 2009), rest assured that the content is still relevant, and I can imagine it being so for many years to come.
This may be minor, but I was surprised with how many chapters this book has. It struck me as being poorly structured, although it does not take much away from the quality of the content of the book.
The main shortcoming of this book is the lack of actual recommendations and essays. Perhaps it was not the goal of this book, but the addition of actual essays would have improved the usefulness of this book tremendously. As a result, I'm subtracting two stars. I had to refer to essays in "How to Get into the Top MBA Programs" by Richard Montauk to get the look and feel of actual essays and recommendations.
There are plenty of books on the market to help you get from "I want to go to B-School" to "I'm in!" but it wasn't until I recently read The MBA Application Roadmap that I found one I could enthusiastically endorse.
Authors Stacy Blackman and Daniel J. Brookings have put together a concise handbook that gives you a plan and then walks you through the steps required to get there. Blackman is well-known for her admissions consulting service, and her experience is evident throughout the book.
Most striking in the first several chapters of the book is the emphasis on getting started early. Blackman and Brookings encourage you to give yourself several months to research schools, prepare for and take the GMAT, draft essays, and manage recommenders.
The authors start from the very beginning, explaining the various factors that should go into your school selections. In my experience (and in theirs), too many students decide on one or two programs simply because of familiarity or a top ranking. Researching more possibilities will not only expand your options, but will also come in handy when tailoring your essays to each school's admissions committee.
Nearly half of the book is devoted to application essays, and this is where you'll find the most valuable advice. By necessity, most of the tips are general in nature, but regardless of your specific situation, you'll find plenty to help you improve your application package.
I wish I had always been able to point my students to this book, because it answers so many of the questions I've been hearing for years, including: How much should your essays be tailored for individual programs? Should you write an optional essay? How can you effectively handle topics such as your biggest weakness or failure? What tone should you strike in the essays?
The MBA Application Roadmap weighs in at well under 300 pages, and reads even faster than that. While it's very concise, that doesn't mean it's not valuable. Many of the strategies the authors share sound simple, but far too many B-School aspirants fail to use them. I don't want you to make the same mistake.
The book's content is divided into over fifty brief chapters, making it easy for you to use it as a reference guide. After an initial quick read (I went through it in about two hours), you'll go back to it many times as you choose target schools, draft essays, and put the finishing touches on your application package.