In the build up to admissions for various management programs, it is an opportune time to reflect on who the management institutions are looking for to join us next year. Every university/institution is extremely proud of its students and look for a few distinctive traits that are common to all individuals within the MBA cohort.
Intellectual ability and a good academic track record are essential, of course, but as the institutions select the Class of 2017, there are three attributes that the Admissions Committee look for when selecting candidates for the MBA.
First and foremost, the institutions look for candidates who exhibit strong leadership potential throughout their academic and professional experience. This can take many forms: being selected for a leadership program at work (for the candidates who have work experience), launching a new business venture, captaining a sports team or leading a voluntary project – anything which demonstrates your ability to lead, inspire and motivate others. MBAs have the leadership potential not just to succeed in business, but to create new opportunities and be trailblazers for others. Today management institutions want candidates with the drive and ambition to change the world for the better.
Whatever your background, if you are a bold, original thinker you will fit into the class well, and have many opportunities to exercise your creativity through program elements like the Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Incubation. Entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial ventures in your career so far, academic projects, hobbies or your post-MBA aspirations can all demonstrate your passion for innovation.
Management Institutions are looking for people who will make a positive contribution to our society at large and find ways to enrich the MBA experience for their whole cohort by being highly engaged inside and outside the classroom – whether it’s through exchanging ideas, utilizing your network or organizing activities. Your MBA classmates will become part of your lifelong network, so it’s as important to you as it is to us that we get this right.
If you share these characteristics and meet the program entry criteria, we’d love to hear from you!
About the Author:
Associate Dean – Institute of Management & Chairman Admissions
JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur