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Analysis of INSEAD Personal Essay 4: a) Discuss your short and long term career goals and b) How will studying at INSEAD help you achieve your vision?

a) Discuss your short and long term career goals. (300 words maximum) and b) How will studying at INSEAD help you achieve your vision? (250 words maximum)

INSEAD has made some changes to its Essay 4 for this season; the school now asks for distinct short- and long-term professional objectives, and specifies separate word limits for each of the two components of the prompt. Still, this remains a standard career goals essay, with an interesting focus on skills as they relate to INSEAD classes and future goals. The phrasing of this question might indicate that the school is looking for applicants who have really thought through the limitations they face given their current skill sets, and have a clear sense of what they need to learn (and how they will do so through an MBA) in order to be successful in a very specific career path. This underscores the fact that well-defined goals and school-specific detail are essential to a successful application.

As is the case with most schools, demonstrating an understanding of the unique merits of INSEAD’s program is crucial to an effective response to this question. Taking the time to learn about the school’s curriculum, special programs and extracurricular activities – whether through a visit to campus, conversation with alumni or reading the Clear Admit School Guide to INSEAD – will pay dividends here.

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