Welcome back to MBA Monday, I’m AngelaGuido, the founder of Career Protocol, and today I’m talking abouthow to get into Wharton. If you’re following along in our SchoolSecrets series, you already know that I don’t thinkthere is any such thing as secrets. And you’ve probably also noticed a trendthat what most business school essays are really about is not yourprofessional career. It’s not how awesome you are. It’s about who you are on the inside.
So your values and your character are critically important evaluation criteriafor every type of business school. And Wharton is has been quite innovative, true to their brand, true totheir commitment to innovation. They’ve been quite innovative in figuringout unique ways to assess student character that is a little bit differentfrom what most top MBA programs are doing. So let’s see what we need to do as we’retackling the Wharton MBA application. Number one is you want to make surethat you have a rock star resume. That means ideally you’ve had a lotof impact, you’ve achieved a lot. You’ve been promoted,you’ve gotten awards.
You’re just kind of like anawesome all around person. But whatever you have to work with in your career, and plenty of people who getinto Wharton are not rock stars per say. They’re just solid professionals. They’re just people doing great work. So whatever you have to show for yourcareer, make sure that it’s expressed fully in the resume byapplying career protocols. Three tests for your resume. Click the link in the descriptionbelow to read the MBA resume protocol.
It will save your life. It will really improve your resume. And your resume is really important forWharton, because when you get into the essays, you’re going to see you have muchless space here than you do and a lot of the other top schools and thequestions are very targeted. So you’re not going to be ableto work your own agenda at all. You’re going to have to directly answerthe questions that Wharton is asking. And if you try to veer off and talk about what a rock star you are,it’s not going to work. So put all of that in the resume so that when you tackle the essays, you can reallyjust answer the questions are asked. Question number one.
OK, so the second piece of applying to Wharton that’s really, really importantis to have an amazing career game plan. We talk about this a lot on our channelbecause it’s so, so, so important. But the entire first Whartonessay is all about your future. It’s all about your career game plan. The question is, what do you hopeto gain professionally at Wharton? It’s all about where you’re headed professionallyand how Wharton is going to help you.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you might not mention one or two accomplishmentswhen you’re tackling this essay. That is a strategy thata lot of people employ. And it can be very effective, especially if your goals are really groundedin what you’ve done before. But the essence of this question ischecking out your career game plan. They’re looking for employability,credibility in your plan and inspiration. As always, schools want to be inspired bywhere you’re headed and what you’re going.
They want to know that they’re investing their seat in someone who is going tomatter and make a difference. So that’s an easy one, as he, too, is actually in a lot of ways similar. They’re still asking you to talk aboutyour experience at Wharton, but this time they’re asking you howyou’re going to contribute. So the question is taking into consideration your background, personal,professional and or academic, how do you plan to make specific, meaningfulcontributions to the Wharton community? This essay is a little bitshorter than the first one.
Four hundred words asopposed to five hundred. And of course, they’re not asking you why Wharton or how is Whartongoing to contribute to you? They’re asking how do you wantto contribute to Wharton? So in this essay you will talk about pastexperiences, making contributions, and you’ll show them how those are goingto map to the Wharton community. So you need to do lots of research onclubs, organizations, activities, ways in which you’re going to make yourmark when you are at Wharton.
Even the Wharton recommendation questions are subtly different from other topprograms because they’re really, really focused on how Wharton fits in, howyou’re going to fit in to Wharton. So keep all of that in mind as you’retackling those two main essays. Because the truth is, Wharton isn’t really looking very closely at yourcharacter in those essays. You will. Hint at your character as you talk about what contributions you’re going to makeand how you will benefit professionally from Wharton MBA, but the place whereWharton innovatively is truly assessing the kind of person you areis in their interview.
And you may know that for many years now,Wharton has entirely issued a one on one conversation about you in favorof the team based discussion. You’re going to get together with a group of fellow Wharton applicants and discuss atopic, collaborate and come up with a plan of action to answer a questionthat Wharton is asking you. It’s amazing what you reveal aboutyourself in group interactions.
You show how collaborative you are, howinclusive you are, how much you respect and value the opinions of others, howfocused you are on a solution versus argumentation or havingyour way or being right. So where Wharton is mostly assessingyour character, it’s not in the essays. It’s actually in that interview. So that means that you even get to that stage where Wharton is entirely engagedin who you are as a complete human being.
You’ve got to have a solid career gameplan, a rock star resume and a very clear path to make an impactat Wharton and beyond. So as is very frequently the case with MBAapplications, make sure you have an airtight career game planand an airtight resume. Check out all the resources we’relinking below to help you do that. And while you’re at it,subscribe to our channel. Why don’t you? We got great advice comingat you every Monday. Speaking of which, I’ll see you next week if you’re following along in ourSchools Secrets series, School Secrets.