My Dream Job Essay Conclusion Strategies

I have an extensive amount of jobs that constantly cross my mind but there are only two that I would have to consider calling my "dream job". One day I dream of owning a restaurant in San Clemente, California. It is a beach and the environment is soothing and peaceful. I would like to have a restaurant because what else do people love more than food? I would like for my customers to feel at home and have them so relaxed that they forget about the rest of their day, but this is only half of my dream job. The other half is to one day have a child, a child that I would love, guide and teach to be strong, so strong that one day after I am gone and the world has changed they will prevail and make their life worth living over again and again and they will forever leave their mark in time.

Raul Cardenas, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

As far as I can remember I have always wanted to become a medical doctor. More specifically, a cardiologist. I love the thought of saving a person's life. The road to becoming a doctor is a long process, but worth it in the end. Having the feeling of accomplishment and knowing that I have made an impact on a family's life, would be the greatest satisfaction for me.

Carissa Villarreal, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I do not as of now have a dream job, but there is a job I would like to give a shot. I would like to try being a band director because I would like to see how good I could teach music. I’m in band so it would be a good challenge.

Johnny Thompson, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I have always wanted to become the #1 Hispanic dancer. To twirl, twist and jump on stage is a way for me to feel free. Having no fear to get on stage and dance my heart out is my main priority. My dream job also consist of teaching those that are special ed, to teach them to dance and let them realize that just because they have disabilities it doesn't mean they are limited to do what they wish to do. To some, dancing is just you moving around but to me it means a lot more. Making my dream job a reality will be the best thing that could ever happen to me.

Gabriela Becerra, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

When I grow up, I want to be a realtor. I think that would be the perfect dream job. It would be amazing to sell houses to people, and help people find their perfect home.

Valerie Gonzalez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a professional chef; I would like to own my own restaurant and to be my own boss. To have the talent of being able to cook finger licking meals, in my opinion, would be amazing. People would spread the word and make me famous; others would travel from other places just to try the exquisite food being furnished by my talent. Most importantly I would be happy, making others happy, while doing what I love the most, cooking.

Sandra Martinez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Well my dream job is to be a free lance photographer because you go where you want, when you want, and you take pictures of events that are extraordinary and capture them forever. Also it’s an adventure   

Dominic Ortiz, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a naval doctor. I want to be this because to know that I would be the one to help save the lives of the people who defend this country would be rewarding. I would love to be the one to be able to tell the sailor that he didn't risk his life for nothing. I want to be the person that helped the people on the front lines. Navy Medicine is my dream job; I want to save lives, but not just any life, our sailors' lives, the ones who protect freedom. 

Sierra Pena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job has been to be a Vet. I have always loved animals, since I was little. I never liked to see animals sick, hurt, or anything. I want to help them, so they won't be sick or hurt, and so they can feel better after their visit.

Jessica Diaz, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I would like to be a doctor because I have always wanted to help people.

Nora Katana Sims, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I want to be a teacher because our future is in the hands of our children. Children are the future teach them well and let them lead the way.

Claudio Carreon, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to become a professional international model. I would love to travel the world and model all the different and wonderful designers’ clothes. Modeling seems so exciting and outgoing.

Caitlyn Skalitsky, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a veterinarian because I love animals and it pains me to see hurt or sick animals going around. If it were up to me, there wouldn't be any sick or hurt animals anymore because I'd treat them all

Isabel Oliva, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is being a lawyer, because if I was a lawyer then I would get paid a lot of money, and my uncle is a lawyer so it would be cool if I get to work with him because he hardly loses a case.

Daniel Tobin, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Ever since I saw how happy people can get on their wedding day I knew what I wanted to be. Bringing people joy on their special day makes me feel satisfied. Being a wedding planner would be my dream job. Just helping them prepare for the big event gets me excited. Making couples achieve one the happiest moments in their life gives me great pride.

Clarissa Castillo, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Every since fifth grade I have been in choir. I have learned to love classical and opera music, that’s why my dream job is to be an opera singer. I would love to be an opera singer and travel the world. I would love to sing in London and be known as a world famous opera singer.

Diana Garza, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I have always wanted to be a professional photographer. The reason why I want to be a photographer is because ever since I was 5 years old I love to take pictures of people, and of nature, or simply I would just take random snap shots of things that I thought were cool. From then on my mom thought it would be a good Idea that I dedicate my time taking photography classes. I loved those classes but after a while I stopped going since I saw photography a different way than my teacher. He saw it as a job, and well let’s just say that I saw it as art, and the way of capturing the beauty of something and keeping it for a very long time. Don’t get me wrong I still take pictures but now I do it as a hobby.

Tatania A. Zuniga, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be being a professional photographer or a movie producer; I’ve always imagined myself doing the photo shoot of the cover of Seventeen Magazine and Vogue or producing the latest Nicholas Sparks movie.

Johanna Rodriguez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Well my dream job would a graphic designer for video games, because well for one I like to play games and I think it would be pretty cool to actually make them as well and let other kids have fun playing them just like I did.

Michael Morales, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would have to be being CEO of a major company. Making a lot of money, making all the decisions, and not having to look up to anybody else. That would be an awesome feeling.

Jacob Martin, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is me becoming a part of the Air Force. Why? I would like to feel like I did something for my country and know I can accomplish anything in my path.

Diego Gonzalez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to work with the President. Working with the President would be my dream job because I want to see all the hard work and decisions he has to make. I'm not very into politics but being able to work with him will teach me all I need to know.

Andrea Lopez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to become an astronaut. My passion for space is an unbearable feeling that lies deep inside my heart. The mysteries that have been asked by millions of people have not yet been answered by NASA because of technology. Later on in the future, technology will be advanced and there will be answers to questions. I would like to be that one person to look down at young children and answer all there doubt's over space.

Gemma Mandujano, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would have to be a veterinarian; I'm an animal lover. I care for animals so much; I would do anything to save their lives. This job will never suit me because I'm the type of person who can't handle dissecting animals.

Alyssa Ramirez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to coach the U.S Olympian Track team because it would not only be a great experience, but also a great chance to meet up with some of the best athletes in the world.

Brianna De Leon, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a lawyer because to me it's the greatest way to be a productive member to society. It's a very stable job which is what's best if the economy is unstable. Besides that, I think it's a way that truly helps people with their legal problems.

Irene Infante, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a criminal profiler. I'm very intrigued with the crime units, and catching those who do wrong. I want to put an end to the disgusting things these peoples do, and nothing makes me happier then knowing children around the world can be safe, and that women can walk outside not fearing men coming behind them and doing the bad things that they do. I believe in a world where people can be free, and if not, everyone owes it to each other to do the best they can. We owe it ourselves to do the right thing, and the more years that go by the more society forgets that. I believe in putting criminals away, and doing the best I can to put them in a place where they either change, or they get out of our world.

Sydni Salinas, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to work for National Geographic. I would be the one taking all the animal pictures, traveling around the world to do what I love. To see many different animals I have never heard before. To keep them safe and keep track of what they are.

Angelina Vasquez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a famous tattoo artist because I love art and it would be really amazing to get to permanently ink my skill on someone's body. Having the opportunity to make someone happy with my skill would be really great for me. I really want to prove to people that my artistic creativity is outstanding enough to really want me to tattoo them. Whether it's just some tribal tattoo, or a butterfly tattoo, or a sketch of a relatives face, I would really love to be a part of their experience of tattooing.

Erica Montes, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Though I plan to study law, oddly enough I think my dream job would have to be a food critic. I love food, and tend to savor every flavor, and to have a job where I would be able to get paid to eat and critique the food I eat seems to be too good to be true.

Katarina Rodriguez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to work for NASA. Ever since I was a little kid I was amazed on how the rockets would soar up high in the sky. With so much thrust and power, it excites me. I want to be an aerospace engineer for them. I want to help make better rockets to use less fuel or maybe build a rocket that doesn’t use fuel at all. I hope one day I can become what I’ve always wanted to be.

Andres Dena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to work as an actress. Yes the money and the fame is wonderful but I have a different reason why I would love to be an actress. My reason is because with every script I receive and every character I play I get to become someone else. I get to have this whole other life and I am no longer Alexis Guerrero the famous movie star, I am anyone I want to be.

Alexis Guerrero, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a professional photographer. I remember when I was 8 years old; I'd always steal my mothers' camera and take pictures of nature and life in general, and spend hours concocting the perfect moment to take pictures. To be a photographer, you must have the three P's: patience, passion, and perfection. I would love to be a celebrated photographer, not for the fame, but for the recognition of capturing people's most cherished moments to preserve them for a life time.

Amee Jocelyne Garcia, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a chemist. I want to find knew discoveries in healthcare and medicine. I want to be the one to make the cure for all the diseases that are threatening families all over the world. I want to be able to help these people get better and see them live a longer and happier life without worrying about their health.

Tatianna Pena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to become a chef, because no matter where you go on this earth there will always be people that are hungry. I want to own a restaurant and raise enough money to go to parts of the world and cook for them so they won’t be hungry for at least one day.

Danelle Potter, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be a "Large Animal Veterinarian" because I love working with livestock and would greatly enjoy helping them in any way possible.

Kevin Zimmerer, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

I plan on going to go to school to become an anesthesiologist, where I will help many people. Other than that I would want to be an actor, which I do currently pursue, even though those two career paths are complete opposites.

Matthew Lopez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would to be in the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association). I have been playing golf since I was in middle school and I believe it would be an honor and privilege to have this job for the rest of my life, and I intend on making this reality. I have always wanted to be a professional golfer because to me it is not just a game, it is my life and all I ever think about, and that is my dream job.

Petra Bazan, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

When I am older my dream job is to be a CSI agent because the things they do are very interesting to me and this kind of job is a type of job I would love to have this kind of job because I am interested in all the things they do and the way they get the job done.

Andrew Cavazos, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream is to be an elementary teacher. I love children; it's amazing how much they can learn in a short time. Having this job will also help me have time to plan my own family, which is the most important thing to me.

Violeta Rico, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a veterinarian! I love animals very much and I know I would never get bored of being a vet, taking care of them would never be a bother to me. Ever since I was five years old, I said and knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian to help and care for every animal that I got in my hands on. And to be honest, the pay is very good and life would be great knowing that I have money for my family and going to work loving every moment. My dream job is not far away and I will try by best to accomplish college and be a vet one day.

Laurie Solis, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be an Aerospace Engineer, the reason why I want to be an Aerospace Engineer is because I have always dreamed of working as a mechanic like my dad, yet living in my favorite NFL football teams' hometown, Houston. Not only will I would have been able to live there and be an a mechanic, but work with NASA, sadly I cant no more due to the organization being close, and earn lots of money just to fix space shuttles and more cool scientific machines.

Lucio Pena, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be an astronaut. I've always been fascinated by space, the stars, supernovas, black holes and who knows maybe even aliens. I would love to explore space. That is my dream job.

Emerie Sanchez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a Psychologist. When I was little I had a walking disability, so I know what its like to get picked on and because of that I had trust issues for a long time. I had no one to help me through those times but I want to be able to help other people deal with their problems and not feel so alone. 

Kimberly Segura, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

When I found out you could be a chocolate taster for a living I flipped. I think that is the job for me because I love chocolate and could eat it all the time. Getting paid for it is just the perk of what you do everyday.

Lucero Hernandez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

To be a Composer or a Band Director, because I want to show people that music is not just noise to the ears. It tells a story behind each piece of music, also because music is everything to me. I want doing this career, for the rest of my life and I'm sure I will.

Abigail Gonzalez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a neonatal nurse for the newborn babies. I love babies with all my heart. I know how to take care of them, know how to change them, love them, feed them, and put them to sleep. I have that magic touch. Literally, I'll pick up a baby who is fussy and right away they will stop crying. I love babies. Someday I hope I will reach my dream job once I finish college. Then I will have reached my dream job.

Celina Casanova, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to become a surgeon. I would like to be this because I will love to be able to help people that are badly injured or those that need a transplant of some sort. I would also like to be a surgeon because I like seeing blood, well just as long as it isn't mine. I really hope to accomplish this goal in the future.

Jackie Ruiz, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be the CEO of a major company. It doesn’t really matter with whom as long as I get to help out a whole bunch of people. I would give my hardest workers big bonus. I would donate a lot of our company’s money to people who are in much need.

Dudley Shine, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

For my dream job I would like to be a marine biologist, being a marine biologist to me has so many perks including being near water, studying the vast life of the ocean, and just having a fun job in general.

Bryan de Leon, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to be a doctor. I want to be a doctor because I get to save lives, get to help sick people, and help people live longer. I have always wanted to be a doctor, since I was young, and that dream still lives. With the help of my teachers, I know I can make that dream happen.

Brenda Cardenas, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be to become a pediatric oncologist. I have always loved helping out others, and I love children. I want to become an oncologist because Cancer interests me and studying this deadly disease would be one of the many things I love to do in life. I’ve been interested in cancer as soon as my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer; I wanted to know why it happened and how it happened. I began studying all about cancer ever since that day, and I wouldn’t want to be anything else besides a pediatric oncologist.

Amber Germain, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job is to become a lawyer. When I would watch television, lawyer shows would be on and they made it seem so awesome, being proven right when everyone thinks your wrong, it’s a wonderful feeling to have. I have had a way with my words that let people into my mind and they feel what I feel. I hope that my creative ways will indeed help me in my future job choice and make me a brilliant and compassionate lawyer.

Ashley Green, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My future job will be being a basketball player because basketball is a really good sport and I have a lot of love for that sport. When you’re a professional basketball player you get paid a lot for playing a basketball game. So you get to take care of your self and your family when you have a lot of money. So that’s why I want to be a professional basketball player.

Joseph Torres, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. This would be my dream job because the Los Angeles Lakers are my favorite basketball team and my favorite thing to do is play basketball. If I could get paid millions of dollars to do something that I love, it would be awesome.

Daniel Rodriguez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would be playing for the NBA. Playing basketball is one of my hobbies and getting paid a lot of money to do that would be fabulous. The excitement that comes with playing with the greatest basketball players in the world must be unexplainable, and having fans support you throughout your career just makes it that much better.

Alejandro Valdez, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

The job of my dreams would be working at a police department as a blood splatter analyst. I would choose this career as my dream job because I’ve always wanted to be a part of a forensics team since I was small.

Jose Olivo, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

My dream job would have to be becoming a veterinarian. I've always loved helping animals, since I was little I'd care for homeless animals and the animals I had. It's a challenge as well because animals can't tell you what hurts or what's broken so you really have to understand their body movements and their facial reactions.

Jennifer Villanueva, Weslaco High School

Teacher: Dr. Jean Bovee

Sample Business School Essays


Since many business school admissions officers encourage applicants to “write less, say more,” it is important to communicate your background and career ambitions in a concise and clear way. The essay gives admissions officers an opportunity to learn who you are, where you're going, what you have done and why their school is right for you. Use this small space to give the admissions officers a deeper sense of who you are by answering the prompt with brevity.

This section contains three sample business school essays:

  1. Business School Essay One - The Business of Recovery
  2. Business School Essay Two - Leadership in Action
  3. Business School Essay Three - Repair and Restore

The Business of Recovery — Sample Essay One

Prompt: What are your career goals? What skills do you expect to gain from studying at ABC Business School and how will they contribute to your professional career? (500 words).

Watching my brother transform from a man who had lost his ability to walk to a man who can play basketball with my father kindled my fascination of the physical therapy world. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates the field of physical therapy to grow faster than average in the upcoming years. I hope to join this field during an exciting time of growth, furthering the rehabilitation of those who have been injured.

Following graduation from ABC Business School, I intend to serve a marketing team in a local physical therapy company, such as Ridgeview Physical Therapy. My short-term goal is to lead a team, furthering success in the Ridgeview area. Due to the popular physical therapy company thirty miles from Ridgeview, much of the local population is unaware of the quality services Ridgeview Physical Therapy has to offer. I hope to increase visits by 40 percent in the first 5 years of my employment. My long-term goal includes extending the company’s reach into surrounding cities, and eventually beyond national barriers, becoming a global marketing manager.

I expect to gain skills and experiences from ABC Business School that will propel my short and long-term goals. I hope to develop an experiential and diverse learning experience and have the opportunity to interact with different groups of people to learn from their business insights and endeavours. From ABC Business School, I seek the tools and resources needed to further engage in my marketing knowledge, perform professional strategic analyses, and re-evaluate my past work experiences. I look forward to taking courses from Professor Jim. W. Reid, who has published the research of the success of Matthews and Marketing in his book, “Matthews Commerce,” which has helped me continue my career this far. I also look forward to taking the unique classes taught by Professor Rachel E. Davis, introducing me to the physical therapy world and enriching my business skills in that area.

When my brother’s car accident in 2011 caused immobility in his left leg, he never thought he would be able to play his favorite sport again. David Andrews, a 1994 graduate from ABC Business School, ensured that that would not come to pass. I spoke with Andrews about his journey, and he told me that it was through the opportunities and education he received from the professors and students at ABC Business School that helped him open his own practice. I hope to follow in Andrews’s footsteps. With the passion I have for the success of Ridgeview Physical Therapy, and the determination I learned from watching my brother, all I need to complete my goals is the knowledge available to me through an MBA at ABC Business School. I look forward to completing my career aspirations using the tools received from ABC Business School to contribute to my professional career.

The world of physical therapy is growing, and with my skills in marketing, I hope to grow the local Ridgeview services across the globe.

In this essay, the applicant is assigned to answer the prompt in approximately 500 words. The admissions officer expects a clear and concise essay that does not veer off the question and exemplifies quality writing, grammar, and punctuation. In questions similar to these, the admissions officers are looking for:

  • Student’s understanding and knowledge in answering questions: The writer explains his short and long-term career goals, referencing the future of the career (Bureau of Labor Statistics) and quantifying his goals (Increase by 40 percent within the first 5 years).
  • A deeper look into who the applicant is: Writer shares personal information that also relates to answering the question (brother in physical therapy). Make sure that any personal information you share does not veer off of the question that needs to be answered.
  • Proper research on the school to adequately answer the second question: Student mentions names of professors who have demonstrated help in the past (professor’s business research book) giving credibility to the student that he believes they will be able to help him in the future. Avoid flattery and only speak of the school in a way that shows proper research and answers the question presented.

Leadership in Action — Sample Essay Two

Prompt: Present evidence of your leadership capacity and/or potential. (Approx. 550 words)

Nancy, the CEO of Jasmine Publishing House, bought me a coffee and told me I should invest in warm gloves as we sat down at a corner diner for what would be a game-changing business meeting. As the leading publishing house in Europe, Nancy informed me that JPH was interested in closing a multi-million dollar deal with our fashion magazine, Zoelle, provided we changed the magazine's appearance to attract a broader European audience.

As production manager, my job was to lead and supervise a staff of 30 to match Nancy's vision, working closely with the design team, photographers, production staff and marketing team. After three weeks of heavy brainstorming, we developed a fresh appearance for the magazine.

I invited Nancy to a meeting with me and three of our executive producers. I shared with her the strategy we had created in order to solve our appearance problem, as well as estimated costs and complications. Nancy agreed that the direction our magazine was going fit well with her vision and audience, and that JPH would be happy to work with us within the next week.

Although the team was excited to accept the offer, I was concerned that we were not prepared to complete the project so quickly. Though the executive producers did not understand, as our production team was to begin work on the next issue the following day, I explained that there may include deep financial consequences if we rush into the process. I wanted to ensure that JPH received a consistent layout from Zoelle magazine. Nancy agreed to wait until the upcoming issue was complete before beginning work on the new look.

We began work the following Tuesday, after the latest issue was produced. I collaborated with an eight member marketing team to develop new branding for our magazine and mediated this branding with the design team, ensuring that it was able to blend well with their ideas and insights based on the first meeting with Nancy. I led the operation of the first issue to be published via JPH, supervising 30 employees.

After the issue was published, our sales increased by 42 percent in the first week. After leading the Zoelle team to a business deal close and a fresh start, I learned that with the proper leadership, a staff of varied talents, insights and opinions can work closely together to produce a magazine that continues to increase its sells each issue. My initiative helped provide Zoelle with its largest new contract that year, a $2 million deal. Customers from Europe and the United States commented with positive remarks on the new look, showing interest in the replacement of the former look, which had been being published for seven years.

After this leadership experience, I was able to see my potential as a leader. I can communicate effectively with all members of a group and help connect them with one another to make a larger picture. I protect my business discernment even against an upset crowd, and am able to properly persuade others to understand other perspectives. Through learning more about leadership every day with my work in Zoelle, I hope to continue to strengthen these abilities and witness the success they can bring to media production.

In this essay, the applicant was asked to detail her leadership abilities through the application of a relevant example. She was asked to do this in approximately 550 words, using concise language and proper grammar and punctuation. In questions similar to these, the admissions officers are looking for:

  • Applicant's ability to share leadership qualities with a relevant example: This writer shared leadership qualities of communication (brainstorming with different staffs and helping them connect their ideas together), listening (brainstorming and understanding staff concerns), delegating (ensuring each team did what was supposed to be done), and managing (managed and supervised a staff of 30) through the use of an example from her work with Zoelle Magazine.
  • Proof of a potential growth in these leadership skills: The writer hopes to “continue to strengthen” her leadership skills. She provides examples of how she learned from previous leadership roles.
  • How these skills will help further your career: The writer used an example from her current career and concluded her essay with a look into the potential of leadership in her field.

Repair and Restore — Sample Essay Three

Prompt: Describe a challenging situation you have faced in the past. How did you overcome the challenge? (450 Words)

I looked across my celebratory cheesecake and beamed up at my new coworkers. I couldn't believe I had finally landed my dream job. All of the senior editors were having lunch in the cafe across the street from the bakery where the finance team and marketing team shared dessert. I had been hired as a budget analyst at my favorite magazine. My job was to work alongside the business manager to help create a more healthy marriage between the finance and marketing departments, thus improving our sales and workplace environment. On my way home, I reflected on my relief in finally having an exciting and secure career.

Just three months later, we met at the same bakery where I had celebrated my new job. Every department from our small, close-knit staff was present. As the publication manager began to tell us the news, I remember how our faces fell. Our publication company was going out of business, and every publication was to be shut down. She explained that they had tried to find another publishing company without success.

Not only did I feel as though I failed the company, I also knew that I, as well as the other 17 employees, was out of a job. We went back to our offices and packed up our things. Writers and designers were frantically calling around, asking for open positions. An employee from the finance department began tweaking his resume, and the marketing department apologized to the publication manager and editor-in-chief, who responded graciously.

I had to leave my apartment not long after losing my job. I stayed with a friend on the north side of town as I tried to find a job in a shrinking economic suburb. It took six months to find a position, and though I had to move and leave behind my dream, I found a new way to work toward my new dream.

From this experience, I learned the importance of adaptability. Only through my ability to embrace the change happening around me was I able to find a new job and start a new life with new visions and goals. Applying for my MBA would have sounded bizarre to the disheartened, homeless idealist who lost her dream. But now, after finding in me the strength to persevere, I am able to take what I learned from my previous job and pair it with what I learn from the university. This knowledge will help me ensure that the future companies I work with will not have to endure a similar fallout.

However, if there comes a time when I am again involved in a lost company, I know how to repair. I know how to restore.

In this essay, the applicant was asked to recall a challenging situation to which the writer overcame the boundaries. The writer was asked to do this in approximately 450 words, using concise language and proper grammar and punctuation. In questions similar to these, the admissions officers are looking for:

  • Applicant's ability to identify a challenging moment in her life: This writer uses a relevant example of a challenging situation, describing the challenge of losing a job, losing housing, and having to move to a different city.
  • Examples of how the applicant overcame these challenges: The writer cites her “adaptability” as the reason why she was able to overcome this challenge. Instead of giving up, the applicant tells of applying for other jobs, even ones that were out of her comfort zone and in another city.
  • Brief insights to what the applicant learned from the challenge: This writer learned how to maintain strength, perseverance and adaptability in challenging situations. The applicant tells of continuing the learning process in her MBA program and allowing it to help future companies.

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Here are our top five tips for writing a business school admissions essay:

  1. State specific reasons as to why you are a good “fit” for the school, rather than simply stating “I am the ideal candidate for your program.” Why are you the ideal candidate?
  2. Use real life examples in your essay. This will help to bring your essay to life.
  3. If you’ve taken an unorthodox path to business school, don’t be afraid to play that up. Business schools appreciate those who are unafraid to take risks.
  4. Thoroughly research your target schools in order to have a clear idea of how to appeal to each of them. Every school is looking for something different in their students.
  5. Avoid flattery. A good school knows that it’s good, and telling them so just wastes valuable space in your essay. Use that space to talk yourself up, instead.

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