Last year, Ben Sheppard, an account director at Aon, listed insurance broker at NYSE, visited London for an informative session. He went there to visit Cass Business School, one of the finest schools in the UK.
Ben said he had a lot of friends who have been students at Cass Business School and that why he wanted to study there as well.
Before deciding for this school, Ben looked at many other business schools in London. He wanted to take this MBA in order to improve his career in financial services. He says this process was filled with challenges for him. He needed motivational letters, answered questionnaires about his career so far, 2 short papers written about him and area of development and skills. But Ben says all that was worth it because he was admitted.
Creating the best application is not an easy thing to do. People who want to apply somewhere should start collecting everything as soon as they decide that they are applying for sure. Ben says he started in March for starting with school in September that same year.
According to the rankings of Businessweek, the admissions team admit a really small percentage of all the applicants, around 46%, because they are get impressed rarely. The associate director of admissions at ESADE Business School, Keegan Pierce, says this is so because they need people who show true team-leading skills and true potential.
Another key factor is people with rich cultural and international experience. And, last but not least, applicants should not only show great results with the standardized tests and university grades, they also have to show that they understand the power of collaboration, sharing and team work. The good grades and test scores are almost the same for every applicant, so these key features will make a person standout of the crowd.
Some other qualifications like chartered financial analyst or degrees in project management can also make an applicant standout. Same goes for international travels and rich cultural experience and understanding.
The demonstration of leadership qualities for the admissions team means applicants show that they want to make an impact in their communities, or have already done that with some projects.
The MBA program director at UWA Business School, Michele Roberts, said the MBA at their university is created for preparing global leaders, so they need students that are ready for changing environments in the business sector and are culturally aware.
This school is one of the few that have accreditations by both the AACSB and the EQUIS and they recently launched a new MBA program. New candidates will have to show some extraordinary skills and characteristics in order to amaze the admissions team.