How Kellogg applicants are assessed – Part 4

When Kellogg admissions officers review an application, they evaluate potential students based on six categories. Here, Melissa Rapp, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA Programs, demystifies what happens once you submit your materials and helps you think about how to craft the story that will help the Admissions team learn more about you. 

TODAY’S TOPIC: LEADERSHIP real

ADDITIONAL TOPICS: Work experienceIntellectual ability, Professional goals 

Many people pursue an MBA to gain experience and improve their management and leadership skills. The Kellogg Admissions team is looking for both demonstrated leadership in the past and an applicant’s leadership potential.

It is important to note that leadership experience means different things for different types of candidates. For example, someone with a military background will present different accomplishments than someone with a few years as a junior analyst or a teacher. What showcases your leadership is going to depend on the path that you’ve taken and the organizations that you’ve been a part of – and we take both into account when assessing applicants.

Tips for applying to Kellogg – Part 3

Applying to business school is a commitment. You will devote hours to test prep, drafting and redrafting essays, practicing for interviews, perusing websites and visiting campuses.

We get lots of questions about how applicants can make their application stand out, so this week, we are sharing suggestions on how you can help distinguish yourself and express why Kellogg is the right school for you. real

TODAY’S TOPIC: LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

ADDITIONAL TOPICS: Test scoresessays

When it comes to letters of recommendation, many applicants wonder about who they should ask. The admissions committee is most interested in someone who knows you and your work experience, regardless of title or prior connection to Kellogg. A supervisor who understands your daily contributions could have more valuable insight for us than a Kellogg alum who is less familiar with your work.

It’s a good idea to talk to your recommender about why you’re interested in Kellogg and how you want your Kellogg MBA to further your career goals, but it’s even more important to allow them to provide their own opinions and write the recommendation themselves.

How Kellogg applicants are assessed – Part 3

When Kellogg admissions officers review an application, they evaluate potential students based on six categories. Here, Melissa Rapp, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA Programs, demystifies what happens once you submit your materials and helps you think about how to craft the story that will help the Admissions team learn more about you. real

TODAY’S TOPIC: PROFESSIONAL GOALS

ADDITIONAL TOPICS: Work experience, Intellectual ability

Ask any alum, and he or she will tell you that Kellogg was a pivotal point in his or her career. That’s why our Admissions team is interested in learning about your professional experiences and goals; by outlining your professional goals, you help us understand how a Kellogg MBA will bridge your past and future together.

Since there many different candidates drawn to Kellogg, your reason for pursuing an MBA will be unique. Some applicants have a specific idea of how an MBA will help them grow within an industry they already know; others want to pursue a significant career pivot, while still others have more general long-term goals and are open to multiple paths that might take them there. All of these reasons for pursuing an MBA are totally acceptable — just be sure that you can articulate your goals throughout the application.

Tips for applying to Kellogg – Part 2

Applying to business school is a commitment. You will devote hours to test prep, drafting and redrafting essays, practicing for interviews, perusing websites and visiting campuses.

We get lots of questions about how applicants can make their application stand out, so this week, we are sharing suggestions on how you can help distinguish yourself and express why Kellogg is the right school for you. real

TODAY’S TOPIC: ESSAYS

PREVIOUS TOPIC: Test scores 

The essays are your opportunity to talk directly to the admissions committee and tell your story. Since this is about you and your experiences, there’s no right or wrong answer. The essays provide insight into who you are and what has shaped you. We want to know what you’ll be adding to the Kellogg community and contributing in the classroom, so it’s really important to be yourself. Don’t worry about trying to say what you think we want to hear.

It’s also important to answer the question that’s been asked, in a way that lets us know you’re writing with Kellogg in mind, rather than recycling a generic essay you’re submitting to multiple schools.

How Kellogg applicants are assessed – Part 2

When Kellogg admissions officers review an application, they evaluate potential students based on six categories. Here, Melissa Rapp, director of admissions for Kellogg’s Full-Time MBA Programs, demystifies what happens once you submit your materials and helps you think about how to craft the story that will help the Admissions team learn more about you. real

TODAY’S TOPIC: WORK EXPERIENCE

PREVIOUS TOPIC: Intellectual ability

One thing that makes the Kellogg experience so rich is the diversity of backgrounds — both personal and professional — in our student body. We admit applicants from a variety of fields, with varying years of experience. We also consider each applicant within the context of his or her own career path, rather than against each other. Our admissions officers are looking to understand how you’ve progressed in your career and how your professional accomplishments and contributions are significant. Are you progressing faster than others at your same level? Did you get promoted more quickly? Have you taken on additional responsibilities?

Welcome to CIM, Class of 2018!

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Complete Immersion in Management (CIM) is a weeklong orientation program that introduces incoming students to the rigors and culture of Kellogg. A cornerstone of the Kellogg experience, CIM offers challenges and events that test new students’ skill sets while introducing them to their new community. CIM is organized by the CIM Exec team, which is composed of second-year students, plus 40 of their peers who serve as section leaders or volunteers.

Dear Class of 2018,

Welcome to CIM!

Over the past several weeks, you’ve moved to Evanston from across the United States and the world, traveled internationally on Kellogg Worldwide Experiences & Service Trips (KWEST) and started building relationships that will carry you through your time at Kellogg. You’ve already invested so much into your MBA journey, and now here you are – the first day of your orientation week.

Over the past year, our student CIM Exec team has reflected on what we wish we’d known when we first arrived at B-School and how to introduce you to this life-changing adventure.

Career Management Center Services Q&A with Liza Kirkpatrick

This interview was originally published by Clear Admit on August 11, 2016. You can read the full article hereliza-kirkpatrick

Liza Kirkpatrick, director of full-time MBA programs for the Career Management Center at the Kellogg School of Management, has a long career in recruiting. Before joining Kellogg, she spent almost a decade with a staffing firm, helping to grow it from 12 people to five different offices in Chicago. When she came to Kellogg in 2008, she immediately had to prove her worth in a down market. Since then, she has held several different positions within career services but has always remained focused on student coaching, with oversight of the employer relations team, the coaching team and the operations team.

In the interview that follows, she unpacks the recruiting process at Kellogg, shares some of the shifts she’s seeing in terms of employer hiring and student aspirations and stresses the importance of thinking about your career goals before arriving on campus.

How Kellogg inspires and cultivates socially conscious business leaders

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By Eli Kaberon

Written on the wall of a fifth-floor office in the Jacobs Center is a list of ways Kellogg students and faculty work to create a better society. The office belongs to Megan Kashner ’03, who was hired in January as the school’s director of social impact. From international development to environmental sustainability to civil rights, the ways that future business leaders can address the world’s challenges are endless, and Kashner’s list is just the beginning.

“When we talk about brave leaders who make an impact when they leave Kellogg, we are talking about more than economic impact,” says Kashner. “We know that when leaders bring their values into their career paths, they are positioning themselves to make a difference. Our students and alumni are interested in finding ways they can contribute to their communities and society, and the social impact team is here to support them.”

Because Kellogg believes that business is the dominant social institution of modern society, students view their future careers through a lens of improving sustainability and human outcomes. Kellogg explores social impact areas across the globe, across disciplines and across sectors, and addresses its many facets, including impact investing, education, human and civil rights, international development, social entrepreneurship, and beyond. A focus on impact and outcomes rather than on one particular vehicle or trend keeps the school at the forefront of social impact, where it has been for decades.

Leveraging Kellogg’s academics, alumni networks and more to launch a successful startup

Screenshot 2016-08-03 22.26.37When Steve Lane ’16 set out to choose a business school, he had one essential question in mind: Which school can get my startup off the ground?

After carefully weighing his options, Steve decided that Kellogg was the best choice for developing his startup FlyHomes.

“Kellogg’s resources are amazing for startups,” Steve says. “FlyHomes would not exist if it wasn’t for professors such as Carter Cast, David Schonthal and Linda Darragh.”

In addition to unwavering support from faculty, Steve cites Kellogg’s alumni network, experiential learning opportunities and coursework as additional factors that helped his startup flourish.

Below, Steve talks in detail about FlyHomes and how Kellogg empowered him to become an entrepreneur.