This is the first entry from the Tales from an Engineer blog. My aim for this blog is to explore the MBA application process through the eyes of an engineer (defined as an individual that comes from a standard engineering discipline or a related discipline like math or the physical sciences). I plan to share insight (hopefully helpful insight) on my journey through the application process as it relates to other engineers that are also aiming to apply to business school.
There are several factors that make the business school application process for engineers unique and these factors will be the subject o f the next few blog entries.
1) The various stereotypes associated with being an engineer. Some stereotypes may be simple misconceptions that don’t relate to many individuals, while other stereotypes may be more soundly grounded in truth and affect a substantial number of MBA-aspiring engineers. Misconceptions typically center on the 51 GMAT quant scoring engineer working independently in a cubicle - more comfortable with numbers and algorithms than with human interaction. There are however some generalities that may more realistically characterize a sizeable number of prospective applicants. For example, engineers typically have less formal management experience than applicants from other industries. During my next blog entry I aim to share, based on my experiences, how these stereotypes can be debunked or mitigated against by an applicant.
2) The vast number of engineers that apply to business school. Some school profiles cite engineers as comprising of nearly fifty percent of their class. If one assumes that the applicant pool is comprised of a similar representation then that is an awful lot of bodies to compete against. It becomes important to try to stand out against other engineers. During my second blog post I hope to build on how the debunking of stereotypes for engineers will help an individual stand out.
3) Application mistakes of Engineers. From resume-writing mistakes to mistakes in formulating application essays, my plan is to share some lessons I’ve learned (and continue to learn).
There you have it, that’s the structure for the next several blog entries. Though the framework of this blog is structured toward offering insight to engineers applying to business school, I would be happy write on a suggested topic if I feel I may be able to meaningful speak on it.