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Said Oxford Essay Tips

Said Oxford MBA 2016-2017 Essays The Said Oxford has new essays this year. They have moved career goals questions to another section altogether and kept the essays only to know about the reasons behind your motivations and how that aligns with Said Oxford.

Said Oxford Essay 1

How do you fit with Oxford Said's mission? (maximum 500 words) 

Said Oxford Essay 1 Tips

The first and foremost exercise should be to review the recommended video in which Dead Peter Tufano talks about tackling word-scale problems. Think about what in your background proves that you have demonstrated problem solving and how and if your career vision of changing the world aligns with the Said Business School.

Even while talking about your goals and professional experiences, keep the essay engaging and interesting!

Said Oxford Essay 2

Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you? (maximum 250 words) 

Said Oxford Essay 2 Tips

Carefully review your application and compare it against all your experiences and strengths you would like to present to the admissions committee. There are ample spaces in the application to talk about your professional achievements, research, awards etc. So use this space to talk about something new, perhaps an extracurricular passion or activity that you truly care about, an international experience, a particular powerful incident from your life. It will depend on your life experiences. If you are struggling with this answer and others, talk to us!

Said Oxford Reapplicant Essay

Re-applicants will need to complete an additional essay on the topic:

What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (250 words)

Said Oxford Reapplicant Essay Tips

Despite its short length this is an important essay for all Oxford reapplicants.

Writing the Oxford reapplicant essay is a two-step process.

First, discover and annihilate all weaknesses/errors in your earlier application.

Second, demonstrate that you are a far better candidate than you were 12 months back.

Though it might be difficult to exactly identify all the reasons you were dinged last time, some common errors are: a weak goal, inconsistencies within/across the essays/recos, a strong goal unsubstantiated by anything anywhere else in the application, inability to show depth and/or breadth of vision/ideas, low GMAT, low work experience, low or unimpressive leadership exposure/skills. It is also possible that your essays and profile are pretty good but you got the timing/profile/scores/recos wrong. Whatever the reasons you will identify them only if you give your application and candidature a fresh look.

Once you have identified shortfalls in your previous application and candidature, take definite steps to convince the Oxford Said admissions committee that this new Version 2.0 of you is better, brighter, worthier, sexier.

Jot down EVERY improvement you have made in EVERY aspect of your life. This will help you build an initial image of the Version 2.00 applicant. Next, through your experiences and achievements since you last applied to Oxford illustrate how you can contribute better to Said, gain more from it and are in a better position to achieve your short/long term goals. Been promoted? Got awards? Won new assignments? Made a significant personal change? They are all potential reapplicant essay fodder.

Very specifically - strengthen the goals essay. Make a stronger case for your goals by specifying why/how you have greater skills, experience, perspective etc. to make your dreams come true - long term and short term. Preferably stick with the goal/s given last year; in case you wanna change them you better have good reasons 'cos you will definitely have to put it down in the essay.

250 words is a challenge limit when one sets about doing all of the above. So, be extra succinct - write a low-fat, high-content essay.

And APPLY EARLY: that will demonstrate your seriousness up-front.

Go for it! 

Essays and tips archives from past years

   

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2013-2014

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2011-2012

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2010-2011

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2008-2009

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2007-2008

   

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2014-2015

Said Oxford Essay 1

What should Oxford expect from you? (maximum 500 words)

Said Oxford Essay 1 Tips

The breadth of the question allows you to explore almost anything under the sun that is related to you and relatable to Oxford.

You bring with you your past experiences, expertise, accomplishments, strengths, weaknesses, passions, interests, integrity, dedication and potential to make a great Oxford alum.

Before writing the essay think: What kind of person am I? What am I passionate about? What are my key beliefs and how do I translate them into action?
What makes me tick? What are ideas and philosophies that drive me? What are my qualities and strengths that have fueled my success - and in turn how do these achievements underline my approach to life and work? Also consider- what are the characteristics that you believe will differentiate you in a group of high-reaching professionals?

Ask yourself these and more questions and then relate it to what it would imply about your proposed association with Said Business School, Oxford University.

Since the next essay is partial to your professional life try to show more of your personal side in this one.

Said Oxford Essay 2

How do you hope to see your career developing over the next 5 years? How will the MBA and Oxford assist you in the development of these ambitions?  (maximum 500 words)

Said Oxford Essay 2 Tips

Oxford Said focuses specifically on a medium term career span of five years. As a first step reflect deeply on your post-Said short term and long term goals. Think about why you are taking all the trouble of applying to Said Oxford in the first place. It is essential that you be totally realistic and as specific as possible while detailing your goals. Be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking, and why. If possible briefly develop a realistic association between your past, present and future career moves.

This tight focus of 5 years both limits and expands the scope of the Oxford goals essay. The limitation is in how much you can write about your long term career aspirations. On the other hand a good Oxford Said essay should be able to use the hard focus on the five year period to strengthen the credibility of your application with a logical, thematic approach. If your goals are more than ordinarily ambitious write credibly about those qualities/skills that qualify you to make those goals a reality. While credibility, logic and realism are critical, the magic element that will transform your essay from a statement into a pledge would be - passion.

'Why Said Oxford', is a critical, implicit component of this essay. Use application, research and intelligence to look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Oxford website and make a compelling argument to make a convincing "fit" with Said. Personalize your answer as much as possible and find as many matches between what Said specifically (and if possible, uniquely) offers you and your future goals.

Said Oxford Essay 3

Please choose and answer one of the two essays below:

Said Oxford Essay 3a

Sport is pure competition. What does it teach us about companies, individuals, and markets? (maximum 500 words)

Said Oxford Essay 3a Tips

This is an odd business school application question.

If you are confounded and unsure about how to proceed, that is exactly what the school intended, in the hope that your surprise will result in original and heart-felt essays.

To achieve that, you need to address some deeper questions such as:

How do you personally define competition - in professional or personal spheres?

How do you view the confluence of markets, companies and individuals?

What aspects of a person do you consider most important? What aspects of a company do you perceive as most critical? What aspects of a market do you think is most important?

What aspects of YOU do you consider most important?

What does sports signify to you personally?

After addressing these questions, choose a theme (or two) and put down your thoughts. There are no strict guidelines for this essay's structure, so choose a format and theme that suits you.

Once again remember that the purpose of this essay too is to sell your candidature. So, use your achievements as examples and when you use other examples let them also highlight your superior intellect, depth of vision and/or thought process. Choose from the innumerable awesome sporting examples to garnish and strengthen your viewpoint.

Go for it!

Said Oxford Essay 3b

The business of business is business. Is this true? (maximum 500 words)

Said Oxford Essay 3b Tips

Widely and wrongly attributed to economist Milton Friedman or to long time General Motors head Alfred P. Sloan, "The business of business is business" is a much debated statement.

In its simplest form it means that the primary responsibility of a business is towards itself. Or, actually quoting Milton Friedman this time, "The social responsibility of business is to increase its profits".

The debate stems from the opposing view that every business should have larger "social" agenda as well, perhaps hardwired into its every action or at a lower level maybe through a Corporate Social Responsibility wing.

In this essay you need to state your position.

Ask yourself these fundamental questions: What does business mean to you? What is the purpose of business? What are the responsibilities of business?

Once you gain some clarity on these questions, read up on other dominant thoughts on the subject.

Now state your position. Wherever possible try to illustrate your stand with examples from your professional life. If not, illustrate using short examples from the thousands of business stories available.

Go for it!

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2013-2014

Said Oxford Essay 1

What should Oxford expect from you? (maximum 500 words)

Said Oxford Essay 1 Tips

A new addition last year, this essay is shorter by 250 words this year. Despite its seeming baldness and vagueness this Said Oxford essay simply seeks an answer to a question that is sought from you in EVERY b-school application: why should we be interested in you?

The breadth of the question allows us to explore almost anything under the sun that is related to you and relatable to Oxford.

Some of the preparatory questions you can ask yourself are: What kind of person am I? What am I passionate about? What are my key beliefs and how do I translate them into action? What makes you tick? What are ideas and philosophies that drive you? What are the qualities and strengths that have fuelled your success - and in turn how do these achievements underline your approach to life and work? What are your greatest strengths? What are your greatest achievements? What are the characteristics that you believe will differentiate you in a group of high-reaching professionals? What are the qualities that have aided most in your past personal/professional accomplishments? Ask yourself these and more questions and then relate it to what it would imply about your proposed association with Said Business School, Oxford University.

Thinking back on your life and identifying the crucial milestones in your life (and how/why you consider them critical) might help you uncover the basic theme for the essay. The choices you made at each stage of your life will be essential guides to supporting this theme and ensuring that the theme is credible. However this is simply one of many approaches you could choose to take.

Use examples of accomplishments, decisions and actions to substantiate every view you put forth. Choose from your achievements, your hobbies, your academics, your personality traits, your passions, your work experiences, your life experiences, your attitude. Sell whatever you feel can sell credibly.

Like in earlier years, we believe that one of the main objectives here is to test the character of the applicants and see if he/she passes this Oxford Said test without being overwhelmed by the limitless choices inherent in the question. So let the essay be mature and reasonable, yet passionate.

Since the next essay is partial to your professional life try to show more of your personal side here.

Exhibiting specific knowledge of, passion for and fit with Oxford will be an added advantage.

Go for it!

Said Oxford Essay 2

How do you hope to see your career developing over the next 5 years? How will the MBA and Oxford assist you in the development of these ambitions?  (maximum 500 words)

Said Oxford Essay 2 Tips

Last year's Oxford prompt was almost an exact replica except that it additionally had a focus on the current job "Explain why you chose your current job." Also, this year you have 250 less words for the essay.

Oxford Said focuses specifically on a medium term career span of five years. As a first step reflect deeply on your post-Said short term and long term goals. Think about why you are taking all the trouble of applying to Said Oxford in the first place. It is essential that you be totally realistic and as specific as possible while detailing your goals. Be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking, and why. If possible briefly develop a realistic association between your past, present and future career moves.

This tight focus of 5 years both limits and expands the scope of the Oxford goals essay. The limitation is in how much you can write about your long term career aspirations. On the other hand a good Oxford Said essay should be able to use the hard focus on the five year period to strengthen the credibility of your application with a logical, thematic approach. If your goals are more than ordinarily ambitious write credibly about those qualities/skills that qualify you to make those goals a reality. While credibility, logic and realism are critical, the magic element that will transform your essay from a statement into a pledge would be - passion.

"Why MBA", or better still "Why Said Oxford', is a critical, implicit component of the "Why MBA" question. Use application, research and intelligence to look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Oxford website and make a compelling argument to make a convincing "fit" with Said. Personalize your answer as much as possible and find as many matches between what Said specifically (and if possible, uniquely) offers you and your future goals.

Go for it!

Said Oxford Essay 3

Please choose and answer one of the two essays below:

Said Oxford Essay 3a

Sport is pure competition. What does it teach us about companies, individuals, and markets? (maximum 500 words)

Said Oxford Essay 3a Tips

This is an odd business school application question.

If you are confounded and unsure about how to proceed, that is exactly what the school intended, in the hope that your surprise will result in original and heart-felt essays.

To achieve that, you need to address some deeper questions such as:

How do you personally define competition - in professional or personal spheres?

How do you view the confluence of markets, companies and individuals?

What aspects of a person do you consider most important? What aspects of a company do you perceive as most critical? What aspects of a market do you think is most important?

What aspects of YOU do you consider most important?

What does sports signify to you personally?

After addressing these questions, choose a theme (or two) and put down your thoughts. There are no strict guidelines for this essay's structure, so choose a format and theme that suits you.

Once again remember that the purpose of this essay too is to sell your candidature. So, use your achievements as examples and when you use other examples let them also highlight your superior intellect, depth of vision and/or thought process. Choose from the innumerable awesome sporting examples to garnish and strengthen your viewpoint.

Go for it!

Said Oxford Essay 3b

The business of business is business. Is this true? (maximum 500 words)

Said Oxford Essay 3b Tips

Widely and wrongly attributed to economist Milton Friedman or to long time General Motors head Alfred P. Sloan, "The business of business is business" is a much debated statement.

In its simplest form it means that the primary responsibility of a business is towards itself. Or, actually quoting Milton Friedman this time, "The social responsibility of business is to increase its profits".

The debate stems from the opposing view that every business should have larger "social" agenda as well, perhaps hardwired into its every action or at a lower level maybe through a Corporate Social Responsibility wing.

In this essay you need to state your position.

Ask yourself these fundamental questions: What does business mean to you? What is the purpose of business? What are the responsibilities of business?

Once you gain some clarity on these questions, read up on other dominant thoughts on the subject.

Now state your position. Wherever possible try to illustrate your stand with examples from your professional life. If not, illustrate using short examples from the thousands of business stories available.

Go for it!

Said Oxford Reapplicant Essay

Re-applicants will need to complete the two essays mentioned above and a third essay on the topic: What improvements have you made in your candidacy since you last applied to the Oxford MBA? (250 words)

Said Oxford Reapplicant Essay Tips

Despite its short length this is an important essay for all Oxford reapplicants.

Writing the Oxford reapplicant essay is a two-step process.

First, discover and annihilate all weaknesses/errors in your earlier application.

Second, demonstrate that you are a far better candidate than you were 12 months back.

Though it might be difficult to exactly identify all the reasons you were dinged last time, some common errors are: a weak goal, inconsistencies within/across the essays/recos, a strong goal unsubstantiated by anything anywhere else in the application, inability to show depth and/or breadth of vision/ideas, low GMAT, low work experience, low or unimpressive leadership exposure/skills. It is also possible that your essays and profile are pretty good but you got the timing/profile/scores/recos wrong. Whatever the reasons you will identify them only if you give your application and candidature a fresh look.

Once you have identified shortfalls in your previous application and candidature, take definite steps to convince the Oxford Said admissions committee that this new Version 2.0 of you is better, brighter, worthier, sexier.

Jot down EVERY improvement you have made in EVERY aspect of your life. This will help you build an initial image of the Version 2.00 applicant. Next, through your experiences and achievements since you last applied to Oxford illustrate how you can contribute better to Said, gain more from it and are in a better position to achieve your short/long term goals. Been promoted? Got awards? Won new assignments? Made a significant personal change? They are all potential reapplicant essay fodder.

Very specifically - strengthen the goals essay. Make a stronger case for your goals by specifying why/how you have greater skills, experience, perspective etc. to make your dreams come true - long term and short term. Preferably stick with the goal/s given last year; in case you wanna change them you better have good reasons 'cos you will definitely have to put it down in the essay.

250 words is a challenge limit when one sets about doing all of the above. So, be extra succinct - write a low-fat, high-content essay.

And APPLY EARLY: that will demonstrate your seriousness up-front.

Go for it!

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2011-2012

Said Oxford Essay 1

Explain why you chose your current job. How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will an MBA assist you in the development of these ambitions? (maximum 750 words)

Said Oxford Essay 1 Tips

Oxford Said wants you to intensively assess and evaluate your career choices in the context of your MBA application and your future goals.

Perhaps uniquely, Oxford Said focuses specifically on your current job and a short term career span of five years. Given this dual-focus there is a greater need than in most MBA "goals essays" to develop a realistic association between your past, present and future career moves. This tight focus both limits and expands the scope of the first Oxford Said essay. The limitation is in how much you can talk about your long term career aspirations. On the other hand a good Oxford said essay should be able to use the hard focus on the five year period to strengthen the credibility of your application with a logical, thematic approach.

As a first step reflect deeply (if you have not already) on your post-Said short term and long term goals. Think about why you are taking all this trouble applying to Said Oxford in the first place. It is essential that you be totally realistic and as specific as possible while detailing your goals. Be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking, and why. If your goals are more than ordinarily ambitious write credibly about those qualities/skills that qualify you to make those goals a reality. While credibility, logic and realism are critical the magic element that will transform your essay from a statement into a pledge would be - passion.

"Why Said" is a critical, implicit component of the "Why MBA?" question. Use application, research and intelligence to look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Oxford website and make a compelling argument to make a convincing "fit" with Said. Personalize your answer as much as possible and find as many matches between what Said specifically (and if possible, uniquely) offers you and your future goals.

Go for it!

Said Oxford Essay 2

Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why? (maximum 1000 words)

Said Oxford Essay 2 Tips

Till 2009-2010 at a maximum of 2000 words, this was a greater challenge - and a greater opportunity. That being said, this Said Oxford essay is probably still - in the breadth of its scale and ambition, and also the space and opportunity for self-exploration and self-expression it gives - one of the most promising business school essays you will find.

In essence this essay gives you room to write on just about anything under the sun. Given its scope a each candidate should be willing to see the 1000 word limit as more than a simple word-length recommendation; it is in fact a deliberate challenge to your intellectual depth and maturity as a person and a Said Oxford MBA applicant.

We believe that the main objective here is to test the character of the applicants and see if they can pass this Oxford Said test without being overwhelmed by the complexity, length and limitless choices inherent in the question. The path to take is to write an essay that shows clear thinking, a mature worldview, understanding of varied viewpoints, sharp intellect and strong analytical skills. Look at the LARGER perspective whatever be your choice of the essay theme.

Choose the "development, world event or book" so that a global perspective can be interposed with your personal experience. The last word of the Oxford essay question might be the best starting point for your preparations. WHY is the crucial question that you answer here. And please, having been presented with infinite choices, do not choose commonplace or repetitive topics. For example, if you are an Indian applicant, a thematic focus on Gandhi is best avoided!

Go for it!

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2010-2011

Explain why you chose your current job. How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will an MBA assist you in the development of these ambitions? (maximum 750 words)

Said Oxford Essay 1 Tips

Oxford Said wants you to intensively assess and evaluate your career choices in the context of your MBA application and your future goals.

Perhaps uniquely, Oxford Said focuses specifically on your current job and a short term career span of five years. Given this dual-focus there is a greater need than in most MBA "goals essays" to develop a realistic association between your past, present and future career moves. This tight focus both limits and expands the scope of the first Oxford Said essay. The limitation is in how much you can talk about your long term career aspirations. On the other hand a good Oxford said essay should be able to use the hard focus on the five year period to strengthen the credibility of your application with a logical, thematic approach.

As a first step reflect deeply (if you have not already) on your post-Said short term and long term goals. Think about why you are taking all this trouble applying to Said Oxford in the first place. It is essential that you be totally realistic and as specific as possible while detailing your goals. Be specific, both about the industry and the role you are seeking, and why. If your goals are more than ordinarily ambitious write credibly about those qualities/skills that qualify you to make those goals a reality. While credibility, logic and realism are critical the magic element that will transform your essay from a statement into a pledge would be - passion.

"Why Said" is a critical, implicit component of the "Why MBA?" question. Use application, research and intelligence to look beyond cutting/pasting info gleaned from the Oxford website and make a compelling argument to make a convincing "fit" with Said. Personalize your answer as much as possible and find as many matches between what Said specifically (and if possible, uniquely) offers you and your future goals.

Go for it!

Said Oxford Essay 2

Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why? (maximum 1000 words)

Said Oxford Essay 2 Tips

At a maximum of 2000 words till year, this was a greater challenge - and a greater opportunity. That being said, this Said Oxford essay is probably still - in the breadth of its scale and ambition, and also the space and opportunity for self-exploration and self-expression it gives - one of the most promising business school essays you will find.

In essence this essay gives you room to write on just about anything under the sun. Given its scope a each candidate should be willing to see the 1000 word limit as more than a simple word-length recommendation; it is in fact a deliberate challenge to your intellectual depth and maturity as a person and a Said Oxford MBA applicant.

We believe that the main objective here is to test the character of the applicants and see if they can pass this Oxford Said test without being overwhelmed by the complexity, length and limitless choices inherent in the question. The path to take is to write an essay that shows clear thinking, a mature worldview, understanding of varied viewpoints, sharp intellect and strong analytical skills. Look at the LARGER perspective whatever be your choice of the essay theme.

Choose the "development, world event or book" so that a global perspective can be interposed with your personal experience. The last word of the Oxford essay question might be the best starting point for your preparations. WHY is the crucial question that you answer here. And please, having been presented with infinite choices, do not choose commonplace or repetitive topics. For example, if you are an Indian applicant, a thematic focus on Gandhi is best avoided!

Go for it!

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2009-2010

Said Oxford Essay 1

Explain why you chose your current job. How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will an MBA assist you in the development of these ambitions? (maximum 1000 words)

Said Oxford Essay 1 Tips

Oxford Said wants you to intensively assess and evaluate your career choices in the context of your MBA application and your future goals.

Perhaps uniquely, Oxford Said focuses specifically on your current job and a short term career span of five years. Given this dual-focus there is a greater need than in most MBA "goals essays" to develop a realistic association between your past, present and future career moves. This tight focus both limits and expands the scope of the first Oxford Said essay. The limitation is in how much you can talk about your long term career aspirations. On the other hand a good Oxford said essay should be able to use the hard focus on the five year period to strengthen the credibility of your application with a logical, thematic approach.

Said Oxford Essay 2

Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why? (maximum 2000 words)

Said Oxford Essay 2 Tips

Wow! This Said Oxford essay is probably - in the breadth of its scale and ambition, and also the space and opportunity for self-exploration and self-expression it gives - one of the best Business School essays you will find.

In essence this essay gives you room to write on just about anything under the sun. But yes, 2000 is a tall order. Each candidate should be willing to see the 2000 word limit as more than a simple word-length recommendation; it is in fact a deliberate challenge to your intellectual depth and maturity as a person and a Said Oxford MBA applicant.

We believe that the main objective here is to test the character of the applicants and see if they can pass this Oxford Said test without being overwhelmed by the complexity, length and limitless choices inherent in the question. So we strongly recommend that you use the full 2000 words to write an essay that shows clear thinking, a mature worldview, understanding of varied viewpoints, sharp intellect and strong analytical skills. Look at the LARGER perspective whatever be your choice of the essay theme.

Choose the development, event or book so that a global perspective can be interposed with your personal experience. The last word of the Oxford essay question might be the best starting point for your preparations. WHY is the crucial question that you answer here. And please, having been presented with infinite choices, do not choose commonplace or repetitive topics. For example, if you are an Indian applicant, a thematic focus on Gandhi is best avoided!

Go for it!

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips 2008-2009

Said Oxford Essay 1

Explain why you chose your current job. How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will an MBA assist you in the development of these ambitions? (maximum 1000 words)

Said Oxford Essay 1 Tips

Oxford Said wants you to intensively assess and evaluate your career choices in the context of your MBA application and your future goals.

Perhaps uniquely, Oxford Said focuses specifically on your current job and a short term career span of five years. Given this dual-focus there is a greater need than in most MBA "goals essays" to develop a realistic association between your past, present and future career moves. This tight focus both limits and expands the scope of the first Oxford Said essay. The limitation is in how much you can talk about your long term career aspirations. On the other hand a good Oxford said essay should be able to use the hard focus on the five year period to strengthen the credibility of your application with a logical, thematic approach.

Said Oxford Essay 2

Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why? (maximum 2000 words)

Said Oxford Essay 2 Tips

Wow! This Said Oxford essay is probably - in the breadth of its scale and ambition, and also the space and opportunity for self-exploration and self-expression it gives - one of the best Business School essays you will find.

In essence this essay gives you room to write on just about anything under the sun. But yes, 2000 is a tall order. Each candidate should be willing to see the 2000 word limit as more than a simple word-length recommendation; it is in fact a deliberate challenge to your intellectual depth and maturity as a person and a Said Oxford MBA applicant.

We believe that the main objective here is to test the character of the applicants and see if they can pass this Oxford Said test without being overwhelmed by the complexity, length and limitless choices inherent in the question. So we strongly recommend that you use the full 2000 words to write an essay that shows clear thinking, a mature worldview, understanding of varied viewpoints, sharp intellect and strong analytical skills. Look at the LARGER perspective whatever be your choice of the essay theme.

Choose the development, event or book so that a global perspective can be interposed with your personal experience. The last word of the Oxford essay question might be the best starting point for your preparations. WHY is the crucial question that you answer here. And please, having been presented with infinite choices, do not choose commonplace or repetitive topics. For example, if you are an Indian applicant, a thematic focus on Gandhi is best avoided!

Go for it!

Said Oxford MBA Application Essays and Tips2007-2008

Said Oxford Essay 1

Explain why you chose your current job. How do you hope to see your career developing over the next five years? How will an MBA assist you in the development of these ambitions? (maximum 1000 words)

Said Oxford Essay 1 Tips

Oxford Said wants you to intensively assess and evaluate your career choices in the context of your MBA application and your future goals.

Perhaps uniquely, Oxford Said focuses specifically on your current job and a short term career span of five years. Given this dual-focus there is a greater need than in most MBA "goals essays" to develop a realistic association between your past, present and future career moves. This tight focus both limits and expands the scope of the first Oxford Said essay. The limitation is in how much you can talk about your long term career aspirations. On the other hand a good Oxford said essay should be able to use the hard focus on the five year period to strengthen the credibility of your application with a logical, thematic approach.

Said Oxford Essay 2

Which recent development, world event or book has most influenced your thinking and why? (maximum 2000 words)

Said Oxford Essay 2 Tips

Wow! This Said Oxford essay is probably - in the breadth of its scale and ambition, and also the space and opportunity for self-exploration and self-expression it gives - one of the best Business School essays you will find.

In essence this essay gives you room to write on just about anything under the sun. But yes, 2000 is a tall order. Each candidate should be willing to see the 2000 word limit as more than a simple word-length recommendation; it is in fact a deliberate challenge to your intellectual depth and maturity as a person and a Said Oxford MBA applicant.

We believe that the main objective here is to test the character of the applicants and see if they can pass this Oxford Said test without being overwhelmed by the complexity, length and limitless choices inherent in the question. So we strongly recommend that you use the full 2000 words to write an essay that shows clear thinking, a mature worldview, understanding of varied viewpoints, sharp intellect and strong analytical skills. Look at the LARGER perspective whatever be your choice of the essay theme.

Choose the development, event or book so that a global perspective can be interposed with your personal experience. The last word of the Oxford essay question might be the best starting point for your preparations. WHY is the crucial question that you answer here. And please, having been presented with infinite choices, do not choose commonplace or repetitive topics. For example, if you are an Indian applicant, a thematic focus on Gandhi is best avoided!

Go for it!

           
           
 

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