Said Oxford Essay Tips
Said Oxford Essay 2 Tips
Last year's Oxford prompt
Said Oxford Essay 3a
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.
Said Oxford Essay 3b
The business of business is business. Is this true?
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.
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!