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Friday, June 25, 2004

Assess v Describe 

I've had another stab at Kellogg Essay 1, and am getting towards something I'm happier with. Proportion wise, it's now roughly one third career history, one third future plans / why MBA / why now, and one third why Kellogg.

The actual title is:
Briefly assess your career progress to date. Elaborate on your future career plans and your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree at the Kellogg School.

I'm not sure exactly how I should be responding to 'assess'. At the moment it's very much a description, with a mention as I move into my future plans that I have progressed 'through the ranks' quickly. Anyone have any thoughts?

I also wonder whether I'm saying enough about my future plans. At the moment I say:

I have progressed ‘through the ranks’ of fundraising quickly and have now reached a natural watershed in my career. I am at a level at which many fundraisers choose to stay, some move into fundraising consultancy, others look for senior fundraising positions in larger organizations. I wish to move from being a fundraising specialist into more general management roles. I want to go on to lead not-for-profit organizations, and to be a role model for other leaders and aspiring leaders. In the shorter term, I would like to assist organizations to improve their effectiveness by working as a consultant within the sector.

Short and sweet. Given my career history, it makes perfect sense and I'm not really sure what more I can say, but is it enough? Answers on a postcard please (or by e-mail, or in the comments box:) )

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