What MBA Applicants Can Learn From Fidget Spinners

fidget spinners and mba applicantsIf you’ve spent any time lately with members of the elementary or middle school set, you’re likely aware of fidget spinners, the wildly popular palm-sized toy comprised of three propellers and a middle bearing that you spin between your fingers and thumbs.

There’s not much more to it, unless you’re one of the advanced users who posts videos of your fidget spinner tricks on YouTube. (In which case, you’re probably a little young for business school at the moment, but a budding entrepreneur for sure.)

Like most trends, this one has a few takeaways that may be useful for MBA applicants to keep in mind.

Keep It Simple

In a marketplace offering personal drones and VR headsets, the humble fidget spinner became the toy of 2017. This makes the case for simplicity, which also has a place in your MBA application. So often, I see essays and resumes that attempt to dress up accomplishments and end up sounding convoluted and unconvincing.

A straightforward approach is superior. Clearly state where you’ve been, where you want to go, and how the program you’re applying to will help you get there. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel, though at the same time…

Click on over to Wharton Magazine to read the rest of my article, where you’ll discover four other things MBA applicants can learn from the recent explosion of fidget spinners in the marketplace. 

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