What are we looking for in the next cohort's students?
The success of AIM’s case method pedagogy rests very much on the diversity of the cohort. Our goal is to assemble a class that mirrors the eclectic character of Asian economies. Assembling as diverse a cohort as possible requires us to look beyond the applicants’ individual qualities in favor of industry, work experience, nationality, gender, even religious beliefs. While our students vary, they do share these qualities in common.
- Clear personal goals – AIM looks for students who know what they want out of their lives, and understand what they have to go through to get it. We want individuals who can show a clear connection between their educational preparation, what they are doing now, and what they want to be doing in the future.
- Something uniquely individual – AIM is looking for individuals who have singular and unique experiences and accomplishments that none of the rest of the cohort would have. If you planted your flag on K2, designed missiles for the armed forces, or started up a unique business with college buddies, we would like to hear the lessons of your story in our caserooms.
- Thinking and Communication skills – AIM looks for students who can think clearly about problems and issues, and voice their opinions in a manner that their classmates will understand. Clarity of thought also includes the ability to organize your ideas so they can be presented in a logical manner. In a caseroom where time is limited, class participation weighs heavily, and airtime is precious, these skills are critical.
- Capacity to learn and Academic Resilience – All schools, not only AIM, ensure that the candidates they attract have the capacity and resilience to graduate from their programs. Admissions test scores are one way to measure developed quantitative, verbal and reasoning skills necessary for studies at the graduate level. But this measures only potential, although it would not hurt to have a lot of it. We also look at how you fared in school and how seriously did you take your classes prior to your application. Obviously, academic distinction honors tell us you were serious as a student, and give us reasonable confidence that you will continue to be once accepted.
- Proven leadership abilities – AIM looks for students who have exhibited leadership in school and at work. It may be as small as organizing the food service at the mess hall, getting elected president of the university student council, leading a platoon in the field, or overseeing a merger. Leadership is also seen in terms of promotion to positions where a candidate actually handles subordinates at work. If you have a leadership story that’s hard to come by, we’d like to be the first to hear it.