Essay "Coaches" -- MBA Applications
I've been getting some mixed signals and wanted to see if any one on here might have some clarifying feedback for me.
I currently work at a PE fund, and plan to apply for b-school this fall for the '08 semester. I've heard from a number of associates that I should hire an essay coach to help out with writing the application essays. However, in my previous job at M/B/B I had been told that people rarely hire essay coaches, and that the coaches aren't particularly helpful. While the cost of an essay coach isn't astronomical ($2-3K), particularly when compared to b-school tuition, it seemed odd to me that I'd be getting conflicting advice on the subject. Not sure if the context is helpful, but my plan is to apply at HBS, Stanford and Wharton.
Any input regarding the relative value (or lack thereof) for these essay coaches would be greatly appreciated.