Question: Why are you seeking an MBA? What are your plans and goals after you receive your degree?
My main goals behind receiving an MBA at this point in my life are two-fold. I would like to further my business education, and also pursue other areas of finance. I have come to this conclusion after many years of introspection and realizations about where my career is, and where I would like it to be.
I received my degree in Business Management with a concentration of Finance at Delaware State College in the undergraduate business program, which had just formed two years before I joined. Due to the newness of the program, there were not many classes set up specifically for undergraduate business students. We were thus all placed in graduate level classes along with the MBA students in Delaware State's business school. This experience proved to be the most exciting and, at the same time, the most intimidating one in my life. While the opportunity to work with MBA students created the spark that led to my deep interest in the business world and finance specifically, I also realized how much I had to learn. It was for this reason that I decided I needed to acquire a good basis of understanding in finance once I graduated from college.
I reasoned that the best way to truly learn and understand finance was to start as an accountant and get a good grounding in the basics of the income statement and its components. This led to my first job as a Staff Accountant at Bob Chinn's, Inc., a restaurant operator in Chicago. After two solid years of accounting, I realized that I wanted to learn more about the analysis behind the statement, as well as the workings of planning and forecasting. This led me to my current job as a financial analyst at A.T. & Love Corp. I have now reached another point of awareness in my life, and I want to expand my knowledge of business in general, and finance in particular.
My first goal is to get a better grounding in Marketing, Strategy, Operations, and General Management. I feel that learning about these other areas of business will help make me a well-rounded manager, who understands completely all of the inner workings of a company. I know that receiving an MBA will help me acquire the skills to become the type of manager I desire to be.
My second reason for going to business school is to learn more about other areas of finance. I have only had experience with the accounting and analysis procedures of a business, and I would enjoy the challenge of exploring other areas of finance, such as investment banking. I intend to further pursue this interest after getting my MBA. My ultimate goal, however, is to eventually become the CFO of a large company.
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