Essay 1: Describe your motivation for pursuing a master’s degree. How does it fit with your long and short-term goals? How have your academic, career or life experiences prepared you for this program? What strengths will you bring, and what knowledge and insights are you hoping to develop during this learning experience? Are there any concerns about your application that you would like to address?
My undergraduate education and internship experiences give me a good introduction to the finance industry. But if I want to make bigger accomplishments in my career, I need to be equipped with advanced knowledge and skills. MS program gives me a chance to further study and increase my expertise in finance.
My post-graduate short-term goal is to find a job in one of the top securities brokerage firms in China. In recent years, Chinese government has been encouraging a financial reform, which would have huge impacts on the future of finance industry. The reform provides opportunities to many companies including securities companies. It makes securities companies in China a good platform for me to start my career. A master’s degree can increase my value in job market. It helps me to prove that my ability is qualified for the job.
This is one of the main reasons that I deicide to pursue a master’s degree. MSM Finance program in Case Western Reserve University does not only focus on quantitative skills but also teach students how to apply theories to reality. The knowledge I learn from the courses of the program will be very helpful when I start my career.
My long-term goal is to achieve a senior managerial position in a top securities brokerage firm. But since the economic environment in China is very unpredictable, it is possible that my career path is different from my expectation. However, no matter which direction my career is going, I need good education to assure I have sufficient knowledge and understanding to achieve success. MSM Finance program in Case Western Reserve University can enrich my education by its excellent courses, especially by its capstone courses. The capstone courses provide me chances to work with real clients while receiving hands-on coaching from world-class faculty.
During my undergraduate studies, Investment Management course sparked my interest in Finance. It motivated me to take more Finance elective classes than required to improve my knowledge. I finished my major courses with good grades and that helped me to be academically prepared for MS program study. My internship experiences expand my understanding of the finance industry. I also opened accounts to trade on both US stock market and Chinese Stock Market. Stock trading encourages me to pay more attention to financial news. This habit gives me a clearer view on current economic environment. Theses experiences help me to be prepared for MS program study. In addition, I am also motivated by my curiosity and interest in finance. They encourage me to be more determined in my future study.
During my study in MS program, I hope I can improve my knowledge and skills in finance and also gain a clear and comprehensive understanding of finance world. The classmates and faculty of MSM Finance in Case Western Reserve University
come from different background and have outstanding ability. So I am also looking forward to communicate with and learn from my peers and professors. These experiences would be very valuable for my career development.