Career Goals Essay

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| Essay Question: | Discuss your career goals. What skills do you expect to gain from studying at INSEAD and how will they contribute to your professional career? | | Actual Word Count: 462 | Target Word Count: 500 | | | | | | | 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 [Comment 1]. 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 [Comment 2]. While the opportunity to work with MBA students created the spark that led to my deep interest in the business world and finance specifically [Comment 3], 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 [Comment 4]. 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 [Comment 5]. This led to my first job as a Staff Accountant at Bob Chinn's, Inc., a restaurant operator. After two solid years of accounting, I realized that I wanted to learn more about the analysis [Comment 6] behind the statement, as well as the

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