Short term career goals:
Short-term career goals are the milestones that help me reach my long-term career goals. Currently, my short term career goals are to obtain offers from the universities that I have applied to, decide which graduate program I will choose for my Master’s, and gain experiences from my job. With these three short-term career goals accomplished, I will be prepared to reach my long-term career goals successfully.
Long term career goals:
My first long-term career goal is to complete my Master’s degree and find a job at one of the big four accountancy firms. My second goal is to obtain the CPA license in three years. The third goal is getting promoted to manager of the department in 5 years. Finally, I will ultimately establish my own business based on the experience I develop during these formative years.
Please discuss how you plan to achieve your short and long term career goals. What challenges will you face and how will you leverage your academic and professional experiences to achieve these goals? (500 words)
“No cross, no crown.” From this sentence with only four simple words, I learned that great success comes only after great efforts. Therefore, I continually strive to improve and develop my academic, social, and professional skills.
During my senior year, I attended the Beta Alpha Psi banquet, and spoke with recruiters from four big accounting companies as well as many outstanding students in BAP. I learned a lot from these connections, and was strongly encouraged to consider and yearn for a career in accounting. After I graduated, working as an accountant confirmed my ability in the field, and motivated my enthusiasm to refine my accounting expertise.
My previous short-term career goal is to get a working visa, work for a company for at least three years, and complete the CPA exam during this time. However, the working visa lottery happened and disorganized my previous plan, causing me to return to China and start over again.
I made my current short-term career goals to find a job in my hometown and prepare my graduate school applications. To get an offer from these top business schools, I intend to get a high GMAT score, prepare all the materials, write the essays required by the schools, and connect with my previous professors and managers for recommendation letters. The first challenge I faced was being pressed for time. As a new employee in the company, I had to learn a lot of things, such as the company’s financial system and accounting process, China’s export trading process and software. I also needed to take business trips with Japanese and American clients when they visit our factory. I can only work on my applications and study for the GMAT exam on nights and weekend. To overcome this time pressure, I have to increase my efficiency and use every second I can to study and prepare.
To achieve my long-term career goals, in addition to the previous knowledge and teamwork skills I obtained from my education in the U.S., I also need to maintain high performance and professional experiences. Building good relationships with others, both inside and outside of my future company, is also a key step to achieving my long-term career goals. I will be more confident attending the events, join the association in business field, and use online social networking sites. I will do my best to improve my interpersonal communication skills and present myself as a valuable resource to others.
Considering the challenges I will face in the future, I think I may have to sacrifice some of my career goals due to both the working and family pressure. I might become too lazy to make a change. I am motivated to succeed and to accomplish my goals despite the challenges I have faced and will have in the future. Once more, I will push myself to learn the new skills, improve working productivity, and develop professional relationships that will propel me forward. Perhaps these methods will prevent me from becoming bored of my job and losing sight of my long-term career goals.
Please indicate your reasons for applying to the Carroll School of Management. What unique characteristics of the Boston College MSA program resonate with you both personally and professionally? (500 words)
During more than a year of working, my leadership and integrity became prominent. Simultaneously, I became determined to pass the CPA exam. To qualify for the CPA exam, I need to complete additional education beyond my bachelor’s degree, and I believe the MSA program at the Boston College will provide me with strong ethics, innovative thinking, and excellent communication skills necessary to succeed
The first priority inchoosing the accounting program is the curriculum setting. After conducting research,I am satisfied with Boston College’s flexible curriculum which is tailored to the academic background of each student. Students with an undergraduate major in accounting will follow a different curriculum than students who did not major in accounting. The MSA course worksheet is not only determined by the undergraduate major, but also considers the student’s transcript, and the worksheet will list the specific course that student need to take. This course setting is personalized and efficient.
In addition to the curriculum, I am applying to this Master’s program because a top business school also provides a chance for students to learn directly from industry professionals. Boston College meet this requirement as it offers a wealth of opportunities for MSA students to get real world experience, such as the TechTrek visits to Seattle, New York, and meetings with venture capitalists, CEOs, and entrepreneurs. This excellent experience makes me feel eager to learn and to apply the accounting knowledge.
With one year of working experience in the United States, I deeply understand the difficulty for international students to find permanent employment in America. Not only does the MSA curriculum provide excellent preparation for an exceptional career, but the career strategies office works closely with MSA candidates, increasing my confidence in my ability to secure a job at a Big Four firm in the future.
The Carroll School is committed to instilling a strong sense of community service in its students. Therefore, the MSA students must fulfill a requirement of 10 hours of service to others through meaningful work as volunteers. From primary school in China to the university in America, I am always proud to be a volunteer and do my best to help others. This traditional service shows Carroll School’s strong, trust-based, and compassionate relationship among the students, faculty, administration, alumni and employers. It helps me believe that the MSA program at Boston College isright for me.
Receiving an MSA degree at Boston College with its excellent instructors, academic resources, abundant teaching materials as well as real world experience will provide an excellent opportunity for me to realize my dream of becoming a CPA in the short term and a CFO as a long term career. I firmly believe that I can make full use of my prior academic and professional experiences at Boston College while simultaneously gaining relevant knowledge and laying a solid foundation for becoming a future leader as well as an entrepreneur in the field of accounting.
(I am not sure what else should I write for the last essay. The last essay is choosing one topic from the NO.5 OR NO.6. Can you give me some advice after you read through the essay?)
Please introduce yourself to the BC community. Feel free to be creative in expressing your message. (500 words)
Is there any aspect of your candidacy that you would like to explain in more detail? (500 words)
Dear Boston College Community,
In response to the MSA 2014 fall application, I am writing with a brief introduction of myself.
As a self-motivated individual, I've taken not only the required core classes for the accounting field, but also related finance courses. My stable personality and high sense of responsibility have led me to complete my dual degree from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. I doubl majored since I knew that the accounting field requires much knowledge of financial analysis and understanding of financial rules. I believe that my success in both areas of study have specifically prepared me for this area.
During the four years of study at United States, I learned many new concepts which are different from myprevious education in China. The most influential concept is leadership. At the beginning of team work, I always implement the “golden mean” rule, which means I won’t to be the leader initiative. I didn’t have the confidence that I could be a good leader and let my team get better scores. However, during the project I found out actually I can do better than the leader.To improve my confidence in leadership, I attended a presentation club. The first topic I got from the club was to present a leadership-development program to the other club members. Though this presentation, not only I learned a strong leadership style, but also I discovered the most fittingleadership role for me. After one semester’s practice, I have grown to be a confident presenter as well as a brave leader.
I have focused much of my energy on work and obtaining real-world experience. That is why I chose to work duringevery summer other than taking summer school classes. I commend my classmates who have earned high GPAs, but I also feel it's important to be well-rounded. In addition to work experience, I participated in sports and extracurricular activities in school. These activities taught me leadership, communication, and teamwork skills. After I graduated and got myfirst full-time job, I confirmed that my ability to work effectively is much more reflective of my future potential than my GPA.
My greatest strength is my flexibility. Technology is constantly changing, which requires students to learn how to adapt these changes. I consider myself as a quick learner. My flexibility to adapt to evolvingdemands will facilitate my success in the future. I also have realized that attention to detail is also a key character for an accountant. I believe I have a combination of these two qualities to be successful in this accounting field.
I highly appreciate your consideration of my application to Boston College.
Hi Vicki – My responses and overview are below.
To answer your question on what you should add to the third essay: you have room for about three more sentences. One area to focus on is the paragraph about your desire to develop confidence and leadership skills. My comments should help clean this section up. Also, I advising listing what your leadership style is.
Secondly, I think you do an excellent job addressing your GPA! I encourage you to take one more step and emphasize that if accepted into Boston College, you will devote intense focus to your academic studies. (continue reading on next page)
Third and finally, the culminating paragraph is a bit thin. I advise you to add one quick sentence that provides an overview of your enthusiasm for learning new things at Boston College. To get you started, here is an example that I hope will help you: “My greatest strength is my flexibility, and I hope to bring this strength along with my enthusiasm for financial accounting as a future graduate student at Boston College.”
I made some corrections, improved word choice, and provided suggestions throughout these essays. This feedback should solve word count limits while also tightening the language. I hope you find them useful!
I was so impressed by the quality and maturity of your writing. These essays are very strong both in terms of English language usage and your message. Let me know if you need any further help. It’s a pleasure. Good luck!