Nowadays, enormous financial activity has
caused wealth being amassed and destroyed on a massive scale in many regions of
the world. This dynamic has resulted from the globalization and structural
changes in developed and emerging markets. The 2008 crisis in financial markets
and the global geopolitical situation have brought it with challenges, which
need increased depth and understanding of the rapidly changing financial
markets and global economic conditions. I believe this backdrop requires me to
further my academic studies in the fields of corporate finance and wealth
My long-term career goal is to become a
successful consultant in the fields of finance and management. I have had a
keen interest in finance and consulting, and I hope to achieve this goal after
some years of experience as a successful analyst. Additionally, I plan to
pursue the CFA and have successfully passed the CFA Level I in Dec 2016. Within
the field of Finance, I am most interested in topics ranging from equity
valuation, corporate finance, and risk management. In particular, I find the
different valuation methods from discounted cash flow model (DCF), comparable
approach, and leverage buyout model essential to study for both a theoretical
and practical level.
The aforementioned interests were developed
from the full-time internship within a consulting firm, the CFA Challenge
Competition at university, as well as my undergraduate courses in corporate
finance, derivatives, and investment. During my internship at Accenture, I
assisted the consulting analyst to create a “three statement financial model”
for the client, in order to improve the company’s financial management. I
gained practical skills from analysing the company and building the model.
Furthermore, the fast-paced and high-pressure environment I experienced also provided
me with the opportunity to work on large data sets using Excel. This furthered
my interest in pursuing a finance career. The CFA Challenge Competition I
participated in during my third year also invigorated my interest in finance. I
used various financial research tools, such as Capital IQ, Bloomberg, FactSet,
and Thomson Reuters, to conduct industry research and financial statement
analysis of the target company. I further developed my analytical skills
through applying the DCF model and comparable approach to value the company.
To achieve my goals, I seek to deepen my
knowledge in the related areas. The London Business School Masters in
Management program will provide me with an opportunity to deepen my
understanding of finance and business in a more effective way, and in an
environment which is academically challenging and allow me to develop further
in the related areas. The class of Masters in Management is international and
well diversified. Being surrounded by multi-national individuals will allow for
an exchange of various ideas and perspectives that would benefit all students.
The courses it offers, such as Corporate Finance, Financial Accounting, and
Global Economy, are vital for a career in finance.
Also, the integrated modules it offers will
provide me with a comprehensive, broad perspective on business, and the Global
Immersion Field Trip and Live Business Project will allow me to gain practical
understanding to apply my knowledge in real-world situations. Additionally, I
will be well positioned to take advantage of its excellent reputation and
strong alumni network.