My interest in finance dates back to my years in xxxxxxx College of Technology, where I excelled in the accounting department of the school as I finished as the second best graduating student during my National Diploma days. I took a first-year finance course at the college and it was then that I first had interest in finance as I had the highest score in the course. It seemed only logical that I pursue a career in finance.
After my national diploma, I interned at xxxxxxxx Bank (xxx) head office where I had a little exposure into the finance world, but yet extremely valuable. In that role, I was able to maintain a very good relationship with customers and also learnt great tenacity required to succeed in the industry.
I began my undergraduate career in the Accounting department of University of xxxxxxx after my internship at xxxxxxxxx Bank. In my first year, I took up the position of the class governor. In the role, I have been able to successfully lead over 180 students as I work with different teams to ensure that we leave great marks in the department. Some of these landmarks include; producing interns of Bank of America Merrill lynch, KPMG, PwC, to mention but a few; winning the highest number of medals in sports as a class at the faculty level in University of xxxxxxx. I also took up several leadership roles at the Faculty level to execute different projects with different teams. Some of these projects include xxxx Career Expo (an expo where industry professionals are invited to interact with students so as to help bridge the gap between theory and practice), xxxxxxx Debate Competition (The competition that produced the winners of University of xxxxxxx debate 6.0). My leadership prowess didn’t go unnoticed as I was awarded for my outstanding leadership skills at the faculty level as the most promising leader of the year 2016.
In my penultimate year, I interned at xxxxxxxxx. In that role, I worked in a team of great industry experts to carry out an audit assignment on a client. More so, I worked effectively in a team of ten interns with different backgrounds and cultures to execute a project. The internship further broadened my knowledge of finance as I was able to interact with people in the Deal Advisory division of the firm. This broadened knowledge translated into an intense interest in finance and this made me discuss the idea of having an Investment Society in the University of xxxxxxxx with friends which we co-founded University of xxxxxx Students’ Investment Society (xxxxx) together. This society has grown and has invited several industry experts to talk to, and train members of the society in the areas of Finance, Investment Banking and Consulting. I was the first Chairman of the society’s board, and currently serve as the head of Learning and Development division of the society.
My intense interest and curiosity to know what finance entails and to excel in the field led me to read some finance books such as Finance Vault and likes. I also started checking some basic sites such as Bloomberg, Investing.com and likes in order to keep myself abreast of happenings in the finance world. More so, I registered with xxxxxxxx Academy where I gained more insight into finance and also learnt some of the work skills and soft skills (Microsoft Excel and co.) required in the field.
As part of my volunteer activities, I currently serve as one of the campus ambassadors of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in my country. This role has pushed me to further learn about Investment Banking as I have to always be on the alert to answer people’s questions about the firm and what the firm does. I also take free tutorials in economics and accounting for all 200 and 300 level students in my faculty.
While combining all the things I mentioned above, I’ve been able to manage my time properly and discipline myself as I’ve not traded off academic excellence. I currently have the best result in the Faculty of Business Administration in University of xxxxxxx. This has been recognized and appreciated as I have received several awards both within and outside University of xxxxxxx and the school wants me to come back to lecture. Of course, my plans following completion of my current studies are to move directly into graduate work toward my master’s in Finance. After I earn my master’s degree, I intend to start work on my Ph.D. in Finance. Later, I would like to work as a finance expert and also lecture. It is in this that I believe I can make the greatest contribution, utilizing my theoretical background, the knowledge and the skills that I must have acquired.
I am highly aware of the superb reputation of the school I am applying to, I am confident that I would succeed in the school’s motivated environment for my master’s and would be able to give back to my immediate society and the world at large after this programme. I hope you will give me the privilege of continuing my studies at your fine institution. I honestly look forward to getting favorable response for the scholarship I am applying for as I am well set to make best use of the great opportunity.