Career Goals

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Essay Question:
What are your short-term and long-term career goals? How will the Columbia Business School MBA help you achieve these goals?
I have always been told to figure out what you like to do and then make a career out of it. Eight years ago, armed with this bit of philosophy, I set out to find out what I liked to do. Before entering college I realized that my interests lay in business. In college, my courses in business were the ones looked forward to the most, and my business projects and presentations were the most challenging and rewarding of all my undergraduate course work. So, it was easy for me to decide to pursue a career in business when I graduated from college, leading to a career as a defined contribution analyst.

Now, as I once again evaluate what I want my career to be, I am considering that advice again. What do I like to do? I enjoy solving problems in the areas of retirement services and defined contribution plans. Retirement planning is important to everyone, and it will only become more important as time goes on. In the next few years, after successfully earning my MBA at Columbia, I would like to seek a position as a defined contribution analyst in an international finance organization. Because of the excellent preparation Columbia will have provided me, I will immediately excel and climb up the corporate ladder. This is the best way that I can make an impact and grow as a professional at the same time.

Eventually, I would like to expand my client base overseas, starting with the Asia, where the foundation of the defined contribution is still very weak and unfounded. Certain experiences have prepared me well for this goal. I look forward to the opportunity to put my Chinese language skills to use, possibly by first serving as an analyst in Hong Kong or Shanghai. After gaining more experience in this market, I would like to my understanding of both the Chinese and American cultures to use by starting a practice that serves...
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