July 17, 2010
Mr. Cliff Lavin
A lifelong goal of mine has always been to become a financial analyst. I struggled in high school with every subject except math and never knew why. My English teacher in the ninth grade gave spelling and definition tests and noticed a problem with my papers. She pulled me aside and asked me if I had ever been tested for dyslexia. I was tested and it was confirmed that I had dyslexia. My grades started to improve, but I still felt stronger in math than any other subject. When I enrolled in college for my undergraduate degree, my original plan was a degree in business. My Mom was so concerned with my reading problems that she talked me into a degree in mathematics with a minor in secondary education. I remember that it sounded like a great idea at the time, but I never felt that it was right for me. I did not want to end up wishing I was in a different career after many years of hard work in the teaching field. I am now pursuing the career that I really want in life. I did extensive research to make sure that I really wanted to become a financial analyst before starting my MBA. There are several different kinds of financial analyst. Some deal with stocks, predictions about product sells, or forecasting company earnings (Granville, 2006, Becoming a Financial Analyst). In my research, I read an interesting article that stated, “An analyst must be aware of current developments in the field in which he or she specializes as well as in preparing financial models to predict future economic conditions for any number of variables” (Granville, 2006, Becoming a Financial Analyst). I know that I will be a great financial analyst, because I enjoy working with detailed information in every aspect of my life. My self-assessment results made me feel even better about becoming a financial analyst. According to Jungian Personality Self-Assessment (2007), I am...