I have long been a dedicated student of the processes of business and finance. Both their
intricacies and their central place within the structure of our society have offered rewarding
avenues for potential intellectual exploration, alongside challenging opportunities for practical
application. It is this combination that has inspired me throughout school, work experience
and into undergraduate study and that will continue to ensure that I strive to achieve similar
results in future study and beyond.
From a young age I have demonstrated not only an interest in but also an aptitude for subject areas applicable to the study of business and finance management. With good grades in Business Studies at A-Level I gained an excellent grounding in the core principles of the discipline, for example, while I have also demonstrated a strong grasp of mathematics, its scientific application in Physics and Astronomy, and its financial applications in Accounting. This knowledge and experience will ensure that I am well prepared to study the complex aspects of finance at undergraduate level. I have also long been interested in the communication skills necessary to provide effective management and have worked to improve these abilities through the study of English and Media.
Having carefully planned my route into Business Studies through my school career, I have
spent the last year beginning an undergraduate course in Business Studies. While this has
afforded me a valuable opportunity to undertake undergraduate level study of management,
marketing, accounting, statistics and computing, due to personal reasons I believe that I have
not been able to achieve my full potential at my current institution. By moving to an alternative
university, with a high quality of both research and teaching, I feel sure that I can build upon
this previous study and gain the level of knowledge necessary to excel in my chosen field.
Alongside my academic interests in the field I have also gained valuable work experience that
has allowed me to witness, and to play a part in, the application of the principles I have
studied in the context of the real business world. I have a year’s work experience as an Office
Assistant at a high profile stockbroker. In addition to gaining experience of general administrative duties and liasing with clients and colleagues I also undertook date entry and company filing, allowing me first-hand experience of the administrative procedures within the industry. This experience inspired even greater enthusiasm for pursuing a role within the sector and my ultimate ambition would be to achieve an employment position within investment or corporate finance.
Outside of academia and employment I also make an effort to keep up with developments in the world of business and finance. I read both The Financial Times and The Economist on a regular basis and find that applying the academic knowledge I have learnt through education to situations I read about allows me to move beyond the theoretical and consider the practical applications. I also enjoy keeping fit and am a regular gym goer, while listening to music and watching movies are both activities that allow me opportunities for both relaxation and for socialising with friends.
I believe that I have proven myself to be a dedicated and capable student with the potential to
perform well across all aspects of the study of business and finance. Despite some personal
difficulties, I have retained a strong sense of focus and am determined to achieve my ultimate
goal of working for a prominent institution in London, the world’s financial capital. If offered the
chance to pursue further study at a prestigious university in the city, bolstered by the
enthusiasm that being surrounded by the twin worlds of business and finance will inevitably
engender, I believe that I can deliver on this promise throughout undergraduate study and