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Career Goals Question [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2010, 02:14
Hi Alex,

As I'm thinking through answering questions regarding short/long term goals, I'm struggling a bit (don't worry, I'm not going to ask you to pick a career for me).

I would like to do financial/strategy/general management (looking a acquisition opportunities, looking at special projects, etc - non compliance related stuff) with the goal of eventually being a CEO/CFO (aim high!). I could pick an industry for the purpose of the application but I don't really love any one industry over another per se. I could certainly articulate this better for the purposes of an application.

What I worry about is how this type of goal is looked at by admission committees. It's not marketing, consulting, or investment banking and when I read about placements and relationships these obviously dominate. If placing students is an important factor when considering applicants, do my goals put me at a disadvantage?

Don't get me wrong, I don't intend on lying and saying that my dream is to work for a bulge bracket investment bank to help my chances, I was hoping for some context around the goals/placement odds views of admission committees.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks for doing this.
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Re: Career Goals Question [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2010, 10:34
You have to convince them that you know what you're talking about. If it's too vague, it suggests that you don't know what you're talking about, or that you don't enough about your goals to talk about it in a credible way.

From what you wrote, it boils down to "I want a really important job where I can make big decisions for a business" which won't hold water because it suggests that you haven't really dug deep enough to figure out what that really means. Because the more you research and get informed, the more specific you will be.

It's not about lying or choosing something specific out of thin air -- it's about actually doing more legwork on what it is you want.
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