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Motivation letter for MSc in Finance

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Hey guys,

I'm currently in the process of applying to Masters in Finance programs across Europe. I'm applying to these:

Anyway, since all applications are due until end of April, it is now time to do my motivational letters. Some programs ask for 1 page, others 2, some even 3, it changes.

I was wondering what I had to include in my letter. I mean, I don't think I'm supposed to "brown-nose" the universities like one is supposed to do in the US but I really don't know how to do this. Also, I don't think I'm supposed to "talk" about my life that much, I just need to mention why I'm choosing this program and why I think they should pick me. But I could be mistaken.

I'm asking this in this section because my ultimate goal is to work in IB and if possible, my dream would be to work in a hedge fund. Should i state this, if yes, how? What should I NOT say? Should it be very professional and formal or can I use a more relaxed style of writing. Should I make it stand out or do they not really care about the motivation letters, it's just procedure. I'm really a bit lossed.


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Ultimately, this is what I think I should mention:

1. Market myself as a candidate. Why should they pick me over someone else

2. Academic interests, industry interests

3. Who I am and how I'd fit in their program/class



Only thing is, I can probably manage to write 1 page with this but how the hell am I supposed to write 2 or even 3 pages?


Also, should I take about my "philanthropist" goals or is that a bit cheesy? Saying that money is not my only goal (it's not) and that if I make a lot of bucks, I have plans to share it with other people.
Motivation letter for MSc in Finance   [#permalink] 08 Apr 2013, 04:52
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